Strengthening your immune system and fighting off disease

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How can you strengthen your immune system? By itself, your immune system does a great job of protecting you against disease-causing microorganisms. Though occasionally something fails: A germ invades quickly and makes you ill. Can you do something to improve your odds and enhance your immune system?

How to Fight Off Disease

What can you do to improve your immune system?

The idea of improving your immunity is desirable, but the power to do so has been a mystery. The immune system is exactly that — a system, not a single entity. To perform well, it needs balance and harmony. There is a good deal of information that researchers have regarding the complexities and interconnectedness of the immune response. At present, some links have been found between lifestyle and improving your immune function.

Researchers have studied the impact of diet, exercise, age, stress, and other factors on our immune response, in animals, and humans. At present, health strategies are a great way to start, providing your immune system an advantage.

One Beneficial technique to improve your immune system

Your first line of defense is to select a healthy standard of living.  Obtaining healthy behaviors are the best step you can take toward naturally preserving your immune system to remain strong and healthy. Each part of your body, including your immune system, performs better when shielded from the assaults from your environment and strengthened by healthy-living strategies:

Stress and your immune function

The notion that ‘too much stress makes you sick’ may embrace more than a grain of truth. Medicine has come to realize the intimate connection between mind and body. Many types of illnesses, including flu, stomach discomfort, hives, and even heart disease, are associated with the impact of emotional stress. Scientists are studying the relationship between stress and our immune system.

One difficulty researchers have is stress is hard to define. What can seem stressful to one person is not for another. When people are subjected to events that they consider stressful, it is hard for them to calculate how much stress they are experiencing. It is also difficult for a researcher to understand if an individual’s subjective feeling of the amount of stress is precise. A scientist can only gauge things that may indicate stress, for instance, the number of times the heart beats each minute, but this may measure or reflect other issues. So the first step to controlling stress is to recognize the symptoms of stress. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often don’t realize we are experiencing it until we are at the point of crashing.

What Are the Symptoms of Stress?

Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including our reactions, our thoughts, and our physiological well-being. No part of your body is protected. Symptoms can be undistinguishable and may be similar to those produced by medical illnesses. The Common Cold: One study showed that the risk for the common cold was related to the level of stress in an individual’s life. Though it was not ascertained if the stress was due to a single, current event or it was chronic. Another later study demonstrated that individuals who experienced chronic stress related to a life event that lasted for at least one month were more apt to get the common cold than others who had shorter periods of stress

Because severe or chronic stress is recognized to have a negative effect on the immune system, it can increase the possibility of developing a yeast infection. Additionally, there have been some studies that support the link between stress and vaginal yeast infections. Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) have been linked with the simultaneous presence of anxiety and depression. Also, stress seems to impact the development or exacerbation of LUTS.

Strengthening your immune system

There are many approaches for managing stress, including “psychosocial interventions” that reduce your perception of stress. Hypnosis is one technique that can help you decrease your stress; it is a way to visualize your calm.

When done correctly by a professional hypnotherapist, hypnosis is a soothing method of guiding your mind using a complementary therapy for stress, anxiety and numerous other physical and emotional difficulties. Quite a bit of hypnosis is self-hypnosis, meaning that you are taught to be the practitioner.

When you find you are stressed and feel under attack, you can learn how to begin to use simple steps for anxiety-reduction through self-hypnosis:

  1. Find yourself a quiet place that you won’t be distracted. 
  2. Breathe in deeply and rhythmically.
  3. Imagine yourself in a peaceful place.
  4. Use all of your senses.
  5. Give yourself a positive suggestion.

It is important to remember that there are many factors involved in getting an infectious disease and stress is one.  

Hypnotherapy can be an effective method for coping with stress. Specifically, hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety to prevent specific illnesses and even helps to decrease the effects of an infection.

Hypnosis has been studied for other conditions, including:

  • Pain control. Hypnosis may help with pain related to burns, cancer, childbirth, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint problems, dental procedures and headaches.
  • Hot flashes. Hypnosis may alleviate symptoms of hot flashes related with menopause.
  • Behavior change. Hypnosis has been utilized with success in the management of insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking, and overeating.
  • Cancer treatment side effects. Hypnosis has been utilized to alleviate the side effects associated to chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
  • Mental health conditions. Hypnosis may help treat symptoms of anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress.

Can you use Hypnosis to help you learn how to prevent weakening of your immune system?

In our office or using our online network, we can help you experience change.

At Medvesta, we believe as do many of our clients that using focused non-pharmaceutical behaviors, we can manage stress, anxiety, pain, and sorrow naturally. This is not to say that you do not need medications to battle disease as we believe in a marriage of East and West.

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