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Effect of Stress on Health

What is Stress?


Talking about stress, it is a feeling where an individual is unable to cope up with mental pressure, this can be caused either due to positive events or even negative ones.


For Instance, getting married is a positive event but for many it turns out to be stressful one. Other life experiences like relationship termination, death of a loved one, deadlines, etc. also trouble people throughout their lives.


Thus, stress in these ways is either chronic or an accumulation of stressful events, and therefore, it has an adverse effect on health which contributes to disease sustainability.


  • Experiments performed


Young and middle aged adults who were not suffering from any kind of illness were chosen for

the experiment.

Their blood samples were taken,


Heart rate and blood pressure were carefully monitored.


They also underwent clinical interviews, and then were exposed to virus or placebo on the basis of their individual stress levels.






  • Findings

In the following graph, the y- axis denotes the severity of cold developed in an individual and the

x-axis denotes the severity of stress.

We can clearly observe here that those individuals with chronic stress unto scale of 12 are more prone to get cold than those who reported lower level of stress.


Thus, it can be concluded that higher the stress levels are, more vulnerable a person becomes to diseases.








  • Stress and Vulnerability to disease

In another study, the same researchers focused at the chronicity of the stressors and the

duration of stress.

Here, they observed that with greater persistence of stress, the risk of becoming sick with cold was increased substantially. Thus, we can say that duration of stress is directly proportional to weakening immune system.


Duration and chronicity of stress ∝ Risk of becoming sick


In other words, the longer the person is stressed, the more vulnerable they become to getting infected.


Hence, it can be concluded that stress has a direct and adverse impact on our health based on its chronicity and duration. This is consistent among variety of viruses; and depending upon the type of exposure, the effect may be even greater and even upto 6 fold odds ratio.



  • Effect of Stress on Meal and Diets

In an another research, adults suffering from stress since a definite period were prescribed 2

different diet groups in order to find out how stress interacted with diet in terms of inflammation.


It was found that the healthier diet effects were attenuated or dissolved when the individual was dealing with stress.


Thus, concluding that stress can even nullify the good effects of healthy food.









So what we can do?


Talk or Discuss: What ever kind of issues you are dealing with its important to discuss it with someone close to you or your friends and try to find solution for the same, researches has found out that talking or having a conversation regarding g any problems or issues we are facing which give rise to stress, reduce the stress levels by 40% and in some cases by 80-90%. Stop its important to talk rather than just thinking about it.


Get Proper sleep: Its Really important for you to get proper sleep, coz proper sleep gives you energy, boosts confidence and is good fore immunity as well, and when dealing with stresses its really important to stay healthy and confident, for relaxation you could try various kind of teas like Guava green tea of the brand The Vedas, its really effective for good quality sleep. As at make the blood sugar level constant which is really helpful for great quality sleep.


  • Many more things like

  1. Exercising

  2. Meditation

  3. Traveling to places you love or to any hilly area, researches has for d out that travelling to high altitude area is helpful in stress reduction and makes you feel light because these places have low atmospheric pressure.

  4. Eat the cuisine you love the most, this could also help you uplift the mood.

  5. Indulge in sports activities.




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