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What Does Stress Do to Your Body?

According to the American Psychology Association, 75 percent of Americans report experiencing at least one symptom of stress in the past month. With an overwhelming amount of stress reported by Americans, it’s no wonder disease and chronic health conditions are on the rise. Read through this list to see if your health conditions could be related to stress in your life!

Not easy on the nerves – humans have a built in trigger for fight or flight that is great when you need a sudden burst of awareness to escape an attack, but this reaction can be harmful if sustained, raising blood pressure and blood sugar to dangerous levels. You may also start to experience tension headaches or migraines.

Storing the fat – your may also respond to stress by storing fat differently, typically abdominal fat, as well as enlarging the size of fat cells.

Too stressed to sleep – do you ever notice difficulty sleeping when you are stressed? Stress-induced insomnia often stops once the stressful event is over, but too much insomnia can cause long-term sleep disorders.

Forget me not – if you’re stressed for long periods of time, you may also experience difficulty forming new memories.  Acute stress affects your neurotransmitters that help brain cells communicate.

Early hair loss – too much stress may also cause you to lose those that illustrious mane. This is often referred to as alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune condition often caused by stress.

Tummy troubles – it is also believed that added stress often causes heartburn, stomach cramping and diarrhea.  However, when the stress is prolonged, it can lead to irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers.

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