Monday, January 19, 2015

Chronic Stress and the Problems It Can Cause

chronic stress can result in many health related issues

Chronic stress has the ability to cause all types and variances of physical and mental problems. The impact too much stress can have on a person’s life can really take a toll on his or her overall health and well-being. It is important to get a handle on your stress before it is able to trigger issues with your health. If you are already struggling with too much added pressure in your life, certain lifestyle changes need to be implemented to keep any problems from progressing.

Stress is not always a bad thing. In fact, we need some levels or stress in our lives but when we are experiencing too much stress that is when problems can arise. Stress management expert, Elizabeth Scott, M. S., states that our bodies were made to handle acute stress but not chronic stress. “Chronic stress results from a state of ongoing physiological arousal. This occurs when the body experiences stressors with such frequency or intensity that the autonomic nervous system does not have an adequate chance to activate the relaxation response on a regular basis.”

It is not only our personal lives that induce our health concerns, our career, environments and traumatic events could also be major factors in why people succumb the side effects of chronic stress. When a person is unable to effectively manage the stress they are experiencing, it could lead to problems like headaches, anxiety, digestive issues, depression, weight gain, and various skin aliments. In reality, there are very few health problems that stress does not play a role in or exasperate to some degree.

Besides the body’s response to stress which we can easily see in the form of physical and mental ailments, we also are experiencing an internal reaction. When we are feeling stressed out, the body’s adrenal glands release cortisol and DHEA, both play a role in carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism. If an abnormal amounts of cortisol and DHEA are released, our bodies could have a tougher time managing chronic illnesses.

If you think any of the chronic physical or mental problems you are experiencing are related to an overload of stress, the Salivary Adrenal Stress Profile administered by ALCAT Worldwide may help you determine if your health is suffering because of the added pressure your body is constantly feeling. Procedures for the test, which observes the effects too much stress is having on a person’s adrenal glands, are very simple and include several saliva samples taken at different parts of the day. Anyone who has been suffering from a long-term medical condition should consider the Salivary Adrenal Stress Profile to ensure that his or her adrenal glands are performing healthily to successfully manage stress.