Stress and immune system are closely linked. When we are in stress mode – whether we’re stuck in traffic, feeling hungry or someone has been quite rude to us – our body thinks we are in danger and releases cortisol into the bloodstream. The cortisol is there to help us ‘fight or flight’.
However, when there is no bear to fight with or tiger to run from, the cortisol remains in our bloodstream causing havoc and inflammation. And inflammation is a driver in all chronic diseases.
Our bodies also prioritise cortisol production over the immune system (keeping us alive over keeping us well), so important nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium and B-vitamins are directed away from the immune system to the stress response. And this is why we get sick when we are stressed out. When we talk about the link between nutrition and stress reduction we are talking about ensuring we are replenishing these nutrients and looking after our bodies.
Eating well and not going hungry, sleeping well, taking time out, staying hydrated and removing ourselves from toxic people and situations are therefore not just desirable but essential for our good health.
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