Boost Your Health with Art and Nature!
Systemic irritation contributes to a lot of health problems. Sore, aching joints… heart problems… and almost any other age-related problem you can think of.
You may be surprised to learn that at least some of the irritation linked to all these health issues is actually caused by your own body. Even more surprising, new research has linked art and nature with calming the problem.
Your cells release proteins – called cytokines – in response to many types of injury. It may be something as simple as a cut, something as terrible as a broken leg, or even to help counter an invasion by germs.
Cytokines are messengers. Some of them tell your immune system to “switch on” and build up your defenses at the site of illness or injury. Others tell your immune system to slow down when the crisis passes.
But it’s not just injuries and germs that trigger the release of cytokines. Exposure to any number of chemicals can do it. So can some common food additives. Just being a few pounds overweight will increase levels of these messenger proteins.
The problem is these things only trigger the release of the cytokines that tell your immune system to activate. And it stays activated… all over your body.
This systemic irritation eventually takes its toll. Most doctors see the results as a normal result of aging. But it’s really your body’s reaction to an irritant.
Nutritional supplements can help ease the problem. Herbs such as boswellia, willow bark, and turmeric can ease the irritation. And nutrients like Type II collagen and chondroitin provide raw materials for repairs.
Now, scientists at the University of California (UC) have discovered another way to ease systemic irritation. And I think this is a trick you’ll want to use as often as you can.
The UC team ran two experiments with over 200 volunteers. They tracked their volunteers’ positive emotions and took small tissue samples. The results were surprising.
On days the volunteers’ felt more positive emotions their levels of a key cytokine were markedly lower. Higher levels of this cytokine are linked to higher levels of systemic irritation.
Feeling amusement, joy, love, compassion, contentment, and pride were linked to lower “negative” cytokine levels.
But the big payoff came on days the volunteers felt awe, wonder, or amazement. All of which can be triggered by Nature and art.
At this point, the researchers can’t prove cause and effect. But the results are certainly suggestive.
Regardless, the study gives you a good reason to enjoy things you like more often. So go ahead… Hike to an inspiring vista, visit your favorite museum, or listen to music that leaves you breathless. Book your trip to the Grand Canyon now! It just may help you stay a little healthier.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Source: Anwar, Y., “Add nature, art and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatories,” University of California Berkeley. Feb 2, 2015.
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