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Stress and immunity – What You Should Know and Do

Stress and immunity – What You Should Know and Do

How exactly does stress from the mind end up affecting the immune system?

“Some kinds of stress — very short-term, that last only a matter of minutes — actually redistribute cells in the bloodstream in a way that could be helpful,” says Suzanne Segerstrom, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky who has conducted studies on stress and the immune system. “But once stress starts to last a matter of days, there are changes in the immune system that aren’t so helpful. And the longer that stress lasts, the more potentially harmful those changes are.”

The fight-or-flight response (short-term stress) goes something like this: When a villager in Africa sees a lion charging at him, for example, the brain sends a signal to the adrenal gland to create hormones called cortisol and adrenaline, which have many different effects on the body, from increasing heart rate and breathing to dilating blood vessels so that blood can flow quickly to the muscles in the legs. Besides helping him run away, this type of acute stress also boosts the immune response for three to five days (presumably to help him heal after the lion takes a swipe at him).

When humans experience stress, our bodies react the same way that animals’ bodies do. Once the lion is gone, a zebra or gazelle’s stress level will return to normal, but humans have more trouble getting back to our routines after a stressful event, whether it’s a car accident or a divorce. We’ll think about it, dream about it, and worry about it for a long time, and that sets us up for long-term problems, says Robert M. Sapolsky, a Stanford University stress expert and author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.

Over time, continually activating the stress response may interfere with the immune system. How this affects your disease risk, Sapolsky suggests, depends partly on your risk factors and your lifestyle, including your degree of social support.

Was Grandma right?

immunity-boost-MINIAs we have seen, many studies show that stress can impact different facets of the immune system. Some suggest that stress slows recovery from illness or makes us more likely to catch colds. But can stress actually make us sick, or shorten our lifespans? Our immune systems are so complicated, and a person’s immune response affected by so many factors, it’s understandably a difficult area of study. In addition, it’s hard to find stressed-out volunteers willing to expose themselves to viruses to see if they’ll get sick or not.

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In the meantime, there is enough evidence to convince us that we should find healthy ways to keep our stress levels down, which is advice we got from our grandmothers: Eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. Start boosting your immunity with this easy guide.  In addition, we now have ample evidence that methods of avoiding or decreasing stress promote cardiovascular health and wellness. Breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, socialization, Qi-gong and Tai-Chi are just a few of the methods that have been proven to enhance quantity of life by managing stress. Try alternative therapies such as Reiki to help you restore calmness into your life.  Create a positive energy space with this unique Healing Lavender Spray and be in harmony with the art of zen living.

“Stress is inevitable,” Spiegel says. “The trick is to learn to manage it, to find some aspect of our stress and do something about it. Don’t think in terms of ‘all or nothing’ but in terms of ‘more or less.’ ”

References

Full Article from Consumer Health Today

Immunity Boosting Guide

Mind Body Green

Interview with David Spiegel, MD, Stanford University

Interview with Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD, University of Kentucky

Suzanne C. Segerstrom et al. “Psychological Stress and the Human Immune System: A Meta-Analytic Study of 30 Years of Inquiry.” Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 130, No. 4, 2004.

Ronald Glaser et al. “Stress-induced immune dysfunction: implications for health,” Nature Reviews: Immunology, Vol. 5, March 2005.

Robert M. Sapolsky. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Third Edition. Owl Books, New York, NY. 2004.

Sephton SE, et al. “Diurnal Cortisol Rhythm as a Predictor of Breast Cancer Survival,” Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), Vol 92; No. 12. June 21, 2000.

Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser et al. “Chronic stress and age-related increases in the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Vol. 100; No. 15. July 22, 2003.

Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser et al. “Hostile Marital Interactions, Proinflammatory Cytokine Production, and Wound Healing.” Archives of General Psychology, Vol. 62, Dec. 2005.

Ronald Glaser et al. “Chronic stress modulates the immune response to a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine,” Psychosomatic Medicine, 62:804-807 (2000).

Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser et al. “Chronic stress alters the immune response to influenza virus vaccine in older adults,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Vol. 93. April 1996.

Julie M. Turner-Cobb et al. “Social Support and Salivary Cortisol in Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer,” Psychosomatic Medicine, 62:337-345 (2000).

Bruce S. McEwen. “Protective and Damaging Effects of Stress Mediators.” The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 338:171-179.

S. Cohen, D.A. Tyrrell, and A.P. Smith. “Psychological stress and susceptibility to the common cold.” The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 325:606-612

Tim Lee, PhD and Angela McGibbon, MD. Immunology Bookcase: Immunology for Medical Students. Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Mayo Clinic. Stress: Constant stress puts your health at risk. September 11, 2010.

Graham JE, et al. Hostility and pain are related to inflammation in older adults. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 2006 Jul;20(4):389-400.

Alzheimers Association. Fact sheet: Anti-inflammatory therapy.

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Spices, Herbs – Mantra of Diet

The Mantra of Diet today is constantly shifting.  However, the pursuit of spices has helped shaped our world as we know today. Hundreds of years ago, merchants from Europe traveled by land and sea to transport exotic and expensive plants such as cinnamon, rosemary, nutmeg and turmeric from Asia. But when the Ottoman Empire restricted Europe’s spice routes to Asia in the 1400s, explorers such as Christopher Columbus looked for alternate routes to India and instead stumbled on our glorious land. It’s not a far stretch to thank cinnamon for our providence.

Spices hold a special place in human existence that we are just starting to understand. Sure, they are prized to provide bold and unique flavors, aromas and colors to otherwise bland foods. But many don’t know the hidden story: before the invention of refrigeration, spices’ underlying bioactivity, in the form of potent and diverse antioxidant and antimicrobial food-preserving properties, helped to prevent sickness and contagion caused by food spoilage. Thus, spices carried a magical aura for those who demanded them, and at the same time, they provided a livelihood for many generations of farmers, harvesters and suppliers.

Today, our interest in spices has shifted to the scientific study of their health benefits, to see if they can help us live healthier lives. On a molecular level, the chemical properties that make spices great flavorings, colorings and food preservatives are closely linked to the properties which help to promote human health. Polyphenols, carotenoids and terpenoids are all highly bioactive and health-supporting classes of compounds common to many spices, and are the focus of thousands of medical research studies.

Consuming enough of these active compounds to make a difference in our health can be tough through food alone. The mantra of many is that a diet with a diversity of spices can help us live longer, but no one is suggesting that fried chicken made with 14 of them is a health food (yet!). And while variety may be the “spice of life,” research suggests a variety of spices added to food can lead to a tendency to overeat.1 Likewise, consumer health media recommendations to sprinkle some cinnamon on toast or add a pinch of turmeric powder to curry may be naïve to some key underlying practical and scientific caveats such as compliance, dose response and opposing effects.

For instance, a clinically significant effective dose of cinnamon powder often recommended for managing blood sugar is a teaspoon or more—quite a “cinnamon challenge” for the palate and the stomach. Impurities that can be found in cinnamon powder, such as added sulfites and naturally occurring coumarin can tip the opposing-effects equation in the wrong direction, especially when doses are in baking measurements. On the other hand, science has validated the efficacy of concentrated, purified extracts, both from Chinese cinnamon (cassia) as well as “true” cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum syn. zeylanicum). Both the “whole food” and the scientific approaches have merits, but the second seems to garner increasingly more credibility among top medical experts.

Topical applications of spices have been used in traditional medicine like Ayurveda for hundreds of years, with turmeric being well proven and used by allopathic physicians for its wound-healing capabilities. The bioactivities of spices that preserve food also promote health in ways that are well known mechanistically, but in a clinical-sense are just now emerging. For example, in a 2014 study, an ointment containing cinnamon was effective at reducing pain after childbirth.7 In another study, a topical application of black pepper essential oil improved vein visibility for IV insertion better than the standard of care.8 This study did not measure whether sneezing increased, although the essential oil used in the study would probably have improved dinner too.

The potential of spices in human health and wellness is vast, and with sound science, more is learned every day about how and why spices can be beneficial.


 

Sources:

Original Article by Blake Ebersole

1.       Jones JB et al. “A randomized trial on the effects of flavorings on the health benefits of daily peanut consumption.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Mar;99(3):490-6. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.113.069401.

2.       Nieman DC et al. “Influence of red pepper spice and turmeric on inflammation and oxidative stress biomarkers in overweight females: a metabolomics approach.” Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2012 Dec;67(4):415-21. DOI: 10.1007/s11130-012-0325-x.

3.       Cox KH, Pipingas A, Scholey AB. “Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population.” J Psychopharmacol. 2014 Oct 2. PII: 0269881114552744.

4.       Pengelly A et al. “Short-term study on the effects of rosemary on cognitive function in an elderly population.” J Med Food. 2012 Jan;15(1):10-7. DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2011.0005..

5.       McCaffrey R, Thomas DJ, Kinzelman AO. “The effects of lavender and rosemary essential oils on test-taking anxiety among graduate nursing students.” Holist Nurs Pract. 2009 Mar-Apr;23(2):88-93. DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a110aa.

6.       Lindheimer JB, Loy BD, O’Connor PJ. “Short-term effects of black pepper (Piper nigrum) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis and Rosmarinus eriocalyx) on sustained attention and on energy and fatigue mood states in young adults with low energy.” J Med Food. 2013 Aug;16(8):765-71. DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2012.0216.

7.       Mohammadi A et al. “Effects of cinnamon on perineal pain and healing of episiotomy: a randomized placebo-controlled trial.” J Integr Med. 2014 Jul;12(4):359-66. DOI: 10.1016/S2095-4964(14)60025-X.

8.       Kristiniak S et al. “Black pepper essential oil to enhance intravenous catheter insertion in patients with poor vein visibility: a controlled study


 


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#HolidayStress ? Restore your Body and Mind with Reiki! 100% Holistic


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Is Holiday Stress dragging you down?  Do you feel fatigued and overwhelmed? Emotionally Drained?

It happens especially at this time of the year.  We accumulate and carry so much energy with us throughout the year but never have the opportunity to review and release it.  When the holiday season comes, our stress levels naturally doubles as we begin to prepare for the celebration into the New Years.  Stress can creep up on us in many different ways.

A holistic perspective sees health as a dynamic state of balance with considerable resilience in the overall system. A healthy person can withstand a certain amount of stress and bounce back. This is because the human body’s ability to heal includes various self-regulating mechanisms that maintain overall balance, which is known as homeostasis.

However, after experiencing sudden, intense stress or moderate stress that is constant over a period of time, the body’s ability to regulate itself becomes compromised and health declines, slowly or not so slowly. Stress causes the body to lose its ability to rebalance, to restore homeostasis.  This is why you are constantly recovering from that same flu repeatedly.

Unless they are addressed, the stresses of everyday life – environmental, emotional, physical, financial, social etc. – can combine with an individual’s genetic predispositions and result in declining health and wellbeing.

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What Happens at Our Reiki Session

 

Reiki treatment helps lessen the impact of stress, releasing tension from the entire system. Not only does the person move toward his or her own unique balance in body, mind and spirit, but also, depending on the level of physical health when Reiki begins, the body’s own healing mechanisms often begin functioning more effectively.


What might I experience?

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“I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly.” “I think I fell asleep.” “I can’t believe how hot your hands got!” “I feel more relaxed than even after a massage.” “My headache is gone.” These are some of the things people typically say after a Reiki session.

The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner’s hands, but sometimes the practitioner’s hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are subtle pulsations where the practitioner’s hands are placed or cascading waves of pulsations throughout the body.

People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.

Reiki is cumulative and even people who don’t notice much the first time usually have progressively deeper experiences if they continue. Besides the immediate experience of the Reiki, you may notice other changes that continue to unfold as the day goes on: perhaps stronger digestion, a sense of being more centered and poised and less reactive, and sleeping deeply that night.

Sources:

Excerpts from University of Minnesota – Spiritual and Healing

Excerpt from International Reiki

For additional information: “What Does the Research say about Reiki?”

Original story written by Dawn Fleming: NaturalNews)

Reiki News Magazine, Summer 2013, Article Reiki and the Miracle of a Human Life, Dr. Jennifer Caragol and Dawn Fleming

Reiki and Pregnancy: http://www.reiki.org

Miles P, True G. Reiki – review of a biofield therapy history, theory, practice, and research. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):62-72.

 

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4th Annual Healing Is A Team Effort Animal Health Week Seminar – Free!

October 4th – This SATURDAY @ 11am

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Come learn with us!

Awesome event happening this Saturday, October 4th at 11am.

This Is A Free Event And Space Is Limited.

Location:

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4585 Albert St, Burnaby, BC, Vancouver, British Columbia V5C

Hastings Veterinary Hospital Is Honored To Host It’s 4th Annual Healing Is A Team Effort Animal Health Week Seminar

Many Interesting Topics Will Be Covered, Including Allergies and Behavior.

The Winner Of Our Pet Photo Contest Will Also Be Announced and There Will Be A Fabulous Raffle Prize To Be Won !

Lunch and Beverages Will Be Provided.

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Let’s talk about pet care – includes seminar on skin allergies & pet behaviour – October 4 at 11am. Lunch is on us.
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Scientists Prove That Pop #Music Is Literally Ruining Our #Brains

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Scientists Prove That Pop #Music Is Literally Ruining Our #Brains

Learn more…

http://mic.com/articles/98310/scientists-prove-that-pop-music-is-literally-ruining-our-brains

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#Soup, #Health, and #Diet: Have you had your #soup #today?

SOUP: THE SPECIAL INGREDIENT

A major element of the diet is a ‘wonder soup’ prepared from a centuries-old recipe that Marie Antoinette ate every evening as part of her light supper at the palace of Versailles. It would have been prepared from left-over bones and fresh vegetables from the king’s kitchen.

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Soup, says Wheeler, satisfies hunger faster than other foods. Feeling fuller for longer prevents the cells of the stomach wall releasing the hormone ghrelin that triggers hunger pangs.

The Marie Antoinette soup is prepared by boiling chicken, lamb or beef bones for a couple of hours or more, much as you would to make a flavoursome stock.

The long boiling time releases minerals from the bones – a process helped by adding a splash of vinegar or white wine. Some meat can be left on the bones to boost the soup’s protein content.
The stock yields compounds such as glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen, all vital for joint health.

If you must eat cake, then early in the day is the best time to do so
Vegetables such as onion, garlic, celery, kale, chard and carrots are added, as well as turmeric and herbs, and each bowl contains just 108 calories.
Advocates say the broth has healing powers in addition to weight-loss benefits.

In traditional Chinese medicine, bone broth is believed to be a powerful remedy for the kidneys and adrenal glands, as well as promoting strong teeth and bones.

There is scientific evidence to back such health claims. Studies at Kings College London established that broths made by boiling bones contain as much calcium as an equivalent serving of milk.

Chicken broth can also help recovery from colds and flu, according to research published in the American Journal Of Therapeutics in 2012.
As a bonus, the soup can be prepared in advance and frozen in batches that can be quickly reheated as an alternative to a quick unhealthy snack at the end of a busy day.

A warm bowl of soup can hit the spot on a cold day. It can also be a healthy way to start off a meal because it tends to be high in vegetables, filling and low in energy density. Homemade soup is a better choice than canned soup, however, because canned soup often contains the chemical BPA and is high in sodium.

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Why is soup healthy for you?
– It Increases Vegetable Consumption
– It’s Filling
– It’s Low in Energy Density

Remember that choosing the right soup is essential to the overall Health benefits from drinking soup.

Original article written By EVE MCGOWAN

“Why is soup healthy” written by Jessica Bruso

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Quiz: Are Your Chakras Blocked? Experiencing health problems or feeling stuck?

It could be a sign that one of your seven major chakras is blocked.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means “wheel.” In traditional Eastern medicine, it is believed that the body contains seven major “energy wheels” or chakras. They are responsible for keeping your mental, physical and spiritual health in balance. If you’re experiencing health problems, it could be a sign that a specific chakra is blocked. See the following quiz to find out which chakras might be causing you issues.

 

Root Chakra

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When your Root Chakra is blocked you are more susceptible to colon issues, lower back pain, varicose veins and emotional issues around money and survival.

  • Do you tend to get constipated easily?
  • Do you often feel fatigued?
  • Would others describe you as “ungrounded” or “spacey”?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Root Chakra.

 

Sacral Chakra

539657_418423854913242_500971289_nYou can identify a blocked Sacral Chakra by infertility issues, hip pain, sexual dysfunction and arthritis.

  • Do you have problems with you reproductive organs, such as painful menstruation?
  • Do you feel like your creativity is blocked?
  • Do you wish your sex life was different?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Sacral Chakra.

 

 

Solar Plexus Chakra

willpowerYou are more likely to have stomach issues, ulcers, liver issues, eating disorders and a lack of confidence when you’re Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked.

  • Do you have problems with digestion?
  • Do your blood sugar levels fluctuate easily?
  • Do you struggle with issues surrounding will power or self-esteem?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Solar Plexus Chakra.

 

Heart Chakra

healing-heart1If you have a blocked Heart Chakra you should look out for heart problems, asthma, allergies and lung disease.

  • Do you have heart disease or high blood pressure?
  • Is it difficult for you to empathize with someone who is going through a difficult time?
  • Does intimacy frighten you?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Heart Chakra.

 

Throat Chakra

1310bThe Throat Chakra affects your ability to communicate and can contribute to thyroid issues, as well as esophageal and mouth problems when blocked.

  • Do you have thyroid problems or do you get a sore throat easily?
  • Is it hard for you to express how you feel?
  • Do you feel like your mind and hear live in two different worlds?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Throat Chakra.

 

Third Eye Chakra

7917360_f520Your Third Eye Chakra influences the pituitary gland, hormone levels, eyesight, intelligence and intuition.

  • Do you have headaches?
  • Do you have a tendency to have hormonal imbalances or get depressed?
  • Do you have poor intuition?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Third Eye Chakra.

 

Crown Chakra

fibromyalgia_RF5468731_sleep-issuesA blocked Crown Chakra can cause spiritual discomfort and insomnia.

  • Do you have difficulty with your sleep/wake cycles?
  • Is it difficult to meditate?
  • Do you feel disconnected from your own body as well as others?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Crown Chakra.

 

 

If your experiencing any of above symptoms, you may benefit from a Reiki Crystal healing treatment. Contact info@positivereiki.com for a free consultation.

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Original quiz from Dr. Oz