ArchivesTag : Immune system
According to researchers at UCLA, the psychological effects of loneliness increases activity of inflammatory genes, which promotes a variety of conditions, such as an increased risk of heart disease, depression and in extreme cases, even premature death. However, new studies have shown that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can help quash the emotions that lead to loneliness.Full Story
According to the CDC, flu season is officially under way, marked by three consecutive weeks in a row that at least 10% of patients tested positive for the flu at the doctor, with flu virus reports from all 50 states.Full Story
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental illness. People with OCD feel great anxiety. They’re trapped in a loop of repetitive thoughts known as obsessions.
Many OCD patients seek relief from these obsessions by engaging in compulsive behavior. Such behavior involves performing repetitive tasks such as counting or hand-washing.
But new research provides insight into potential causes of OCD. During the past few years, scientists have learned that this anxiety disorder may be linked to immunological problems.Full Story
Getting through the entire winter without a bout or two of coughing, runny nose, or other unpleasant symptoms is pretty unlikely, even for the strongest immune system. While experts agree there is no “cure” for the common cold, which must just run its course, remedies to help mitigate symptoms and feel better faster are certainly welcomed by anyone who can’t seem to escape the tissues.Full Story
It wasn’t until recently that I began to notice probiotics everywhere I go. What are probiotics? And what are their benefits? Probiotics have been around for a very long time. In fact, many ancient cultures knew of the healing powers probiotics could offer, they got them from fermented food and cultured milk. The use these foods for healing can be found throughout Hindu and Christian texts. It wasn’t until modern times that Americans began to discover its true benefits.Full Story
For some parts of the country, temperatures are beginning to drop. Similar to us, our pets’ immune system functions best when proper nutrition, rest, and exercise are in harmony. Therefore, making sure your pet is in top form prior to travel and harsh weather can help carry on health.
Therefore, making sure your pet is in top form prior to travel and harsh weather can help carry on health as the seasons change.Full Story
Vitamin D is often casually referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” since it is normally produced by the body after exposure to direct sunlight. However, many experts say that we’re not getting enough, and should supplement our intake via vitamin D-rich foods and supplements.
In addition, many studies suggest that vitamin D can not only help improve quality of life, but possibly even cut the risk of life-threatening conditions.Full Story
Each year a whole range of different influenza strains are produced worldwide. These changes make it difficult for our bodies to be protected as our immune system struggles to build up a natural defense against these new germs and viruses.Although influenza (i.e. ‘flu) is generally not dangerous, it can cause serious complications and even death, especially in those with a compromised immune system such as those who are ill, elderly or very young. We all saw to what extent the H1N1 influenza virus affected populations around the globe in 2009…Full Story
Let’s face it: it’s not uncommon to suffer from common cold, flu and ear infection symptoms like a runny nose, scratchy throat, earache and even sinus pressure during the winter months. Some families spend hundreds of dollars on doctor visits in the winter time, but learning how to prevent viruses and heal the body naturally can save you time and money this season.Full Story