Did you know the immune system can learn like the brain?

Psychologist Robert Ader discovered that in 1974.

His revelation has inspired a series of researches how the central nervous system interacts with the immune system and how the mind, emotions and body interrelate.

Before that, scientists thought the brain and the immune system were two separate and independent entities.

We can imagine the immune system as a “Body brain”. Immune cells are connected to all the body cells and act in a way that known cells leave alone, and unknown like viral, bacterial, or cancer cells attack thus defending us from harmful impacts.

It is important to note that proper functioning of the nervous system required a valid immune system and vice versa.

When we are under stress, the emotional brain releases hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol, prolactin, beta-endorphin, enkephalin. These hormones weaken the immune cells.

 

‘Negative’ emotions

Negative emotions such as fear, anger and grief have a harmful influence on the immune system.

Evidence from medical practice confirms that- frightened people have a bad response to surgery, and it takes longer for their body to recover.

People with heart disease exposed to severe anger face a greater risk of worsening their condition.

Anxious people more often suffer from health problems and need more time to recover.

Negative emotions cause an indirect damage on health. For instance, people to ease anxiety or nervousness smoke, enjoy alcohol or eat fatty foods.

Negative emotions cause insomnia.

People under excessive stress are more likely to suffer from contagious diseases such as colds, flu or herpes.

Many studies suggest negative emotions are detrimental to health and their impact equate with the health risk factor of cigarettes.

 

‘Positive’ emotions

Positive emotions such as joy, satisfaction and sense of security have a beneficial effect on health.

Scientists found optimism and hope have a healing effect on the human body.

Optimistic individuals recover faster from all illnesses, sleep better, suffer less from headaches and pains.

Happy people are more playful and active what lead to greater physical activity and regular exercise.

“Laughter is the best medicine.”

During sincere laughter, the body releases endorphin – a hormone of attachment. This hormone reduces stress, stimulates happiness and regulates pain.

Positive emotions bring the pH of the body to an optimal state.

 

 

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