What Causes Stress?
Stress affects virtually everyone at some time in his or her life.
Medical experts generally agree that stress is a major cause of all disease. Manage your stress and your body heals itself. Research has shown that Biofeedback may be effective for stress-management by teaching people how to relax completely and re-educate their muscles.
Stress-related medical problems are becoming increasingly common. Stress also can cause emotional and psychological disruption. We all need to learn how to cope with stress.
Although stress itself does not cause a specific illness or disease, it can compromise the immune system and weaken areas of the body, which in turn, makes it easier for imbalance and illness to take hold.
Stress may result from a variety of factors including, but not limited to:
- Allergens – Allergens, including solvents, automobile emissions, caffeine, coffee, dander, latex, nicotine, pollen, pollution, smoke (tobacco or other), specific foods, toxic chemical residues, and individual-specific allergens, can all cause stress. These, and many other allergens, can reduce bodily functions and mental energy, which can lead to lethargy and a weakened immune system.
- Addictions to Harmful Substances – These substances include things such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, and other drugs (prescription and non-prescription). All of these when used in excess can be very harmful, causing stress.
- Bacteria and Viruses – Bacterial and viral infections compromise the immune system, slow down bodily functions, reduce the supply of nutrients, and reduce physical and mental energy.
- Chemicals – Chemicals, including cleaning agents, fungicides, growth hormones, herbicides, insecticides, paints, and most man-made chemicals attach to the immune system, impair breath and oxygen intake, reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and raise the acidity of body cells.
- Dehydration – Dehydration can be caused by lack of water intake, excessive sweating, diarrhea, excessive urination, drinking too much coffee or carbonated soft drinks, and eating too much junk food. These all impair the ability of the body to absorb nutrients and oxygen on a cellular level.
- Emotional Issues – Emotional stress can come from the death of a loved one or a pet, sickness in the family, caring for elderly parents, family feuds, divorce, etc. All of these, whether unresolved, being resolved or resolved, have been shown to be major causes of stress.
- Employment – Strenuous work, lack of employment, or even working at a job you do not love has been shown to be major cause of stress.Desk jobs with a lot of mental overload can contribute to poor breathing habits, as can poor air quality(sick building syndrome), and lack of fresh air intake.
- Fast Foods – Partially hydrogenated fats, trans fats, and all of the artificial coloring agents, taste enhancers, appetite appeasers, aromatic agents, sweeteners, and preservatives are toxic to the human organism, thereby causing stress
- Financial Problems – Financial strains are very stressful on all levels.
- Fungi and Fungal Infections – Whether ingested, inhaled, externally or internally attacking the body, fungi and fungal infections are toxic to living organisms. They can not only cause stress but can also lead to a myriad of psychological and medical conditions.
- Genetically Altered Foods – Genetically altered foods have been found to cause asthma, problems with attention, balance, behavior, concentration, and sexual dysfunction, and many other disorders.
- Headaches and Migraines – Headaches and migraines are often caused by stress; although, sometimes there is a biological agent of cause. Stress may be the cause underlying the biological dysfunction. In both cases, headaches and migraines are a major cause of stress.
- Heavy Metals – Heavy metals are very prevalent in our environment. They are found in water, in our food, and even in the fillings in our teeth. These heavy metals include arsenic, mercury, and lead, which are implicated in issues concerning adrenals, bones, bone marrow, brain, circulatory system, ears, eyes, gall bladder, heart, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, pancreas, pituitary, skin, spleen, throat, thyroid, thymus and other physical problems, and thereby cause stress.
- Lack of Sleep – Insomnia, whether caused by emotional, psychological, or medical reasons, can be a major cause of stress. The related fatigue and reduced immunity can cause significant stress.
- Low Self-Esteem – Low self-esteem, whether caused by negative conditioning during childhood, genetic or developed concerns, bacterial, fungal or viral infections, poor nutrition, toxic chemicals, hormonal imbalances or other reasons, can cause stress.
- Medical Conditions – Medical conditions, diseases, or disorders, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, treated or untreated, improving or worsening, all can cause stress.
- Microwave Radiation – Cell phones, microwave ovens, portable radios and telephones, TV sets, and other sources are known stressors with varying effects upon the body for reasons currently under investigation.
- Nutritional Deficiencies – Nutritional deficiencies can cause stress, whether they are caused by disease, disorders, genetically modified foods, foods grown in nutrient deficient soils, candida, poor diet, or poor absorption of nutrients.
- Overworking – Being a workaholic, leading to fatigue, interrupted sleep, and less time for friends and family, can be a major cause of stress.
- Pain – Any kind of pain, including physical injury, mental trauma, emotional trauma, and psychological issues can cause stress.
- Parasites – Thousands of medically undetectable parasites have been known to infest the body. These can zap the body’s nutrition and energy, thereby causing stress.
- Physical Activity – Exercise and any exertion to the point of exhaustion causes stress.
- Prescription Drugs – Prescription drugs and other synthetic and toxic chemicals can cause numerous side effects and put a large stress on the body.
- Psychological Conditions – Psychological conditions, diseases, or disorders, whether diagnosed or not, being treated or not, improving or not, can all cause stress.
- Relationship Problems – Relationship issues of any kind have been shown to be a major cause of stress.