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Stress Compromises Immune System

May 29, 2012

Stress Compromises Immune System, Causes Vulnerability to Illness and Disease

Stress can cause havoc with the mind and body.  Psychogical stress is associated with greater risk of a myriad of chronic conditions which can include heart disease and infectious disease.

A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Sheldon Cohen has found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response.  Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body’s ability to regulate inflammation can promote the development and progression of disease.

 

“Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol is not allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control,” said Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology within CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The groundbreaking work shows that people suffering from psychological stress are more susceptible to developing common colds.  With the common cold, symptoms are not caused by the virus — they are instead a “side effect” of the inflammatory response that is triggered as part of the body’s effort to fight infection.

Disease can develop in numerous ways while under the influence of stress, and one such way is through the decline of gut health. The gut is one of the “in roads” of disease and if this barrier is compromised it can lead to disease. The guy is vulnerable to stress.  Gastric secretion, gut motility, and barrier function can all be compromised due to stress.  Stress has also been shown to change the composition of the microflora that resides within the gut.

There are many ways to help control stress and anxiety and like exercising and having an active social life.  Diet can also help and there are natural products out there which can support a healthy lifestyle and help you to de-stress:

CALM&RELAX by The Wise Herb Company will help to de-stress and soothe anxiety. Packed with antioxidants it is perfect for enhancing natural sleep too!

UP&GO will help you to power your exercise, de-stress and help to strengthen your immune system. 

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