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Cold Weather + Physical Stress = Immune Challenges

Posted On Feb 17, 2012

Cold weather puts stress on the body, which can lead to various metabolic changes, including suppression of immune function. Even a brief exposure to cold results in increased levels of stress hormones and a number of changes in the immune response. However, by either choice or necessity, many people find themselves not only exposed to…

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Weatherproofing Winter Skin – Part 2 of 2

Posted On Feb 07, 2012

3 – Poor Nutrition The nutrients you absorb from your food lay the foundation for healthy skin, hair, and nails. In the winter, there tend to be fewer options for fresh fruits and vegetables, which means that people are often eating fewer bioflavonoids, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients that support the skin and related structures….

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Weatherproofing Winter Skin – Part 1 of 2

Posted On Feb 06, 2012

Stress or adrenal dysfunction combined with cold winds, dry indoor heat, hot showers and circulating pathogens create a real challenge for your skin, the largest organ in your body. Winter weather is hard enough on anyone’s skin, robbing it of moisture and heat, causing cracks, and affecting its protective barrier ability. When you add stress…

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The Effects of Stress on Hair, Skin and Nails: Part 3

Posted On Feb 01, 2012

 Nails and Stress Fingernails and toenails are also not immune to the effects of stress. Strong, healthy nails require protein, silica, magnesium, zinc, iron, biotin, and other vitamins and minerals. Because stress makes it more difficult for your body to absorb the nutrients it needs, nail pitting, shredding and ridging frequently flare under stress. As…

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The Effects of Stress on Hair, Skin and Nails: Part 2

Posted On Jan 31, 2012

Nutrient Absorption and Stress All the building blocks to create healthy hair, skin, and nails come from the nutrients you digest and absorb. In addition to diverting blood away from the digestive system, cortisol also decreases secretion of digestive enzymes and changes the pattern of movement of food through the digestive tract, impairing nutrient absorption….

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The Effects of Stress on Hair, Skin and Nails: Part 1

Posted On Jan 30, 2012

Hair, Skin and Nail Health The creation and maintenance of healthy hair, skin, and nails begins at the cellular level. It requires high quality protein for strong, supple connective tissue, essential fatty acids for healthy cell membranes, and a multitude of vitamins and minerals that act as cofactors, catalysts and antioxidants to create and repair…

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Downward Dog Before You Bungee Jump (Managing Stress and Immune Function)

Posted On Jan 19, 2012

Have you ever noticed that being run down and stressed can make you more susceptible to the latest virus? Although science has shown that stress and stress hormones can impair immune function, there is still much to learn about exactly how this happens.  What is known is that when you experience any type of stress,…

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Are You Wired Tired or Inspired Tired?

Posted On Jan 18, 2012

By Louise Thompson, Life Coach and Yoga Instructor This wellbeing post is inspired by sessions with two of my amazing clients who are recovering nicely from their adrenal fatigue as we work together. As their energy (and consequently their lives) is coming back it brought up a fascinating distinction that I wanted to share with…

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Stress and Immune Function Part 3

Posted On Jan 16, 2012

Keeping Immune Balance Under Stress Stress creates such an intricate web of interactions with the immune system that managing your stress and supporting your stress response system, especially your adrenal glands, can significantly enhance immunity and help you stay well. Lifestyle and Dietary Tips • Make a point of getting 7 or more hours of…

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Stress and Immune Function Part 2

Posted On Jan 13, 2012

21st Century Stress Stresses Immunity The stress response worked beautifully for primitive humans who usually dealt with their stressors through a relatively brief burst of physical activity. Cortisol and adrenaline allowed the body to surge into action to overcome the stressor and support immune function in case of injury. During this physical activity, the circulating…

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