Have you ever wondered, how your body deals/reacts with or to stress ?
In today’s article we will find out how our body deals and reacts to stress. Before we start, don’t forget to subscribe our newsletter.
We all gone through stress at some part of our life, but sometimes we trapped too badly and found difficult to get out.
Effects on Digestive System
Loss of appetite is very common among stressed peoples.
But it’s not always as in some cases it’s just opposite to it and may make you fat.
Because Stress and obesity are quiet related to each other, in our next article we will discuss about it in brief.
Stomach may make pain, bloating, nausea and other stomach discomfort felt more easily.
Unhealthy diets may in turn deteriorate one’s mood.
When stressed, the ulcers maybe more bothersome.
Contrary to popular belief, stress does not increase acid production in the stomach.
Stress can also affects the way food moves through your body, leading to diarrhea and constipation.
Effects on Respiratory System
When we are stressed, respiratory system is immediately affected.
Because during the stress response, you breath faster in an effort to quickly distribute oxygen-rich blood to your body.
It can cause quick and shallow breathing, where minimal air is taken in, which can lead to hyperventilation.
If you already have a breathing problem, stress can make it worse.
Some studies show that acute stress, can actually triggers asthma attacks.
Stress hormone cause your blood vessels to constrict and divert more oxygen to your muscles.
Effects on Muscular System
When we’re stressed, our muscles tense up to protect themselves from injuries.
Tight muscles may cause headache, back pain, shoulder pain and body ache.
Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness.
Over time, this can set off an unhealthy cycle as you stop exercising and turn to pain medication to relief.
Effects on Sexuality & Reproductive System
Stress is exhausting for both the body and the mind. It’s not unusual to lose your desire when you’re under constant stress.
If stress continues for long time, a men’s testosterone level begins to drop.
Chronic stress may also increases risk of infections for male reproductive organs.
Chronic stress may affect your sexual desire or libido.
Female Reproductive System –
Stress may affect menstruation in many ways.
For example, high level of stress may be associated with absent or irregular menstrual cycles.
Painful periods or lengthy cycles may also be there.
Sexual Desires –
Stress may reduce sexual desire.
Especially when women’s are simultaneously caring for young children or other ill family member.
Stress can have significant impact on a women’s reproductive plans.
Stress can negatively impact a women’s ability to conceive.
Diseases of the reproductive system –
Herpes Simplex Virus
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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Effects on Nervous System
When the body is stressed, SNS contributes to what is known as “fight or flight” response.
Here SNS stands for Sympathetic Nervous System.
The SNS response is fairly sudden in order to prepare the body to respond to an emergency situation or acute stress.
The Central Nervous System is particularly important in triggering stress responses.
Because it regulates the Autonomic Nervous System and plays an central role in interpreting contexts as potentially threatening.
Do you know that, chronic stress is also a factor in behaviors such as overheating, or not eating enough, alcohol or drug abuse.
Effects on Immune System
Stress stimulates the immune system, which can be a plus for immediate situation.
Over time, stress hormone will weaken your immune system and reduce your body’d response to foreign invadors.
Do you know that if you are in stress, your body will take more time than usual to recover.
Cortisole* can suppresses the immune system (* a hormone released in response to stress).
Our ability to fight off illness is reduced.
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