High-pressure workdays, long commutes, raising kids, not enough sleep or exercise, trying to make ends meet. The accumulated stresses of everyday life can damage your health in irreversible ways — from early aging to heart problems to long-term disability. Here are 5 concrete ways stress is possibly the most dangerous toxin your body faces every day.

1.Stress makes it difficult to control your emotions


 Stressed people can fly off the handle – google image 

It’s no secret that stressed people can fly off the handle. But new research reveals just how little stress is actually required for you to lose your cool.

A 2013 study by neuroscientists found that even mild levels of stress can impair our ability to control our emotions.

In the study, researchers taught subjects stress control techniques. But after participants were put under mild stress — by having their hands dunked in icy water — they could not easily calm themselves down when shown pictures of snakes or spiders.

Our results suggest that even mild stress, such as that encountered in daily life, may impair the ability to use cognitive techniques known to control fear and anxiety.

2.Stress affects the immune system and increases inflammation.

From slowing wound healing to diminishing the protective effects of vaccines to increasing your susceptibility to infections, stress is the ultimate immune-modulator. Stress can also reactivate latent infections—people who get cold sores know this from experience.

3.Stress can make you look older

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Chronic stress contributes significantly to premature aging – google image 

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that stress shortens telomeres — structures on the end of chromosomes — so that new cells can’t grow as quickly.

This leads to the inevitable signs of aging: wrinkles, weak muscles, poor eyesight, and more.

4.Stress can ruin your teeth and gums

Some people respond to stressful situations through nervous tics or by grinding their teeth.

While people often grind their teeth unconsciously or when they sleep, it can do lasting damage to your jaw and wear your teeth thin.

A multi-university study in 2012 also linked stress to gum disease.

Researchers concluded that the pressures of marriage, parenthood, work, or lack of romantic involvement were factors in periodontal disease.

But those at greatest risk were people who became highly emotional when dealing with stress caused by their finances.

5.Stress alters the brain and ruins your heart

High levels of stress hormones damage critical parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus, the area responsible for memory. One reason people experience “adrenal burnout” after long term chronic stress, is because the brain, in order to save itself, turns off the adrenals.

Chronic stress has been shown to increase the thickness of the artery walls, which could lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Source: mindbodygreen, healthline 


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