We all know that stress is detrimental to health, but its inflammation-triggering effects are particularly harmful. Stress increases your body’s production of cortisol, a hormone that can predispose your body to developing increased inflammation. One study discovered that exposure to chronic stress changes the activity of immune cells — making them more likely to attack the body’s own tissue and trigger an autoimmune response. Improving your breathing, making time to relax each day, or meditating can all help to reduce your risk of developing chronic inflammation.
Learn how to breathe in a healthy way. The Buteyko Institute of Breathing & Health is a good place to start.
See www.buteykobreathing.nz and use their Find a BIBH Practitioner tool.
Enjoy a massage:
Research suggests that a 45-minute massage can lower your levels of proinflammatory cytokines.