Article in the Daily Mail by Alexander Chaitoff and Joshua Daniel
- Stress hurts the immune system and ‘opens the door to infections’
- It produces corticosterone, which suppresses the immune system
- So the trick to fighting off the flu this winter may be to reduce stress
- Can be done by working out, seeing a therapist or relaxing , experts say
Along with snow and frigid temperatures, the winter months also bring coughs, colds and the flu.
Lower respiratory tract infections, the ones that cause feelings of chest congestion despite the deepest coughs, are one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States and around the world.
In the U.S. the flu alone kills thousands of people each year.
Avoiding the flu or catching a cold in the winter months can be tough, but there is something you can do in addition to getting the flu shot and washing your hands: Relax.
For there’s strong evidence that stress affects the immune system and can make you more susceptible to infections.