Did you know that some 77% of people say they regularly suffer from symptoms of stress? Some 73% also feel they experience psychological symptoms from stress.

Most people know that stress can cause you to feel worn out and negatively affects performance, but most aren’t aware of basic facts about stress that can lead to serious issues down the line.

Let’s examine three common, but lesser known, symptoms of stress and their impact on you both physically and mentally.

Frequent Illness

Our immune system is directly affected by our stress levels.

One study done in the early 1980s by psychologist Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD and immunologist Ronald Glaser, PhD, of the Ohio State University of College of Medicine, clearly linked stress to illness and infections. The duo studied medical students for 10 years, during which time they discovered that the students’ immunity dropped each year when students underwent a 3-day exam. These students suffered from fewer natural killer cells, the ones that fight off infections and tumors. They also nearly stopped producing immunity-boosting gamma interferon and T-cells.

Later, researchers further studied chronic stress and its relation to immunity-suppression. According to the research, long-term chronic stress can wreak havoc on the immune system.

If you’ve found yourself susceptible to more colds and infections than normal, you could very well be suffering from this symptom of chronic stress.

Dental Problems

You’re probably aware that some of us grind our teeth when stressed, but did you know that doing so chronically can cause serious issues to your overall health? Not only that, but stress itself can have a direct effect on our gums.

According to a study published in 2012, because of the impact stress has on our immune system, it disables our body’s ability to fight off periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can lead to heart disease and respiratory problems as well. The researchers discovered that stress over romance, finances, and professional life can contribute to the stresses and dental disease over the long-term.

Weight Gain

Perhaps more familiar, weight gain is a chronic symptom of stress. To learn facts about stress and its catastrophic impact on the body, we must study precisely how stress causes weight gain, however.

When stressed, our bodies give off a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is linked to adrenaline, which is stored in fat cells. The more stressed we feel, the more cortisol our bodies produce and the more weight we gain—particularly dreaded belly fat.

To combat any of these symptoms of stress, you need to embrace what it is that makes you feel calm. The greater control you have over your emotions and life, the calmer you’ll feel.

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