Modern Life Disease: STRESS   



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Are you suffering from stress? An Overview
Are you anxious, irritable, and feeling rundown? Do you find it hard to concentrate? Are you forgetful? Do you worry a lot and find it hard to sleep at night?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, chances are you are suffering from stress, one of the most common maladies of our time.
Experts say stress is the body’s way of coping with the world around us. When the body is under threat, it responds by releasing catecholamine or stress hormones. These hormones arouse key organs and prepare a person under threat to fight or run.

Stress not only makes you nervous, tense, and tired. It can also make you ugly by giving you lots of wrinkles. Worse of all, too much stress can lead to several serious diseases.

With short term stress, you might get a headache or migraine, feel tightness in your shoulders, feel nauseous or dizzy, have difficulty concentrating on simple tasks, feeling irritable and moody. These are all signs and symptoms of stress.

Long term stress affects your body with illness or disease. Your immunity is low during prolonged stress and you might suffer from colds, flus, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancers, etc, etc. These are among the many side effects of stress.

Believe it or not, stress is an important factor in our lives, and often contributes to our ability to work at our optimal performance levels or failing.
Quite literally, we cannot function effectively in life without a certain degree of stress, and the positive type of stress we’re talking about is called Eustress.
The 'bad' type of stress is called Distress or 'stress' for short.

There are many side effects of stress when we try to tackle more than our bodies can handle.
Stress is the result of simply "too much” or overworked and it affects our body, health, mental state and emotions. These are the things to keep in mind when considering your stress levels and how it affects your health and body:
1. People with high responsibilities are more vulnerable to stress.
2. People cope with stress differently and have different side effects.
3. There are many types of stressors!
4. And many ways of coping with stress.

How does stress affect your body?
When you experience stress, your body goes into "fight or flight". You may experience stress symptoms:
* Increased heart rate
* Increased blood pressure
* Perspiration
* Breathing becomes deeper and faster
* Reduced function of immune system and digestive system
* Headaches
* Constipation or diarrhea
* Ulcers
* Acne
* Hives
* Frequent colds and flus


Mental Health Problems
Anxiety and depression may be the consequences of chronic stress illness. Anxiety disorders take a variety of forms, ranging from general anxiety to panic attacks. Anxiety can become severe and disabling.
Potential risk factors for anxiety disorders are individual characteristics such as temperament, parenting styles, peer influences, societal pressures, stressful life events, etc.

Cardiovascular Disease
Research shows that a hostile, aggressive and angry personality trait is linked to cardiovascular disease. Chronic prolonged stress may contribute to the development of heart disease, cholesterol levels and stroke.

Cancer
Prolonged stress weakens your immune system. An impaired immune system may be vulnerable to cancer. People experience and deal with stress differently and therefore, it has not been proven that stress directly causes cancer. People who are stressed are prone to take up alcohol, smoking and other activities that put their health and wellbeing at risk.

Insomnia
The inability to sleep may be caused by stress. Over thinking about work, life’s responsibilities and situations keeps you from sleeping. Our body’s natural protection mechanism keeps the adrenalin flowing while we perceive danger. Sleeping problems can last for a few days or months and may be caused by too much excitement- or a stress-filled lifestyle.

Stomach Ulcers
Ulcers may be related to stress. While the body is in its ‘fight or flight’ state, all the energies are drawn away from the digestive system and prevent proper digestion. When we are extremely stressed, our body produces excessive stomach acid that can wear down the lining of the stomach.

Migraine and headaches
Migraines are stress-related. When we are stressed, we are more vulnerable to the triggers that create the onset of a migraine. While you probably cannot change the stressful world we are living in, you can stay healthy and take control of stress by managing your time, delegating tasks, being realistic, and learning to live with your limitations.
Thus, don’t overstressed yourself. It is very bad for your body. Take a rest and good care of your health if you wanna feel cool!

Read about invisible nutrition for stress treatment in our next newsletter. 

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Happy reading,
Evelyn



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