Discover How You Can Live Stress Free!

Are You Sick & Tired of Living with Stress & Overwhelm? You Don't Have to Live Like That Anymore, Relief is Here...

Discover How You Can Live Stress Free!

Are You Sick & Tired of Living with Stress & Overwhelm? You Don't Have to Live Like That Anymore, Relief is Here...

NEW 90-Day Stress Antidote System Rewires Your Brain & Stress-Proofs Your Life, No Matter What Life Throws at You!

 My name is Dr. Elizabeth Hughes MD, and what I'm about to teach you will literally change your life, inside and out.  I don't have to remind you stress kills!  Stress is the single most destructive force in our lives, and does so much damage to our minds, bodies and soul.  But so many people think it's normal or somehow part of how modern life is supposed to be lived.  Well I'm here to tell you, it isn't normal, it isn't how we are supposed to live, and it is literally killing you from within. 

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 Elizabeth Hughes LLC Stress Ideas Coaching in For Women

Isn't it time for you
to live your greatest, healthiest and happiest life?

How would it feel to wake up refreshed, confident, calm and peaceful as you go about your normal daily life?  How would it feel to know you are getting healthier, not sicker daily? 

As an MD, I have seen so much sickness, and sadly the vast majority was self-imposed.  Seeing so many lives that could have been better, I decided to do something about it, so I went to work creating my NEW 90-Day Stress Antidote System, a training course that will literally rewire your mind, consciousness and experiences in life.  

Our bodies have a remarkable ability to heal and repair, but we must remove the mental blocks and allow it to naturally heal and experience true health, from the inside out.  

I hope you will finally make the changes you need, we can eliminate stress together, and start you on a path of healing mind, body and soul, you will never regret taking this step. 

Warmly, 

Elizabeth Hughes, MD / 90-Day Stress Antidote System

Stress is responsible for 75% to 90% of all illness

When you eliminate stress, you dramatically decrease risk of illness.

It’s a little-known fact that stress is responsible for 75% to 90% of all illness

When  you eliminate stress, you dramatically decrease risk of illness. And recover  faster if you do get sick.

The body heals itself. It is the only thing that has ever made you well. No medication can help you unless your body is in condition to use it. 

What you think and how you feel directly affects your body.  Within a free discovery call, I can help you understand how what you think and how you feel directly affects your body. 

Stress management is not the answer. Stress shouldn’t be managed. We manage things that we want to maximize, like time and money. If you have tried stress management techniques, and they haven’t worked, it’s not your fault. On a free discovery call I can show you a radically different and effective way to minimize and eliminate stress.

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SHOCKING FACT! Stress Is Responsible For 75% To 90% Of All Illness!

Understanding How To Eliminate, Not just Manage, Stress Will Dramatically Decrease Your Risk of Illness, and Improve Your Overall Health

Did you know that stress is responsible for 75% to 90% of all illness? Did you know that when you eliminate stress, you dramatically decrease your risk of illness and even recover faster when your do occasionally sucumb to any sickness? The mind is truly a powerful tool that can be used for destructive or creative objectives. 

What you think and how you feel directly affects your body, so to eliminate your stress, it starts with how you are thinking.  I would like to offer you a FREE DISCOVERY CALL,  we will examine what is causing your stress and begin to eliminate it. There is no charge or obligation, you will simply start your journey to a stress-free life with me, as my gift for visiting my site and considering joining my program.   

Stress management is not the answer. Stress shouldn’t just be managed, it should be eliminated. We manage things that we want to maximize, like time and money, we don't want to maximize stress, we want to minimize and remove it.

If you have tried stress management techniques, and they haven’t worked, it’s not your fault, we are misguided and trained within society to believe stress is normal, it doesn't have to be. On our free discovery call I will show you a radically different and effective approach to minimizing and eliminating stress.

Here's What You Will Learn During our FREE CALL...

  • How stress is destructive and a poison to your body & mind
  • How to eliminate stress, not just manage it
  • Why being busy and successful isn't the cause of stress
  • How natural healing is achieved through proper thinking
  • Steps to take for rapid stress elimination
  • How to wake up refreshed & accomplish more
  • The joy of life lived at the highest level of happiness
  • And so much more...

 

 

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About Elizabeth Hughes M.D.

An authentic, disciplined "Dr. of change", focused on creating life-changing shifts that eliminate limiting beliefs and stress, enhancing the lives of every client.

Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her Medical Degree from the University of Virginia. She completed her advanced medical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. After completing her Residency she joined the Stanford Faculty, where she taught as a Professor for eight years. She has also practiced medicine for several large Medical Groups as well as operating her own private practice. She specializes in Fatigue Recovery and has been involved with many Recovery Groups over the years.

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  •   My wise and courageous colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Hughes, has once again used her intuitive abilities to help me see past some blocks I was experiencing professionally. I am grateful to the insights and guidance as well as support and nurturance. She spins a beautiful balance between intellect and insight intuitively  

  •   Elizabeth helped me change some limiting beliefs that were holding me back in my business and personal life. She is an insightful, skilled coach and the Psych-K balancing process was direct, engaging and transformative. After one session I experienced a big shift in my belief system that I know will positively affect the way I engage with the world.  

  •   Elizabeth has helped me with some of my children's health issues, as well as my own personal and professional development. I would describe Elizabeth as a very authentic individual; well disciplined yet open-minded. She is respectful, eloquently spoken, patient, and is very professional at her work.  

  •   Well I can tell you with 100% certainty that this was an effective treatment. I feel entirely different. If this is the new normal, then I've never known this feeling previously in my life.  

  •   Elizabeth provided me with new tools to help me take my professional development to the next level. She clearly customized her methods for my specific situation and needs and left me ready to get past several personal barriers of mine. I'm excited for what is next for me.  

  •   ?I have had a paradigm shift in thinking. A few months ago I was depressed and felt pretty hopeless about my situation in life with my age, my health, work, etc. I was practically paralyzed, not knowing where to begin to overcome it. Now I feel like I am embracing the future more and am looking forward to this next phase of my life.? - Terri M.  


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Stress Antidote program

Cost: $997.00

Description:

In this 90 day group program we begin the process of re programming how you apporach health. The importance of this program is to help those who believe that stress is making them sick learn how to turn off their body’s harmful stress response and instead activate their body’s natural healing ability. Best of all we will keep it active going forward. So that no matter what life throws at you in the future, you won’t pay for it with your health.


During this incredible life changing process we will...

  • Incorporate trigger to "turn off" stress response
  • Activate body’s natural healing ablibity and keep activ
  • Make individualized Stress Antidote Plan

Program Details:

  • 90 day program
  • Includes weekly recorded content
  • 1 Weekly Live Coaching Call With Elizabeth Hughes {The Stress Nutraliazing Doctor"
  • Learning not diagnosis or treatment in conventional sense

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Health Redesigned Program

Cost: $997.00/Mo

Description:

Together We Will Discover The Root Cause of Your Illness That Effect Your Life and Change The Patterns .

Together we will discover the root cause of your illness break pattern of chronic disease and recurrent illness.



Learn how to listen to your body in way you never understood before.

  • Embrace the health superhero mindset
  • Build a disease proof life
  • Create the life you were meant to live happy & healthy
  • Shift your paradigm about illness 


Frequently Asked Questions Answered By The Team at Elizabeth Hughes LLC

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Can stress cause hair loss?

Hello, I am Dr. Elizabeth Hughes, and today I am going to answer the question “Can stress cause hair loss?”

Answer is:

1   The answer in short is: yes, stress can cause hair loss. And it can cause hair loss in 3 different ways. 

  • The first way is one which is familiar to many people. After some major physical stress, like a serious traumatic event, having a surgery, having a major injury, even having a baby, your body puts the hair follicles into a period of rest. The hair follicles aren't dead, they're just not actively growing hair. 

    After the body has a rest period of somewhere around 3 months -- sometimes as long as 6 months -- it will start growing hair again. But what people notice is before the hair starts growing, all the old hair sheds. So, you can see tremendous shedding three, four, or five months after a traumatic event. The serious traumatic event that has been a real shock to your physical system. 

  • There is another way that stress causes hair loss. Long term, low grade, day-in, day-out stress affects the hair in a totally different way. Hair is constantly growing and it takes a lot of metabolic energy and a lot of protein to fully have hair growth (because hair is all protein).

    When your body is under stress, it's kind of excess or unnecessary to spend energy to grow hair. When your body is in constant stress mode -- that constant fight or flight, trying to stay alive mode that is really physically what your body does when it's feeling stress -- the body prioritizes the important functions, such as making sure the heart is beating, making sure the lungs are getting enough oxygen. And it deprioritizes less important parts of the body, especially parts of the body to take a lot of energy, like growing hair. 

    So, over time with ongoing stress, your hair growth can slow down. The hair may change its thickness, which will feel like a change in texture to you. It may feel a lot finer. You may notice lots of shedding all the time and even though hair is growing back in, it doesn't feel like your hair because of the texture change. 

  • There is one final way that stress can cause hair loss, if you are a woman. When you are under constant stress, hormones change. There is often suppression of all sex hormones, testosterone for men, estrogen for women. (Although men have estrogen and women have testosterone.) But all of those sex hormones can be suppressed. Estrogen is a powerful hair growth promoter and in women who are low on estrogen, they frequently notice that there is hair thinning. So, if you are under constant stress, that is another way that stress can cause hair loss.


    2   To wrap it up....

    All right, it has been my pleasure to be with you today. Thank you so much for watching and I will be back again with you soon. Please give me a comment if what you learned was important to you.






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    What Is Stress?

    What is Stress?

    Hello, I'm Dr Elizabeth Hughes. Today, I'm going to answer a very basic question. “What is stress?” You may think the question “What is stress?” is silly to ask, but it's really not. Stress is misunderstood, even by so-called experts about stress. 

    Answer is:

    1   Stress is a complex emotion, which indicates your body feels threatened.

    Stress is a complex emotion, which indicates your body feels that it's under threat, that you are in immediate danger which you might not survive. Occasionally the feeling of stress is caused by a near-miss car accident or by something like a fire alarm going off. Of course, in situations like these you may be in immediate danger. 


    2   Most of the time when we feel stress, it is not caused by an immediate danger.

    But most of the time when we feel stress, it is not caused by an immediate danger. Most people think that an unreasonable boss, a big test, a crazy commute, a looming deadline, or a sick relative is the same thing as stress. But they’re not. Those situations are “stressors” or stress inducers, things that can trigger the stress response. But they are not the same thing as stress.

    Often people feel stressed without having one event or situation which is causing the stress. The say they are stressed out, but may not understand why they feel that way.


    3   The stress response happens INSIDE you.

    It's important to understand that the stress response is something that happens inside of you. The stress response involves a very detailed and complex set of responses by hormones and neurotransmitters which change the chemistry of your body.

    Yes, your body really does change. Everything about your body changes when you are in a situation of chronic stress. I have other videos about how stress affects the body and how it affects the brain and memory. If you are interested, you can check all of those out. 


    4   To Wrap Up: Understanding the true nature of stress is key to neutralizing it.

    Stress is at its core, a feeling, an emotion. When I work with people about stress, we don't talk about the things that happen in your life, those are just stressors. Those are just incidents that induce this emotion. When you want to work on stress, you need to work on that basic emotion.

    So, the next time you feel stress, remember it's not your boss, it's not the commute. Those are just things that are causing this emotion. Once you understand that, it changes everything about how you view and how you neutralize stress.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Thyroid?

    Hello I'm Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today, I'm going to answer the question, “Does stress affects the thyroid?” If you haven't watched some of my other videos about how stress affects the body, you might want to do that at some point.  The little bit of the information I'm going to share here is in more detail in some of my other videos. 

    Answer is:

    1   When your body is under stress, your body's hormones are hijacked by the fear response.

    When your body is under stress, your body's hormonal machinery is hijacked by the fear response, so that everything that your body does, is based on the thought that there is an immediate threat to your survival. Even if it's not true, your body does not know that.

    When the survival response turns on, that response and its hormones -- cortisol, adrenaline, and other adrenal hormones take over -- and they overwhelm all the other hormones. This is especially true for the thyroid.


    2   The thyroid is designed to regulate the basic metabolism and basic functions of the body., but it goes "offline" when you are feeling stressed.

    The thyroid is designed to regulate the basic metabolism and basic function of the body. The thyroid keeps the heart beating regularly, keeps the digestion going properly, keeps the circulation flowing well, regulates your body temperature. Your thyroid is so essential, because it helps to maintain the appropriate functioning of your entire body. Every part of it.

    When the stress response starts, and those stress hormones take over, the thyroid goes offline. And, all of a sudden, your thyroid hormone can look like it's not at the right level for you, even if the tests are correct.


    3   This is why you can have normal thyroid tests, but still have symptoms of having low thyroid hormone.

    There are many people who have signs of thyroid abnormalities – for instance developing sensitivity to cold and changes in your hair texture -- but actually have a normal clinical thyroid. That's because, your thyroid is working, but the hormone isn't able to have its effect when you have great levels of stress in your life. So, the two, the stress response and the thyroid are highly, highly related.


    4   To Wrap Up: The stress response and thyroid abnormalities are highly related.

    I hope this answers the question of how stress can affect your thyroid and your thyroid hormones. If you want to know more you can visit my website, elizabethhughesmd.com and I’d love to see you there. Thank you so much.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Heart?

    Hello, I'm Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today I'm going to answer the question of how stress affects the heart. I'm not just going to a talk about how stress affects the heart. I'm going to talk about how stress affects the whole cardiovascular system, meaning the heart plus all the blood vessels. The cardiovascular system is one of the most sensitive parts of your body to stress hormones. The heart and the blood vessels respond instantly to a minor stress and are significantly affected by long-term stress.

    Answer is:

    1   Short-term stress causes changes to the heart very rapidly.

    Stress affects the heart in two ways. First, let me talk about short-term stress. If you've ever had something shocking happen to you on a short-term, like a near-miss car accident or getting bad news, you've probably noticed your heart suddenly beating more quickly or feeling like your heart is pounding in your chest. So, you know how quickly your body and your heart responds to stress.

    Now, stop for a moment and think about this: The heart muscle beats all the time, multiple times a minute for your entire life. Your heart never gets a break. The only time the heart muscle gets to relax is between beats. So, when the heart muscle is beating more quickly, it's getting less time to relax, less time to repair itself, less time to regenerate new heart muscle.

    Another thing that happens with when the heart beats more quickly is that, because the heart doesn't relax for as long between beets, less blood can flows into the heart in the time between beats. This is important because the heart can only pump out what has been filled up in to the heart. So, while your heart may be pumping more quickly, it may actually be pumping less blood with each beat. That can be a problem because even though the hearts working really hard, the circulation is a little bit skewed, a little bit off.


    2   Chronic stress puts strain on the heart and decreases blood flow to vital organs.

    Let me talk about more chronic long-term stress. Yes, heart beats faster, there's less relaxation time. There's a lower degree heart rate variability, which is a sign of poor cardiovascular health. When a person is under long-term stress, the blood vessels are also affected by the stress response. Stress hormones make blood vessels constrict or get smaller so the heart has to push against much tighter blood vessels, which it takes more work. This increased work puts more strain on the heart.

    In addition, when blood vessels constrict, parts of your body don’t get as much blood. So, some areas of your body may be literally starving for oxygen. This is true particularly of your intestines and of the frontal lobe of your brain.


    3   To Wrap Up: When your heart is affected by stress, every part of your body suffers.

    I know I have talked about a lot of different ways that stress affects the heart. The bottom line is that the entire body relies on a healthy heart, and because stress makes your heart less healthy,  every part of how your suffers.

    Thank you for watching. If you like this video, leave a comment and you can always find out more about me at my website, elizabethhughesmd.com.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Immune System?

    Hello, I am Dr. Elizabeth Hughes and today I'm going to answer the question “How does stress affect the immune system?” If you have not watched my videos on how stress affects the body, you might want to go back and watch those for a little bit of background. But I can still answer the question of “How stress affects the immune system”, so keep watching.

    Answer is:

    1   The immune system is a collection of cells in your body designed recognize when there is something wrong.

    Let me start by saying the immune system is a very complicated system of cells and chemicals that work together in a very precise order. I'm going to simplify this, so any chemists out there or immunologists out there, please realize that I am simplifying.

    Put simply the immune system is a collection of cells in your body designed recognize when there is something “wrong” inside the body. That wrong thing can be bacteria or a virus, it can be an abnormal cell like a cancer cell, it can be a foreign object like a splinter, or it can be a toxin or poison.

    All of these things that are “wrong” are recognized by specific “sentinel” (or guardian) cells which function to detect problems. Then those “sentinel” cells send a messenger other cells in the immune system – you can think about these cells as the “troops” if you want -- which produce antibodies, help to clear away debris, produce chemicals that help to dissolve and carry away abnormal products in the body, and clean up damage that’s been done.


    2   Stress affects the normal function of every cell of every part of the immune system.

    What stress does to the immune system is that at each and every step along this very complicated pathway, the cells do not function optimally. I can’t to go into the very specific types of abnormalities with each cell in this short video or the changes and the chemicals that are produced. But suffice it to say that every single solitary step of the immune process is altered in the state of stress. So, your body cannot recognize, fight away and eliminate abnormal things in the body, whether that abnormal thing is an infection or a foreign material or a toxin or your own cancer cells.


    3   Stress prevents formation of new immune cells.

    Now there's one more important thing to know. The immune system cells have very short half-lives. They don't live very long, a few days for most of them. Stress cuts down on new cell production. So, not only does the stress cause dysfunction of the cells that are there, it prevents your body from making new cells. So, when old cells die, you may not have good replacements for those.


    4   To Wrap Up: Stress makes the immune system less effective.

    So, stress affects the immune function in multiple ways.

    If you are interested in learning more, you can always find more on my website elizabethhughesmd.com and check out my other videos. I will see you again soon, thanks for watching.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Body?

    Hi there! I am Dr. Elizabeth Hughes and I am here to answer the question “How does stress affect the body?”

    Answer is:

    1   Stress is an internal, emotional response.

    Before I talk about how stress affects the body, it's important to answer the question “What is stress?” and I have another video about that that goes into it in a little more detail. But to make it short, stress is an emotional response to a situation. It is something you feel, it's not the situation. It's not the deadline or the crazy traffic or anything like that, it's what goes on inside of you when you experience something. It's entirely an internal response.


    2   Your body functions differently when it is exposed to stress hormones.

    Whenever you're feeling an emotion, any emotion -- stress, joy, anger, excitement -- your body is releasing hormones and neurotransmitters that changes the chemistry and the fundamental way the body reacts.

    It's important to understand that your body doesn't act the same way under every condition with every type of hormone. That's something that’s missed in schools everywhere, high school, college, even in medical school. I was never taught that there was a different way that the body reacts when it's under stress versus not being under stress.


    3   Stress prevents your body from repairing itself.

    But it's important to know that you do have this different response. I talk about it as “survive mode” versus the “thrive mode.” Stress puts you in bare survival. Your body does only what's necessary to survive. Which means every single solitary function of the body alters. How your cardiovascular system works, how your heart beats, where your blood circulates in the body, how your body digests food, how it uses the energy that it had. Stress changes all of your hormones, it changes your immune system, it changes how your periods work. It changes all these parts of your body.

    There's no part of your body that isn't affected by stress.

    In general, the long term effects of stress are not good. In the short term the stress response can be helpful, there's no doubt. A few minutes or even an hour or two of stress is okay and you can recover.

    But most of the time our bodies should be in “thrive mode” because that's when we build new cells and that's where we repair damage, that's where we metabolize and absorb food properly. That’s when our brains get rest. This is so important and when you work in “survive mode,” when you're under constant stress, your body can't and do those necessary repair functions. Everything goes haywire. 


    4   To Wrap Up: You now know more about stress than most doctors do!

    Now you actually know more about how stress affects the body than most doctors do because of this information still isn't taught in medical schools. I hope you've enjoyed this video. Thank you so much for watching.

    If you want to know more about me and how I work you can visit my website ellizabethhughesmd.com.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Brain?

    Hello, I am Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Thank you so much for joining me. Today I'm going to answer the important question, "How does stress affect the brain?"

    Answer is:

    1   The brain uses lots of energy for normal functioning.

    Before I answer the question of how stress affects the brain, it's really important to understand how much of our body's resources go to our brain. When we are at rest, the brain takes between 70% and 75 % of our oxygen. That's right, this tiny little part up here takes more than half of our oxygen, leaving the rest of the body less than half. The brain also sucks up glucose -- which is sugar -- in the blood like you wouldn't believe. It needs that amount to function. The brain needs that amount of oxygen and it needs of that amount of glucose. Without this much energy, the brain doesn’t function well.


    2   Stress decreases blood flow to the brain.

    When you are stressed your body releases a set of hormones that change the way the body functions on a fundamental level. Including where blood flows through the body. Blood doesn't go every place evenly all the time; the body adjusts blood flow to make sure that blood goes to areas of the body which need it most.

    When you are under stress, your body cuts off blood flow to the brain. Not to all of the brain, but to a significant portion of the brain, including the frontal lobe. The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that is involved in judgment and thought and critical thinking and planning and all of those things that make us human. When you are under stress, your body also restricts blood flow to the memory centers of the brain.


    3   Stress can increase your sense of vision and hearing, but the rest of the brain is "starving."

    In situations of stress, the parts of the brain that can detect threat are most active. Your senses – vision and hearing – become very focused and acute. But the rest of the brain gets less blood flow.

    Now, remember I said that the brain needs an enormous amount of oxygen and an enormous amount of blood flow and glucose. When you are under stress your brain effectively is starving and doesn't get enough oxygen, your brain just isn't getting enough fuel.


    4   To Wrap Up: Stress causes brain fog because your brain doesn't work normally.

    This is why you can feel like you've got brain fog or your brain just isn't working when you are under stress, that's how stress works. Your body sends the blood flow to places that you need for survival and “starves” other important parts of your brain. It's a profound effect and it can happen very rapidly, in just a few minutes.

    If you enjoyed this video, leave me a comment. I love that. You can also check out my other videos and you can find me at elizabethhughesmd.com.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Metabolism?

    Hello, I'm Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today I'm going to answer the question “What does stress do to the metabolism? How does stress affect the metabolism?”

    First, I just want to define metabolism. Metabolism has to do with how we intake and use energy. And when I say “energy” I’m talking about food. Metabolism has everything to do with how food is absorbed, distributed through the cells, how it's used.

    Answer is:

    1   Stress raises levels of glucose (sugar) in your blood and increases amount of fat stored in the body.

    Now if you have not watched my video on how stress affects the body yet, you might want to do that but I can go into it really briefly now and you can look at that video later.

    The basics are that the body has two modes of function. It has a “thrive mode” and a “survive mode.” When you are in stress even if you feel like you're doing okay, chances are you're in “survive mode.”

    When your body feels like it's in survival mode, that its very existence is threatened, it is going to do everything it can to conserve any energy any food that you get. When you eat food it is going to prioritize making sure that sugar, glucose in particular, is high in your bloodstream and anything extra gets shunted to storage rather than used for repair. For practical purposes this means when your body is stressed, your body will give you spikes of glucose (sugar) from anything you eat and store the rest as fat.


    2   When you are not under stress, your body uses energy to repair itself.

    On the other hand, when the body is in “thrive mode,” your body uses the excess energy to synthesize proteins to repair cells, rebuild the immune system, make new cells, and maintain all of the systems of the body.


    3   This stress response explains why you might diet and exercise but don't lose weight.

    This “survive mode” that happens when you're under stress explains why some people can diet and exercise but not lose weight. If your body is in stress mode all the time, your body is primed to hold on to energy, hold on to food, gather excess weight particularly in the form of fat because your body “believes” that its survival is threatened and it might not live to get another meal. Even if you know that this idea is not true intellectually, your body still acts as if it is true..

    You may have heard of the concept that every calorie that you eat is not the same. Most diets focus on eating the right type of calories from the right foods. But in truth, the stress response has greater effect on metabolism than any specific diet.


    4   To Wrap Up: Stress has a direct affect on how your body processes and uses the food you eat.

    I hope you enjoyed this video on how stress affects metabolism. You'll check out my other videos and you can find out more about me at elizabethhughesmd.com.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Skin?

    Hi there, I'm Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today I am going to answer the question of “How stress affects the skin?” I'm a dermatologist by training and so I know a lot about the skin. And I know a lot about stress because I've studied it for so many years. So, I’m excited to talk about this subject.

    Answer is:

    1   The skin is the largest organ in the body and new skin cells grow constantly.

    The skin is one of the most metabolically active parts of the body and it's the largest organ in the body. So, it actually demands a lot of energy, both in terms of food to rebuild proteins (because the skin grows constantly) as well as energy to deliver the nutrients to the skin and to circulate blood through it.


    2   Even though the skin is the largest organ in the body, it's not "important" in the same way that the heart is. So when you are under stress, your body sends energy and blood flow away from the skin to help more "important" parts of your body.

    Now here's how stress affects the skin. When you are under constant stress, your body actually prioritizes parts of your body systems, mainly your organ systems that have the greatest role of helping you survive. Even though skin is the largest organ in the body, it's not “necessary” for survival, at least not in the way that your heart and your lungs and muscles are necessary for survival. (Even muscles don't fare very well in all of this too, so don't get me wrong and think the muscles have it good.)

    When exposed to chronic, long term stress, your skin doesn't grow in quite the same way that it should. It may become dry or have a different texture to it. It may become more fragile.


    3   Stress decreases wound healing.

    Wound healing is incredibly hampered by stress. Wound healing often times is almost shut down over periods of long-term stress. So, if you have something a cut or a bruise or something that requires some healing, stress will slow that down.


    4   Stress inactivates the skin's immune system.

    Let's not forget that stress also affects the immune system and the immune system is right in the skin, the skin has its built-in immune system. So, that your body is less able to get rid of bacteria that's on the surface of your skin. You can get more infections and be less able to clear the infections.


    5   Hormonal changes associated with stress also affect the skin.

    Finally, hormones change -- particularly testosterone and estrogen -- when you have constant stress. These hormone changes can lead acne and stretch marks.


    6   To Wrap Up: The skin is a mirror of the stress that's going on inside you.

    Most of us have experienced getting more pimples around the time of exams when we were in school or under other forms of stress, so we know how sensitive to stress our skin is. The skin is a mirror to the stress that's going on inside.

    If you want to know more about how stress affects your body or your memory or your brain or your metabolism, you can look for my other videos. Thank you so much for watching and if you want to know more, you can find me at elizabethhughesmd.com.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Gut And Digestion?

    Hello, I am Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today I am going to answer the question “How does stress affect your gut and how does stress affect your digestion?” This is a really big and important topic. You might want to think about going back and watching my videos about how stress affects the body and also about how stress affects the heart. Yes, the heart because that plays into this. But you don't have to do that now, because I can answer the question about how stress affects your digestion and your gut right now.

    Answer is:

    1   Stress decreases blood flow to your intestines, so your gut and digestive system are starved for oxygen.

    When you are under stress, your body preferentially decreases blood flow to your intestines. This is really important to understand because without blood flow none of the good nutrients -- none of the proteins or the vitamins or the healthy fats that you eat -- make it into your bloodstream.

    You can be eating all the right foods, but if your body can't absorb the nutrients well, those nutrients go to waste, unfortunately.


    2   Stress prevents the intestinal lining from regenerating normally.

    Now here's another thing that stress does to your gut. Your intestines actually have to regenerate themselves regularly. The internal lining of your small intestine regenerates about every 4 days. When you are under stress that process of regenerating the intestinal lining is interrupted. It slows down, or the new cells are not of the same level of quality as normal. Even though you might be getting some food into your stomach and it might be being absorbed, the cells themselves are not functioning optimally. 


    3   To Wrap Up: Stress profoundly affects your intestines, your gut, and your digestion.

    As you can see stress really does affect your digestion and your gut pretty profoundly. If you enjoyed this video please leave me a comment. I’d love to hear about it and you can also find more about my work and what I do at elizabethhughesmd.com.






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    How Does Stress Affect Your Memory?

    Hello, I'm Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today I'm going to answer the question “How does stress affect your memory?” If you have not watched the video about how stress affects the brain, you can check that out, too. There's more information there.

    Answer is:

    1   Stress causes decreased blood flow to your brain.

    Stress affects memory in two different ways. First off, when you are under stress, there is decreased blood flow to much of the brain, particularly to the parts of the brain that are not absolutely necessary for immediate survival. Areas of the brain, including parts of the brain involved in creativity, planning, remembering -- all of the things that seem to make us more human – are deactivated.

    In addition, judgment and critical thinking change when you're under stress and that's because the body is having a survival response. When you feel stress, it is the same thing as feeling fear over a long period of time and your body responds the same way. Your body believes that its survival is threatened. Processes that take extra energy, like memory, are not important to your survival, in comparison with powering your muscles or other more critical right now in the now functions. When you are under stress you literally can't remember things as well because your body is busy using its brain power to scan for things that are going to keep it safe.


    2   Stress prevents you from storing memories.

    Now the other thing that happens when you're under stress is that you don't make memories in the same way. Very frequently your attention is so focused that you miss details and the parts of the brain that make new memories is often relatively offline. You may know people who have had major traumatic events or have been in shock; when you ask them about the situation, they frequently can't remember what happened.

    When your brain is exposed to stress, it considers making and retrieving memories as optional.  Of course, they really aren’t option, but when you're under a stress response the body acts as if memory is optional.


    3   To Wrap Up: Brain fog and memory problems are a sign of chronic stress.

    If you're experiencing brain fog and you're under a lot of stress, it is the stress response which literally makes your brain cloudy -- starving parts of your brain of oxygen, changing the blood flow and making it difficult to make and recall memories.

    Thank you so much for watching this video, if you like this video and you want to find out more, you can check out my other videos and you can go to my website elizabethhughesmd.com.






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    How Does Stress Affect Your Period?

    Hello, I am Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today, I am going to answer the question “How does stress affect your period?”

    Answer is:

    1   Stress changes hormone levels.

    In short, when your body is under stress, it prioritizes and gives more energy to the parts of your body that are necessary for your immediate survival. So your heart, your lungs, and your muscles get more blood, while parts of your body that aren't necessary for your immediate survival get turned off. Parts of the body which aren’t involved in your immediate survival, like your reproductive system, aren't important, so they are put “off line” so to speak.

    People under stress will very frequently have very abnormal hormone profiles, changes in estrogen and testosterone. This is true for men and women both.


    2   Changes in estrogen causes irregular periods and can make it difficult to become pregnant.

    In women, when your balance of hormones is off, you will frequently skip periods, have irregular periods, maybe some very heavy periods and light periods, and you can have difficulty conceiving. All of this is because your body when it's under stress believes that your survival right now in the moment is threatened, even if that's not true.

    The last thing your body “needs” when it's under stress is to try to have a baby. So, the whole reproductive system can be changed and is just basically put offline.


    3   To Wrap Up: If you are having irregular periods, stress may be responsible.

    That is why stress affects your period and why you might be experiencing irregular periods if you are under chronic stress. If you would like to know more, you can find out more at elizabethhughesmd.com and I hope to see you there.






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    How Does Stress Affect The Body And Mind?

    Hello, I am Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today I'm going to answer the question “How does stress affect the body and the mind?”

    Answer is:

    1   Here are two things you need to know in order to understand how stress affects the body and mind.

  • The first thing you need to understand is that every emotion means that your body is releasing hormones into your bloodstream. This is true for every emotion, joy, happiness, love, optimism, excitement, grief, fear, anger and stress. Each emotion has a very specific pattern of hormones related to it. After they are released, the hormones take just between 60 to 90 seconds to get through the entire body. In this way, every cell in your body responds to whatever emotion you're feeling. That's the first thing you need to understand before you can understand how stress affects the body and mind.

  • The second thing you need to know is that the body really has two modes of functioning. We usually don't think about the idea that the body has two modes of functioning. In college and even in medical school, I was taught that the body functions in one single way, the repair systems work in one and only one way, the circulatory system, blood vessels and heart work one way, the stomach works one way.


    2   When you are not feeling stressed, your body works optimally.

    Actually, that's not true. Our bodies have really two modes of functioning, a “thrive mode,” and a “survive mode.” In “thrive mode” the body functions optimally. The body repairs itself and digests food properly and blood flows evenly. In “thrive mode” every organ functions the best way it possibly can.


    3   When you are feeling stressed, your body reacts as if its survival is threatened.

    Then there's “survive mode.” Now, survive mode is not a bad thing. Survive mode is designed to have you survive a major catastrophe or calamity. If you are ill or injured; if you need to get away from a specific dangerous situation; or get out of a car that's just had an accident, your body goes into this marvelous survive mode. “Survive mode” is all about keeping you alive for the next few minutes.


    4   "Survive mode" isn't healthy over the long term.

    Even though “survive mode” is important, it’s not healthy. All of the repair functions which are active in “thrive mode” are shut off when the body is in “survive mode.” The body functions very, very differently. You don't digest food in the same way, you don't circulate blood in the same way, your immune system doesn't work in the same way etc. etc.

    Survive mode is great for short term when there's real danger but survive mode over a long term actually inhibits and stops the body from being able to repair itself.


    5   To Wrap Up: It's not healthy for any part of you to feel stressed all the time.

    The stress hormones are the most powerful triggers for survive mode. The stress hormones signal the body to go into survive mode, because stress really is a feeling of fear that you won't survive.

    In order to have your body be truly healthy, you need to be in “thrive mode” most of the time. That's when your body does all of the good stuff you want it to do – like repair and replace cells, regulate blood pressure and metabolism, build the immune system, etc.

    When I work with clients, I teach them how to be in “thrive mode” all the time, and how to realign their lives so that they can really tap into their body's own power to heal itself. You can be healthy from inside out.






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    What is the best way to manage stress?

    Hello, I am Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. Today, I'm going to answer the question, “What is the best way to manage stress?”. And I'm going to give you a really interesting answer to that question. I don't think you should manage stress at all. And here's why. 

    Answer is:

    1   We manage things we want to make the most of.

    We manage things we want to make the most of. Things like time: there's limited time and you want to manage it so that you use your time to do what makes you happy, productive, successful. Same thing with money. No matter how much money you have, there's only so much money. You want to manage it, so you get the most out of your money. That's one of your resources. You might manage your inventory.


    2   When you manage stress, you are subtly saying, "Stress is a part of my life. I can't get rid of it. I might as well make the most of it."

    When you manage stress, you are subtly saying, "Stress is a part of my life. I can't get rid of it. I might as well make the most of it."

    I teach people the opposite of stress management. I teach people how to neutralize it, how to live so that their lives don't have as much stress. That's not done by going and living in some fantasy world where they don't have a job or money problems or anything else.


    3   To Wrap Up: You can handle it. You don't have to manage it.

    Learning how to live without stress is learning how to tap into your body's feeling of health and well-being all the time. All those little things like the bad commute, the crazy boss, the deadlines, the sick child, all of that just become events that you know you can manage because you have a sense of deep abiding calm, and you're stress-free most of the time.






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