Since the beginning
stress is a pressure one can feel emotionally and physically. Stress is a silent killer because we are not able to see the impact it makes with our naked eyes, the damages it does to our body is invisible. Stress is an inevitable part of our life.
No matter in which century a man could have lived, stress has always been there in one or other form. For a cave man, a chasing bear is a stress, for a man lived in the 5th century, a social competition and inequality would have been a constant stress, for those who live in this modern era, chasing after a fast pace world is a stress.
A poor man has stress about his financial needs, so does the rich man stresses about his unhappiness despite having everything he wants. The increasing divorce, abuse and neglect are all causing stress in human life. The question is how to live a life without stress.
The answer is, it is not possible to live a life without any stress, but we can manage stress from day to day by planning our life and developing certain skills and behavior. But that is not enough, eating the right food, practicing certain lifestyle, reaching out for social support & spiritual guidance are all important factors to help us to manage stress. If we don't handle stress wisely, it will drain the life from our bodies.
Damages the gut
Stress can weakens the digestion significantly. When the food is not digested properly, it can cause problems during the absorption process.
Undigested food can start to ferment, producing gas, which in return can irritate the lining of the intestine and colon.
This irritation will cause inflammation and allergic reaction in the body. Stress will also impact the gut bacteria, which are very important to regulate our body's immune system.
The good bacteria in our gut are responsible for 80% of our immune system and when this colony is impacted, even more problems will arise. Not only in our digestive system, but in overall health, including imbalances to our mood.
These gut bacteria, play an important role to produce neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine & GABA, which are all quite important for maintaining our mood, concentration and motivation. Many people suffer under mood disorder, because they don't have an healthy bacterial colony in their gut either due to stress or poor diet.