The Stress Test: How Stress Can Bring Down Your Immune System

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Everyone experiences some stress in their daily life, but chronic stress floods your body with stress hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline, which can dramatically lower your immune system.

One thing is for sure; life doesn’t stop. In addition to reducing stress triggers, learning how to deal with daily stress will not only nurture our body and mind, but reducing stress will stimulate our immune systems and help us fight the flu and even the cold that lingers on.

Traditional medicinal pain relievers may have side effects including liver damage. Instead, I’m going to share simple ways you can deal with everyday stress.


Here are 3 keys to reducing stress:

1. Exercise! If you sit at your desk all day or pour over your computer for hours on end, lack of movement can leave your immune system sluggish and stagnant. Research show that exercise, as simple as a daily 30-minute walk, increases the level of leukocytes, an immune system cell that fights infection, as well as increasing levels of “soothing” brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

2. The power of anti-oxidants. A nutritional diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and nutrients can boost immunity to help fight colds and the flu. Top anti-oxidant superfoods include vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc. Asparagus, broccoli, carrots, kale, turnip and collard greens, pumpkin, squash, spinach, berries.

3. Let stress melt away and unwind with a cup of hot tea. There’s nothing in the world quite like the warm, contented feeling we get from sitting at the round table with a group of friends, relaxing, drinking tea and laughing the afternoon away. You’ll love the aromatherapy of Haberlin Herbal Tea’s and the relaxation it brings.

We all have stress that distracts us from what is really important in our lives. Surrounding yourself with an environment that supports and nurtures relaxation will not only give our immune systems a boost, but it will also life your mood, focus and productivity.

Do you need a quick strategy session to boost your immune system? I’m thrilled to be offering a handful of 15 min timeslots for “micro-consults” for F-R-E-E. If you’re looking for a quick boost your immune system, schedule here.

 

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