How much does your lifestyle actually impact your health?

lifestyle

How much does your lifestyle actually impact your health?

When it comes to lifestyle habits they’re obvious habits that impact our health in a negative way like smoking, being inactive, sleeping less than 8 hours, and snorting cocaine. Given that you are avoiding these obvious offenders, it can seem trivial to adjust your lifestyle. Especially when a lot of lifestyle changes just don’t seem like they will make a big difference in your overall health.

 

This can be particularly true if you have ever received holistic health advice. You may think, “Is taking a deep breath before each meal really going to help me feel better? Or will I just feel like a hippie dippy idiot that will be laughed at by my family.”

 

Your feelings really do effect you physically.

 

It can be hard to imagine how something as simple as deep breathing can have a profound effect on your body. However, it does!

 

Your lifestyle plays a huge role in your overall health. Partly because your FEELINGS can create PHYSICAL health symptoms.

 

Here is where the nervous system comes into play.

 

Your nerves allow your brain to communicate to your organs in the body. Each nervous system pathway plays a role in how the brain and organs communicate and respond to one another.

 

The vagus nerve.

 

The vagus nerve starts in the brain stem and extends down to the pelvis. It extends from the brain and connects to the neck, heart, lungs, spleen, liver, stomach, small intestine, and colon. Because the vagus nerve stems from the brain and connects to other organs it allows the brain to communicate with the organs and vice versa. The vagus nerve helps maintain proper insulin and inflammation levels in the body. It also is needed to aid in proper digestion and lowers your heartrate. However, the vagus nerve can’t function properly if we feel stressed. Stress shuts down this commination pathway and causes physical health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, and digestive issues. So when you live a high stress lifestyle it leads to physical health issues.

 

Why? Because information is constantly being passed between your organs and your brain.

 

Ever had a gut feeling? You can thank your enteric nervous system for that. When we feel physical changes in our bodies due to how we are feeling at the moment, it is due to our brain communicating to our organs via our nervous system. (It can also be due to our organs communicating to our brain.)

 

Ever felt your heart beat faster when you become anxious? This feeling of anxiousness is creating a physical symptom. The emotion (in this case anxiety) is produced in the brain. The nervous system communicates to our organ(s) (in this case the heart) which produces a physical symptom (rapid heartbeat). This means that our levels of stress and anxiety, among other feelings/emotions, directly impact the function of our organs and therefore our health.

 

Now you can see how when you constantly feel stressed, depressed, anxious, etc., it can contribute to and cause a myriad of physical health issues like high blood pressure, IBS, diarrhea, constipation, and blood sugar dysregulation. This is due to the brain using the nervous system to communicate to our organs what our feelings are. Which then, invokes a physical response from the organs themselves.

 

Our lifestyle habits have a huge role in our overall health. When we are in tune with our body talk it becomes clear how what we are feeling and how we are living effects our health.

 

The next time you feel an overwhelming feeling whether it is stress or delight, take a moment to assess how your body feels. Is your stomach in knots? Is your heart racing? Does your throat feel tight? Maybe you feel a sense of calm? This is your body talk. When you go about your day take a moment to stop and listen to what your body is saying to you. This way you can really start to hone in on how your lifestyle is affecting your health. Once you have a good understanding of how your lifestyle is impacting your health you can be proactive.

 

An example:

 

When we are in a constant state of stress, our autonomic nervous system is in a sympathetic state. In order to properly digest our food, we must be in a parasympathetic state. So, stress can keep you from properly digesting your food. This can lead to acid reflux, fatigue, constipation, and much more.

 

Luckily, they’re simple life hacks you can implement to help strengthen your vagus nerve and help switch your body into a parasympathetic state. Breathing techniques are some of the easiest and less time-consuming techniques.

 

 

When we listen to our bodies, healing can occur.

 

Listening to your body talk is the first step to figuring out how your lifestyle habits may be impacting your health. Working with a qualified practitioner may be necessary to help you figure out what your body talk means so you can start making the necessary lifestyle changes. Making small lifestyle changes can really add up, and taking them seriously will yield greater results. For instance, it may feel silly at first to take a deep breath before each meal, but once you start to feel better and your digestive symptoms start to disappear it won’t feel so silly anymore.

 

Happy Eating!

For a free healthy swap handout click here!

13 Comments
  • flowering

    January 22, 2019 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Yoս rеally makе it seem so easy with your presentation Ьut I fіnd this topic
    to be reaⅼly something which I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complex and extremely ƅroad foг me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I
    will try to ցet the hang of it!

    • lorelei baron

      February 17, 2019 at 2:43 am Reply

      You can always email me at lorelei@confessionsofabody.com.
      I’d be happy to help clarify anything or answer any questions you may have about my posts.

  • Augustine Libke

    February 7, 2019 at 7:51 am Reply

    thanks for sharing this information.have shared this link with others keep posting such information..

    • lorelei baron

      February 17, 2019 at 2:39 am Reply

      Thanks! Will do.

  • Mamie

    March 29, 2019 at 11:36 am Reply

    You are so interesting! I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before.
    So good to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something that is
    required on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

    • lorelei baron

      April 4, 2019 at 11:15 pm Reply

      Thanks😊

  • Apex Legends Season 1

    March 31, 2019 at 1:36 pm Reply

    There is certainly a lot to learn about this subject. I love all of the points you’ve made.

  • Francisca

    April 27, 2019 at 10:15 pm Reply

    Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow
    you if that would be okay. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new
    posts.

  • Ona

    May 5, 2019 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great,
    let alone the content!

  • instagram

    May 15, 2019 at 3:32 am Reply

    Awesome article.

  • twitter

    May 17, 2019 at 4:16 am Reply

    Thanks for your marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.
    I will remember to bookmark your blog and will come back in the foreseeable future.

    I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice weekend!

  • 植牙

    May 20, 2019 at 6:51 pm Reply

    This website is my inspiration, really good layout and Perfect articles.

  • 植牙

    May 20, 2019 at 6:54 pm Reply

    We would like to thank you all over again for the beautiful ideas you gave Janet when preparing her post-graduate research and, most importantly, regarding providing every one of the ideas in one blog post.
    Provided that we had been aware of your website a year ago,
    we’d have been rescued from the pointless measures we were implementing.
    Thanks to you.

Post a Comment

Send this to a friend