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The Relationship Between Stress and Blood Pressure 

By |2019-05-21T22:02:44-04:00May 21st, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

Stress and blood pressure are more connected than you may think. Increased stress levels contribute to an increase in blood pressure, which can have a whole host of undesirable medical consequences. (The Mayo Clinic, 2019). Everyone experiences stress. Whether it’s minor, such as a problem at work or forgetting your keys, or major, such as a life-threatening illness, stress has at least some degree of impact on our physiological well-being. That’s why it is important to decrease stress, which will in turn improve physical health — and blood pressure.

In this article, we will discuss the relationship between stress and blood pressure, including what happens when blood pressure is too high. We’ll also discuss ways to relieve stress.


Stress and Blood Pressure

When stressed, our body reacts in a flight or fight mode and produces hormones called catecholamines (The Mayo Clinic, 2019). These hormones increase blood pressure, make our heart beat faster and cause constriction and narrowing of blood vessels (The Mayo Clinic, 2019). For people undergoing normal amounts of stress, this reaction would be temporary. However, in a chronically stressful environment increased hormone levels can damage arteries, potentially causing heart disease (The Mayo Clinic, 2019).

Additionally, many of us react to stress in ways that raise our blood pressure. For example, if we drink, smoke, or reach for ‘junk food’ or “comfort food”, this can cause an increase in blood pressure (The Mayo Clinic, 2019). That, combined with all the other physical effects from stress, is a recipe for disaster.


Effects of High Blood Pressure

Your heart and brain are the organs most at risk for damage from high blood pressure, but your kidneys

How to Rise Above Stressful Daily Life 

By |2019-04-23T21:00:33-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

There’s no doubt about it: life can be stressful. Whether you’re dealing with work or school, personal issues with family or friends, there is a lot of stress out there. As you know, stress has a lot of short term consequences. However, what you might not know is that stress also has a lot of ill effects that can cause problems down the road. That is why managing stress on a daily basis is so important to your health and wellness.

In this article, we will discuss ways to manage and deal with stress.

When Stress Becomes A Problem

First, let’s start by acknowledging the obvious: a little stress never hurt anyone. But, this adage applies to stress that isn’t experienced in large amounts, constantly, day after day. Small quantities of occasional stress can help with providing you with motivation to meet deadlines. But if it increases beyond that, the potential ramifications may be problematic.

Stress becomes a real issue when you become increasingly consumed by it and it takes over your thinking. Over time, many people can develop physical illnesses such as heart disease, arrhythmia, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure from stress (Mayo Clinic, 2018). Depression, anxiety and even personality disorders could also be triggered by stress (Mayo Clinic, 2018). Additionally, you might experience gastrointestinal symptoms, rash, hair loss and sexual dysfunction, as a consequence of excessive stress (Mayo Clinic, 2018). When you experience any of these, you should consider the role that stress may be playing and this may be an indicator that you need to slow down and process.

Below are some ways that you can combat stress, including every day tips, exercise and nutrition.

Hot Sale on Hot Drink Mixes

By |2019-04-15T23:41:43-04:00April 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Stress Relieving Supplements: Do They Work?

By |2019-04-16T22:09:10-04:00April 15th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

April is Stress Awareness Month, and stress has many negative effects on your life and health. Because of the many adverse results of stress, things that alleviate it will make you calmer and less prone to the various negative consequences. There are steps you can take to reduce stress, along with its consequences, which include exercise, meditation and certain stress relieving supplements. In this article, we will discuss the ways that stress affects the body and mind, and how certain supplements have been shown to help.

How Stress Affects the Body 

There are many ways in which stress affects the body. These include short-term symptoms, such as headaches, palpitations, chest pain, muscle tension, nausea or stomach cramps, sleeplessness, and changes in libido. You might also experience muscle pain with no identifiable source. When unchecked, stress can lead to a lot of long-term diseases. These include high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Often, behavior and physical health go hand-in-hand. It’s not often that physical symptoms have no mental health consequence. In the next section, you will see how stress affects your mental health and your mood, including internal and external manifestations.

How Stress Affects Mental Health 

Your mental health can be divided into two categories for the purposes of stress effects: your mood and your behavior. Often, your behavior is the outward manifestation of your mood. Mood-wise, you may experience anxiety, depression, restlessness, lack of focus, lack of motivation, feelings of being overwhelmed, irritation and anger, or depression. Your behavior, which is how you express these moods, can include alarming actions such as over- or under-eating, outbursts at close friends and family, tobacco, drug or alcohol use, withdrawing

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