There is ample evidence that stress has a significant deleterious effect on the immune system – both in the short and long term.
Let’s look at what happens in the body in the presence of extreme and long lasting stress. The HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal), the system that is called to action in stressful circumstances, produces a cascade of hormones that coordinate the “fight or flight” response to massive anxiety, fear, and stressful situations. Once these hormones are released, there is a series of physiological reactions which turn off all but the most essential functions, preserving energy for a vital escape from the present danger. The second protection system, after the adrenal response, is an immune response. When the HPA axis mobilizes the body for fight or flight, the adrenal hormones directly repress the action of the immune system to conserve energy reserves. In addition, the HPA axis also affects normal mental function by repressing activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex.
So what can we do to preserve our health in stressful times?
1. Limit and confine exposure to social media and news sources
2. Meditate, do yoga –still your mind and help you find a true state of inner calm
3. Breathe –focus on the smooth inhaling and exhaling of your breath
4. Supplements: B’s are the calming vitamins, Magnesium the calming mineral.
5. SLEEP: Bodies under stress need more sleep to recalibrate
Thanks Beth for your unending wisdom. The full article can be read here: http://www.blh-homeopath.com/blog/
Finally, seek the help of a qualified homeopath who can help get you back to a state of balance.
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