Stress can be caused by various things like work, relationships or family situations to name but a few. The fact of the matter is that stress can have a big impact on your health, thus it should be taken into account if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Stress has negative effects on us due to our body’s reaction to it.
How does stress affect your heart health?
Stress results in the heart working much harder than it should, due to the body going into “fight or flight” mode, which causes the blood pressure to rise, the heart to beat faster and the body to become tense.
It can also lead to the excretion of cortisol, which places the arteries at risk. In addition, glucose and fatty acids are also released which can cause cholesterol deposits.
How does stress affect your gut health?
When you are stressed and your heart rate increases, and your blood pressure shoots up, it causes blood flow to be blocked away from your midsection. When this happens, the digestive system goes into shut-down mode, and it does not function as it should.
This again causes more cortisol, as well as insulin to be released. When this happens for extended periods of time, it leads to weight gain, especially around the belly.
If it goes on, it can lead to even worse issues like stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.
While it may not be possible to eliminate stress completely, you can learn to manage your stress levels with a few easy lifestyle changes:
- Take time out to mediate.
- Eat loads of organic fruits and veggies to ensure you get the needed nutrients.
- Get enough exercise.
- Make sure to get into a good sleeping routine.
- Drink plenty of water
- Supplement with Calmer Adult or Calmer Extra – to reduce stress the natural way without any side effects.