Gratitude for Lowering Inflammation

Shared by Dr. Bryan Stephens

Gratitude for Lowering Inflammation

As a Chiropractor in St. Louis Park, I have often discussed with my patients the benefits of gratitude and the effect it can have on lowering the amount of inflammation within the body.  That was also often in regards to keeping inflammation down that leads to neck pain and back pain.  While that is still the case, I heard new information just this past week on greater benefits that can come from being in a state of gratitude.

While listening to Dr. Joe Dispenza discuss gratitude with Lewis Howse, he mentioned some findings during his research as it pertained to the immune system.  Gratitude over 4 days increased the amount of immunoglobulin A (IG A) that was present in the body.  This is important as IG A is a potent antibody blood protein responsible for assisting with the first line of defense against things like bacteria and viruses.   It has also been seen in the research that with stress reduction comes a change in the natural killer (NK) cells which are responsible for killing stressed and abnormal cells responsible for tumor formation, acute and chronic viral infections, as well as some autoimmune diseases.

“The chronic release of stress hormones can create an allostatic load (a form of physiological ‘wear and tear’) producing immune system dysfunction and suppression”

Thibodeaux, Nicole, and Matt J. Rossano. “Meditation and immune function: The impact of stress management on the immune system.” OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 3.4 (2018): 1-23.

“researchers concluded that the stress reduction associated with rhythmic breathing is capable of increasing NK activity, strengthening immune function”

Thibodeaux, Nicole, and Matt J. Rossano. “Meditation and immune function: The impact of stress management on the immune system.” OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 3.4 (2018): 1-23.

School of Greatness with Lewis Howes. Ep 1494 “Dr. Joe Dispenza on Rewiring Your Brain to Heal Itself”. 09/04/2023

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We love to help our patients in St. Louis Park stay healthy. We are here to relieve back pain, neck pain and headaches while also teaching about how our diet and stress effects our over all health. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diseases. Our Chiropractors located in the West End, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr., want to help you stay healthy and out of pain!