For “us” (digestive disorder sufferers) there are three types of stress: Physical stress like overworking, playing hard, and illness. Then there are mental stresses which largely has to do with our personality type and how we view things. The last is what I call digestive stress. I want to comment very briefly on each of the three. Because this is just a brief email I will just skim the surface. Physical Stress: Physical stress is not necessarily bad and “bad” can differ a lot from person to person. One person’s healthy exercise is one person’s life threatening activity that could bring on a heart attack. A complete lack of physical activity is not good and 20 min per day of light to moderate exercise is best as far as digestive disorder patients are concerned. If you are young/healthy enough for more and want to do so… that is great. Mental Stress: Relationships, money worries, housing, obligations, and worries over anything can trigger mental stress. The unusual thing about mental stress is that “stress is in the mind of the person stressing. My wife rarely stresses over anything and therefore she is probably going to outlive me by 20 years. On the other hand, someone has to remember everything, save money, pay bills, and get us to leave on time. I contend that neither personality type is better and if you are lucky enough to be with someone who is your opposite, maybe that is best. If you are my type… type “A,” please try to do something relaxing or at least distracting a time or two per day for 20 min or so. Remember that mental stress can actually cause acid production even when you are not eating. If you ruminate and cycle over your cares or fears, you are damaging your health. I am still working on this but here is what I do (part of this protocol is taken directly from a book I learned from:
“The Depression Cure” by Steven Ilardi. Mr Ilardi is a professional Psychiatrist who cured most cooperative patients of clinical depression. His recipe is a blend of EPA and DHA omega oils I found most effective in Salmon oil, a few minutes of sunshine per day, a few minutes of light exercise or walking each day and a turmeric supplement. I had discovered turmeric in my own studies and found it effective for digestive disorders, arthritis, as well as mood and depression. The four way punch is effective for those who stick with it for a few weeks.
Digestive distress: in a healthy person can be caused by overeating, gas, physical injury, disease, or an unhealthy diet including carbonated drinks, illicit drugs, alcohol, prescription medications and especially over the counter pain medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and a few others. Once these many causes (including the other two types of stress) it is like a roller coaster that has gone over that first big hill. It is hard to bring the cars back to a stop. This is why the program is strict and demanding. Most of our clients do not have their physical or mental stress under complete control so it takes a monumental effort to fix everything by working only on the digestive issue itself. I would like you to look at this short list of three items. Believe that we are going to help you with the digestive distress, but the other two are beyond our control.
Consider the following few things for you to choose from to help with the other two:
start a savings plan get a nagging project done that has been pestering you make a phone call that is long overdue forgive an old grudge that is a weight you carry think about making a life change that has been holding you back evaluate some things that stress you…
job, relationships, housing, vehicle, debt, hygenic or cleanliness issues anything that causes you to sweat, turn red, get a stomach ache, feel sad, cry, pray, or feel hopeless. These things can get better but they need a good decision and a little follow through on your part for type “A’s” there is another one… let go a bit more. Don’t try to control everything or everyone, relax, enjoy, waste an hour a day, watch a favorite movie, drink a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy it. Watch a child, watch a dog. Do something completely non-productive if only for one minute per day.
This is a learned skill that we are not good at naturally. You can end your self driven acid production and PFF will help you with the rest.
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