How Stress Can Lower Your Immune System


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How does stress impact your immune system?

Have you ever been super stressed out, spread way too thin, and next thing you know, you’ve gotten sick (which certainly doesn’t help the stress!)? Well, stress and what it does to your body can really adversely affect your immune system. And right now-- post-election, pre-holidays, global pandemic-- we’re all worn out and worn down. But there are things we can do (and herbs we can use) to help our brains stay chill so our bodies can stay strong. There’s lifestyle habits we can use like yoga or deep breathing exercises, connecting with others (using other pathways when physical closeness isn’t an option), connecting with yourself, and getting outside!

There are herbs we can use to help too. The class of herbs I seek when I need body/mind support is Adaptogens. These herbs help our bodies to adapt to stressors, regulating and supporting our neuroendocrine & immune systems. Some nourish, some boost immune system. The herbs we’ll talk about in this episode are Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) , and Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera)

Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, capsules, teas, etc. For some ready-made tea options, check out Mountain Mel’s Herbal Teas at Use code THP15 at checkout to receive 15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.

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