Summer is usually seen as a relatively stress-free time.  Vacations, weekends out of town, and an overall slower pace of life can lower stress levels. 

Stress can be caused by sudden changes in your life–pleasant or unpleasant.  Having a baby, moving to a new city or state, changing jobs, losing a loved one, and getting married are all examples of stressful times in your life. 

However, as summer draws to a close, it’s important to evaluate your stress levels and be aware of the damage they can cause to your life.

1. High stress levels deplete nutrition from your body.

Your body needs nutrients to function properly.  When these nutrients are absent, your immune system can be compromised.  In addition, your blood pressure levels and cholesterol levels can rise. 

A lack of nutrition can also cause osteoporosis, some cancers, and low energy levels.  (source)

2.  High stress levels can cause a stroke.

Strokes are dangerous, and recovery from them may or may not be complete.  In addition, a stroke will cause stress on your family members who will be re-arranging their schedules to visit you in the hospital and to take care of you. 

A stroke may also cause you additional stress as you wonder how you will pay all those hospital bills. 

3.  High stress levels can negatively impact your relationships.

When you are stressed out, often all you can think of is the situation that is causing stress.  Your important relationships may suffer because of neglect. 

Unless you are cautious, you can spend all your time with your family, friends, or spouse venting about your stressful situation instead of building those relationships. 

4.  High stress levels can cause your hair to fall out and break. 

A few years ago, my hair was thick and long (almost to my waist).  Due to a stressful situation, it started to thin out and break.  It had not been breaking for three or four years at least.  In an effort to save my hair, I would get it trimmed, yet it would still break. 

Finally, when I left the stressful situation, my hair slowly returned to its healthy state, and it’s a blessing that it is growing again.

5.  High stress levels can cause weight gain. 

When your body is under stress, it goes into survival mode and stores calories.  Reducing your stress levels can be as effective as exercise and eating right in order to manage your weight effectively. 

Are you under a high level of stress?  I know how you feel because I was in your situation for years.  While you may not be to change everything you would want to change about your situation, there are steps you can take to manage your stress.  One action you can take is to make sure that your body is receiving advanced nutrition. 

You need to do this as quickly as possible to avoid serious health issues. When you are busy and stressed, you may not be eating as healthy as you would like, and it is important to fill the nutritional gaps. 

If you would like to take as good care of your body as possible under high stress levels, let’s talk.  Email me here now, and let me know your challenges.  I would love to make a personal recommendation for you based on your needs. 

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