This Is What Happens To Your Body SECONDS After You’re Hit By STRESS
How extreme stress affects your health
Stress doesn’t come the same way always: It’s that unpleasant anxiety in your stomach before you have a dinner you really didn’t want to have it. It’s that burden in your chest as you await the results of a medical test. And it’s even the shortness of your breath just before a total anxiety come in sight.
The point is, you know each of these unpleasant situations better than you’d like to. However, no matter which kind you’re most aware with, one thing is true: It’s not good for your brain, soul and organism.
Latest research in British Medical Journal Open finds having extreme stress (such as a job loss, illness or divorce) raises your risk of Alzheimer’s by 21 percent and any other dementia by 17 percent, bringing truth to the old adage: It’s all in your head.
Although the usual stressors for human beings have long evolved from wolves and bears to relationships and finances, the human body has yet to catch up. When you see your bank account near the red zone, for example, you activate your body’s sympathetic nervous system, or fight-or-flight response.
Your heart begins beating faster, cortisol boosts through your body, and oxygen gets pumped to your brain to optimize you for the fight ahead. Except there is no fight—only a frantic run to the ATM. And this occurs every time it’s activated.
And as study found, using up all those resources in chronic stress can be taxing on the entire body. Take a closer look at what your body on stress looks like:
You don’t need to suffer “extreme” stress in order to see a change in your memory. Latest studies in the Journal of Neuroscience discovered a link between high levels of the stress hormone cortisol and short-term memory loss in aging adults.
Unexpected stress might cause you to become temporarily pale after redirecting blood from your face to muscles that might need it. But constant low-grade stress over time can cause your skin to age faster; psoriasis, rosacea, stir up rashes, due to a histamine release; and raise oil production (read: acne).
Both repeated traumatic incidents and chronic stress (called acute stress by doctors) lead to inflammation in the coronary arteries, which are main reason for heart attacks. The consistent uptick of the heartbeat in those with chronic stress also takes a toll on the heart’s ability to pump blood, upping the risk for hypertension and stroke.
Shorten breath is a classic sign of stress. But if you have asthma, researches show that stress can in fact trigger an attack, while those with emphysema could have trouble getting enough oxygen in a stressful situation. Another dig: Stress predisposes you to inflammation, making asthma attacks more common.
Doctors confirm what women (and men!) everywhere know to be true: Stress fat is real. A research in Biological Psychiatry found women who experienced one or more stressful events the day before eating an indulgent meal burned fewer calories from the meal than those who weren’t stressed. The difference can amount to an extra 11 pounds per year.
Being in constant survival mode is exhausting, especially for the immune system, which can become restrain due to chronic stress. It not only can keep your guard down against new disease, but also make worse existing conditions.
Sweet, Sweet Relief
Now that you know what stress is doing to your body, use the most looked stress reduction method: meditation. It’s not all Buddha incense and statues. In fact, meditation is just an umbrella term for practices like yoga, guided meditation, mantras, mindfulness and deep breathing techniques, which study shows can do everything from reduce stress to promote weight loss and stave off diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and high blood pressure.
We know, we know. But you’re stressed now! Try Dr. Weil’s trusted 4:7:8 breathing exercise, what he calls a “natural tranquilizer” for your nervous system.
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