The Effects of Stress on Body Systems

There are very real effects of stress on body and mind that should help you see the importance of reducing the stress in your life.

As we all know, the body as a whole is made up of eleven body systems. Each system is important to the body and they were all designed to work together as one unit.

The body was originally designed to endure high amount of stress, however, this was providing the body would rest long enough for the body to recuperate and be restored.

Unfortunately, the world in which we live today is a fast paced world. Many people have forgotten the value in slowing down and no longer have time to embrace the finer things in life.

Habitual busyness is like a disease that has taken over our minds, especially here in America. Racing here and there, we are even raising our children to believe that there is nothing more important than staying busy. We have forgotten the reward in being still, relaxing, taking our time and pacing ourselves as we work towards our goals. Because of this, we live in a society of emotionally burned out people. What do burned out people do? They lose their passion, their endurance, their dreams, goals and overall excitement in life. Most of all, they lose their health, which is one of the most important things to our quality of life.

The effects of stress on body and mind are more evident than ever.

The Effects of Stress on Body Systems

Nervous System

This system includes the brain, spinal cord, and all the other nerves running through the rest of the body. The nervous system ensures that the communication between all systems are good. It is also responsible for recognizing and coordinating the body's response to internal and external changes.

The nervous system seems to be the system that is effected the most when stress and anxiety is prevalent and prolonged, however, the effects of stress are widespread through all the other systems as well.

Long term effects of stress on body system include: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia

Circulatory/Cardiovascular System

This system includes the heart and the blood vessels and it's job is to keep the body alive by circulating blood through the body.

Stress causes irregular heartbeat, chest pain, and constriction of blood vessels.

Long term effects of stress on body system include: high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke

Digestive System

To name some of them.. this system includes mouth, teeth, tongue, intestines, colon, stomach, esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, and rectum. This system has a job to break down and digest foods and to take all the nutrients it can for the body.

Stress causes digestive upset such as nausea, diarrhea, constipation, appetite abnormalities.

Long term effects of stress on body system include: stomach ulcers, IBD (irritable bowel disease), colitis, Acid Reflux

Respiratory System

To name a few.. this system includes the sinuses, nose, throat, voice-box, windpipe, lungs and diaphragm.

The primary function of this system is to exchange gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood and other parts of the body.

Stress causes shortness of breath, dizziness, hyperventilation

Long term effects of stress on body system include: asthma, chronic sinusitis and other infections.

Lymphatic System/Immune System

To name some.. this system includes the thymus gland, lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, liver, and appendix. This system is the body's defense system.

Stress causes low immunity opening the door to sickness like colds, flu's, viruses and other illnesses.

Long term effects of stress on body system include: Epstein Barr Virus, Fibromyalgia, Candida, Lupus

Integumentary System (Skin)

This system includes skin, hair and nails. This system is more important than you know since it serves as a barrier against infection and injury. Did you know that skin is the largest organ in the body?

Believe it or not, stress can cause hair loss, brittle nails, and even acne.

Long term effects of stress on body system include: chronic skin disorders, inability to heal wounds properly, skin infections and premature aging.

Endocrine System

This system is responsible for growth development, metabolism, and it has a great responsibility to maintain the body's homeostasis, which is the body's internal and external environment, such as pH level, and temperature by releasing certain hormones. The nervous system works closely with this system because it directs the hormones that the endocrine system releases. This system is also responsible for the release of those stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.

Long term effects of stress on body system include: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, and even menstruation irregularities.

Excretory System/Urinary System

This system includes the skin, digestive system, kidneys, urinary system, bladder, and urethra. It's job is to remove waste from the body in order to help maintain the body's homeostasis.

Long term effects of stress on body system: kidney stones, bladder infections, cystitis, and kidney infections.

Muscular System

This system includes all the muscles in the body, it also helps circulate the blood and helps to move food through the digestive system.

Long term effects on body system include: muscle tension, muscle aches, spasms, strains and sprains.

Skeletal System

This system include all the bones, joints and cartilage in the body.

Long term effects on body system include: decreased bone density, joint malfunction.

Reproductive System

This system includes all the sexual organs needed for reproduction.

Stress causes a decrease in libido and can also effect the quality of sexual performance.

Long term effects of stress include: impotence and infertility.

Stress Relief is IMPORTANT!

Hopefully by now, you are realizing just how the stress effects on body and mind can impact you and your health. More than anything, you must see the seriousness in taking care of yourself and managing the stress in your life.

The information above is for information purposes only. If you are suffering, or think you may be suffering from some of these long term effects of stress, then contact your doctor immediately. The sooner you care for your body the better.

Never take your good health for granted! Your mind and body are worthwhile investments, so take the time to care for yourself and do what is necessary to stay healthy.

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