The Health Hazards of Stress

Teeth Clenching & Grinding, Migraines, Sleeplessness & More

 

With stress on the rise for both men and women, tension is taking it's toll on the body! What you may not know is that stress can be released in many unexpected ways!

Stress is a normal physical response to the perception of a threat or danger– a protection mechanism. It helps you stay focused, energetic, alert and even save your life in emergency situations.

But your body does not distinguish between your physical and physiological stress! It will react just as strongly to an argument with your boss or spouse, job instabilities, an overloaded schedule, or financial difficulties.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with problems, your body's emergency stress response is "on" all the time and can seriously undermine your physical health and emotional well-being.

Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in the body. It weakens the immune systemwreaks havoc on sleep patterns and metabolic function, increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke.

Some of these are common, but did you know that stress can cause other physical symptoms? It speeds up the aging process, causes digestive upheaval, and causes teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism.

This grinding and clenching happens for most during sleep, but can also be present during the day. Doctors don't completely understand all the causes but have pin-pointed stress as a major contributing factor of bruxism.

Stress induced problems like bruxism have on-going effects even after the stress has passed. Bruxism can severely damage jaw muscles and nerves, and has been identified as an underlying cause of migraine headaches.

Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:
  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake your sleep partner
  • Teeth that are worn down, flattened or chipped
  • Worn tooth enamel that exposes the inside of your tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain or tightness in jaw muscles
  • Earache, due to severe jaw muscle contractions
  • Headache
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek

Psychological Factors Causing Bruxism:

  • Anxiety, stress and tension
  • Suppressed anger and frustration
  • Aggressive, competitive and hyperactive personality type

Managing stress levels can prevent the unhealthy snowball effect on your body's interconnected systems. For example, if you're worried about losing your job and your stress is through-the-roof, this could be causing bruxism. Your bruxism can cause disrupt sleep routines, which in turn can affect your metabolism and emotional health, causing you to gain weight and feel emotionally sensitive or downIt's all related!

You can use exercise, healthy eating and natural remedies to help you cope with everyday tension and stress.

Certain natural ingredients can help support your nervous system and help you better manage your stress levels. For instance, Kalium phosphate (in our Triple Complex Calm Tonic) is a homeopathic nerve tonic and nutrient. Used regularly it helps relieve the effects of stress, worry and nervous tension.

Magnesium phosphate, also in Calm Tonic, acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant, frequently recommended for stress and headaches.

Although there's no way to completely avoid stressors you can start using the resources nature has given us and help your body relax and recoup! Natural remedies can go long way in promoting health, well-being and longevity.

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