Immunity & Stress – Voice of Biotecnika
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A famous quote says “It’s not stress that kills us rather how we react to is the ultimate CULPRIT” Have you ever imagined what happens inside our body at the molecular level when we are under stress?
It will be quite weird to hear that our immune system is the one that gets affected badly in stressful conditions. That’s true. So without wasting much time let’s get into the concept behind it.
Welcome to the new episode on Voice of Biotecnika. My name is Divya. Today I want to throw light on how stress affects our immune system.
So, What is this correlation between immunity & stress???
In simple words, I can say Stress is an imbalanced state of mind. And this state of mind happens to all of us. Right from a school going kid to an elderly person each one of us is facing some kind of stress in one way or the other. Everyone is busy with our regular routines. Be it preparing kids for school or doing work from home along with personal activities etc Everything no doubt is going on but in a highly disorganised manner.
How can we connect stress to our immune system?
As We all know, our immune system consists of a number of cells and a variety of proteins. This complex network of cells, tissues, and organs work as a protective barrier against external matter by fighting against infections and other diseases. The moment when our body stops functioning normally we become susceptible to infections.
One common reason that makes our immune system weaker is STRESS. Yes, stress weakens our immune system.
Now the question arises: How does stress weaken our immune system?
Let me give you an example of it.
Stress and wound healing – It’s a known fact that wound healing is a process that involves different phases, for eg inflammation, proliferation, and regeneration. And we also know that Cellular immunity plays an important role in the regulation of wound healing through the production of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines. These factors act as chemo-attractants for the migration of phagocytes and other cells to the wound site, starting the proliferative phase which involves the recruitment and replication of cells necessary for tissue regeneration and capillary regrowth. Inflammation is a prerequisite to healing. Proinflammatory cytokines help to protect against infection and prepare injured tissue for repair by enhancing the recruitment and activation of phagocytes. Unfortunately, stress disrupts the production of proinflammatory cytokines that are essential for wound healing and, when dysregulated, impose a considerable delay in wound repair.
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But before I sign off, I hope this might help you in some aspect of life. Remember next time when you are stressed it’s your immune system that is getting weakened so never keep your immune system at risk. Be brave, confident and positive towards life.
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