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How Do You Cope With Stress?

Posted Oct 12 2008 12:00am

We all cope with stress differently. Some of us indulge in sweets like donuts, cookies, candy, cookies, ice cream, etc, some drink alcohol and some smoke more to help deal with our situation. I know many people that after a bad day wind down with a bottle of wine. Well unfortunately, these habits can be very unhealthy and can put additional stress on the body.

Alcohol

Many people drink alcohol as way to combat stress whether it is beer, wine or hard liquor. But, in actuality, alcohol makes stress worse. The truth is alcohol is a major cause of stress on the body. Alcohol stimulates the secretion of adrenaline resulting in the problems such as nervous tension, irritability and insomnia. Excess alcohol will increase the fat deposits in the heart and decrease the immune function. Alcohol also limits the ability of the liver to remove toxins from the body. During stress, the body produces stress hormones that are toxins. In the absence of its filtering by the liver, these toxins continue to circulate through the body resulting in serious damage.

Smoking

Many people use cigarettes as a coping mechanism. In the short term, smoking seems to relieve stress. But in the long term smoking is very harmful. Its disadvantages far outweigh its short-term benefits. Cigarette smoking is shown to be responsible for a variety of cancers, hypertension, respiratory illness and heart disease.

Sugar

Sweets that contain sugar have no nutritional value whatsoever. They provide a short-term boost of energy through the body, resulting possibly in the exhaustion of the adrenal glands. This can result in irritability, poor concentration, and depression. High sugar consumption puts a severe load on the pancreas and there is increasing possibility of developing diabetes. An influx of sugar into the bloodstream upsets the body’s blood-sugar balance, triggering the release of insulin, which the body uses to keep blood sugar at a constant and safe level. Insulin also promotes the storage of fat, so that when you eat sweets high in sugar, you’re making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels , both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease. It is important to keep your blood sugar constant. Do not use sugar as a “pick me up.”

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