Stress is a prevalent factor in many health issues, and it can have a significant impact on our body’s functions and overall well-being. It’s estimated that a staggering 90 percent of all doctor visits relate to stress-induced complaints. Stress has a profound effect on our immune system, especially when it becomes chronic.
Initially, under stressful conditions, our body reacts by releasing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones help us cope with immediate challenges, providing a heightened state of alertness and energy. But, if we find ourselves constantly under stress, from any number of daily struggles, it becomes detrimental. Persistent stress, even if it’s low-grade, strains the adrenal system, leading to what’s known as the HPA stress excess. Over time, the hormone levels not only decline but the body’s responsiveness to these hormones decreases. This could eventually lead to a condition known as adrenal fatigue.
Now, you might wonder how this all ties back to yeast infections. In our book, Candida Crusher, we delve deeper into the relationship between stress and yeast infections. Symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, and irritability can be indicative of the impact of stress on the body. One way to potentially identify a stress-related yeast infection is to reflect on significant stress events in the past and if they coincide with the onset of the infection. The correlation is often present if examined closely.
As the effects of stress compound, our resistance to infections dwindles while our susceptibility rises. Imagine two opposing scales – as one goes up, the other comes down. With increasing stress, our ability to fend off infections diminishes, making us more prone to them. Conversely, activities that bolster our health and reduce stress will enhance our resistance, making us less susceptible to infections. We will discuss this concept further in upcoming posts, differentiating between what we term as “health builders” and “health busters.”
Disclaimer: While this information provides insights into the connection between stress and yeast infections, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare professional for personalized advice and recommendations. Always prioritize professional guidance when dealing with health concerns.