So how does stress actually effect the human body?
Digestive – Stress increases the production of stomach acid, which can lead to ulcers, indigestion and heart burn. We live very emotionally in our gut, so when we are not feeling well in our emotional self this can lead to many digestive upsets such as tummy ache, nausea and diarrhoea.
Immune – Stress deprives the immune system of the blood supply and nutrients it needs leading to a lowered immune response. This leaves the body vulnerable to picking up many contagious viruses, such as flu.
Circulatory – Stress hormones thicken blood and tighten blood vessels, which raises blood pressure. Under stress the heart will also pump faster so that blood can reach vital organs and limbs. Over time, an increased heart rate and high blood pressure can damage arteries, which can cause a stroke or heart attack.
Respiratory – When you are stressed, the muscles that help you breath can tighten up, which can leave you short of breath. This can be incredibly problematic for sufferers of asthma.
Brain Function – The human brain does not cope well under chronic, long term stress. It can increase insomnia, memory issues, brain fog, headaches, irritability, anxiety and depression.
Structural – When the body is stressed it will tense the muscles. This can lead to pain in the body, tension related headaches, back and neck ache, plus poor posture which then perpetuates the discomfort.
Reproductive – Stress interferes with the body’s reproductive system. It can cause infertility issues in both men and women. Women may notice disturbances in their menstrual cycle while men may notice erectile dysfunction. Stress will also lower your libido.
So if you, or someone you know, finds themselves regularly feeling stressed, the above list details just a few of the effects this can have on your health.
‘But what can be done about it?’ I hear you say…………………….. anybody know of a good kinesiologist!!!!!????