Lots of us spend money and time in efforts to live healthier and more active lives. Some take vitamins and eat healthy food; others jog and go to the gym. We do so much to avoid stress, to lower cholesterol in the blood, or to stop the negative effects of pollution. However, we forget about the factor, which affects the health even more than everything mentioned above – the way of our thinking.
You can be skeptical about it. Nevertheless, numerous researches and experiments have proved that stress has an effect on every system of the body, while a number of stresses we experience depend on the quality of our thoughts. Besides, there are diseases, caused by mental state: hatred, jealousy, anger, depression, in fact, destroy the cells and can worsen heart, stomach, spleen, and kidney problems, diabetes, and a host of other illnesses. Feelings of optimism and contentment, on the contrary, limit the severity or even reduce the risk of them.
Psychologically caused diseases, or so-called psychosomatic disorders, are the brightest example of the mind-body connection. Long-term emotional stress and misunderstanding, unrecognized feelings, intrapersonal conflicts often lead to this type of illnesses.
Neurodermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, coronary heart disease and hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, diabetes and thyrotoxicosis, obesity, bronchial asthma, peptic ulcer and duodenal ulcer, chronic ulcerative colitis, as well as allergy, dizziness, high or low blood pressure, sweating, nausea, palpitations, blushing or other skin issues – all these conditions are often a result of various psychological disorders and stress. By the way, prostate health, infertility, and pain are also included to the psychosomatic disorders list by a large number of doctors and scientists.
Thoughts & The Lifespan
Thinking that you’re less active than others can increase your risk of dying at a younger age, a new Stanford University study claims
Scientists have ascertained that people “who believed they were less physically active than others in the same age group were up to 71 percent more likely to die during the follow-up period than those who believed that they were more active, even if their actual activity levels were similar”.
Also, science has now identified that chronic stress can also decrease our lifespan: it shortens the telomeres, causing us to age more quickly.
Optimism Boosts Immune System
In view of the above, it’s clear that stress effects on health, but what about the opposite – positivity? It is not only your mood that optimism can boost but also the state of your health and immune system. According to a new research, cell-mediated immunity is directly proportional to the way of our thinking and perception.
So, what is the mind body connection? Our bodies inevitably react to how we think; all, that we are, arises from our thoughts.
A man can do much more than he knows, as it’s majorly up to you to keep yourself healthy or not. We do have control over our thoughts and reactions, we can think ourselves better and develop a harmonious relationship between our minds and bodies.
Francesca Russo is an editor of http://sweetytextmessages.com Her main
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Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com
I’m a firm believer in “what goes on in the mind affects what happens in the body.” We can eat healthily, exercise daily and try and avoid stress as much as possible, but you’re right–if you’re harboring thoughts of anger, hatred or even frustration, those thoughts are negatively affecting the cells of the body. I read somewhere that negative thought actually cause the cells to contract and even die prematurely, while positive, uplifting thoughts cause cells to expand and extend their lifespan. All good for us, of course. Great article, thanks Francesca for writing it and Ken for publishing it here.
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