How Stress Hurts the Immune System – And What to Do About it (Video)
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Stress: it isn’t just in your head.
In this video, Dr. Erica Zelfand explains how our bodies respond to stress and how those reactions can wreak havoc on our immunological function, weight, blood sugar, heart health, and overall wellbeing. Topics covered include: the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the adrenal glands, cortisol, adrenaline, and the effects of stress on our bodies. Dr. Zelfand also offers some easy, natural strategies for managing stress and supporting immune function.
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Vitamin C for Opioid Addiction
What we know about ascorbate for withdrawal and cravings Part 2 in our three-part series on vitamin C, pain, and opioid use disorder. I first heard that vitamin C could help with opioid use disorder when I was asked to write an article on vitamin C, mood, and addiction for Nutrition in Focus. The…
What is Bowel Tolerance?
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How Vitamin C Can Kick Addiction
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Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
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The Power of Echinacea
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Flipping the Script on Happiness
Success doesn’t make us happy, but it turns out happiness makes us successful. And the key to happiness? Is gratitude. “Why do you waste your time studying happiness at Harvard? What does a Harvard student possibly have to be unhappy about?” It’s a question that psychologist Shawn Achor hears a lot. And it’s likely…