I think all of us at some point heard the phrase, “nobody dies from a broken heart.” Such a statement always struck me so outrageous because if you ever suffered heartache, grief, and loss, you most definitely can feel like you are dying and physical symptoms more often than not manifest. I am going to stretch you today to understand that we thrive on several components that are crucial to our overall health. So before we go any further, yes folks your emotional state is one of those important contributing components to being healthy.
More and more studies are being released that illness in the body can be directly correlated to trapped emotions. Broken Heart Syndrome is just one facet of this amazingly interesting study. For all of you science based readers don’t worry I have included supportive evidence to back up what I am saying.
According to Mathew Lorber, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, “Broken Heart Syndrome — which is, in fact, a real thing — is when someone finds out some shocking news, typically terrible news, and there’s a massive release of these stress hormones that are released into the bloodstream, and the heart is then bombarded with these stress hormones.” People most certainly have died from a broken heart but we may have just called it a massive heart attack, stoke, or cancer.
Let me take this one step further. What happens in your body when you are experiencing constant stress, fear, or sadness? Science already knows that such emotions cause cortisol surges (stress hormones) within your body. Out of control cortisol surges can be linked to an array of ailments from free radical release, mutated dna cells, premature aging, organ stress, all the way to you guessed it…….. cancer. Do I have you thinking yet?
Think about the last time that you felt an intense emotion and it caused a physical response. It could have been when your face became flushed from embarrassment or when your stomach gave way from a scary or stressful circumstance. Depending how emotionally unbalanced you are, that bathroom episode could have been the start of irritable bowel syndrome which by the way is directly linked to STRESS. Some of the medical community won’t be bold enough to say which came first, the chicken or the egg in this situation but WebMD says, “There’s proof that keeping your stress under control can help you prevent or ease IBS symptoms.” You can indeed worry yourself sick!
So before you allow someone to run your emotional state, ask yourself is it worth your health. Don’t take this statement lightly. Every time you are upset you are releasing a free radical into your system with the hopes that your immune system is strong enough to seek out and destroy it.
I happen to love the way Chinese Medicine breaks this study down. Take a look at how your daily emotions correlate to your organs on this amazing chart:
On the flip side, there is evidence to prove that positive emotions build the immune system. There is power in positive thinking but I will save that for another blog. Until then, just know that one of the top contributing factors to living to 100 is positive interaction among people (as seen in the most recent Ted Talk)
In conclusion, Don’t Worry Be Happy the famous UB40 song was on to something! Don’t let someone steal your joy because they are actually doing much worse in robbing you of your overall health! Peace and love – xoxoxoxox Leslie
Leslie Welton has a B.S. in marketing, is aesthetics licensed with the Board of Cosmetology, is a certified make-up artist from Make-Up Designory of Soho, NY, accredited through the Living Foods Institute for Natural Healing Modalities, and is a natural and safe product innovator. In her fight to beat cancer, Leslie used her experience to drive her passion for what she coined The Free Life Recipe. To enjoy her videos, podcasts, and to browse her growing healthy and safe product line, visit LeslieWelton.com.