Welcome to the third post on Candida and Fingal Overgrowth – focusing on stress and its contribution to fungal overgrowths. Most of what you will read in this post is from my own experience and training.
Stress – Friend and Foe
You may have attended talks and workshops where you heard stress vilified to the point that you felt you needed to avoid all stress at all costs. But can you do that? Should you avoid stress at all costs?
Stress is something you rely on to get you over deadlines or out of the way of an oncoming car. Right now some muscles in your body need to be stressed for you to sit in an upright position. I think there are many kinds of stress and every single persons experience of stress is totally valid and real. In this post I am going to talk about two different types of stress – what I call normal stress and the state of being over stressed.
Stress is normal when it elicits a ‘normal’ response in you. Like I said earlier, getting out of the way of a car that is coming along the road you are walking across is a normal stress response for the situation. Feeling a little stressed before an exam will push you to study for that exam. I’ve already mentioned posture and how certain muscles need to be in a stressed state for us to simply function.
Stress is normal and natural in your day. It will keep you focused and driven. It will help you meet deadlines and keep you creative. Stress can help you to realise how resilient you really are.
Other Daily Stress Opportunities
There are other stresses that can come at you in your day. When you eat a food that does not agree with you, you will get stressed. When you drink coffee or alcohol they will also cause a certain amount of stress to your system depending on the amount drunk and how your system processes it. Processed sugars put the body under stress as does over exercising and not sleeping enough.
When Little Stresses Mount Up
We can probably manage each of these stressors on their own, but should they all be part of our day we will very quickly become over stressed. This list doesn’t even touch on subconscious negative thinking patterns which can be triggering off a stress response in you all day and every day.
I hope you can see how easy it is to slip between being normally stressed and overstressed. It can happen so easily and quite often without you even noticing. It is also why you can end up being so anxious and unwell all of a sudden. It wasn’t an all of a sudden thing, because most of the journey was going on subconsciously until our body began to really show us the signs and symptoms of being over-stressed.
There are many ways that you can get overstressed. From my many years of working in the area of Kinesiology and Energy Therapies, I would say that it is rare for only one thing to contribute to an over-stressed state. Like I said above, smaller stresses coming together tend to push us over the edge and into an over-stressed state.
Eating When Over-Stressed Causes Even More Stress
When we are in this over-stressed state it is not a good idea to eat. Part of the stress response is to shut down the digestive system. That means you cannot digest any food. What is in your body will stay where it is, waiting for the system to begin to work again.
If that takes a while, the food may well begin to ferment and this can cause all sorts of digestive problems for you. This trapped food will start to go off in your tummy. This won’t change until your subconscious perceives the danger to be gone and you are safe to direct your energy toward digesting food again.
This is how it is for every single living person, be they in the womb or freshly out of it, right up to the oldest human. Fermenting food left in the digestive system for a prolonged period of time can lead to Fungal Overgrowths like Candida.
Another Thing That An Over-Stressed State Does
When stress hormones like cortisol are high in the body, our immunoglobulin levels are low because cortisol lowers them. Most of our immunoglobulin is found in our small intestine. This will again affect how the small intestine will work.
Stress Affects Our Immune System
But not only that, our immune system will also be affected. We won’t be able to fight off pathogens like viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi when our immunoglobulin levels are so low. That means they can take control in our digestive system and feed on the foods that are not getting broken down because we are over-stressed and our digestive system is not working properly.
The Energy of Stressed Eating
You are an energy being. You have some 50 trillion cells in your body. Each of those cells has its own energy power house. That powerhouse is filled with very tiny strings of vibrational energy. Everything you think and do has an impact on your vibrational energy. Eating When you are thinking stressful thoughts or feeling very stressed, will result in you tuning the energy of the food that you are breaking down to that stressed frequency. You may not even be breaking down the food because – you are stressed!
The Complications Of Eating When Stressed
There can be many complications from eating when stressed. One is that the act of eating will become the solution for the problem of being overstressed. What this means is you will eat your way through stressful situations. You may already do this. The danger here is that you have an unrealistic expectation of the food to calm your stress levels, even though the food is not getting broken down.
This will cause an emotional relationship to be created between food and stress, where stress will be soothed by food. What generally tends to happen is you will eat more and more food every time you get overstressed because the act of eating the food will begin to lose it’s ability to calm your stress.
It would be much better to calm the stress that you are experiencing first. Then you might find that you aren’t that hungry at all.
Our First Stressed Eating Experiences Could Happen In The Womb
From the work I have done with clients over the years, I have come to the belief that our first stressed eating experience could well be in the womb. Our vibrational journey begins when the egg and the sperm unite in the womb. While in that natural growing space we are fully reliant on our mother and father for pretty much everything. We get our food and emotional nourishment from them.
What If Your Parents Were Stressed When You Were In The Womb?
If our mother is stressed while carrying us, we get that energy too. If she is stressed while eating, yes, we get that stressed energy too – we are also stressed. This is not to put blame on our mother or father. It is more to show how our stressed eating and digestive difficulties could go that far back.
How I Work With Stressed Eating
When I am working with people who have excessive food cravings and disordered eating habits, I will quite often take them back to resolve and retune their vibrational womb experiences. Then I will help them resolve and retune their birthing trauma as these are the deep subconscious stressors that can leave us triggering an unconscious stress response for the rest of our lives. If these are your greatest stressors then this post might help you understand why you never seem to be able to change your stressed eating habits.
Stress and The Vagus Nerve
When we get over stressed the vagus nerve can get overly affected and that nerve can be restored naturally through the act of swallowing. Swallowing also helps to soothe physical pain as again the vagus nerve is reset. Somehow we have linked swallowing with eating. We could just as easily drink some small sips of water or hold the top and bottom of the vagus nerve. This can work for a traumatised infant as much as it does for a fully grown adult. It is a much better fix than eating when stressed as that food can go nowhere and just encourages things like a fungal overgrowth.
Unresolved Stressed Emotions Cause Fungal Overgrowth
You can also look at how unresolved emotional events and trauma can encourage fungal and parasitic overgrowths. I generally think it is to do with something from the past that is ‘eating away’ at the person. For this Kinesiology has many options and I also use my new form of Tapping along with a process of resolution that I created that works very well. Generally speaking, once the past issue gets resolved for the person, the fungal and parasitic problem can clear a lot quicker. I also find that there is less of a need for eating sugary foods when we are less stressed.
Some Helpful Tips To Help Calm Your Stressed States
- Breathing while holding your solar plexus area
- Sipping water while you feel stressed to help calm your vagus nerve
- Walking in daylight
- Thinking ‘I truly…’ positive statements
- Eating food when relaxed
- Talking about your stresses to trusted friends
- Writing out your stresses in a journal
- Seeing and celebrating your small daily successes
I Hope This Information On Stress Helps You Make Informed Choices
I hope you have found this post informative and interesting. Most of what I talk about comes from my own views on stress and unresolved trauma and how these states contribute to our fungal and parasitic overgrowths. I also hope that you can see why stressed eating or eating when stressed can contribute to your Candida or Fungal overgrowth. Information like this might help you to become aware of the role of food in your life and how you can make some positive changes to calm and resolve your stressed states.
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