Environmental toxins (heavy metals, chemicals, viruses, etc.) and overworked, even exhausted organs, can keep your body from getting the nutrients it requires. In an attempt to feed your system these essential vitamins and minerals, you’ll eat–almost anything (even as your mind is telling you it’s junk!). This well-meaning response won’t correct an intrinsic nutritional deficiency or a metabolic imbalance.
The conclusion arrived at holds that unmanaged reactions to stress are a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or high cholesterol foods. That makes unmanaged stress Numero Uno in the panoply of Things That Will Kill Us. But it makes sense. If I’m not managing stress, I’m succumbing to it in all sorts of nasty ways.