Science has come up with some interesting theories and proof that negative feelings that we experience in our daily lives can have an overall detrimental effect on our own body’s organs and are linked to specific physical ailments
Each emotion is associated with an internal organ—and when one emotion is too intense, it impacts that organ’s ability to function properly.
Emotions are energy. Just like a light bulb, they can burn us out if not switched off. The difference is, we require to feel and experience the energy of our emotions for the current to stop going through our bodies. Rather than just switching them off by ignoring them, repressing or suppressing them.
Below are examples of common emotions and how they are embodied.
Sadness and Grief Affects your Lungs.
An athletes increased lung capacity is paramount to peak performance.
Sadness and grief can lead to problems affecting your lungs including shortness of breath and fatigue.
Studies have shown that athletes have a larger capacity of the respiratory system when compared to their age-matched sedentary controls.
Emotions: Grief, sadness, and detachment
Symptoms of lung imbalance: Shortness of breath and shallow breathing, sweating, fatigue, cough, frequent cold and flu and allergies.
Anger Weakens Your Liver
Exercise decreases physical stress on the liver. Anger increases physical stress on the liver. Healthy liver function is fundamental to, especially for athletes.
What does iron do in the body?
Transport oxygen around the body (via haemoglobin)
Red blood cell production
Involved in enzymes that release the energy for exercise
Maintain a healthy immune system and fight infection
Why are athletes at risk of iron deficiency?
Athletes are at risk of developing iron deficiency due to a combination of factors including:
Increased requirements (training stimulates production of red blood cells)
Growth increases the demand for iron to produce new tissues and blood cells
Iron is lost in sweat which may be an issue for heavy sweaters
Low energy intakes or restricted dietary patterns can make it difficult to eat sufficient iron
Over time those pent up angry feelings can have drastic negative effects on your liver. A weakened liver can leave your body prone to many conditions such as cancers, cause it not to function correctly and leave your body open to other illnesses that are affected with a weakened liver.
Anger with the liver – The liver, for example, ensures that energy and blood flow smoothly throughout the body.
Emotions: Anger, resentment, frustration, irritability and bitterness.
Symptoms of liver imbalance: headache, irritability, inappropriate anger, dizziness, dry eyes, and other eye conditions, and menstrual pain.
Worry effects the Spleen
The spleen plays an important part in the body’s immune system and acts as a blood filter, removing old blood cells, bacteria, and impurities from the body.
Food digestion and nutrient absorption, helping in the formation of blood and energy and keeping blood in the blood vessels; connected with the muscles.
Emotions: Excessive mental work such as worry, dwelling, or focusing too much on a particular topic
Symptoms of spleen imbalance: Tiredness, loss of appetite, weak muscles.
Depression affects the Liver
Digestion and the processing of nutrients is the primary function of this vital organ. It is involved in the smooth flow of energy and blood throughout the body; regulates bile secretion and stores blood; is connected with the tendons, nails, and eyes
Emotions: Anger and depression
Symptoms of liver imbalance: Breast distension, menstrual pain, headache, irritability, dizziness, dry, red eyes, and other eye conditions.
Anxiety affects the Kidneys
The kidneys remove waste and excess fluid to make urine. It is a key organ for growth and development, and maturation; involved with the lungs, metabolism and respiration; connected with bones, teeth, ears, and head hair
Emotions: Fearful, weak willpower, insecure, aloof, and isolated
Symptoms of kidney imbalance: Frequent urination, urinary incontinence, night sweats, dry mouth, poor short-term memory, and lower back pain.