The Effects of Stress on The Body

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INCREASED CORTISOL PRODUCTION

Associated with weight gain (especially in the belly), inability to lose weight or gain muscle, and premature aging.

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DECREASED NUTRIENT ABSORPTION

Due to decreased digestive enzyme production, decreased bile flow from the gallbladder, as well as decreased oxygenation, and gastrointestinal blood flow.

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INCREASED NUTRIENT EXCRETION

Stress increases the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium; zinc, chromium, selenium, and various trace minerals.

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DECREASED GUT FLORA POPULATIONS

Stress destroys healthy intestinal bacteria, which can lead to immune problems, skin disorders, nutrient deficiencies, and digestive distress.

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INCREASE IN SODIUM AND FLUID RETENTION

Can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension).

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DECREASE IN THERMIC EFFICIENCY

Ability to burn calories is diminished.

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DECREASE IN THYROID HORMONE

Can decrease the body’s metabolic activity.

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INCREASE IN BLOOD CHOLESTEROL

Stress raises LDL cholesterol levels.

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INCREASE IN BLOOD PLATELET AGGREGATION

A major risk factor in heart disease.

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DECREASE IN SEX HORMONES

Can lower sex drive, energy, and decrease muscle mass.

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INCREASE IN INFLAMMATION

The basis of many ailments including brain and heart disease.

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DECREASE IN GASTRIC EMPTYING TIME

Can lead to constipation and can be a risk factor in diseases of the colon.

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INCREASE IN GASTRIC EMPTYING TIME

Can lead to diarrhea, and food particles prematurely entering the small intestines—a probable factor in food sensitivities, and various disease conditions.

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INCREASED FOOD SENSITIVITIES

Most likely due to decreased immunity and leaky gut.

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DECREASED HYDROCHLORIC ACID PRODUCTION

The majority of people willexperience a reduction of stomach acid in the presence of stress as the nervous system diverts blood flow away from digestive organs.

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DECREASE IN GROWTH HORMONE

A key hormone in growing, healing, and rebuilding tissues, helps burnfat and build muscle.

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INCREASE IN INSULIN RESISTANCE

Chronic low-level stress may cause target cells to become unresponsive to insulin—a factor in diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and aging.

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INCREASE INERRATIC FUNCTION OF LES

Lower esophageal sphincter opens inappropriately, causing gastric reflux (heartburn).

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INCREASE IN OXIDATIVE STRESS

Prematurely ages the body; a precursor to many diseases.

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INCREASED RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS

Bone density has been shown to decrease in stressed and depressed women, stress increases the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, and boron.