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Stress Related Problems

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Stress Related Problems

When under stress, your heart rate increases to ensure that there is enough blood pumped through the necessary tissues to transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells. When the heart rate increases, blood pressure rises and breathing quickens and becomes more shallow .

Adrenaline and other important hormones are released into the bloodstream, and the liver gets rid of stored sugar, to cope with the excess of energy your body is calling for. The digestive system is affected , with less blood flow, and so the appetite subsides, while the blood flow to the brain and other major muscles increases.

Blood leaves the hands and feet, making them feel cold-this protects against the possibility of heavy blood loss should these extremities suffer injury. All senses are heightened and the pupils in the eye dilate; the body begins to perspire in order to cool itself.

All this happens in a flash without you actually being aware of it when you are in danger. But when you are not in any genuine physical danger; just over- anxious or stressed out, than you’ll notice the discomfort these changes cause.

It is useful to note that since diseases are caused by a variety of different factors, we cannot blame stress alone. But there is a strong link between stress and the onset of disease. Stress can contribute to the effects of:

– cardiovascular disorders: high blood pressure, irregular heart rate, hypoglycaemia, stroke
– neuro-muscular disorders: back pain, chronic pain, bruxism (tension in the jaws), clumsiness, neck and shoulder pain, muscle cramps, migrene, muscle spasm
– respiratory and allergic disorders: asthma, allergies, breathing dysfunctions, infectious diseases
– circulatory problems: cold hands and feet
– immunological disorders: cancer
– gastro-intensinal disturbances: diarrhoea, consipation, matabolic dysfunction
– skeletal probloems: arthritis
– skin disorders: perspiration
– dental problems
– learning difficulties
– instability, dwelling on the past or future
– substance abuse: alcoholism, drug abuse, overeating
– sexual dysfunction

Headaches and migraine, are a direct response to stress, as are shingles. In fact, shingles are a very good example of the power of the mind. It is proved that shingles are directly related to worry and stress.

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