immune function

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Deep sleep essential for proper immune function

Sleep is essential for life.  I think the most important factors for a healthy body are eating (healthy whole food), sleeping and exercise.  Poor sleep quality and duration are associated with decreased immune function, increased stress hormones (that suppress the immune system), mood disorders, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. In a normal night, we …

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cortisol is made in the adrenal glands

How chronic stress can impact your health

One of the main stress hormones is cortisol and it can have a huge impact on your health.  75% of North American adults report that they have physical or emotional symptoms of stress.  It is a significant factor in chronic health issues like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mood disorders, and dementia. Cortisol is a …

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Spending time outdoors is good for your immune system

Plants and trees produce phytoncides that enhance the activity of special immune cells called Natural Killer cells (NK cells) as well as anticancer proteins. NK cells fight viral infections and destroy cancer cells. Studies have found that the immune boosting effects last for 7 days after trips to the forest. It has also been shown …

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