Stress-proof your body

First For Women - - Health -

It makes sense that mind­ful­ness ex­er­cises help us calm down af­ter a tense day. Now sci­en­tists at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., say do­ing them be­fore stress­ful sit­u­a­tions can also help. When study sub­jects prac­ticed mind­ful­ness ex­er­cises such as med­i­ta­tion for eight weeks, blood tests showed a 24 per­cent drop in in­flam­ma­tory pro­teins and stress hor­mones when faced with stress; lev­els rose by 52 per­cent in those who didn’t do the ex­er­cises. Why? The au­thors ex­plain that mind­ful­ness trains the brain to ap­proach stress calmly and qui­ets ac­tiv­ity in the brain re­gion that turns on the stress re­sponse.

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