Fight And Flight vs. Rest And Digest

By February 2, 2017 May 7th, 2019 Health Coaching Blogs

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Sympathetic Nervous System vs. Parasympathetic Nervous System 

What is your choice of a favorite healthy meal? Grilled sea bass with a kale salad? You quietly say to yourself “this was delicious and satisfying.” But then thirty minutes later, you are hungry again. Why? So you go back for seconds or perhaps a snack. But then thirty minutes later, you are still hungry. Why? You may have heard this: the gut is the root of all human emotions.  Did you know that your digestive system shuts down when you are under stress? This is why after a well balanced meal, you are still hungry. The nutrients and vitamins were not absorbed in your body which leaves you hungry. Stress increases the acid in your stomach which causes indigestion. So when eating while being stressful, the mill in your stomach shuts down and you can even feel nauseous, constipated or experience diarrhea. Stress can even can cause your esophagus to go into spasms. Stress is stress, your sympathetic nervous system cannot determine whether your stress is from a bear approaching or a busy day at work.

 

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