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How Anxiety Affects Your Physical Health

Anxiety is a common feeling. If you have anxiety, don’t worry; a lot of people do. Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally; however, chronic anxiety can play a nasty role in your physical health. 

Today we are going to discuss some negative effects you might experience with your physical health if you are prone to chronic anxiety.

How It Impacts Your Cardiovascular System

Anxiety increases blood pressure and heart rate. Heart palpitations and chest pain are also common. Chronic anxiety can also put you at risk of heart disease. 

The so-called ‘panic attack’ is merely anxiety elevating basic bodily functions and mimicking a heart attack. This is a serious problem.

How It Affects Your Nervous System

When your brain releases stress hormones on a daily basis, you are likely to have headaches and dizziness on a more frequent basis. 

Your body is also likely to release adrenaline and cortisol in higher quantities to the nervous system. Long exposure to high cortisol levels can also result in weight gain.

Digestive & Respiratory System

Anxiety can leave you with frequent stomach aches, nausea, and loss of appetite. There is believed to be a connection between anxiety disorders and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

Rapid and shallow breathing can accompany anxiety. Asthma will often worsen with anxiety.

How The Immune System Is Impacted

Adrenaline triggered by anxiety is also the same hormone triggered during a ‘fight-or-flight’ response. 

Adrenaline increases the pulse and breathing rate, bringing more blood and oxygen to the brain, which in long-term cases can weaken the immune system and make you more vulnerable to viral illnesses. 

Like most functions in the human body, a little is good and too much is bad. Adrenaline in small doses for good reasons is beneficial; chronic production and release of this hormone is bad for long-term health.

CBD For Anxiety

CBD is known to help in relieving the symptoms of chronic anxiety. CBD interacts in the brain allowing for a boost in serotonin release to curb anxiety. 

No one has proven that CBD cures anxiety of course; but it is a natural and plant-based option to reduce your symptoms.

Want to give CBD a try to help with your anxiety? Try our Full Spectrum CBD Softgels for an easy, daily dose that fits seamlessly into your mental wellness routine.


Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

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