Science studies have learned there are two forms of stress. Chronic Stress and acute Stress.
Acute Stress generally involves a situation and does not last long. Acute stress can be caused by the tension of giving a presentation or completing a work related project on time. Acute stress is frequent in our lives and sometimes cannot be anticipated or prevented. We can only deal with it as happens. Such as being involved in some sort of accident.
Chronic Stress is experienced over a long period of time and has many causes. It can also have a dire effect on the body, especially the stomach. A person's body does not distinguish between physical and psychological situations. When a person constantly worries over goals at work, getting the kids to school or to their various activities, paying bills, getting along with neighbors, that person won't rest well, won't eat well and often is very difficult to get along with. Even short periods of this kind of behavior are detrimental to one's health. Over long periods this kind of stress leads to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can even lead to infertility and speed up the aging process.
One of the most common health complaints of the human race is heart burn. Over fifty percent of those who suffer heartburn believe it is stress related.
It may well be but there are several ways to curtail that problem. Good nutrition, adequate sleep, beneficial exercise and or relaxation to name a few. When heartburn persists over the counter ant-acids may solve the problem.
Research has proven that stress does not actually cause ulcers but it does aggravate them. The bacterium (germ) called H. pylon believed to be obtained through food and water must be present for ulcers to form. The bacterium can be eliminated through treatment of antibiotics and other drugs.
H pylon reduces the mucus in the stomach muscles which coats the stomach walls to protect them from acid . More acid is secreted during the process of digesting food thus causing heart burn and other symptoms leading to ulcers.
As a person grows older the body begins to wear down and stomach ulcers are a stronger probability. However, there are many things which can help prevent these stomach problems.
1. Bring the stress levels down. Much stress is caused by unresolved emotional problems so 'dealing with stress' is important whether that be through changing your lifestyle or obtaining professional help such as a your physician or counseling.
2. Watch your diet. Avoid high acidity foods whenever possible. Eat less fatty foods. Try to maintain a healthy level of fruits, vegetables and proteins and drink an abundance of water.
3. Relax. Meditate, do breathing exercises, take up a hobby, go for a long walk, spend quality 'happy' time with family and friends.
4 Get proper amounts of rest. 7 to 8 hours every night.