Updated: May 13
Mindfulness meditation and stress reduction techniques like breath work and guided relaxation can strengthen your immune system. Studies show that physiological changes occur after meditation training that make it easier for your body to fight off bacterial and viral pathogens.
Meditation and stress reduction activate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), our ‘rest & digest’ mechanism.
The PNS signals our organs and cells to reduce inflammation that is suppressing the immune system. Studies of meditation participants show increases in the particular enzymes that prevent immune cell death, increases in positive immune components like lymphocytes and natural killer cells, and increased amounts of antibodies directly after meditators were given flu vaccines.
When the body and mind are at ease, we sleep better, crave better foods, feel more content, and are generally more mindful of our interactions- all of which also contribute to the strength of our immune systems.
The demand for meditation and relaxation sessions in the workplace is increasing as smart businesses realize that centered, healthy employees are more valuable to a successful company culture.
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