06 Aug 2012

STRESS AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

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  • The stress hormone cortisol may play an intricate role in why high levels of stress have such a detrimental impact on your immune system.
  • When stress becomes chronic your immune system becomes less sensitive to cortisol, which actually heightens the inflammatory response. This is what actually leads to coughing, sneezing and other cold symptoms, as well as makes you more vulnerable to getting sick.
  • Chronic stress also exerts a powerful negative influence on your epigenetic health, turning on and off genes that influence your likelihood of getting sick.
  • Addressing emotional stressors, as well as adhering to a healthy lifestyle that includes optimized vitamin D levels, will help you avoid colds and stay well.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique can also help cope mentally with life’s stresses.
  • Natural remedies for stress include B Vitamins, Magnesium and the herbs Lavender, Passionflower, Chamomile, Bacopa, Zizyphus, Kava, Skullcap, Withania, Rhodiola an d Siberian Ginseng.

 

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