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: 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. 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! Please follow and like us:Share this:TweetPrintEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.