Immunity is the ability of the body to protect itself from infections and other diseases. Infections come in form of Bacteria, Fungi, Viruses, and Other toxins made by Microbes.
What is the immunity system?
The immune system is made of cells that make special proteins called antibodies. These cells are located in the bones, intestines, spleen, appendix, blood vessels, lymphatic system, nasal passages. When these organs and parts are energized and kept healthy we can increase the immunity of the body, Naturally.
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Yoga reduces and effects of stress on the system. Yoga reduces the impairment of cellular immunity and also reduces the autonomic response to stress. The link to a research article is here.
The first level of stress manifestation could be experienced as
Low energy, Fatigue, Reduced interest & motivation in Job and relationships
Disturbed - Poor sleep patterns, waking up early, sluggishness
Compulsive habits - overworking, substance use, overeating, loneliness
Constipation - poor bowel movement is an indication that stress is building up, within
For women - irregular periods, menstrual problems can be a stress indicator
Appetite - lack of appetite, excessive hunger, binge eating
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Unmanaged stress is a vicious cycle. One complication leads to the other. Then it becomes a self-perpetuating loop
Health - Rapid heart rate, Blood pressure, Diabetes, high-stress hormones, inflammatory diseases like Arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, etc.
Immunity - Stress reduces immunity. More susceptible to infections, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Atrophic Gastritis, Diabetes, Inflammatory bowel diseases
Stress leads to High cortisol levels lead to a lack of libido or sexual drive. Infertility, Erectile dysfunction (ED), lack of intimacy, and poor relationships have their roots in Stress.
the most effective yoga to affect the immune system is a combination of yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation, within intensity and duration minimum to practice is every day in 4 weeks. Those 15 literature had explained that yoga give an effect to increase immune system. Yoga increased the amount of antibodies that are IgA, salivary cortisol, SOD, leukocyte, eosinophils, monocytes, CD56 and stimulates inflammatory response namely, IL-1β, IL-10, IL-6, CRP, EC-SOD, NF-κB and IRF, glucocorticoid receptor, cAMP, and sTNF-RI - A research Gate Publication. Click here to read the full article
Yoga is one process when done regularly can offer protection from infections and diseases.
You may be aware of the numerous scientific studies that prove that immunity increases with regular proper yoga practice; even if one gets infection recovery rate is better and post-recovery complications are lesser.
When the immune system of the body releases chemicals to kill or damage healthy cells of the body then it is an auto-immune disease.
The Precise cause is unknown. As per an article in Cleveland clinic the some of the causes could be certain medications that are used to lower blood pressure like statins, antibiotics, Genetic causes, smoking, toxins, infections, obesity, and being female. 78% of autoimmune diseases are women. You can click this link to access the full article.
Some common autoimmune diseases are
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
Diabetes Type 1
Vasculitis, Nerve Damage
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There is no guaranteed way to prevent autoimmune disease.
Having said that, there are many research articles that show that regular Yoga practice, proper diet, healthy lifestyle, reducing stress anxiety, increasing mindfulness, etc can prevent the onset of auto immune disease. With life expectancy increasing if one chooses to live a long and healthy life, Yoga should be a part of the daily regimen, like brushing your teeth and having a regular bath.
Especially for Rheumatoid Arthritis, the Evidence is strong. There is a reduction in disease symptoms (tender/swollen joints, pain) and disability, as well as improved self-efficacy and mental health Proper Yoga reduces pain and discomfort in Rheumatoid arthritis. Yoga also improves movement and flexibility. The link to an international study is here. Please click for more information.
Many cells and organs in the body are involved in building immunity. Cells in Adenoids, Lymphatic system, bone marrow. spleen, tonsils, etc help to build immunity. These are located on or near the nasal passages, respiratory tract, Blood vessels, throats bones, abdomen - pelvic area, When one regularly practices conscious breathing with movement these cells are activated, rejuvenated, and strengthened.
The skin, respiratory tract, Urinary tract, Gastrointestinal tract, Cornea of the eyes act as physical barriers to any invasion. When the immune system is weak these get affected and one gets infectious diseases related. Eye infections, GI infections are some examples
With the help of the organs that create innate immunity, the body creates special proteins called antibodies (developed by B Lymphocytes). The cells that create these are located in Adenoids, Tonsils (nasal passages), the Lymphatic system ( near blood vessels), bone marrow (inside bones). spleen (abdomen area) etc helps to build immunity. When you regularly practice conscious breathing with movement these cells are activated, rejuvenated, and strengthened.
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