For most people, life is full of stressors. Toxic stress may be due to a job, relationship, or even being stuck in traffic. These constant stressors toxify the body and leave it vulnerable. Stress can also kill good bacteria while feeding bad bacteria and yeast. This can overwhelm the immune system and cause illness and disease.
This is Not a Small Problem
According to the Centers for Disease Control, as much as 90% of all disease and illnesses are stress related. Toxic stress costs America more than $300 billion per year. It is a part of daily life and always will be. However, too much stress can be deadly.
Stress is the body’s natural response to change, but it is not always a negative reaction. In fact, stress is what keeps the body alert and able to avoid hazardous situations. When the body receives too much stress for a prolonged period, the body begins to deteriorate and stress becomes toxic stress.
The stress hormone cortisol is considered the primary cause of the link between stress and illness. When the body experiences a stress reaction, cortisol signals the release of other hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones increase heart rate, respiration and the availability of glucose. At the same time, cortisol signals other physical processes to slow down such as digestion, reproduction and the immune system. Until the stress reaction stops, the body becomes more susceptible to illness, even the common cold.
Once the immune system is compromised by stress, a multitude of symptoms can occur. Stress can cause immediate health problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety and headaches. Longer term health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and depression are not uncommon. One effective solution is to transform your stress with Heart Meditation.
A common sign of stress is frequent stomach aches. When a person is stressed, the body releases more acids into the stomach, causing what is known as “nervous stomach.” Hair loss can also be attributed to stress. When stressed, some of the hair follicles may become dormant and the affected hairs eventually fall out. The hair will generally grow back once the stress is resolved.
Laughter is still the best medicine! (at least one of the best).
There are ways to reduce stress and prevent the many ailments caused by it. Staying active has been shown to be the best method to fight stress. The endorphins released during physical activity can provide a pleasurable sensation that relaxes the body and reduce stressful feelings. Other methods to reduce stress include a healthy diet, meditation, and of course, laughter.
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