What Your Body is Saying to You When You Live in Fear!

We are about to enter into the season of goblins, ghouls, and ghosts! But that is all for the fun and love of Halloween.  Fear and fright should not be a regular occurring thing in your life!

Did you know fear can impact your body in a physical way?

Yes, it’s emotional, but the way your body physically reacts can cause any (or all) of the following symptoms!

7 Ways Fear Affects Your Body:

  • Heartburn – Your body can produce excess stomach acid which can then cause heartburn or acid reflux, which is always linked to emotional issues. Identify and address the underlying issue and this symptom is dealt with too.
  • Rashes – Address the underlying fear and you address the rash
  • Exhaustion – Fear is stealing your energy.
  • Cold Hands – Fear causes the fight or flight response in your body which may cause your hands and/or feet to go cold or sweaty. Recognizing the cause may help alleviate the symptom.
  • Loss of Sleep – When your body perceives a threat it releases stress hormones (fight or flight response) making it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Cloudy Thinking – Feeling overwhelmed or lacking in sleep from fear may cause cloudy thinking.
  • Self-Medicating – It may feel easier to medicate (alcohol, drugs, etc) or hide the symptoms rather than face the fear and what’s causing them.

In the 10 Week Conquer Autoimmune course we cover many useful tools and resources to uncover, face, and help cope with fears, underlying issues, and daily barriers to wellness. One quick and easy way to help alleviate stress and/or anxiety is grounding.

Go outside and put your bare feet in the grass. Feel the grass, wiggle your toes in it, and feel the energy of the Earth (and the whole Universe!).

Listen – what do you hear?

Smell – what do you smell?

Look around – what do you see?

Take a deep breath, hold it, blow it out slowly, and do this three times while repeating: I am safe, supported, and appreciated. Now, how do you feel?

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Until then reflect on which fear symptom is the one you might dread the most so you can better prepare yourself to be open to the healing process?

Blessings & Joy,

Christina & Kelly



This Elderberry Hot Cocoa recipe is easy to make, delicious autoimmune system booster! Have you ever had elderberries?

Elderberry Hot Cocoa

by Christina Sessums, MSW, ND, CNHP, CAHP, Baker


  • 1 Tbsp elderberries
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 3 oz cocoa powder
  • 3 Cups milk or non-dairy alternative of your choice
  • 3 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar


Simmer elderberries in water for 10 minutes


Pour strained liquid into clean saucepan and bring to just under a boil

Whisk in cocoa powder until smooth

Turn down the heat

Slowly add milk, chocolate chips. and sugar

Stir constantly until well blended

Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Yummy Immune Boosting Elderberry Hot Cocoa Recipe

Are you looking for the Elderberry Syrup Recipe?

Have questions about essential oils and how to use them? Be sure to contact Christina about Young Living products and Kelly can help out with Doterra ones.

Want to learn more about Elderberries? Be sure to visit Healthy Holistic Living article: Scientists Verify Elderberry Beats the Flu, Prevents Colds & Strengthens Immunity


Welcome to the first installment of the Purely Simple Organic Living blog, where we will be featuring weekly updates on a variety of topics in health and wellness culture. At Purely Simple Organic Living, we specialize in supporting clients with autoimmune disorders by empowering them to reclaim their health through a holistic approach.

So for our first post, it seems fitting that we do a deep dive into the topic of autoimmune diseases by answering some of the common questions one may have after receiving a diagnosis: What is an autoimmune disease? How did I get it? Will it ever go away?

First, let’s start with the basics.

An autoimmune disease is when your body’s natural defense system malfunctions and begins attacking normal tissue and organ cells. As a result, symptoms like fatigue, skin problems, digestive issues, swollen glands, and joint pain1ranging from mild-to-severe may occur.

Some common diagnoses are rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes, and thyroid diseases1. While estimates of autoimmune disease prevalence err in providing an accurate snapshot of those affected by it–failing to capture those who are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed–there is evidence that autoimmune diseases are on the rise, with marked increases in Western countries2.

The question of whether or not autoimmune diseases are hereditary has brought about decades of lengthy research and debate in the medical community. The presence of different autoimmune disorders throughout families gives the impression that genetics are to blame, and as a result, many doctors and researchers default to this line of thinking.

This idea that autoimmune disorders are “passed down” from your parents attaches a component of inevitability onto these diseases, reducing patients to mere products of their family history. “If your parents have an autoimmune disorder, it’s only a matter of time until you get it too!”

With autoimmune disorders disproportionately increasing in industrialized countries, though, the genetic theory is incomplete at best. Recent research is now understanding of the role our choices and our environment plays in autoimmune disease manifestation.

In a 2015 study, researchers linked the expansion of industrialized processed food to the rising incidence of autoimmune disorders3. They found that inflammatory food additives such as sugars, salts, emulsifiers, and gluten are damaging to the intestinal mucosa, which is essential to the immunity balance that works to prevent autoimmune diseases3. Prior viral or bacterial infectionsand high-stress lifestyleshave also been associated with the presence of autoimmune disorders.

Long story short, you are not “doomed” to your genes when it comes to autoimmune disorders.

So how does one go about maintaining or reclaiming their health? Eliminating environmental triggers such as inflammatory foods, toxins and stressors from your life. Adding yoga, meditation, restful sleep and supplements into your daily routine.

Here at Purely Simple Organic Living, we help you learn what your immune triggers are, and give you natural tools like homeopathy and detox programs to put your autoimmune response into remission. Get real-time results on your exact body chemistry and insight on your organ functioning with our biochemical wellness analysis, testing your urine and saliva on 7 different parameters. Only 2 clinics in Texas currently offer this testing onsite, and we are one of them! Our biomat and oxygen bar are also great ways to reduce inflammation in the body.

If you desire more information on autoimmune disorders, or want support in taking your health back in your own hands, we are offering a 10-week course to conquer wellness and autoimmune disease, you can learn more about it here.

Call our office and sign up now, as spots are limited. Have a blessed day, and stay tuned for weekly updates on all things health and wellness!

Christina Sessums ND, MSW, CNHP, CAHP
Autoimmune Disease Specialist
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  1. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/what-are-common-symptoms-of-autoimmune-disease
  2. https://www.aarda.org/news-information/statistics/
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1568997215000245#s0105
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5797425/
  5. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/autoimmune-disease-and-stress-is-there-a-link-2018071114230


Photo Credit: Photo by Alexander Dummer

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