Emotion Stress Is A Psoriasis Trigger

Emotion Stress Is A PsoriasisTrigger

Emotional Stress Can Often Trigger Psoriasis

After having been in clinical naturopathic practice for almost 30 years, I have noticed that powerful emotional events occurring in that person’s life are frequently linked with the actual cause of their poor health. And in the case of people with psoriasis, there is no exception.

In fact, most of my psoriasis patients notice that stress, particularly emotional stress, has been linked to their psoriasis flare-ups.

When I carefully look at the patient’s time line, and ask the question: “When can you last remember feeling truly well?” the person can generally recall one or several stressful events which took place before they became unwell. If you have been unwell for several years, ask yourself what happened in your life before you became sick. An event may have occurred up one year prior, but typically it will have been in the months leading up to you becoming unwell.

With psoriasis, the patient may well have had it so long they forget what started it, it what the triggers are, but I’ve found the onset was often precipitated after a series of stressful events. The person’s immune system may have been struggling for some time and I’ve typically seen a patient developing psoriasis after a few rounds of antibiotics or some other kind of immune type of drug. What I’ve commonly noticed is a cluster of stressful events occurring in the patient’s life which started to cause adrenal fatigue, and then their immune system became increasingly compromised leading to leaky gut syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and a rampant yeast infection or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) then ensued, culminating in psoriasis. (See my other book called Psoriasis – Understanding Stress and Immunity for more comprehensive information on adrenal fatigue).

Psoriasis And Stress Are Linked

Psoriasis And Stress Are Linked

Understanding That Psoriasis Is Linked To Stress Is Important

What you are about to read is something I will often try to explain to psoriasis patients who pay me a visit, it is an explanation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and how it can bring you a lot of joy or a lot of grief in your life. Psoriasis and stress are certainly linked, and this article will explain why and go further explaining that if you can reduce your stress that it can save you a lot of grief as far as those psoriasis flare-ups are concerned.

When you understand this system reasonably well, you will be in a good position to be able to more effectively balance your ANS and bring about harmony to your nervous system that in turn can have a tremendously positive effect on your immune system.

The stronger your immune system, the better your body will be able to resist psoriasis and the quicker it will be able to recover from virtually any illness. I consider this information to be priceless and one of those gold nuggets you will find in The Psoriasis Program. For those in particular who have had chronic psoriasis for many years, a healthy, well-balanced ANS that in turn can build a powerful immune system will be worth more than the most powerful dietary supplement or herbal medicine you could ever wish to buy.

How Psoriasis And Stress Are Linked

Self-awareness about your psoriasis and stress in your life can be the difference between hardly ever experiencing those nasty skin flare-ups all the way to experiencing them on a regular basis is one of the most (if not THE most) important factors in my clinical experience contributing towards a happy and positive natural psoriasis treatment plan.

Your autonomic nervous system is the system that automatically regulates your body in times of stress, and then helps to de-regulate your body and chill it out after any stressful event. The sympathetic nervous system is the accelerator of stress, it primes your body in preparation for any upcoming stressful event, no matter how small (like hurting your toe) or how big (like jumping out of a plane) and your parasympathetic nervous system is the brake and will help to normalize your body after any stressful event. Now let’s look at this fantastic system a little more closely.

Your autonomic nervous system is a part of your nervous system that regulates key involuntary functions of the body, including the activity of the heart muscle; the smooth muscles, including the muscles of the intestinal tract; and the glands. The autonomic nervous system has two separate divisions: the sympathetic nervous system, which accelerates the heart rate, constricts blood vessels, and raises blood pressure, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles.

Of all of your body’s systems, your nervous system is most probably the most fragile. Its delicate balance is easily affected by emotional, physical and chemical factors or more commonly by a combination of these stresses. As a result of an imbalance, you can readily suffer from a wide variety of health problems, and because your entire body is controlled by your nervous system, chronic stress has been linked with just about every single illness known to man.

If you can relate to stress and you have psoriasis then I’m certain you will get a lot of benefit from The Psoriasis Program. Check it out.

Yoga For Psoriasis

Yoga For Psoriasis

Yoga For Psoriasis Makes Sense

The mind is everything. What you think, you become. Buddha

Before I explain about yoga for psoriasis, let’s get one thing clear; yoga is not a religion nor a belief system, it is an ancient art form is based on harmonising and developing the body, mind and spirit.

There are many different types of yoga, and I recommend that you contact a yoga teacher to find out which type best suits your needs. Some kinds of yoga are more meditative, others have been designed to help you more with flexibility and strength, and yet others have been designed to detoxify and cleanse the body. Some people who practice yoga for psoriasis are involved in one or even several kinds of yoga for this reason.

Pranayama for example, is a higher branch of Hatha Yoga and the main purpose of this form of yoga is to help with breath control. Using specialised techniques, those who practice pranayama have learned to strengthen and develop their parasympathetic nervous system to a very high degree, which in turn has an amazing effect at reducing your stress levels.

I’ve noticed with many patients including those with psoriasis I have known over the years that when they practice yoga for psoriasis for any length of time they develop a sense of inner peace, tranquility and well being. Yoga can make you feel more in harmony with your environment and over time can aid significantly towards a reduction in the many symptoms related with psoriasis.

When yoga is regularly performed, it helps to make your body stronger and more flexible and it certainly has been linked with improving your circulatory, respiratory, immune, digestive, nervous and hormonal systems. Like Tai Chi, yoga brings about a sense of emotional stability and clarity of the mind.

Physically I am very much in favour of yoga, it is a particularly good activity for those who want to remain active as they grow older because by regularly tuning up your body in this way you will become a lot less prone to injuries such as falls, strains and various other accidents as you age. I have an eighty-two year old patient who is remarkably flexible and young for her age after having practiced yoga for over twenty years, she came to yoga when she turned sixty! She said that yoga helped her with balance in her life after her husband had passed away and she needed to put her mind and body into something.

Emotionally, yoga serves a purpose as well, those who practice yoga several times each week just feel happier and more relaxed; less easily wound-up, less given to worry and are much more optimistically inclined. Yoga is great for those with psoriasis.

When searching the internet, I discovered that there are many journal reports that provide information on how yoga can have a most positive effect on psoriasis, especially psoriatic arthritis. According to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, stress can have a most negative affect on the normal functioning of the melanocytes and the keratinocytes in the skin. Indian research suggests that he regular practice of yoga can even cure psoriasis, and places emphasis on different yoga exercises (asanas), deep breathing exercises, as well as meditation techniques.

And as I have mentioned previously, stress has a tendency to impair immune system activity by weakening the adrenal gland function, the very glands that help you recover from any kind of stressful event. Practicing yoga for psoriasis, especially under the guidance of an experienced yoga instructor, has been proven to effectively reduce the impact of stress on the body, and this then can reduce the chances of any future psoriasis aggravations as well.

Use It Or Lose It

Maybe you are a baby-boomer like me and pushing fifty or more years, it is important to remember that old age and associated illnesses that come with it are big business today. Not everybody is sufficiently encouraged to look after him or herself, because quite frankly, folks are worth more money to the sickness industry when they are unwell. While it is true that people are living longer, the quality of life for many of our elderly citizens is far from acceptable.

It is rare today to find a person who is seventy or eighty and who is not on some form of pharmaceutical medication, and the bulk of older people are taking up to a half a dozen drugs or more. Use it or lose it, yoga has the ability to give you a quality of life that many only dream of as they age. So what are you waiting for!

Here is a website with some great information on why yoga is great for psoriasis: Yoga Poses For Stress Relief.

The Psoriasis Program

I designed this program for those with all forms of psoriasis, it contains 13 individual books of information and is over 600 pages of the best natural medicine hints and tips on how you can overcome those psoriasis flare-up – all without having to rely on creams, ointments or expensive drugs. Please check it out on this link.

Psoriasis And Stress

Psoriasis And Stress

Psoriasis And Stress Are Intricately Linked

Have you read my booklet entitled “Psoriasis, Stress and Immunity”? Understanding psoriasis and stress is such an important topic when it comes to significantly improving your psoriasis. that is is part of my 13-book series I wrote that makes up The Psoriasis Program.

It will give you an excellent overview of how your immune system copes under stress, and then how stress affects your immune system and causes your psoriasis to go out of control. Stress has been proved to be one of the most important of the influencing factors in the development of psoriasis.

Many With Psoriasis Are Stressed Individuals

Research has shown that between 37 to 78 percent of patients admit that stress affects the condition of their skin. In addition to stress from other factors, psoriasis itself is a stressor due to the abnormal skin conditions; patients experience low self-esteem and feel depressed. This further adds to their internal stress levels.

I’ve found that the kind of chronic psoriasis patients who come to us for help appear to be continually in a state of sickness, often with a poor immune system, are those people who have a tendency to suffer from long-term and low-grade continual stress. I call them the walking wounded, they are not necessarily “sick”, but they never seem to have abundant energy, they hardly ever seem to smile or fully embrace life.

They don’t appear to enjoy life much and see it as some sort of drudgery they have to go through, and many such folk are not really happy with the quality of their lives or rather what has become of it. The thing with stress and poor immunity underlying psoriasis is that it can affect so many systems of the body and create dysfunction across the board that it truly is a systemic problem for many, is it any wonder a person with psoriasis can potentially feel terrible, and so do the people around him or her? I’ve known many sick psoriasis patients who can even be considered “social lepers”, they go nowhere, can’t eat out, have minimal friends and can feel like an outcast. They become stressed, and it is this chronic state of stress that will ensure they don’t recover anytime soon.

Among adults, job and financial worries are often among the leading contributors to stress, but increased crime, violence, peer pressure leading to substance abuse (alcohol and drugs like ecstasy, cannabis and methamphetamine), social isolation, loneliness, and family problems can also create stress-related problems. Stress is not only creating problems with adults, but is increasingly causing health problems among children, teenagers and especially the elderly.

When I grew up in the 60’s, stress didn’t seem to be the buzz word that it is today. Sure people did drugs, but nothing like the drugs of today; alcohol was a problem – now alcohol related problems like domestic violence and automobile accidents are quite chronic and regular daily events that take up half of all police time. Sure there was violence, but nothing like it is today, now we accept violence on television and the movies, and computer games and even children’s cartoons often contain an element of violence. Growing up in the 60’s certainly didn’t involve terror attacks. Bad language is now virtually the norm on TV, and explicit sexual references are what often sell music these days.

The 21st Century Is The Century Of Stress

Remember the 1950’s when children could safely walk to school and high-school massacres were unheard of? In the 21st century, it seems that we have become an increasingly violent, hurried, stressed, time poor, worried, politically correct and sick society. Baby boomers today are more prone to stress related illness like diabetes, heart disease and cancer than their forebears, the silent generation, were. It is your immune system that is particularly affected by chronic low-grade stress, and it is the walking wounded as patients we see in the clinic on a daily basis.

We see patients with all manner of disease due to a compromised immune system like recurrent cough and colds, skin infections, recurrent allergies, autoimmune diseases and many different types of cancers.

As I mentioned earlier that we see a certain group of patients who always “always sick” or who are chronically fatigued from the hurry and worry of modern life. Their conventional doctor may label them as being depressed or anxious and prescribe a drug, after all, the test results appear to be fine, it must be in the patient’s head.

When no test results can account for the way a patient with a compromised immune system feels, these are the folks in particular who need to make the necessary lifestyle changes as well as look at their adrenal health before they take any form of prescribed drug-based medications.

A compromised immune system can mean that you could more easily develop leaky gut syndrome, generally found with a digestive bacterial overgrowth or a yeast infection, because your resistance will be lowered and your susceptibility will be increased. All you need now is a prescription for an antibiotic drug to tip the balance and precipitate dysbiosis or SIBO (small intestinal bowel overgrowth), especially if you drink alcohol or have a sugar-laden diet to cope with your stressful life. It is the convergence of several factors which most always account for an increased susceptibility towards psoriasis, but it generally stems from an immune system which was compromised in the first place which will not only ensure the beginning but the continuation of psoriasis, and sometimes indefinitely.

Many Don’t Believe They Have Stress In Their Lives

Most people today associate stress with worry, but stress has a much broader definition to your body. I have always noted that psoriasis patients don’t generally see themselves as living under much stress, or even feeling stressed. Dr. Wilson, the adrenal fatigue expert, once said to me “anybody with a pulse and breathing will suffer with stress in their lives”. I recall telling him that I didn’t feel particularly stressed and his reply was this: “But Eric, you have just told me that you have a wife and four teenagers, you certainly will have lots of stress in your life!”

Any kind of change, whether it is emotional, environmental, illness, hormonal or just pushing yourself too hard, can be stressful to your body. Even positive events, such as getting a promotion at work, winning a sum of money or even taking a vacation can be stressful and can gradually weaken your health before you realise what is happening. If you have recently experienced a change in your sleep patterns, feel fatigued, anxious or a lack of enjoyment for life, or have multiple aches and pains, it is highly likely that you are over-stressed.

I wrote The Psoriasis Program for psoriasis sufferers who are sick and tired of not getting results with natural treatments or for those who are fed up with conventional (drug) based treatments that tend to be either ineffective or too costly. Check it out.

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