STRESS EFFECTS EVERYONE AT SOME POINT
Everyone today is under some sort of stress. Financial, Health, Relationship, Work, Family and the list goes on and on. What we do about the stress we’re under is important. Recognizing we’re OVER Stressed and we suffer from PROLONGED (chronic stress) stress is the key to getting it under control and moving toward being healthier.
Immune system / Depression / Premature Aging – Skin, Hair loss / Increased chances of developing degenerative diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer) /Weight management struggles/ Anxiety Disorders / Fits of Anger or Rage / Ulcers / Exhaustion – Tired all the time / Skin disorders – breakouts, rashes, and hives / Chemical Dependencies –Alcohol, Drugs, Nicotine / Infertility
WEIGHT GAIN & OBESITY
Prolonged stress can lead to various health issues, one of them being Uncontrollable weight gain. One of the long term effects of the hormone Cortisol is weight gain. Cortisol is released when we are under stress. No big deal if the stress is temporary because the body will deal with it. Unfortunately we are chronically stressed today and this hormone wreaks havoc on the body over time. A great book to read is Accidentally Overweight by Dr. Libby Weaver. It’s so much more than a weight loss book. Well worth the read.
SOME MORE HEALTH ISSUES OF CHRONIC STRESS ARE…
Decrease in muscle tissue / Suppressed thyroid function / Higher Blood Pressure / Impaired cognitive performance / Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia / Decreased bone density / Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, which slow down wound healing and other bodily repair systems / Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat degenerative diseases like heart attacks, Stroke, diabetes and the development of metabolic syndrome, higher levels of oxidized “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which may lead to other health problems!
My suggestion is to find the source of the stress and eliminate it. This I know is not always possible so we must find ways to deal and release stress. Or engage in relaxation activities to counteract the stress damage to our bodies.