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Diseases Linked To Stress



Diseases Linked To Stress

In today’s fast paced world, mental stress is more than just an emotional burden—it can manifest physically, causing various health issues. Understanding these stress-related illnesses and their impact on the body is crucial for maintaining overall well-being. As an Ayurvedic holistic nutritionist, I emphasize a comprehensive approach to managing stress and its effects.

Common Stress-Related Illnesses

Skin Issues

Chronic stress can lead to various skin problems, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The body’s stress response releases hormones like cortisol, which can increase oil production and inflammation, resulting in breakouts and other skin conditions. It is very common for people with the body type called Pitta (Pitta Dosha) or with an imbalance in Pitta are particularly prone to skin issues, acid imbalances, and inflammation.

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Digestive Problems

Stress often disrupts the digestive system, causing symptoms such as bloating, nausea, and stomach pain. It can also exacerbate conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leading to chronic discomfort and digestive irregularities. People with high Vata or a Vata imbalance, often suffer with digestive imbalance caused by emotional or mental stress.

Sleep Disruptions

Stress can severely affect sleep patterns, causing insomnia or restless sleep. Lack of quality sleep further exacerbates stress, creating a vicious cycle that impacts overall health. Poor sleep can contribute to the development of moodiness and in some cases depression. In Ayurveda this is known for being a Kapha imbalance, meaning the body and its energy becomes heavy, sluggish and slow.

Addictive Behaviors

Many individuals turn to alcohol, food, cigarettes, or other substances as a coping mechanism for stress. This can lead to addiction, further deteriorating both mental and physical health. From an Ayurvedic perspective all three body-types (vata, pitta, kapha) that are prone to  addictive behaviour when under emotional and mental stress.

Cardiovascular Issues

Long-term stress contributes to high blood pressure and increased heart rate, which can lead to serious cardiovascular problems such as hypertension and heart disease. This is common for high pitta because their inner fire shoots up when stressed, causing them to become hot temperated, impatient and snappy.

Weight Gain

Stress often triggers emotional eating, leading to weight gain, especially among people who have pre-dominat Kapha dosha and Pitta imbalance. The food intake often becomes uncontrollable as a way to cope with emotions. It gives a quick “feel good”, but soon after there is a feeling of guilt, heaviness and discomfort.
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Holistic Approaches to Managing Stress

As an Ayurvedic nutritionist, I advocate for a balanced approach to managing stress, focusing on both the mind and body.
Here are some effective strategies:
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: Practicing mindfulness and meditation can reduce stress levels and improve overall mental clarity.
  • Balanced Diet: Eating 3 healthy meals a day and consuming a diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can support the body’s stress response.
  • Regular Exercise:  Physical activity is a natural stress reliever that helps maintain physical health.  This can be gentle walks, swimming yoga or more intense sports if this aligns better with your dosha.



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Managing stress is essential for preventing and alleviating the physical illnesses linked to it. If you’re struggling with stress-related health issues. consider a holistic approach that addresses both mental and physical well-being. For personalised guidance, book an online consultation with me: HERE


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