Health: Immunity vs. Stress

Viviane Freitas

  • 13
  • Apr
  • 2015

Health : Immunity vs. Stress

  • 13
  • Apr
  • 2015

The immune system protects our bodies from disease. If it is functioning properly it will detect attacks caused by viruses, parasites and others elements in our body.

Immunodeficiency or low immunity occurs when our immune system is not acting at normal levels, which causes recurrent infections and may jeopardize the life of the patient.

On the other hand, autoimmunity is the result of an overactive immune system, which can cause, for example, type 1 diabetes.

But what can alter our immune system?

      • Food and emotional imbalances
        • Anxiety
          • Lack of certain vitamins
            • Family medical history
              • Stress


    What can we do to avoid changes in our immunity?

                • Eating a well-balanced diet
                • Having healthy daily hygiene habits
                • Sleep between 7-8 hours a night
                • Control stress.


    Back to the title of this article, how does stress interfere with our immunity?

    Stress increases the production of cortisol in the body, however, when stress is not common the adrenaline passes and the hormone levels return to normal as well as physiologically.

    Now, when stress is a continuous factor the gland that produces cortisol loses sensitivity and the cortisol levels begin to decline confusing the body by informing it that it can not rest because there is not enough “fuel” (cortisol) to combat during an emergency.
    This condition leads to very serious illnesses and one of them is low immunity.

    It is very important to be alert to the signs your body gives you.

    Invest in yourself … If you are healthy you will be much more productive and happy!

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