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Learn how eating the meat of animals that are exposed to stress hormones can have a negative effect on your health.
There are many different factors that can cause stress in animals. There is no doubt that animals experience fear prior to being slaughtered. Just before terrified animals are slaughtered, they release a host of hormones and toxic substances into their bodies. Why does this matter? Because after the animals have been slaughtered, those hormones remain in their bodies and begin to alter the animal meat. The quality of the meat deteriorates significantly. When you eat the tainted animal meat, you ingest those hormones into your body. Doing so can cause a host of unwanted medical conditions and diseases.

Animals that are subject to constant light, usually as a result of living in factory farm environments, have a difficult time regulating their sleep cycles. The light prevents them from receiving adequate sleep. When animals are deprived of sleep, over time, they become stressed. Stress in animals also occurs when they are subject to constant noise for machinery and factory farming equipment. Obviously, animals that live in confinement rather than being permitted to roam freely, are subject to an abundance of unnatural living conditions that subject them to repeated stress.

In addition to an unnatural living environment, every day occurences can cause stress in certain animals. Examples include animals who are excessively tired and fatigued, and those that experience chronic pain, hunger or thirst. Another common stressor is moving the animal from a familiar home environment into unfamiliar surroundings.

How Do Stress Hormones in Meat Affect Humans?

Speculation about the negative health effects of consuming meat have been circulating for years. There is a very long list of potential health problems that are associated with the consumption of meat derived from stressed animals. The major health conditions cited by recent studies are conditions that affect the heart. Heart disease is believed to be associated with the consumption of any red meat, regardless of the presence of stress hormones. When you introduce stress hormones and poor quality meat into the equation, you are amplifying the negative effects on the heart.

Additional negative health effects associated with poor quality hormone-laden meat include general fatigue and malaise, impotence, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and diseases that affect the digestive tract. So what are you to do if you want to avoid the negative health effects associated with meat? You only have a few options. For starters, the simplest way to know that you are not consuming poor quality meat is to give up meat altogether.

Because it can be difficult to know the quality of the meat you are eating, going vegetarian is the only way to be absolutely certain that you are not eating poor quality meat. If this is too drastic for you, do your best to purchase meat that has been raised in humane condition. Organic meats from local farmers are best. If you visit your local butcher, be sure to ask where the meat is acquired from and question the practices used to manufacture the meat.