In the pursuit of getting healthy we all tend to be aware of the negative foods we need to eliminate that I have covered so far in this series. However there is a silent enemy that is causing as much damage to your healt as all those detrimental foods: stress.

At the moment 43% of adults suffer adverse health effects from stress and the American Medical Association has observed that stress is the cause of 60% of all illnesses and disease.

Stress makes up a very large part of our lives and it has evolved over the centuries from stress over not having adequate shelter to me worrying about not getting caught up on MadMen in time for the newest episode.

Our stresses today range from significant to trivial but they can all have the same effects in our body. There are good kinds of stress, ones that can keep us alert and help us avoid danger. Then there are ones that continually challenge us without allowing us breaks or relaxation in between.

What Actually is stress?

Stress is how your body reacts to potentially harmful situations, and it does not matter if it is a real or a perceived stress, your body reacts the same way. When stress hits your body releases chemicals and hormones that are helping you to prevent injury or trauma, your fight or flight response more or less.

This is helpful for jumping out of the way of a car running a red light but gradual, long term stress can have some serious effects on the body. Ready for a long list? Here it goes…