Life is a fast-paced, topsy-turvy, up and down, non-stop race. It’s often referred to quite eloquently as a roller coaster, and for good reason. However, if you do not stop every once in a while to admire the scenery, get off the ride and rest a little, you can be doing more damage to your body than you realize.
The body is a durable thing, but even the most sturdy of objects has weak points. By running the body into the ground without sufficient breaks and necessary pit stops to refuel, you can push yourself past the brink from which you may never be able to fully recover. Putting yourself in harm’s way, as far as how much you test the limits of your body, can result in serious health issues. Take a look at some of the common signs to look out for that let you know you’re heading for burnout.
Carrying a Little Extra
That spare tire you’re subjecting yourself to lugging around isn’t pretty, and it’s actually quite harmful to your health. Even if you’re chomping on salads daily and watching what you eat, a little extra belly fat is a sign that the body has excess cortisol. The body produces mass amounts of this when stressed, so perhaps re-evaluate the things causing you to get a little out of sorts in your life. Abdominal fat wraps around the organs, and can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Blotchy, red, flaky or saggy skin often means that the body has released chemicals which cause inflammation. In doing this, the blood vessels have constricted, making the skin look tense.
A high amount of stress can lead to a large build-up of plaque on the teeth and gums. As cortisol is released into the body as part of the natural response to stress, it subdues the immune system. In doing this, the gums are more prone to infection.
Being busy, having life take over and having more stress and anxiety than you should, often causes you to be in a hurry. Being in a hurry means that when it’s time for meals, you’re scarfing down food as if it’s a race. In doing so, you are allowing the esophagus and the stomach to become prime targets for acid build up. When stomach acid enters the wind pipe it causes the all too familiar and unpleasant burning sensation. Even in a rush, you should try to take time to eat in the right manner, and this means taking reasonable bites and chewing your food properly.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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