B) Recent research suggests that stress hormones released into the blood can directly alter important processes in cells that help protect against the formation of cancer, such as DNA repair and the regulation of cell growth (2).
C) Stress hormones can affect the growth and spread of cancer tumors (3).
Cancer Compass ran a great article about utilizing Yoga for relaxation, health, and well-being - The article stated:
"According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, proper yoga practice combines: 1) Physical postures that participants flow into and then hold, before proceeding to the next posture. 2) A focus on breathing techniques that make participants more aware of their bodies. 3) Deep meditation and relaxation, allowing participants to focus on their spirituality. All of those elements must be in place for people to get the best results for their health and well-being, said Karen Sherman, an affiliate associate professor of epidemiology with the Center for Health Studies in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington."
The article goes on to say....."Be wary of teachers who focus on postures without also emphasizing breathing and meditation. You won't be getting the same benefit."
I dedicated Today as my "relaxing day." I made my shaker of wheat grass and went for acupuncture at 8:30 AM. At 11:00 AM I met my mother at the Lake and we walked for 2 hours in the lovely, mild sun. After a raw lunch we read an inspirational healing book out loud, followed by an hour's meditation to Deuter's Nature CD. Then I read these affirmations (below) aloud. We ended the day with a funny movie (BBC's Masterpiece Theatre's Cranford, set in the 1840's) and a healthy, raw vegan dinner.
My body has the built-in capacity to repair and heal itself. The glands that house my immune cells are full of vitality and power.
Continual protection is offered by the specialized cells patrolling my body: removing viruses, cancer cells and bacteria.
Please post your comments and let me know what you do to de-stress. I'd also love to hear what topic you would like to see in future blogs. I wish you peace, light, and health! God bless you.