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7 Ways Anger Can Hurt Your Body

Everybody gets angry at times, but do you know that anger can cause damage to yourvbody in seven ways? (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Everybody gets angry at times, but do you know that anger can cause damage to yourvbody in seven ways? (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Anger is a powerful emotion. It can lead to arguments, physical fights, physical abuse, assault, and self-harm. The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that go with recurrent unmanaged anger can cause harm to many different systems of the body. The following are seven health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger:

Anger hurts the heart

Those who get angry easily are four times more likely to develop a myocardial infarction, the most fatal cardiovascular disease.

Anger hurts the liver

According to Chinese medicine, the liver remains healthy if the energy in it moves without obstruction. Anger may hamper this movement and cause damage to the liver. It also can result in the exacerbation of Hepatitis C.

Those who get angry easily are four times more likely to develop a myocardial infarction, the most fatal cardiovascular disease. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Those who get angry easily are four times more likely to develop a myocardial infarction, the most fatal cardiovascular disease. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Anger hurts the lungs

Breathing becomes short when one gets angry. The cells in the lungs continue to expand with only a brief pause, which can cause cell damage.

Brain cells become damaged when one gets angry

When one gets angry, blood flows to the brain and increases blood pressure, and the low level of oxygen in the blood produces toxins that can damage brain cells.

Those who have a short temper suffer from reduced healing abilities and a longer recovery after an injury. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Those who have a short temper suffer from reduced healing abilities and a longer recovery after an injury. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Anger causes wounds to heal slower

Those who have a short temper suffer from reduced healing abilities and a longer recovery after an injury.

Anger hurts the stomach and the intestines

Anger excites the sympathetic nervous system and leads to lowering of blood circulation in the stomach and the intestines, reducing one’s appetite. In serious conditions, an ulcer may develop.

Anger excites the sympathetic nervous system and leads to lowering of blood circulation in the stomach and the intestines, reducing ones appetite. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Anger excites the sympathetic nervous system and leads to lowering of blood circulation in the stomach and the intestines, reducing one’s appetite. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Anger might cause sudden death

Research has disclosed that when one is in a rage, blood flow to the heart may be reduced, which can result in myocardial ischemia, an irregular heart beat, cerebral ischemia, and even sudden death.

Still, there are several ways  to avoid becoming angry:

  • Change your mood
  • Sit down or lay down and relax
  • Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let go of negative thoughts
  • Drink a cup of water to dilute free fatty acids
  • Imagine a scene of relaxation
  • Take a walk or do some exercises

Translation: Mona Song

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