Meditation and Yoga Can Reverse Inflammation at a Molecular Level
A recent research review published in the Journal Frontiers in Immunology showed that mind body interventions such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi may decrease the expression of pro-inflammatory genes. When the body’s ‘fight or flight’ mode is activated by stress, there is an increase in production of factor kappa B (NF-kB), which regulates how our genes are expressed. When the body is under stress, the NF-kB activates genes that secrete inflammatory cytokines. This can accelerate aging and lead to health conditions such as cancer and depression. According to the 2017 study, people who regularly practice mind body interventions show a decrease in the production of NF-kB cytokines, thus reversing the pro-inflammatory expression of the gene. Consider adding meditation, yoga or Tai Chi to your daily routine to reap the health benefits at a molecular level. Talk to a Doctor at Arizona Natural Medicine to find out more ways to help defend our bodies against the effects of stress.