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      How does stress affect your liver
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      What exactly is stress?

      Stress is hazardous for our bodies and can cause various physical and mental complications, but what do you exactly mean by stress? It is our body’s response to a situation that it considers hazardous. When we are stressed, our body releases a cocktail of hormones and chemicals, including adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine, which causes the body to respond in various ways, such as diverting blood to muscles or slowing down digestion. It’s easy to see how stress can harm our health over time.

      How can stress affect the health of your liver?

      It’s has been observed that natural killer cells in the liver increase during stressful periods. According to a recent study, stress contributes to liver cell death and worsens the liver disease. According to the survey, stress has also been shown to impair blood flow in the brain area that controls the liver, leading to or triggering liver disease. Even though the connections between stress and the liver are not fully understood, it is found that there appears to be a negative relationship between the two in terms of liver disease progression.

      How can you know if you’re stressed?

      Because we all deal with stress differently, the symptoms are varied. Stress can mimic the symptoms of various medical disorders; one should discuss the following changes in one’s mental or physical health with their doctor.

      Mental Symptoms: 

      • Easily agitated, frustrated, and grumpy are some of the emotional symptoms.
      • Feeling out of control or overwhelmed
      • You’re having trouble resting and quieting your mind.
      • Low self-esteem, loneliness, a sense of worthlessness, and depression are all symptoms of depression.
      • Keeping others at bay

      The following are physical signs and symptoms:

      • Feeling low on energy
      • Headaches
      • Nausea, diarrhoea, and constipation are all symptoms of an upset stomach.
      • Muscle tenseness, aches, and pains
      • Pain in the chest and fast heartbeat
      • Insomnia
      • Cold and infection frequently
      • Sexual desire or ability is lost.
      • Nervousness and trembling, ringing in the ears, cold or sweaty hands and feet are anxiety symptoms.
      • Difficulties in swallowing and a dry mouth
      • Jaw clenched jaw and teeth grinding

      Effective Management:

      There are numerous methods for reducing stress in your life, and you must choose the one that best suits your needs. Here are some stress-relieving suggestions:

      • You are what you eat, therefore consume nutritious and wholesome meals.
      • Keep yourself hydrated.
      • Exercise is one of the most effective ways to keep healthy.
      • Find out ways to meditate.
      • Get giggling – laughter is a great stress reliever.
      • Work on rewarding yourself with hobbies, massages, and treatments, among other things.
      • Surround yourself with people who have optimistic attitudes.

      Self-medicating

      Unfortunately, many people self-medicate when they are anxious because it appears to be the simplest solution. Self-medicating can take various forms, including excessive alcohol, drug use, smoking, and eating. It’s critical to be self-aware and recognize when you’re self-medicating before it becomes an addiction or badly impacts your life or health. The most prevalent types of self-medication are all extremely harmful to one’s liver, especially when taken daily. If you believe you are self-medicating, speak with your doctor. If you suspect someone you know is self-medicating, attempt to reach out to them or someone who might be able to assist them.

      When should you seek assistance?

      It is not always necessary to seek assistance from others, which is not a bad thing. Recognizing that you require assistance is a significant step toward feeling better. You should contact a doctor as soon as possible if you have tried to lessen stress in your life or if you are unsure whether stress is the source of your symptoms. If you can’t seem to get a handle on your stress, seeing a therapist or counsellor to talk about what’s creating the problem may be beneficial.