5 Major Ways Stress Can Affect Your Body

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“5 Major Ways Stress Can Affect Your Body” deals with things that most people might not even know their bodies are going through — some of these changes being as obvious as weight gain (or loss). When people are stressed, their bodies react to it, too, not just their minds. This article talks about the five main ways that stress can take its toll on your life.

Key Takeaways:

  • A protein-rich diet (lean meats, fish, eggs, dairy, lentils) is crucial for strong nails, says Dr. Bowe. You can also improve nails by eating omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, both found in salmon, avocado, and nuts
  • When you’re under stress, the body pumps out cortisol, which interacts with white blood cells (the ones that power the immune system)
  • When the body senses danger, muscles tense,” says Winston. That reflex can lead to tightness and pain in your neck, back, and shoulders. What’s more, as stress zaps energy, your posture goes to hell, putting pressure on your joints.

“When you’re emotionally strained, the body shifts energy away from the nail cells to higher priorities like major organs.”