How Does Stress Affect the Body?

Stress is a normal reaction for the body when an individual experiences a change to the environment — these stressors affect the mental, physical or even emotional responses. While the body has natural ways to manage stress, too many changes or challenges at a given time create a buildup of stress or tension in the body, leading to a number of symptoms.

Though most people only notice the physical symptoms, a number of other signs and symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Depression
  • Skin conditions
  • Irritability

Elevated and ongoing stress levels even have the potential to create or worsen more serious diseases or medical conditions. High blood pressure, decreased immune system response and infertility (through fluctuating hormone levels) can all usually be traced back to high stress levels. Chronic stress levels also have an impact on hormone levels – specifically cortisol.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that increases the amount of sugar – or glucose – in the body. It also wreaks havoc on the digestive and immune system. Increased levels of cortisol in the body create the risk of additional fat around the abdominals, especially in women.

Natural and herbal supplements do help reduce stress levels, in addition to changes in lifestyle. Taking time to relax each day, to exercise or even soaking in the bath can help reduce stress levels at an emotional, mental and physical level. The scent of lavender reduces blood pressure and heart rate – enjoying a small amount of chocolate also shows promising results as the components of chocolate help reduces stress hormone levels. Herbal remedies, such as Chamomile tea, features compounds that bind to brain receptors to reduce anxiety or stress.

The Healthy Choice Compounding Pharmacy creates customized products to help you deal with all kinds of stress. Do your body a favor and reduce your stress levels. Feel free to share this post with friends and family!