There is s definite connection between your stress and your immune system! In the typical cold and flu season, we are also juggling work, school, and holiday planning. Be aware of stress before it sneaks up on you, and be mindful about boosting nutrition. Take time to rest and sleep. Look to high-quality teas, herbs, and supplements that are adaptogens and tonics to give you the extra support.
You can search and find a lot of great info explaining the connection between stress and immunity, I thought Dr. Mercola’s post really summarized it well. Excerpt below:
When researchers from Carnegie Mellon University infected study participants with a common cold virus, those who had reported being under stress were twice as likely to get sick.
When you’re stressed, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol, which prepare your body to fight or flee the stressful event. 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.
Enter Adrenal Support in the search box on our blog page, and then scroll down to read all of our related posts. Arming yourself with this information can help you take the necessary steps to reduce your risk of getting sick. Food, exercise, deep breathing, sleep/rest, supplement choices and habits all play a key role. Remember if you take care of yourself first you will be better equipt to help others.