How does stress affect my body?
Stress can take a toll on your entire body, says integrative medicine specialist Dr. Tasneem Bhatia. To learn about the various ways that stress can affect your body, watch this video.
But it is a really big deal, and we've kind of dumped it into this large term, but stress has some biological
and physiological properties that really change the body, that really alter how healthy we all are and can affect our long-term health.
So stress is the number one cause of something we in integrative medicine call inflammation.
What happens with stress is that the body goes into a fighting mode constantly. It always feels like it's fighting a war, waging a battle, rather than having time to relax.
So a lot of different things happen. Your cortisol levels go way up, which affects all your other hormone levels. You deplete the body of essential nutrients, especially
the B vitamins, which are responsible for almost every function of the body. And you really will have altered sleep cycles, altered energy
levels because of this play between cortisol levels going up, nutrient depletion, and overall inflammation in the body.
So stress, the reason stress gets overplayed, I feel like people talk about, oh, I'm stressed, I'm stressed, it's not healthy for me, but it is a really big deal.
And we've kind of dumped it into this large term, but stress has some biological and physiological properties
that really change the body, that really alter how healthy we all are and can affect our long-term health. I mean, there's a lot of thought that not only anxiety
but also a lot of the chronic diseases we're dealing with in this country, obesity, heart disease, all of them are linked back to inflammation caused by excessive stress.
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