How Your Body is Managing Your Stress

Dr. Debi Silber
3 min readFeb 9, 2022

Whenever we go through trauma, the body responds. The body has a biochemical reaction to what we’re experiencing in our life and it’s all for our protection. It’s to help us cope with what we’re facing, to help us deal with it as it’s occurring, and to help us move beyond the stressful experience once the threat is over. For this process to work successfully however, our bodies will burn through lots of nutrients; the raw materials that our body is designed to utilize in order to help us to deal with life and to effectively deal with stress.

Back in the caveman days, those stressors may have been running from a wild animal. In today’s more modern society, that stress can simply be the stressors of our daily lives. That can look very complex and be incredibly overwhelming; especially when the stress is ongoing.

In order for us to be able to process, address and meet the needs of what we’re going through, (and for healing), we need powerful nutrients. It’s easy to burn through those nutrients quickly under excessive stress and while we can get many of those nutrients from a healthy diet, prolonged or excessive stress requires additional support.

Think of the stress left in the wake of the shattering of trust and/or betrayal. The shock of the experience imprints itself on your body, mind and heart. That shock ignites the stress response which then lays the groundwork for symptoms, illnesses, conditions and disease.

For example, in the over 50,000 people who’ve taken the Post Betrayal Syndrome quiz, 45% have a gut issue which can be anything from Crohn’s disease, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), leaky gut, diverticulitis, constipation, diarrhea to name a few. Even if the person continues to eat a healthy diet (and that’s often the last thing someone is thinking about when they’re reeling from a betrayal), they’re not absorbing or retaining the healthy nutrients they’re taking in.

The body has a hierarchy, a protocol of dealing with stress and that often involves shutting down digestive processes and increasing stress hormones. That stress revs up your metabolism and makes you require more nutrients. It’s like this; if you were crossing the street and a car were racing towards you, blood and oxygen are sent to your heart, lungs and limbs so you can quickly move aside or jump the curb to safety. Normal processes are diverted from the digestive system until the dangerous situation is over. Well, under chronic stress, the message is…

Dr. Debi Silber

Dr. Debi Silber, founder of The PBT (Post Betrayal Transformation) Institute helps people heal from the trauma of betrayal.