Health Update: Reduce Inflammation with Mind-Body Activities

Hello again everyone:

If you have been following our blog, you know that inflammation causes, perpetuates, and aggravates all chronic health conditions, and this absolutely includes aging. So, this is obviously not good, and you also know that inflammation usually has multiple drivers which that means that we need multiple lifestyle approaches to effectively optimize our health and feel and function our best. Here is some very good and interesting news you can use:

Abstract: “There is considerable evidence for the effectiveness of mind–body interventions (MBIs) in improving mental and physical health, but the molecular mechanisms of these benefits remain poorly understood. One hypothesis is that MBIs reverse expression of genes involved in inflammatory reactions that are induced by stress.

Conclusion: The results of 18 studies that used gene expression analysis in research on meditation and related MBIs (yoga, tai-chi, etc.) have overall found downregulation of NF-kB-targeted (a major source of inflammation) genes, which can be understood as the reversal of the molecular signature of the effects of chronic stress.”

Bottom Line: Part of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle involves some active participation in daily mindful moments that include movement and/or meditation. Reducing the effects of chronic stress and thus the reduction of inflammation are essential components of healthy aging and should be a cornerstone of self-care responsibility. Recall that self-care is not a selfish undertaking because our ability to be of true and meaningful service, to both ourselves and our fellow travelers, depends on our being healthy. Seek health and opportunities to be of service to enrich your life and the lives of those you encounter. Why not?


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