How stress affects your immune system.
Given the current pandemic we have never needed our immune system to be strong more than we do right now. We need our bodies to be able to fight and overcome disease.
The general things that we all know affect’s our immune system is our diet, the food we put in our bodies. Other well-known aspects are lack of sleep and or lack of exercise.
However, one other important factor that impacts our immune system and weakens it is stress. When stressed, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol which can cause your body to struggle to regulate its inflammatory response and attack itself. Your body will also not produce enough lymphocytes (white blood cells), which are a vital part of your immune system as they fight off bacteria and viruses.
So even though our current situation is creating us stress we need to be even more determined to take time to reduce this. Taking care of our mental and emotional well being is crucial at this unprecedented time. Taking part in activities that help to relax us and create feelings of happiness will help t boost our immune system.
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