5 emotions that will ruin your health

5 emotions that will ruin your health
Highlights

It is passe to think of emotions as just, well, emotions. They are actually biological events that leave a terrible footprint on your body, and some of them can be dangerous. Evidence continues to pile up that proves that a majority of diseases, including chronic ones, are caused by emotions. Emotions,

Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, maps out our emotions that are just downright unhealthy

It is passe to think of emotions as just, well, emotions. They are actually biological events that leave a terrible footprint on your body, and some of them can be dangerous. Evidence continues to pile up that proves that a majority of diseases, including chronic ones, are caused by emotions. Emotions, if not channelised well, can become negative, maybe even kill you.

Stress

Stress is implicated in several ailments. It is linked to most heart-related problems and is known to weaken the cardiovascular system. It is associated with diabetes and blood pressure, including low blood pressure and thus also linked to clinical depression. It is infamous for weakening the immune system and thus opening the body to infection. It is also said to delay wound healing and affects salivary chemicals, which in turn affect the digestive tract. It also affects fertility and the overall health of the reproductive system.

Depression

Depression is now recognised as a serious ailment and is being treated on an emergency footing. But, unfortunately, it has associated physical and emotional problems that are often left untreated, possibly worsening the depressive condition.

It can affect memory, lead to age-related mental disorders that can be difficult to nurse, or require institutional support in the long term. It also affects the immune system, can be linked to thyroid issues, problems with the reproductive system and strain the cardio-vascular and respiratory system.

Anger

Anger is linked to type-A personality, which is nowadays seen as a "cardiac" personality, prone to heart attacks and other cardiovascular related ailments. It is said to cause heart arrhythmia -- irregular heart beat.

It thickens the blood, and is associated with inflammatory conditions in the body -- ulcers, IBS, fertility issues, and poor absorption of nutrients, and, like stress, is associated with cholesterol. It also causes life-threatening situations.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a known psychosomatic trigger in several physical problems, including vision health, memory failure, heart conditions, low blood pressure and/or high blood pressure. It is often accompanied by clinical depression because of the sense of helplessness it creates.

It is often linked to many auto-immune diseases, where the body over-reacts and begins to attack itself from inside, whether it is bronchitis or arthritis. It weakens immunity, affects wound-healing, and can delay overall healing in ailments.

Lethargy

Lethargy is not treated or taken seriously. Actually, it is caused by several serious biological events and causes. Lack of iron or magnesium can make you dull: the first because it affects your cardiovascular health and the latter because it is linked to resolving the body's trauma in adrenal gland overdrive.

A high sugar diet (often sought as an addictive outlet for people with emotional issues) can cause a blood sugar crash that also is interpreted by the body as lethargy.

A dip in feel-good neuro-chemicals is said to make one uninterested in simple things and prone to an attitude of "what's the use anyway?" This is often a precursor of or accompaniment to clinical depression.

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