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Overcoming lockdown blues.

Written by Don Chisholm- Owner of Probiotic Foods Australia

Stress affects the vitality of the human gut.

Living in a world of promoted stress has shown to be a leading cause of anxiety and depression, which in turn has effects on our gut health and mental health. Inflammation in the gut ends up creating inflammation in the brain. Inflammation in the brain is an underlying reason for memory loss conditions, anxiety, depression and the list goes on.

In these times with forced lockdowns, forced separation from loved ones and mandatory masks, is it any wonder we are all under stress that we didn’t have until recently. Stress affects the gut, the gut affects the brain and under stress the body pushes out more adrenaline to protect us, but in doing so the liver has to deal with all the additional adrenaline which puts more pressure on the liver.

Have you ever heard the saying when someone is in a bad mood, “Looks like he has shit on the liver.” That goes back to the olden days to explain why someone was in a bad mood. In modern times the situation is still the same, have a dirty, overworked liver and you will most likely have a dirty attitude and bad moods.

The liver is a cleaning organ and when it is overloaded it must release some of the stored toxins and poisons to deal with the incoming toxins including adrenaline. Those toxins once released get into the blood-stream with direct access to other organs including the brain and heart. Now we are in real trouble. It is not uncommon that when we feel down we reach for comfort foods to make us feel better; unfortunately, most comfort foods are likely to be full of sugar and other chemicals such as artificial flavours and preservatives.

Fight or Flight 

One way overcoming the stress of lockdown is simply understanding that while under stress your body is in fight or flight mode. While in a state of fight or flight, your digestive system has shut down, because all the energy we have is diverted to saving you. For example, if you are running away from the saber-toothed tiger your digestive system is on hold until the stress is over. So, if you are even unknowingly under stress, you are not going to get the nutrition you need from your food to keep you healthy. In turn the body enters a state of malnutrition.

Bypassing the blues

Overcome the lockdown blues by feeding yourself some enjoyment combined with easily absorbable ingredients that will assist in a healthier you. Why go without when you can have both comfort foods and products that benefit you on many levels. Come out of the lockdowns, mandatory masks, limited close contact and whatever else we are restricted from doing, to be able to live a normal existence without it being detrimental to our health.

Yes, we may still be frustrated and let down, but if we maintain our health we will prove that all the restrictions in the world won’t take away our health or our enthusiasm. If you are looking to read more on being healthier, especially in these times, why not get a copy of the best-selling book Have You Got The Guts To Be Really Healthy?

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Blog post written by Don Chisholm for I Am Grounded. 

Meet The Gut Man, Don Chisholm

  • Don Chisholm, a.k.a The Gut Man, is an inspirational keynote speaker on health and author of the best-selling book Have You Got the Guts to Be Really Healthy? With not long to live at the age of 50, Don went on a mission to discover why some people heal and others do not. He travelled the world and his research led him to understand that the answer lies in the gut. Don is renown for his statement, “We are not what we eat, we are what we absorb.” Don now shares his wisdom, passion and energy for life with audiences worldwide, and is invited to speak at many events and conferences each year. His engaging and thought-provoking presentations are honest, occasionally confronting and eye-opening. Don is a passionate educator on a diverse range of health and longevity topics. He shares simple and practical ideas about what it takes to be really healthy—it’s easier than you think!