The subject of stress is big. The subject of stress on the body is huge. So today I just want to highlight the reasons as to why we want to avoid it and tackle the how to avoid it another day.

Getting this area of our lives under control is way more important than any kick busting workout routine or the newest superfood. Stress that becomes chronic simply causes the body to undergo harmful changes that keep us sick. So we gotta do something about it. NOW.

Causes of Stress:

There are many, but here are some to point out and evaluate the presence in your life:

  1. Poor diet (processed, high sugar, nutrient poor)
  2. Eating foods that your body does not tolerate (common culprits are gluten, dairy)
  3. Overtraining or too little exercise
  4. Relationship issues
  5. Loss of employment
  6. Drugs (prescription and non-prescription)
  7. Alcohol and smoking
  8. Caffeine
  9. Fear and grieving from death
  10. Infections
  11. Poor sleep habits
  12. Financial burdens
  13. Lack of fun and relaxation

The main reasons we want to avoid it are listed below.

A body under stress looks like this:

  • increased blood pressure
  • increased blood sugar (putting you at risk for diabetes)
  • increased heart rate and breathing
  • headaches, migraines, and muscle tension
  • impaired immune system
  • appetite changes (more and less)
  • inflammation in arteries (putting you at risk for heart disease)
  • increased risk of stroke
  • depression, anxiety, and mood swings
  • leaky gut
  • digestive changes (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation)
  • acne and other skin problems
  • trouble sleeping
  • increased risk of reduced bone density
  • reduced sexual desire
  • increased abdominal fat
  • aids in aging us faster

Since we have all experienced stress before I just wanted the bullet proof lists (above) to renew our understanding of just how bad this stuff is on our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Stay tuned for part two and we will talk about ways to manage stress in our lives and GIVE YOU a chance to let your voice be heard about it. Stay tuned for that because we want your tips and tricks and advice to be shared here with ours!

 

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