How Does Stress Affect Health?

You may be wondering, "So how does stress affect health?"

In a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it states that 90 percent of visits to the doctor in the United States may be caused by a stress-related illness. Dr. Mercola agrees with this statement. He says that in his experience, nearly all of the patients that he sees have stress as a serious factor in the cause of their illness.

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Most people who are stressed, associate it with worry, but stress has a much broader impact.

Apparently, any kind of change can have an effect on your body:

  • your emotions,
  • the environment,
  • your hormones,
  • an illness or
  • pushing yourself too hard, can be stressful.

Even positive events, such as

  • getting a promotion or
  • taking a vacation, can be stressful.

The stress caused can gradually weaken your health before you realize what is happening.

How does stress affect health?

Long-term exposure and over dosing on stress can lead to serious health problems.

The Effects of Stress Disrupts These Systems

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  •  Heart - a prolonged exposure to stress increases your heart rate and makes it beat irregularly which can cause angina, high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke
  • Immune system - stress weakens the immune system, since it soaks up all your energy weakening your body's protective system  leaving you vulnerable to colds, flu, infections and allergic reactions. Stressed people recover much slower when ill.
  • Blood Vessels - stress causes your blood vessels to restrict themselves to avoid hemorrhage and to prevent any damages. During prolonged stress, this constriction does not nourish the skin properly causing an increased risk of acne, eczema, psoriasis plus other skin problems
  • Lungs - stress accelerates your breathing, and can complicate life for those suffering from asthma, involving the risk of hyperventilation and repeated dizziness
  • Digestive system - during stress, the body slows down the digestive process in order to keep its energies for the most vital survival functions. This can cause constipation and diarrhea
  • Nervous System - stress can exacerbate many nervous related problems such as anxiety, anguish, depression, panic and insomnia.

Which leads to the following health problems:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Can also cause cancer
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Can increase risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Here is a good example of "how does stress affect health" in this study done on the affects of stress on middle-aged women at Mid-life Stress Could Be Linked Alzheimer's

Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, reducing your ability to concentrate, making you more distracted and undecided, reduces your libido, causes headaches and so on ...

If you are still wondering, "How does stress affect health?" you may have recently experienced one of the following changes:

  • change in your sleep patterns,
  • fatigue or anxiousness
  • lack of enjoyment for life,
  • multiple aches and pains,

Chances are that you are probably overstressed. One method of handling stress that is 100% natural and effective is by taking herbal medicines that leave no side effects like prescription drugs.

Find out more information on herbal medicine at herbs for healing and particularly herbs for stress. You can contact me to order any of these herbs made by Pure Herbs in the U.S.

So How Does Stress Affect Health?

Here Is What Happens In Your Body When You Are Stressed According to Dr. Mercola:

All of your feelings, positive or negative, create physiological changes. Your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints, muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems you don't even know about change with every emotion.

Stress plays a major role in your immune system,  and can impact your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance. It can even “break” your heart, and is increasingly being viewed as a cardiovascular risk marker.

You can read this full article "How Stress Affects Your Heart and Gut Health" at on March 28, 2013

Severe stress attacks your body on a cellular level. When you are stressed, your body’s adrenal glands produce hormones, such as adrenaline, which increases blood pressure.

If you’re constantly stressed on a daily level such as chronically stressed, these hormones remain at dangerously high levels.

Studies on stress are indicating that severe cases of stress go beyond the temporary increase in blood pressure and begin to injure cells of the body. This could accelerate the aging process, causing people to be susceptible to various diseases.

Chronic stress, which has been called America’s number one health problem, is not something to take lightly; it can have profound effects on your immune system and your overall health.

Stress can deplete the immune system. Furthermore, it has a negative impact on:

  • Blood Pressure - High blood pressure eventually affects up to 90 percent of Americans making it a condition that requires definite attention. The other major cause is a high-grain and high-sugar diet with not enough exercise.
  • Cholesterol
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Blood Sugar levels
  • Hormonal Balance

Furthermore, mental stress plays a huge role in causing heart attacks. Mental stress can be caused by unresolved emotions stemming from trauma, or by relationship problems with friends, family or your spouse, or even by your work.

If you are struggling with these kinds of issues, you should seek help before the negative emotions and stress take their toll on your health.

If you need help with finding the causes of your stress and how you can deal with stress that is out of your control, contact me for a session at online counseling.

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