Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A LITTLE STRESS IS GOOD FOR YOU


Short-term stress, the fight-or-flight response, stimulates immune activity, says Professor Firdaus Dhabhar.

According to researchers at Stanford University in the USA, short bursts of stress can be good for your health, warding off infection, helping wounds to heal and speeding up recovery from illness.
A very long period of stress is not good for you.

Imagine that each and every time time you play golf you get stuck in a bunker for several hours; or imagine that you live in Iraq and bombs are going off every day.

A little stress does you good. Website for this image

However, a little bit of stress can make you healthier, and make life more fun.

A game of golf would be no fun if you always got a hole in one.


Homeopathy involves giving you a tiny amount of 'poison' to stimulate your body into making you well.

The Taoists say that everything contains a bit of plus and minus, and that the minus is good for you, so long as it is in moderate doses.

A little stress can be good. But avoid extremes.

When a hospital patient is temporarily a little stressed, helpful hormones are released, to help heal the body.

The patient who feels virtually no stress will have fewer hormones released.

The 'tough guys' often lead shorter lives than the 'careful guys'.


Tough guys who feel no stress may live shorter lives.

At Stamford University in 2009, there was a study of 57 patients who were due to undergo knee surgery.

Several days before the operation, researchers counted the number of immune cells in each patient's system.

Then, on the morning of the operation, they counted again.

The researchers identified which patients had the biggest increase in immune system cells as a result of being a bit stressed about the surgery.

For the next year, the patients were studied, to check the speed of their recovery.

The results showed that those who were relatively more stressed, on the day of surgery, recovered more quickly, had less pain, better knee function and greater mobility than those with the weaker stress response.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2201256/Always-ill-Its-vitamin-C-need-dose-stress.html#ixzz268oygPP0

A few stresses in life can make one a stronger person. Website for this image

In their latest research, the Stanford team has worked out how stress helps the immune system.

The researchers, using rats, monitored three hormones released when the brain feels the body is under threat.

They found that when the rats were stressed, the brain immediately ordered the release of each hormone.

Each hormone appeared to have a specific role in sending disease-fighting immune system cells to different parts of the body.

According to Professor Firdaus Dhabhar, who led the research: "Mother Nature gave us the fight-or-flight response to help us, not kill us." 

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2201256/Always-ill-Its-vitamin-C-need-dose-stress.html#ixzz268oygPP0


A little of the 'negative' can make life fun.

It should be noted that extreme stress is not good; and long periods of stress are not good.

Professor Dhabhar says: "You don’t want to keep your immune system on high alert at all times.

"But the evidence does suggest that putting oneself under short-term stress during procedures like vaccination or surgery can boost immune defences.

"The key is that the stress really has to be short-term, lasting only for minutes or hours.

"It involves a rapid activation of the biological stress response followed by a rapid shutdown soon after the challenge is over."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2201256/Always-ill-Its-vitamin-C-need-dose-stress.html#ixzz268oygPP0

THINK 'HAPPY TEAM'

aangirfan: RELIGION AND SCIENCE

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Anonymous said...

Interesting topic, good stuff.

 
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