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Too Stressed for Your Own Good

Stress plays a huge factor is many peopleís lives. But unbeknownst to the majority of people, too much stress can be detrimental to your health.

Stress happens to be a large part of the six leading causes of health conditions: Heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide -- not to mention the way it keeps your immune system to function properly.

Constant stress could increase risks associated with any of the above ailments, so to ensure you long term health, try and avoid as much stress as you can.
Often we associate stress with psychological challenges, but we cannot denote the importance of psychological stress. Most of the time moderately strenuous physical activity can be immune-enhancing, and good for your health. But if you were cross the line into obsession these everyday activities can be immune weakening.

It is essential to your health that you try your best to cut as much stress out of your life as possible.

Stress can be defined as any type of strain on yourself that can cause physical, emotion and psychological strain. And surprisingly, not all types of stress are bad. For instance, believe it or not, skiing down a slope can cause your body stress, but this stress is good. Your body is pumping your system full of adrenaline, which in turn causes stress to your system, but in a good way.

Acute stress is a short-term type of stress that can either be positive or negative to your health. This is more than likely the stress we encounter on a daily basis. This can be caused by daily encounters of road rage or stress at the work place.

Acute Stress tends to run rampant and be more randomized, episodic acute stress is more moderate and regular which can ultimately lead to a worsening health condition.

Chronic stress, is the type that is redundant and inescapable. It is the kind that runs you life. This is the kind that is most detrimental to your health. Chronic Stress can be cause by a stressful marriage or a taxing job. If you do not take care of this kind of stress there is a change you will go through a burnout ultimately harming your health.

Stress will also trigger your bodyís natural response to a perceived threat or danger; the fight or flight response. During this reaction, adrenalin and cortical are released into your system. These chemicals are responsible for speeding heart rate, slowing digestion, shunting blood flow to major muscle groups, and are ultimately responsible for taking over other automatic nervous function which leads to giving the body a burst of energy and strength.

Unfortunately sometimes our fight-or-flight response is behind because of the overwhelming stress we will be under. Therefore people who experience chronic stress will start to feel the physical symptoms that will ultimately detriment your health.

The first symptoms are relatively mild and they may include chronic headaches and increased susceptibility to the common cold. However, if chronic stress is not fixed or dealt with, health complications will only begin to worsen. They include, but are not limited to:

Depression
Diabetes
Hair Loss
Heart Disease
Hyperthyyroidism
Obesity
OCD
Tooth and Gum Disease
Ulcers
Cancer

Make sure, if you are under a lot of stress to accommodate your lifestyle so you can live a long and healthful life.