Stress can lead to these health effects:
Increased rate of Heart disease – Heart disease is the # 1 cause for death in women in USA. Women who experienced high levels of stress were 40% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
Hair loss: Significant emotional or psychological stress can cause a physiological imbalance, leading to hair loss.
Poor digestion: Prolonged stress can increase stomach acid, causing indigestion and discomfort and in some cases IBS and ulcers.
Depression: Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression. Extreme stress can be a trigger for depression.
Irregular periods: Stress can alter body’s hormone balance, which can lead to missed, late or irregular periods.
Insomnia: Stress is a common cause of insomnia. Tossing and turning at night can lead to many sleepless nights.
Weight Gain: High Levels of cortisol are linked to more weight around belly area and a decreased metabolism.
Acne Breakouts: Raised cortisol can cause excess oilproduction, leading to more breakouts.
Reduced sex drive: Major life changes that cause stress or prolonged stress can lower libido. Elevated levels of cortisol suppress the body’s natural sex hormones.