Prolonged stress can exhaust the body’s natural defences leaving it susceptible to health problems.
Stress is a response to a situation which affects someone’s wellbeing. These situations could be physical, emotional or intellectual demands. It is at these times the body reacts in a ‘fight or flight’ mode by increasing production of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. This changes heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism in order to improve performance.
Prolonged periods of stress may affect a person’s emotional and physical health. Emotionally they may feel more anxious or depressed and some people may find normal daily tasks become challenging.
Physically the stomach can excrete excess acid leading to indigestion and heartburn, sex hormones diminish and the brain becomes starved of oxygen which impairs mental ability. The body’s immune system can also become weakened as additional pressures are placed on the body’s reserves.
Many of life’s demands and challenges may result in feelings of stress, whether that’s from relationships, work or money for example. Symptoms of stress may include some of the following:
Stress may lead to a GABA deficiency which affects the brains neurotransmitters by inhibiting them from doing they job in passing signals between nerves.
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