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How Stress Affects Your White Blood Cells (WBCs) and Immune System

How Stress Affects Your White Blood Cells (WBCs) and Immune System

How Stress Affects Your White Blood Cells (WBCs) and Immune System

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let’s talk about how your stress can affect your immune system now when we’re talking about stress we’re talking about the hormone cortisol cortisol based on Civic collection of medical illustrations volume four of the endocrine system under the section cortisol dr. Frank nadir talks about the relationship to the immune system cortisol has a purpose of suppressing the white blood cell your white blood cells are basically the army of your immune system so cortisol suppresses that function it inhibits that function and this is why if you go to the doctor and you’re sick whether you have I don’t know allergies some skin reaction some autoimmune disease they’ll give you prednisone which is cortisol it’s a synthetic version and that will clear up the skin reaction the allergy or even the poison ivy and it will also get rid of inflammation so it’s suppressing this over-reactive immune system that’s what cortisol does and stress activates cortisol now if you think about that stress should improve your immune system right I’m going to explain there’s two types of stress there’s a cute stress and then there’s chronic stress and this is the one that really is behind so many health problems because when you chronically elevator through years of stress or months of stress or even a sudden overwhelming shock of some stress you could create what’s called cortisol resistance okay very similar to insulin resistance in that this amount of cortisol that’s coming up through the body may even look normal in your blood but it’s not effective it’s the cells are not sensitive to cortisol anymore they’re not connecting so cortisol is not working despite what’s going on the blood and that means it’s not going to have a good effect on your immune system it’s actually going to either create spikin white blood cells which could increase your risk for all sorts of issues like heart disease or it’s going to cause you to lose your immune protection it’s going to make you more susceptible to getting sick especially pulling in microbes so when you get sick whether it’s from a virus or a bacteria there’s usually always something that happens before you get sick it’s some type of factor that lowers your immune system that makes you susceptible it could be a combination of stress and a nutrient deficiency or just stress itself but this is something that a lot of people will talk about but if you reflect back on last time you got sick you’re gonna remember there was a stress right before that fact working with thousands of patients over 29 years I ran into this over and over and over the people that are getting sick are in a stress environment and then they get sick so stress is a really big part of it not quite emphasized and then you have the nutrient deficiencies that are also there as well and when you get an infection and I did a video on this recently the virus for example will cause a nutrient deficiency it might block vitamin D okay so having infection now creates a nutritional deficiency which keeps the infection there because the microbes want to survive too so they will do all sorts of things to weaken your system and my last point is this if you want more information on how to reduce stress check out the videos on this page thanks for watching 

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Stress may affect your white blood cells and your immune system—making you more susceptible to getting sick. Check this out. 

0:06 Cortisol and the immune system 
1:15 Chronic stress and cortisol resistance  
2:07 Stress effects on the immune system 
2:32 What happens before you get sick 

In this video, we’re going to talk about how stress affects the immune system. 

When we’re talking about stress, we’re talking about the hormone cortisol. Cortisol has a purpose of suppressing white blood cells. Your white blood cells are basically the army of your immune system. Cortisol suppresses that function. Stress activates cortisol. 

There are two types of stress:

1. Acute stress
2. Chronic stress

Chronic stress is the type of stress that’s behind so many health problems. When you chronically elevate cortisol, you could create cortisol resistance. This is very similar to insulin resistance. The amount of cortisol may even appear normal in your blood. But, the cells are not sensitive to cortisol anymore, and cortisol is no longer working. This means it’s not going to have a good effect on the immune system. 

It may create a spike in the white blood cells, which could increase your risk for all sorts of issues. Or, it could cause you to lose your immune protection and make you more susceptible to getting sick. 

Before you get sick, there is almost always something that happens. It’s some type of factor that lowers your immune system. It could be a combination of stress and a nutrient deficiency, or it could be stress itself. A virus can also cause a nutrient deficiency. It can even block vitamin D. This can cause the infection to stay. 

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