Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior

The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes.
— Mayo Clinic

According to the Mayo Clinic: "Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit...Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior."


Stress has been scientifically identified as among the most common causes of not only overeating, but making poor dietary and lifestyle choices. The vast majority of diets and products that promote weight loss fail to incorporate a holistic approach that includes stress relief, and thus limit their efficacy and often fail. According to Harvard Medical School, "Physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both."

And cravings are just the tip of the iceberg, as stress can affect a host of other areas of your life, including sleep problems, anxiety, lack of motivation or focus, and exercising less often. You could have a whole cabinet of products to attempt to cope with these symptoms of stress, or you could go straight to the source.

Whether your goal is to add LEAN body mass, slim down and tone up, or simply to live a healthier, more productive lifestyle, stress is the enemy.

Common effects of stress

  • Muscle tension or pain, Fatigue, Change in sex drive, Sleep problems, Anxiety
  • Lack of motivation or focus, Sadness or depression, Overeating or undereating
  • Drug, tobacco, or alcohol abuse, Social withdrawal, Exercising less often

A lifestyle that incorporates stress management is a giant step toward overall improvement not only physically, but in terms of energy, motivation, and productivity. Earth's Brew contains some of the absolute most evidence-backed herbal ingredients for stress management. For more information, click here for our ingredients page.

Physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both. The adrenal glands release a hormone called cortisol, and cortisol increases appetite.
— Harvard Medical School