How Does Stress Affect Your Body’s Health?

It is normal to have some stress in your life. Stress is a usual human physical and mental response that happens to everyone when they experience any challenge or change in their routine. Stress can be good when it keeps us motivated, alert, and prepared to avoid danger. On the other hand, excessive stress can bring on or worsen symptoms or diseases.

Following any stressful change, your hypothalamus, a tiny control region in your brain, tells your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones, adrenaline, and cortisol. These stress hormones trigger your body to activate the “fight or flight” response. With this response, your heartbeats fasten, and your breath shortens.

Stress can result in several different symptoms. The effect of stress might disturb how you feel mentally, physically, or how you behave. It is crucial to be aware of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress. The mental symptoms of stress can include: difficulty concentrating, struggling to make decisions, continuous worrying, and being forgetful. Moreover, stress can reduce energy and sexual desire, and cause depression and insomnia. The physical symptoms of chronic stress are varied, such as headaches or dizziness, acne, muscle tension or pain, rapid heartbeat or chest pain, stomach problems, and digestive issues. Furthermore, stress can cause changes in behavior, for example, the person might sleep too much or too little, eat too much or too little, be irritable and snappy, have alcohol or drug abuse, or avoid certain places or people.

Nevertheless, if the stress cause persists, the stress will become chronic and could put your health at serious risk. For example, under stress, your liver produces additional blood sugar (glucose) to increase your energy. If the stress is chronic, your body may not be able to maintain this additional glucose increase. Thus, chronic stress may increase your risk of having type 2 diabetes.

The surge of hormones, fast breathing, and rapid heart rate may upset your digestive system as well. You’re more likely to have acid reflux or heartburn because of the increase in stomach acid. Digestive issues like diarrhea or constipation may result.

On the other hand, one of the best things you can do for your health is to manage stress, even if you cannot control its source. There are many ways to reduce stress. For example, regular exercising is one of the best habits to relax your body and mind. In addition, that exercise will boost a good mood.

Moreover, adequate sleep and a well-balanced diet are some of the best ways to better equip your body to combat stress. Nevertheless, you should not skip your daily dose of vitamins. Supplements of B-complex vitamins help relieve stress, boost cognitive performance, and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, even in people without B vitamin deficiencies. CEDEM AG provides two dosage forms of B vitamins supplements, the VitaCed B-Complex (effervescent tablets) and the VitaCed B-Shots (oral liquid shots). In addition, CALMIFORT is one of the unique products CEDEM AG provides. It is a formula of Rhodiola Rosea, Valeriana Officinalis, Crataegus monogyna, Passiflora incarnata, and Magnesium. It improves the adaptability to physical or mental stress and it is effective for people with stress and fatigue who want to remain active.

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