Totally Stressed Out? The Risks To Your Body

Totally Stressed Out? The Risks To Your Body


You’re trying to get the kids off to school, you can’t find your cell phone, and you’re sitting in traffic.  Your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain, decides to send out the order: Send in the stress hormones! These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles are ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk. Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a New York City Neuropsychologist who breaks down stress and it’s risks to your body. 




When you’re stressed, you may eat much more or much less than you usually do. If you eat more or different foods or increase your use of alcohol or tobacco, you can experience heartburn or acid reflux. Stress or exhaustion can also increase the severity of heartburn pain.


When you’re stressed, your brain becomes more alert to sensations in your stomach. Your stomach can react with “butterflies” or even nausea or pain. You may vomit if the stress is severe enough. And, if the stress becomes chronic, you may develop ulcers or severe stomach pain even without ulcers.


Stress can affect digestion, and what nutrients your intestines absorb. It can also affect how fast food moves through your body. You may find that you have either diarrhea or constipation.



“Fight or flight” chemicals like adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol can cause vascular changes that leave you with a tension headache or a migraine, either during the stress or in the “let-down” period afterward. Stress also makes your muscles tense, which can make the pain of a migraine worse.

Possible Solution:  Beyond treating the headache itself, focus on headache-proofing your home, diet, and lifestyle in general.



Respiratory System:

Stress can make you breathe harder. That’s not a problem for most people, but for those with asthma or a lung disease such as emphysema, getting the oxygen you need to breathe easier can be difficult. And some studies show that an acute stress, such as the death of a loved one— can actually trigger asthma attacks, in which the airway between the nose and the lungs constricts. In addition, stress can cause the rapid breathing or hyperventilation that can bring on a panic attack in someone prone to panic attacks.

Possible Solution: Working with a psychologist to develop relaxation and breathing strategies can help.

Totally Stressed Out? The Risks To Your Body - Ann Again and again Reviews

Female Reproductive System:


Stress may affect menstruation among adolescent girls and women in several ways. For example, high levels of stress may be associated with absent or irregular menstrual cycles, more painful periods and changes in the length of cycles.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Stress may make premenstrual symptoms worse or more difficult to cope with and pre-menses symptoms may be stressful for many women. These symptoms include cramping, fluid retention and bloating, negative mood (feeling irritable and “blue”) and mood swings.


As menopause approaches, hormone levels fluctuate rapidly. These changes are associated with anxiety, mood swings and feelings of distress. Thus menopause can be a stressor in and of itself. Some of the physical changes associated with menopause, especially hot flashes, can be difficult to cope with. Furthermore, emotional distress may cause the physical symptoms to be worse. For example, women who are more anxious may experience an increased number of hot flashes and/or more severe or intense hot flashes.

Sexual Desire

Women juggle personal, family, professional, financial and a broad range of other demands across their life span. Stress, distraction, fatigue, etc., may reduce sexual desire — especially when women are simultaneously caring for young children or other ill family members, coping with chronic medical problems, feeling depressed, experiencing relationship difficulties or abuse, dealing with work problems, etc.

Fat storage

You can clearly correlate stress to weight gain. Part of that link is due to poor eating during stress, but the stress hormone cortisol may also increase the amount of fat tissue your body hangs onto and enlarge the size of fat cells. Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more deep abdominal fat—yes, belly fat.

Possible Solution:  Luckily, exercise can help control stress and help keep belly fat under control.



Stress can cause hyperarousal, a biological state in which people just don’t feel sleepy.

While major stressful events can cause insomnia that passes once the stress is over, long-term exposure to chronic stress can also disrupt sleep and contribute to sleep disorders.

Possible Solution: Focus on sleep hygiene (making your surroundings conducive to a good night’s rest) and try yoga or another stress-busting activity during the day.



Too much of the stress hormone cortisol can interfere with the brain’s ability to form new memories. During acute stress, the hormone also interferes with neurotransmitters, the chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other. That can make it hard to think straight or retrieve memories.

Possible Solution: While it’s tough to limit stress in our hectic lives, some experts recommend trying meditation, among other solutions.


Blood sugar:

Stress is known to raise blood sugar, and if you already have type 2 diabetes you may find that your blood sugar is higher when you are under stress. Changing what you eat, exercising more, or adjusting medication can help to keep it under control. One study of obese black women without diabetes found that those who produced more stress-related epinephrine when asked to recall stressful life events had higher fasting glucose and bigger blood sugar spikes than those with lower epinephrine, suggesting it might raise your risk for getting diabetes too.


***Shared With Permission***  About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 


Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or 

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This season I’m focusing on finding gifts for my lovely family that will encourage growth, happiness and peace.  That could be as literal as giving a beautiful Amaryllis or interpreted metaphorically as sharing a product that is good for our environment.  I was recently introduced to a clothing line that checks all the boxes, and you too can give gifts that benefit the planet when you chose from – prAna.


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See How Women Are The Real Power Behind Social Media

Studies show that women are taking over social media. Women share information more than men, connect with brands more online and gather their news from social media.  What do you think of these findings?

Again and again (*ahem* slight blog name drop ;-> ) studies prove that women encourage more communication than men. So is it really that surprising that women are leading in the area of social media? Check the chart below for all the fun percentages and graphs:

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What does this information mean to our current world? Do you feel it will increase respect for women’s voices and choices?  It should.  It’s a very serious issue in our world and it boggles my mind that, in this day and age, women are still fighting for equal pay for equal work.  When will some men stop being so afraid of women?

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Why Women Are The Real Power Behind Social Media

Studies show that women are taking over social media. Women share information more than men, connect with brands more online and gather their news from social media.  What do you think of these findings?

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The Mom Conference - Online and Free This Week! Ann Again and again Reviews

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How Men & Women Use Social Media Differently

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The wonderful thing about social media is the ability to access what pleases you.   Looking for a laugh?  You’ll find it when you connect with social media.  Looking for information?  *boom*  You can acquire your answer in an instant.   The following infograph shows some surprising statistics in social media use between men and women.  To be honest, I thought women would be more active with online dating but these studies show it’s men that lead in this category.  And online games?  Women choose to spend more time challenging their skills over men by 10%.  Check out these studies and see what you think:

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Why Women Rule US Social Media - Ann Again and again
Various studies show that women are taking over social media. Women connect with brands more online, women gather their news from social media and share information more than men. What do you think of these findings?

Studies have shown again and again (*ahem* slight blog name drop ;-> ) that women encourage more communication than men. So, is it really that surprising that women are leading in the area of social media? Check the chart below for all the fun percentages and graphs:

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What does this recent information mean to our current world? Do you feel it will increase respect for women’s voices and choices?

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The Good, The Bad and The Sweaty – Estroven Weight Management

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Sure, it started subtlety enough.  A little bit of body warmth, a little more padding on my hips, my stomach.  I thought these were the results of the new frozen yogurt place my girls and I discovered.  But, alas, no.  After many months of avoiding said absolutely-delicious-frozen-yogurt-place and feeling a bit tired, and a bit warmer and sweaty as the days passed I checked with my doctor and yes, “it” has started, Menopause.  Egads!  And, eh, oh well.  Do I think I’m too young?  Yes.  However I’m not the one in charge here, it’s my hormones.  It’s a part of life so let’s see what we can do to make this part easier, shall we?  The Good, The Bad and The Sweaty, that’s me!  How about you?  Be a part of the conversation – Leave a comment below.

I’ve found Estroven, a natural product that includes in its line a weight management supplement.


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I really need to get my belly under control.  It’s such a strange feeling, my waist and my wrists were once the smallest things about me ;-> and now my waist and belly seem to have a life of their own.  Oh no you don’t!  I need to get this under control before it’s out of control.

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Only Estroven has a full line of products that safely and effectively provides multi-symptom menopause relief so you can feel like you again. Each product in the line contains naturally-sourced ingredients that go beyond reducing hot flashes and night sweats to relieve your most bothersome menopause symptoms.  For me now that’s menopause weight management and daytime hot flashes.  More info:

  • During menopause, hormones fluctuate to prepare the body for consistently decreased levels after menopause
  • One side effect of these hormone fluctuations is weight change
  • Body chemistry completely changes during menopause, which calls for new weight management regimens to adapt to these new changes

NEW Estroven Weight Management shows to provide safe, multi-symptom menopause relief, plus helps safely manage weight.  Further research on this product shows Estroven Weight Management reduces hot flashes and night sweats, plus helps safely manage weight.  Those are things I would really like to get under control, like… right now!

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  • Clinically proven soy isoflavones, plus black cohosh helps reduce hot flashes and night sweats
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I plan to stay healthy by eating well and exercising with Deb Horn’s easy to follow fitness plan and taking Estroven Weight Management, one capsule in the morning and one at night.  These steps, done together, should bring me back to a more comfortable balance.  I’m looking forward to that!  I’ll let you know how I’m doing. Please join the discussion on the Estroven Facebook page.

So, how are you doing? :->



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.