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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

If You Have These 8 Symptoms, Your Stress May Be Making You Sick

Everyone experiences some level of stress in their lives. Some stress is good if it motives us in a positive direction. But the type of stress that is concerning is chronic stress that continues with no relief. This is when stress begins to affect your health. The American Psychological Association did a survey on stress and found that nearly one-third of all people in the survey say stress impacts their physical or mental health.

When it's time to get help

Stress can come from many sources, such as finances, work, loss of job, health issues, violence, discrimination, and much more. Eventually, this kind of stress will take it's toll on your physical and emotional health. If you have any of these symptoms relating to stress, it's time to seek help.

#1 Hives - hives are the result of your immune system kicking in to release the chemical histamine to fight off your ailment, which is stress. Stress can actually weaken your immune system.
#2 Weight gain or loss - stress can cause your body to release the hormone cortisol. This will weaken the body's ability to process blood sugar and changes the way you metabolize fat, protein, and carbs. The result is either weight gain or loss.
#3 Headaches - stress headaches are common among people who suffer chronic stress. It's caused by the release of chemicals that can create changes to nerves and blood vessels in the brain.
#4 Heartburn and stomach cramps - stress can trigger the production of more digestive acid, causing heartburn. It can also lead to longer times for food to digest, causing bloating and cramping in the digestive tract.
#5 Frequent colds - stress weakens the immune system, causing you to get frequent colds. Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh showed that people experiencing stress are twice as likely to get sick as those with less stress.
#6 Acne - increased stress causes the body to produce more hormones, like cortisol, which increases the production of oil, leading to clogged pores and acne.
#7 Loss of concentration - stress can make it more difficult to concentrate, causing memory problems, anxiety or depression.
#8 Loss of hair - stress can cause the body’s immune system to attack your hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it's time to take a long look at your stress factors and take positive steps to change your life.

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