When it comes to health, stress is everything. No, really. It’s all about stress. I’m pretty sure Dr.’s, Chiropractors, medical and non-medical specialists would all be in agreement. If you look at all the research, stress is the #1 cause of health problems and there isn’t a close second.
There are three types of stresses that can happen to and in your body: physical and chemical and emotional. Physical stress comes from a trauma ( like a car accident). Chemical stress includes anything that goes in or on your body that causes a stress response. Emotional stress is simply the stuff that goes on in your head.
When your body is able to adapt to and handle chemical and emotional stress, then everything functions normally and you are “healthy.” If your body is overwhelmed by any of these stresses then dysfunction and “dis-ease” will happen. If you allow your body to be overwhelmed for a long period of time then eventually you will begin to show signs and symptoms, and based on how these symptoms show up, you will be given a diagnosis. Dis-ease leads to disease.
In the human body, stress is a neurological phenomenon. Stress is taken in by your body, processed by your nervous system and then it starts to rear it’s ugly head in the way of symptoms. Certainly we need a certain amount of stress to get out of bed in the mornings. The right amount of stress can be healthy and productive. On the other hand, too much stress can damage your nervous system and eventually lead to sickness.
An over stressed nervous system can manifest as sleep troubles, headaches, pains, metabolic changes, anxiety, indigestion ( just to name a few). You can still function but the red flags are there.
If those sign are ignored and more stress continues to be pumped in then there is a serious danger of a symptom becoming a disease. A stress related “blow out” can manifest as a heart attack, stroke, a mental breakdown, auto immune disorder, cancer and a variety of other serious illnesses.
Basically, if your body cannot process the stress that’s being pumped into it you will have a blow out.
The moral of the story? If you live a stressed out life and are experiencing any of “red flag” symptoms, don’t do a quick search online and try and diagnose yourself, causing more stress on your body. Instead, take a look at the big picture and see if there is something you can do to help your body process the stress you are under better.
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