The human body is a fascinating masterpiece of a brilliant genius. He warns us at the first signs of trouble, and if we are willing to stop and listen, we can listen when it’s time to do something.
Although the body is resilient and can withstand a lot, it should not be pushed to its limits. No one gets sick chronically overnight and these not so obvious signs indicate that the body may be under chronic stress:
1. Improper bowel emptying
Although improper digestion may be linked to food intolerance, it is likely to be caused by stress. When you are under stress, this can lead to a whole range of inflammatory bowel problems. Research has shown that what happens in your brain can directly affect your gut.
2. Skin problems
Everything that happens in the body is reflected in the skin and chronic stress can do a lot of damage to the skin. Cortisol, a stress hormone, increases fat production which can lead to a range of inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, acne or autoimmune diseases like psoriasis.
3. Sudden insomnia
Constant stress leads to chronically high cortisol levels. And when cortisol is high, melatonin is low. We know that cortisol and melatonin affect waking and sleeping, and when cortisol is still high in the evening, you will no doubt have trouble sleeping.
4. Frequent headaches
Research has found that stress is a direct cause for many people struggling with migraines. Stress can also contribute to clenching of the jaw or gnashing of teeth during sleep – which affects the onset of headaches the next day.
5. Noise in the ears
Constant ringing in the ears, over time can lead to uncomfortable dizziness attacks. Studies suggest that chronic stress may be associated with tinnitus symptoms. Although scientists do not yet know the exact true effect of stress on tinnitus, managing stress levels has been suggested as a way to improve symptoms.
6. Irregular menstrual cycle
The brain hypothalamus is responsible for releasing chemicals that signal the pituitary gland to tell the ovary to release estrogen and progesterone to start menstruating. However, high cortisol levels can upset this sensitive system, leading to delayed, light, or even missed periods.
7. Low libido
High stress levels can lower sex hormones and affect instinct. It can also be hard to be in the right mood when your thoughts are elsewhere.
8. The most common disease
Chronic stress reduces immune function. If you are constantly under stress, your immune system will not be ready to fight viruses and bacteria, making you more predisposed to any disease that prevents you.
If you have any of these symptoms, understand it as a call from your body to slow down, eat properly, and eat healthy habits.