Surprising Effects Of Too Much Stress

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We live in a very stress-filled world. It becomes a daily routine for people to be stressed out that it is considered as normal. Nowadays, more and more people suffer from the effects of too much stress without even knowing it.

With the modern daily life becoming more hectic and fast-paced, it seems that stress now affects an increasing number of people. For a lot of people, stress becomes a concern only after the common symptoms start cropping up. But there are also certain symptoms associated with stress can be quite surprising for people when they do show. Here are just some of them.

Easily Catch Colds

Most people may believe that colds are a result of the change of seasons. Catching a cold may be considered by some as a common occurrence, even if they seem to get it more frequently. But some people may be unaware that having frequent colds may also be a result of too much stress. The reason for this is because too much stress can cause the body’s immune system to weaken. This makes the body more susceptible to colds and other infections.

Irregular Periods

Too much stress can lead to irregular periods in women. According to medical experts, too much mental stress can affect the normal functioning of the hypothalamus. This is the area of the brain that also controls the production of hormones known to regulate the menstrual cycle in women. The effect of too much stress can be enough to cause periods to stop. Uusually, menstrual periods can normally resume once stress decreases.

Weight Gain

Too much stress can also be a surprising reason for gaining weight. The main reason for this is because of a slow down in body metabolism when the brain detects that it is overstressed. Too much stress can cause the brain to signal the production of more cortisol to address the stress. Too much of the hormones can cause the body metabolism to slow down. This results in the body trying to accumulate more fat for storage. That is why you might notice weight gain even if you eat the same amount of food as before.