Stress. No big surprises here!
We’ve all lived it…..that cold sore, sore throat or flu after a big stress challenge.
Many of my autoimmune condition clients have noticed their health declining during a stressful life event.
Research has confirmed this stress-autoimmune connection. A 2001 study found that autoimmune thyroid patients had more stressful life events before their diagnosis compared to control groups. And a 2012 study published in Psychosomatic Medicine found that childhood traumatic stress increased the likelihood of being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease later in life.
Undeniably chronic stress is deeply ingrained and entrenched in our busy, modern world. Few escape it.
In fact, if you looked around at most of the population, you’d think that being stressed, anxious, depressed, irritable, addicted to caffeine and craving salty or sugary foods was normal human behaviour. But just because something is common doesn’t make it normal.
A recent Harvard and Stanford study suggests that work-related stress is as detrimental to your health as secondhand smoke!
Did you know over 75% doctor’s visits are stress related, yet only 3% doctor’s visits include a discussion on how to reduce stress?
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Autoimmune diseases are exponentially on the rise.
At last count, world incidence of autoimmune diseases has increased by an average of 19% over the last 30 years. Highest increases are in Western countries, pointing to environmental factors as major cause, rather than genetics. Coeliac disease, myasthenia gravis and diabetes type 1 had the biggest increases in developed countries.
Are you next on the hit list or do you already have an autoimmune disease?
Asthma, eczema, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes type 1, Addison’s disease, multiple sclerosis, coeliac …..the list goes on and on. There are 80 recognised autoimmune diseases and many more that have a questionable autoimmune component.
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Did you know the key to wellness this winter is a great inner terrain?
How do you tell if your inner terrain is NOT right?
- Low energy, especially morning and mid afternoon
- Feel inflamed, achy
- Brain fog
- Craving sugar
- Feel irritable, restless
- Gaining weight around middle and can’t lose it
If this sounds like you… immune problems may already be there or not far away.
Sore throat, chesty cough, blocked nose? On antibiotics, have thrush? Have an autoimmune disease – asthma, psoriasis, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis…..?
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“Why do we get sick?”
The prevailing belief, instilled by Louis Pasteur, centuries ago was we got sick because of germs – the Germ Theory. Which says when you’re surrounded by germs you’ll get invaded by them unless you protect yourself. Which in theory would mean every time we’re exposed to a germ we’d get sick.
Which just isn’t true!
Have you ever been surrounded by sick people at work or home but managed to escape with good health? I know I have…often. Touch wood…. I haven’t had a cold for many years and have pretty much lost count.
Makes you think twice about that germ theory idea…..huh.
Here’s where Antoine Bechamp, Louis Pasteur’s arch-rival comes in, he advocated the Terrain Theory.
“The primary cause of disease is in us, always in us.” – Antoine Bechamp
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Can’t be bothered? Feeling overwhelmed?
Life feels too hard? Running on empty?
Whenever, I start feeling flat for no good reason I step back and take stock. Check in if you like.
Here’s what I usually find –
- I’m being unkind to myself,
- I’m unorganised with my food and time,
- I’ve let my nourishing rituals drop off,
- I haven’t planned anything to look forward to,
- I’m focusing on what’s not there instead of what is.
Here’s 10 tips to shift from flat to fantastic real quick –
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