1:47 How to counter cortisol’s effects on the immune system
2:07 How to bulletproof your immune system
In this video, we’re going to talk about why stress increases the risk of cancer.
You may already know that stress can increase the risk of many other health problems. Cancer is at the top of the list—especially when we’re talking about chronic stress.
When you are under physical or mental stress, your body releases more cortisol. You need cortisol for many normal functions throughout the body—you can’t live without it. However, too much cortisol over a long period of time can be a big problem.
High cortisol can suppress white blood cells. When your immune system is constantly suppressed, you don’t get help from the natural killer (NK) cells. NK cells are a part of the innate immune system.
NK cells do two things: kill viruses and kill tumor cells. Without their help, you have an increased risk of cancer.
Here’s how you can help counter the effects of cortisol on the immune system:
• Vitamin D
• Lower your cortisol by reducing your stress
Check out my other videos above to learn how you can better manage your cortisol and stress levels.