STRESS! Stress is widely recognized as the #1 killer by proxy. The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human diseases, it has tremendous negative mental physical, and spiritual effects, and yet we often forget how stress affects the body.

Stress occurs when the demands in our life exceed our ability to cope and it effects our emotional, physical and spiritual health.

On the emotional level it may lead to depression and anxiety, while on the spiritual level we may not feel connected, fulfilled or balanced, and on the physical level, a variety of stress related illnesses may develop. There really isn’t any part of the body that isn’t affected by stress.

Stress can be positive or negative, but either one triggers the body’s biological stress response in the same way and the impact on the body, mind and self is the same.

 

Why have the Effects of Stress become such a Serious Issue

Stress has been around since the beginning of time, so why is it so difficult for most people to handle these days?

There are two reasons:

  1. Most people have way too many demands in their life. Their working too many hours and/or too many jobs, have too many activities, are juggling several high stress jobs while raising a family, are spending too much time in traffic, have too many stimuli in their environment, etc.
  2. Environmental toxins and poor diet are exhausting the endocrine system – particularly the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are one of the main organs involved in the fight or flight stress response. Diets that are high in sugar, white flour, refined foods, pesticides, and additives and low in nutrients lead to many health conditions including a malfunctioning endocrine system and depleted adrenal glands. The human body was not designed to handle the onslaught of environmental toxins we all live with daily and this puts excessive burden on the endocrine organs.

When your endocrine system is not functioning properly, you can’t cope with stress effectively. This results in a vicious cycle where the weakened endocrine systems creates more stress and the higher levels of stress continuously weaken the endocrine system even more.

 

Here are the 50 most common signs and symptoms of STRESS:

1. Frequent headaches

2. Frequent jaw clenching, or gritting or grinding teeth

3. Stuttering or stammering

4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

5. Muscle spasms, neck pain, or backache

6. Dizziness

7. Ringing in ears

8. Frequent blushing or sweating

9. Cold or sweaty hands or feet

10. Dry mouth and/or difficulty swallowing

11. Frequent colds or infections

12. Frequent rashes, itching, or goosebumps

13. Frequent unexplained allergy symptoms

14. Frequent heartburn or acid reflux

15. Excessive belching

16. Changes in bowel habits

17. Difficulty breathing

18. Sudden panic attacks

19. Chest pain or palpitations

20. Frequent urination

21. Lowered sex drive

22. Frequent anxiety

23. Frequent periods of anger

24. Depression or frequent mood swings

25. Changes in appetite

26. Trouble sleeping

27. Difficulty concentrating

28. Learning problems (things don’t stick)

29. Memory loss, short or long-term

30. Difficulty making decisions

31. Feeling overwhelmed

32. Suicidal thoughts

33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality

35. Nervousness

36. Increased irritability and overreaction

38. Frequent minor accidents

39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior

40. Diminished productivity

41. Excessive impulsive shopping or gambling

42. Rapid speech

43. Excessive defensiveness or paranoia

44. Trouble communicating

45. Social shyness and isolation

46. Chronic fatigue

47. Frequent use of over-the-counter medications

48. Unexplained sudden weight gain or loss

49. Increased smoking, alcohol abuse, or illicit drug use

50. Dull and dry skin, wrinkles and lines

 

How Stress Affects The Body!

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