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The Effects of Stress on Your Health

By Janin Hendry

Stress is not good for anyone. It is long established that stress can make your body gain weight, strain relationships, and cause damage to your body with long-term effects. Stress is something you need to moderate and control for good long-term health.

What Does Stress Do to Your Health?

Stress is a catalyst for multiple health problems. Strokes and heart disease are common results from long-term exposure to stress. You are also more likely to indulge in activities that are not healthy and can make your health worse, including,

  • Drinking in excess
  • Smoking
  • Eating unhealthy foods
  • Not being active

Stress does not always culminate in bad behaviors, but it can also damage your heart by absorbing the stress into your body. Stress can cause your body to have:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Digestive issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Artery damage

What Does Stress Do to Your Heart?

Acute stress can cause cardiovascular damage to your heart. It can do long-term damage to your heart in multiple ways, such as:

  • Developing heart disease
  • Clogged arteries
  • Poor blood flow
  • Cholesterol buildup

While you might not notice the gradual changes in your body, they are occurring the longer you place yourself into unhealthy patterns and habits.

What Can You Do?

Taking control of your health starts with your daily habits. There are many things you can do to improve your health through basic care of your whole body.

Eat a well-balanced diet - The food plate can help you eat a balanced meal of fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, and lean protein. Good foods can get your body functioning on a regular schedule and solve a lot of digestive problems.

Get eight hours of sleep - A good night of sleep helps your brain and body recover from a day's stress and heal.

Exercise - Having a regular exercise program can help your heart remain healthy and improve blood flow. You will also find yourself losing weight and reducing the amount of stress your body absorbs.

Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption - Alcohol in moderate amounts can help you enjoy food or a situation. Limiting your alcohol intake will reduce your heart's amount of inflammation and help you lose weight.

Stop smoking - Smoking does not relax you. It damages your arteries and the amount of oxygen your body is transporting. Smoking is hard on all your organs but leaves permanent damage to your heart.

Final Thoughts

Heart health starts with your habits. Take control of your life and make positive changes to your body and life. There are many things you can do to put yourself in control of your body.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.  

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