Emotions – Living an INSPIRED Life With Doc Nuzum (video)
Jonathan Hunsaker: Today, we’re going to talk about how our emotions affect our health. Stay tuned.
Jonathan Hunsaker here with Organixx. Thanks for tuning in, and we’re talking more about INSPIRED: The 8 Pillars of Health.
Today, we’re talking about the letter E, Emotions. And what a lot of people don’t realize is a stubbed toe, a broken arm, going through a divorce… these are all traumas, and our body’s stress response to trauma is all the same, whether it’s physical or emotional. So, our emotions play a really big part in the health of our body. So, let’s go talk to Doc Nuzum about that a bit more, and find out what we can do to get our emotions in a better place to live a healthier life.
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Today, we’re talking emotions. You’ve got to understand that emotions are things that we feel. Things that we feel can be simply a feeling that’s contrived, or it can be reality.
What we have to do is we have to differentiate. Is this an emotion that’s based on fact or on reality? Or is it just something I’m feeling? Is it something that’s working up inside of me?
In Oriental medicine, the 5 toxic emotions, you have sadness. Sadness affects your heart, it affects your ability to assimilate.
You have anger. Anger and frustration affect your liver and gallbladder.
Then you have apprehensive and overthinking things damages the stomach and the pancreas.
Then you have fear and insecurity. Those affect the kidney and the bladder.
Then we have grief. Grief, and the inability to let go, affect the lungs and the colon.
So, it’s interesting how they’ve been able to equate them to organs that are affected by those particular emotions.
Another thing to think about when it comes to emotions and emotional health is trauma. Trauma, whether it’s physical trauma, or emotional trauma, or mental trauma, or whatever, trauma is trauma is trauma is trauma. And your body’s response to trauma doesn’t matter what the source is. Your stress response to trauma is the same whether it was an emotional trauma or a physical trauma.
So, there’s a few things we can do to help with these things. One is from a physical standpoint. If you’re nutritionally deficient, your physical machinery isn’t going to operate as well as it should. Therefore, its capacity to handle stress isn’t going to be what it should be.
I use the example of if we took and removed 80% of the nuts and bolts from your car, how much stress would that car handle? If we pushed it, it may crumble and fall over. So, it doesn’t take a whole lot of stress to create a disaster in a car that’s missing 80% of the nuts and bolts.
If your body’s missing all those nutrients, it won’t take much stress to push you over the edge. Whereas, if you replace all those nuts and bolts, you get all those nutrients in your system, your system will run better, and it will have a greater capacity to handle stress.
Let’s go to the gut real quick. Dopamine and serotonin, about 80% of these two extremely important neurotransmitters are made in your gut. So, dopamine is your satisfaction hormone, and serotonin is your happy hormone. If your gut is not healthy, it’s not going to produce enough of your satisfaction hormone. Then, if your gut isn’t healthy, it also isn’t going to produce enough serotonin, which is your happy hormone.
Then we have healthy expression. When you suppress feelings, they don’t go away. Let’s say suppressed anger, or grief, or any of these toxic emotions. When they’re suppressed, what happens is you push those down, and you push them down into the soil of your body. They end up popping up as a weed someplace else.
Here you have this wonderful relationship you’re cultivating, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, these weird anger issues start showing up. You’re not even angry with the person you’re in this relationship with, but they become the target of this terrible anger that’s been suppressed by you for all these years.
Finding ways to eliminate or detoxify ourselves of these toxic emotions is extremely important. There’s all kinds of ways of doing that. I’m not here to tell you how to go do that. What I’m trying to do is bring it to your attention.
I had a patient who had a miscarriage. She never cried a tear. Within the next 2 years, she almost ended up in a divorce. And she was in my office one day. She asked me about her marriage and whatnot, and I said, “How have you dealt with that miscarriage?” She said, “Oh, I never really dealt with it.” I said, “Maybe think about that for a little while.”
She said she went out to her car, and for the first time in almost 3 years, she mourned. And it was when she did that, and detoxified that emotion, she was able to start—she actually started treating her husband nice again. They started courting. They actually got back together. They were almost separated.
I’m trying to give you an example here of how toxic emotions don’t normally affect the person that maybe caused or triggered that emotion in you to begin with. A lot of times, it comes out someplace else where you don’t want it to come out.
Find healthy ways to express stored up emotions. You’ve got to increase your physical capacity to handle things, which helps your emotional capacity to handle things.
Jonathan Hunsaker: Thanks, Doc, and it’s just fascinating to me that our body’s response is the same whether it’s a physical trauma or an emotional trauma.
So, I hope you’re loving this new INSPIRED series, The 8 Pillars of Health.