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How Stress Affects Your Body, and Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Develop Greater Resilience

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  • Chronic stress can have serious health consequences, including weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It may also trigger heart attack and the onset of dementia
  • Stress can be a factor in polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition caused by elevated androgens (male sex hormones), which can affect a woman’s menstrual cycles, fertility, weight, and more
  • The stress reaction should dissipate as quickly as possible after the perceived danger has passed. This is called resilience. Research suggests your ability to listen to your body may influence your resilience

By Dr. Mercola

Among all the factors contributing to poor health and early death, stress is perhaps the most pernicious. In bygone days, the stress response was a lifesaving biological function, enabling us to run from predators or take down prey.


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