Can Stress Cause Disease?
pace environment. Failing to reduce your stress levels
can cause serious health consequences.
Can Stress Cause Disease?
Stress, in itself, cannot cause disease. A combination of factors must be present for stress to tip the balance towards disease. What are these factors?
Poor Nutrition (All disease starts here)
Immune System Compromised (From Poor Nutrition we get frequent illnesses- colds, flu, bronchitis, etc.
Exposure to Toxins and Drugs
Once these factors are present stress plays a significant role in the disease process.
Stress Begins with Waking Up in the Morning
Stress occurs daily in our lives. We experience stress from the time we wake up in the morning until we go to bed. How we manage our stress is more important then any other factor. For example: We can wake up in the morning with a loud alarm from our clock or we can wake up naturally when the body is ready with no alarm. This is a great example of managing or eliminating a stressful event.
Recently a study was conducted by the National Institute of Industrial Health in Japan and it concluded that "participants who were suddenly forced awake had higher blood pressure and heart rate than those allowed to wake up in their own time."
Eliminate the use of loud stressful alarm clocks and wake up naturally stress free. If you must use an alarm clock here are some stress free alternatives.
What Happens to our Body When we encounter Stress?
When we encounter a stressful event many changes occur in our body, among these are:
1. Restriction of Blood Flow to the Heart. Stress increases heart rate while constricting the arteries and the blood flow to your heart.
2. Stress causes inflammation
3. Stress can cause high blood pressure.
4. Stress can cause Depression.
5. Stress weakens your immune system.
6. Stress can cause weight gain.
7. Chronic stress may affect fertility.
8. Stress can cause substance abuse.
9. Stress can cause learning disabilities.
Below are stressful events that can occur in our daily lives. These levels of stress vary based on the stress level of each incident. Test yourself and see how your stress levels are.
The list shown above are the most common stressful events you might encounter, however, this is not a complete list. If your home has been burglarized or you have been robbed you have experienced very serious stress. These elevated stress levels can cause serious harm to you especially if your immune system has been compromised through poor nutrition.
What can you do if your stress levels are dangerously high?
1. Begin an exercise program as highlighted in my
E-Book (Chapter 9).
Exercise is the easiest and best way to immediately reduce your stress levels.
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