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December 1, 2015 |  written by IVX Health

How Stress Affects Your Body

For many of us during the holidays, all the parties, presents and pressure can add up to a huge amount of stress.  But letting stress build up can be especially hard on those already dealing with a chronic illness.  Read on to find out how stress affects the body and what you can do to decompress during the holidays. The Stress Effect When you feel stressed, your central nervous system cues your fight or flight response, sending in the troops to fight or flee whatever is causing the stress.  Your brain's hypothalamus signals the production and release of adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol, which in turn put your body on high alert.   You get a surge of energy (at least at first), and your reflexes are quicker -- all because your body is being told to divert resources away from body functions that aren't crucial in the moment, like immunity, digestion, growth and sex drive. Which might clue you into the problem: When stress is chronic, so are depressed immune systems, problems with digestion, stunted growth and lowered healing ability, and lack of sex drive. How Stress Affects Your Heart When you're stressed, you breathe faster and your heart beats faster.  But if you're under stress for too long, that means your heart is working too hard for too long, which puts you at higher risk of problems like hypertension as well as stroke and heart attack. How Stress Affects Your Digestive System When your brain detects a threat (or source of stress), your liver releases extra sugar into your blood to give you the burst of energy you need to deal with the problem.  When stress is chronic, you get elevated blood sugar levels, putting you at increased risks of Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, the higher hormone levels, increased heart rate and rapid breathing can lead to problems for your digestive system, like heartburn and acid reflux.  It can exacerbate existing conditions like ulcers, Crohn's or IBD. How Stress Affects Your Immune System Stress initially stimulates the immune system to help you ward off disease and heal more quickly, but chronic stress has the opposite effect.  It increases inflammatory response (bad news for all systems), and it inhibits histamine secretion.  In short, it makes you more susceptible to viruses and increases the risk of infection, as well as reducing your ability to heal quickly. How to Reduce Stress During the holidays, simply remembering to slow down and not being afraid to say "no" can make a world of difference.  Schedule time for you, whether that means taking in a yoga class or settling in with a good book or a favorite movie. If you have a chronic illness, it means putting your health first, and making sure you're sticking to your health regimen.  Be honest about your capabilities when it comes to time, money and what your body (and mind) can handle, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Stay Healthy at IVX Health Whether you're looking to stay healthy with a Myers' Cocktail or looking for the best way to fit in your IV treatment for a chronic illness, IVX Health is here to help. With the warmth of a spa-like setting and the comforts of home without having to entertain medical professionals, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  We’ll even provide refreshments. We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on weekends at two convenient locations on either side of the state line in both Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at either one of our locations.

For many of us during the holidays, all the parties, presents and pressure can add up to a huge amount of stress.  But letting stress build up can be especially hard on those already dealing with a chronic illness.  Read on to find out how stress affects the body and what you can do to decompress during the holidays.

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The holidays are meant to be a joyous time, but they can also be stressful. Read on to find out how stress affects your body and what to do about it. (Image courtesy of Lotus Head from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, via Wikimedia Commons.)

The Stress Effect

When you feel stressed, your central nervous system cues your fight or flight response, sending in the troops to fight or flee whatever is causing the stress.  Your brain’s hypothalamus signals the production and release of adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol, which in turn put your body on high alert.   You get a surge of energy (at least at first), and your reflexes are quicker — all because your body is being told to divert resources away from body functions that aren’t crucial in the moment, like immunity, digestion, growth and sex drive.

Which might clue you into the problem: When stress is chronic, so are depressed immune systems, problems with digestion, stunted growth and lowered healing ability, and lack of sex drive.

How Stress Affects Your Heart

When you’re stressed, you breathe faster and your heart beats faster.  But if you’re under stress for too long, that means your heart is working too hard for too long, which puts you at higher risk of problems like hypertension as well as stroke and heart attack.

How Stress Affects Your Digestive System

When your brain detects a threat (or source of stress), your liver releases extra sugar into your blood to give you the burst of energy you need to deal with the problem.  When stress is chronic, you get elevated blood sugar levels, putting you at increased risks of Type 2 diabetes.

Additionally, the higher hormone levels, increased heart rate and rapid breathing can lead to problems for your digestive system, like heartburn and acid reflux.  It can exacerbate existing conditions like ulcers, Crohn’s or IBD.

How Stress Affects Your Immune System

Stress initially stimulates the immune system to help you ward off disease and heal more quickly, but chronic stress has the opposite effect.  It increases inflammatory response (bad news for all systems), and it inhibits histamine secretion.  In short, it makes you more susceptible to viruses and increases the risk of infection, as well as reducing your ability to heal quickly.

How to Reduce Stress

During the holidays, simply remembering to slow down and not being afraid to say “no” can make a world of difference.  Schedule time for you, whether that means taking in a yoga class or settling in with a good book or a favorite movie.

If you have a chronic illness, it means putting your health first, and making sure you’re sticking to your health regimen.  Be honest about your capabilities when it comes to time, money and what your body (and mind) can handle, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Stay Healthy at IVX Health

Whether you’re looking to stay healthy with a Myers’ Cocktail or looking for the best way to fit in your IV treatment for a chronic illness, IVX Health is here to help.

With the warmth of a spa-like setting and the comforts of home without having to entertain medical professionals, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  We’ll even provide refreshments.

We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on weekends at two convenient locations on either side of the state line in both Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at either one of our locations.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.

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