The Ugly Facts of Stress

So you are stressed…who isn’t!  Often times we reach for a glass of wine, engage in retail therapy, spend time cooling the kitchen with the refrigerator open or simply ignoring it and going to bed.

I can’t tell you how many women I speak to who spend time excercising and going to weight watcher and are so frustrated because they can’t seem to shed those pounds.  What many don’t realize is dieting is not just eating less calories but you need to clear your mind of stress so your body can focus of tightening up.

Here are 10 of many effects that stress has on the body.  How many are you surprised about?

  1. Increased cortisol production: Associated with weight gain (especially in the belly), inability to lose weight or gain muscle, and premature aging.
  2. Decreased nutrient absorption: Due to decreased enzymatic production from the stomach, pancreas and liver; decreased bile flow from the gallbladder, as well as decreased oxygenation and gastrointestinal blood flow.
  3. Increased nutrient excretion:  Stress destroys healthy intestinal bacteria, which can lead to immune problems, skin disorders, nutrient deficiencies and digestive stress.
  4. Increase salt retention: Can lead to high blood pressure.
  5. Decrease in thyroid hormone: Can decrease the body’s metabolic activity.
  6. Increase in inflammation: The basis of many ailments including brain and heart disease.
  7. Increase in gastric emptying time:  Can lead to constipation and can be a risk factor in diseases of the colon.
  8. Decrease in sex hormones: Can lower sex drive, energy, and decrease muscle mass.
  9. Decrease in thermic efficiency: Ability to burn calories is diminished.
  10. Increase in blood cholesterol: Stress raises LDL cholesterol levels.

Take a look at your stress levels.  What is it doing to your overall health?  What do you do to relieve stress after a full day?  Look forward to your comments!

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