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Your immune system and what you think about

Our mental state can have a significant impact on our perception and frame of our reality AND our physical health, and this is especially true when it comes to our immune system and genetic expression. Studies have shown that our emotional and psychological well-being can affect genetic markers, the functioning of our immune system and its ability to protect us from illness and disease.



Research has shown that holding a single negative thought- grief, shame, despair, tension, stress, for longer than 1 minute can have a negative impact on our immune system for multiple days. One study published in the journal Nature found that chronic stress can lead to changes in the expression of certain gene markers associated with cancer markers, inflammation and immunity. These changes can make the body more susceptible to infection and disease. Another study published in the journal Brain,


Behavior, and Immunity found that stress can lead to a decrease in the number of immune cells, known as natural killer cells, which play an important role in fighting off infections.

Positive emotions, on the other hand, have been linked to improved immunity, elongation of telomeres- the end caps of genes which are correlated with how long you live. Thinking positive, centering, mindful thoughts has the potential to help you live longer. Another study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that people who practiced mindfulness meditation had a reduction in gene markers associated with inflammation and an increase in gene markers associated with antiviral response.


Social support also plays a role in the functioning of our immune system. A study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that people with stronger social support had lower levels of inflammation-related gene markers, indicating a stronger immune response. Dr. Robert Lustig a pediatric endocrinologist cites community, connection and cooking together all have been correlated to increased wellbeing, increased longevity, life satisfaction and reduction in body fat. In summary- cooking, connecting and sharing life will help you live longer.


Our mental state can have a significant impact on the functioning of our immune system. Studies have shown that stress can lead to changes in gene markers associated with inflammation and immunity, making the body more susceptible to infection and disease. On the other hand, positive emotions and social support can promote a stronger immune response by reducing inflammation and increasing antiviral response. Emphasize taking care of your emotional and psychological well-being to ensure our immune system is functioning properly.


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