We’re human beings which naturally mean we are impacted by our emotions. We experience a myriad of emotions daily and they’re constantly changing depending on the circumstances. Undoubtedly, they take a toll on us, whether we want them to or not. Aside from your attitude and general demeanor, emotions have an even deeper impact than we realize. Let’s take a look to see how these different emotions affect the five major organs.
The heart is a pretty important organ, responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your body to keep you alive. Maintaining heart health through exercise, a healthy diet, and simple moderation is common knowledge. But staying away from junk food and alcohol aren’t the only things you should avoid to keep your heart healthy.
Anger and stress increase your blood pressure levels, putting more strain on your heart and causing it to work even harder.
In fact, it’s widely believed that anger can be a trigger for heart attacks and strokes. Depression works much the same way on the heart by elevating stress hormones and thereby causing the nervous system to enter into “fight-or-flight” mode. The mental effects of depression can also make someone less motivated to follow healthy habits which in turn also negatively affect heart health.
They come in a pair, working together as a team to filter toxins, excess fluids, and other wastes from your blood. Our kidneys are absolutely vital for survival, yet they can be susceptible to outside risk factors that impact our health in a major way. Though you can survive with just one, it’s super important to ensure we take care of both of our kidneys equally which means doing your best to not harbor negative emotions!
Similar to the effects on the heart, the elevated blood pressure and increased respiration rate due to high stress and anger levels can prove very troublesome for the kidneys. Not only does insurmountable stress affect blood circulation and vessel dilation resulting in damage to the kidneys, but the high levels of fats and sugars increase the risk for diabetes and subsequently kidney disease.
Your bladder does a great job of holding everything in for you until you’re ready to let it out. So it’s crucial to try to do the same with your emotions. Stress and overwhelming fear can lead to an overactive bladder and incontinence which are debilitating issues that affect daily life. Though the literature of research on this is scarce, depression appears to have similar effects on the bladder, manifesting as this condition and other bladder dysfunctions.
The main job of the liver is to ensure we receive everything we need through metabolism and to detoxify everything else that we don’t. But the toxins you’re feeding to your liver can be more than just cholesterol and hormones. Though every emotion imaginable indirectly affects the liver, traditional Chinese medicine considers anger to be the emotion of the liver and gallbladder, primarily affecting these two over the other organs.
This idea holds that excess anger and stress create an imbalance, leading to symptoms like head pain that further damage the liver. Anger and alcohol are never a good combination, so try to keep both in moderation to preserve the vitality of your liver-- you only have one.
We can successfully convert oxygen to carbon dioxide thanks to the help of the lungs. Along with anger, anxiety and fear are powerful emotions that directly affect how your lungs function. Issues like difficulty breathing and shortness of breath then manifest, which can be further exacerbated if someone already suffers from asthma or other breathing complications. These emotions worsen the complications of asthma and COPD and studies link the exacerbation of asthma symptoms to life stressors. So take a deep breath, try to calm down, and save your lungs some of that precious air.
Medicine has definitely evolved over the centuries, but the spiritual link between our bodies and emotions first discovered by the ancients and emphasized in Chinese medicine, still persists today.
It makes sense that an imbalance within the body due to overwhelming emotions leads to the decline of certain organs we depend on. So take the time to explore different ways to control your emotions and maintain a positive mindset in order to keep those organs in working order.