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People: Our Biggest Source of Stress


October 20, 2016 | Published by

Emotional stresses are the apex stress. Most people consider the physical stresses to be the most toxic to the body (like chemicals, heavy metals, etc.) when in fact it is the constant low-grade emotional stresses that cause us the most harm. In fact, some of the biggest stresses we face involve other people. Most people can relate to the fact that there is one person they know in general, like a son or daughter, partner, employer, ex, co-worker, mother-in-law, etc., that is causing them stress right now, ranging from very mild and occasionally to severe and extreme.

What if someone you are close with is causing you emotional stress? If it is a partner, tell him or her that there are certain times he or she causes you stress and during those times you need to minimize your contact. You might work out a signal to let him or her know when this is happening so they can stop. If it is someone you cannot easily communicate with, which is in itself a sign of a stressful situation, you must do what you can on your own. If this is pervasive throughout your relationship, you should rethink this relationship. Patients often tell me that they feel guilty for minimizing their contact with friends or family members even when that person is causing them stress.  It is important to realize that nobody has a right to your health and well-being.

Being aware of the human sources of stress in your life will allow you to change how you interact with them. Changing your social contacts is sometimes the key to tipping the scales in your favor for recovery. No matter how many right things you put into your body and your lifestyle, their positive effects can be undermined by too much contact with people who leave you feeling drained. Therefore, if you look at your life and you find that “energy suckers” are a factor, it is important to do something about it. If they are people you know casually or have little contact with, you should consider eliminating them altogether from your life. If you find that someone is causing you stress during a particular interaction, end your contact as quickly as possible at that time.

Chronic Emotional Stress Can make You Sick

As our HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis becomes increasingly compromised, our immune system becomes incrementally compromised as well. This is often how we become increasingly allergic or hypersensitive to foods and substances in our environment, as we develop less resistance to many different types of infectious diseases like urinary tract infections, skin infections, respiratory infections, etc. We have an increased tendency to develop any one of the 80 immune-related diseases including psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimotos thyroiditis, and Grave’s disease.

It is the accumulation of the many and varied different types of stresses which tips the balance. If we can recognize stress for what it is and deal with these different stresses in our lives, whether they are emotional, mental or physical, we will be in a much better position to avoiding falling victim to chronic illness because our resistance will be high and our susceptibility will remain low. Continual low-grade stress causes a strain particularly on our adrenal glands, and once these powerful little glands become compromised our susceptibility to virtually any immune problem increases significantly, especially an inflammatory condition like heart disease.

3 Most Important Factors Affecting Your Immune System:

-Your Nutritional Status. In order to function optimally, your immune system is like any other system in your body. It needs adequate nutrition to operate at peak efficiency and must be supplied with a whole range of nutrients, particularly the vitamins A, B6, C and E as well as the key immune minerals magnesium, zinc, copper, iodine, iron and selenium. A deficiency in any one or several of these important nutritional contingent factors can significantly increase your risk of a yeast infection. Poor nutritional status can come about from a deficiency due to a poor dietary intake or a poor ability of the digestive system to digest and absorb these vital nutrients.

-How Stress Affects You. Stress is one of the most universal underlying causes of many infections and inflammations, including psoriasis. Whenever your body is exposed to any kind of stress, whether it is an emotional stress such as for example grief, anger, anxiety, or a physical stress such as an injury, toxicity or infection, many chemical changes occur in your body, which in turn may have a significant effect on your immune system.

-Your Toxic And Allergenic Load. Your toxic and allergenic load is the total quantity of potentially toxic and allergenic substances that have entered your body, and it is this load that your immune system has to deal with. There are different ways for your body to receive both toxic and allergenic materials and they can be absorbed and incorporated into your body in many different ways. This is why you will need to implement a wholesome, healthy and nutritious diet.

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dr-eric-bakker-150x150About the Author: Eric Bakker B.H.Sc. (Comp.Med), N.D, R.Hom. is a highly experienced naturopathic physician who has been in clinical practice for 27 years. Eric is passionate about improving people’s lives through proven wellness and lifestyle principles, natural medicine practice as well as public and professional practitioner education. Eric specializes in candida, psoriasis, as well as adrenal fatigue, thyroid and digestive disorders. Dr. Bakker has written one of the most comprehensive books on yeast infections called Candida Crusher. He has also written what may well be the most comprehensive Natural Psoriasis Treatment Program available. You can find more articles by Dr. Bakker on his blog at

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