How does stress affect the human body?

The impacts of stress on the human body are broad and do not only affect the brain.

People who suffer from Burnout Syndrome, for example, usually present physical and emotional symptoms that lead to damage not only in their professional careers, but also in interpersonal relationships, in addition to health problems (such as cardiovascular diseases) and a greater risk for abusive use of substances.

Difficulties concentrating, anxiety, memory lapses, in addition to physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, tachycardia and fatigue are also common when we talk about stress, whether it comes from overwork or any other process.

This framework causes the body to release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which act when the body perceives that there is some kind of danger.

However, when there is so-called chronic stress, which is considered a disease, the production of these hormones becomes constant and can cause damage to the body. Too much cortisol, for example, can affect the immune system.

How to know if there is an established condition that inspires treatment and care or if it is just something temporary and punctual?

Seeking psychological help is the first step to understanding whether there is indeed chronic stress related or not.

With early detection, it is possible to prevent the progression of the condition until it becomes a depression or panic syndrome.

In addition to the need for psychological treatment, which is even indicated as a form of prevention, especially in the new and troubled routines of the contemporary world, some complementary actions also bring good results in stress relief.

-Acupuncture, 

With a focus on the holistic understanding of the individual, that is, the totality between body and mind, acupuncture treats each patient in a unique way, stimulating energy points with fine needles.

  • Nutrition 

Just as stress can affect nutrition, nutrition can affect stress

Research concludes a link between stress and the depletion of magnesium, zinc, calcium, and iron concentrations.

In addition , Chronic stress plays a role in negatively influencing dietary behaviors.

Measuring your Cortisol Awakening Response before supplementing can help tailor a treatment for you.

When reconciled with physiological therapy,  acupuncture and nutrition  bring even more powerful results for the balance of the patient’s general health, restoring the body’s normal levels of stress.

Yes, that’s right: the so-called positive stress manifests itself when the person is faced with situations of confrontation or mental effort, and causes symptoms such as rapid breathing, faster heartbeat, muscle tension and irritability.

It is nothing more than the body sending the message that it has understood that there is a new challenge or situation to deal with.

If these symptoms persist and start to impact your daily routine, it is essential to seek help as soon as possible!

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