22 Effects of Stress on the Body

22 Effects of Stress on the Body

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22 Effects of Stress on the Body


Increased cortisol production:  Associated with weight gain (especially in the belly), inability to lose weight or gain muscle, and premature aging.

Decreased nutrient absorption: Due to decreased enzymatic production from the stomach, pancreas, and liver; decreased bile flow from the gallbladder, as well as decreased oxygenation and gastrointestinal blood flow.

Increased nutrient excretion: Stress increases the urinary excretion of calcium; magnesium; potassium; zinc; chromium; selenium; and various trace.

Decreased gut flora populations: Stress destroys healthy intestinal bacteria, which can lead to immune problems, skin disorders, nutrient deficiencies, and digestive distress.

Increase in salt retention: Can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension).

Decrease in thermic efficiency: Ability to burn calories is diminished.

Decrease in thyroid hormone: Can decrease the body’s metabolic activity.

Increase in blood cholesterol: Stress raises LDL cholesterol levels.

Increase in blood platelet aggregation: A major risk factor in heart disease.

Decrease in sex hormones: Can lower sex drive, energy, and decrease muscle mass.

Increase in inflammation: The basis of many ailments including brain and heart disease.

Increase in gastric emptying time: Can lead to constipation and can be a risk factor in diseases of the colon.

Decrease in gastric emptying time: Can lead to diarrhea, and food particles prematurely entering the small intestines—a probable factor in food allergies, sensitivities, and various disease conditions.

Increased swallowing rate: A fast swallowing rate is a likely factor in digestive upset.

Increased food sensitivities and allergies: Plenty of anecdotal evidence, most likely due to decreased immunity and leaky gut.

Decreased hydrochloric acid production: The majority of people will experience a reduction of stomach acid in the presence of stress as stress diverts blood flow away from the digestive system.

Decrease in growth hormone: A key hormone in growing, healing and rebuilding tissues; helps burn fat and build muscle.

Increase in insulin resistance: Chronic low-level stress may cause target cells to become unresponsive to insulin—a factor in diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and aging.

Increase in erratic function of LES: Lower esophageal sphincter opens inappropriately, causing gastric reflux (heartburn).

Increase in oxidative stress: Prematurely ages the body; a precursor to many diseases.

Increased risk of osteoporosis: Bone density has been shown to decrease in stressed and depressed women; stress increases the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium and boron.

A decrease in mitochondria: These are the cell’s energy powerhouses. When these cellular organelles are diminished in number, we literally produce less energy. It can lead to chronic fatigue.

From information listed above, you can see how much damage stress can actually cause.  These 22 Effects of Stress on the Body all play a role in your holistic health.

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