Many of us lead very stressful lives and feel the effects of tiredness and stress on our bodies every single day.
Over time, we put excess strain on our bodies and consistent stress can plant seeds in our bodies that may lead to serious long-term illnesses.
Stress and fatigue can have a significant physiological impact on our bodies because it triggers our primal flight or fight stress response. When life stressors are constant, our response to stress stays activated and puts excess strain on our bodies. It’s no surprise that we are increasingly hearing about people suffering from heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and more because consistent stress can contribute to these illnesses in several ways:
- Increased heart stress and blood pressure
According to the World Heart Federation, the proportion of cardiovascular related deaths in South African women aged between 35 – 39 is one and a half times more likely than that of women in the United States.
- Increased blood clotting:
Blood clots can prevent the free flow of blood throughout your body. When you are stressed over time, the increase in blood clotting and sticky platelets in your blood can also lead to strokes and heart attacks.
- Decreased immunity:
Under stress, your immune system is suppressed. Over time, the reduction in your immunity can lead to cancer, infections and other serious diseases.
- Suppressed digestion:
If you are consistently stressed, your digestive system can be suppressed which can lead to weight gain, digestive disturbances and even obesity.
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