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How Stress Can Lead to Physical Injury

Woman on bed with headacheIn my first post, we talked about stress in general. Today, I want to give you an example.

I was just at a fundraiser dinner a couple of nights ago. I was seated with a super nice guy who is a very successful wealth manager. He was working with his trainer, as he does 5 days a week, each week. He was doing the same bench press he often does. The stress (the heavyweight of the bench press) actually tore his muscle.

The stress (the weight) was greater than his ability to turn that into power and growth.

The muscle, literally, broke. There was not enough GAS metabolically in the muscle cells and tendons. Likely, that is caused by a gradual decrease in GAS by other stressors.

For example, diet, emotional stress, and poor sleep will cause the adrenal glands to work too hard. Just as driving too hard in 2nd gear on the highway will drain gas at a very high rate, the high burn of GAS with poor sleep, food sensitivities, and major stress with COVID cause the adrenals to, for example, release more cortisol. Cortisol in turn weakens connective tissues. Injury.

Or, perhaps dietary stress and COVID pressure caused a biochemical issue where his stomach is not producing adequate acid to break down proteins. Why? Because zinc is being used to help his taxed immune system more than make digestive juices (we need zinc to make stomach acid). Now, he absorbs less protein, even though he eats plenty. What happens next? Injury.

In his case, a whole-body approach to stress would really help, and that’s where I come in. We take a full-body approach to healing at Dr Matt Lyon, not only do we offer chiropractic services, acupuncture, foundation guidance, and others to ensure your whole body has enough GAS.

Next time, I will provide another example of how having enough GAS can help combat anxiety and depression and how your eating habits affect them.

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