“Stress is the key to respiratory infections,” says Professor of the Department of Pediatrics of RMAPO, Irina Kholodova. Several studies worldwide have proved that the more a person is nervous, the faster it catches a virus and the longer it hurts. In the season of influenza and SARS experts warn to eliminate the real microbe from the body much easier than to evict an imaginary germ of his psyche.
We live in the age of speed and stress. According to a recent international study, Russia was beaten out for first place in the list of countries whose residents are experiencing stress at work. Admitted 81% of Russians. In Germany, these 51% in the US — 39%, and in Sunny Italy, where only 23%.
– Emotions and mood have a direct effect on the immune system, says meanwhile, Professor Kholodov. – Short-term stress increases the body’s resistance to respiratory infections. But prolonged leads to the opposite consequences. The body donates a little to protect yourself in General — lacking viruses.
Recent studies have shown that neurotics fall ill of SARS in 2-3 times more often than emotionally stable people and are ill longer. Today scientists can explain it scientifically. Because stress affects all the organs and systems that stimulate the Central nervous system to produce excessive amounts of the hormones cortisol and norepinephrine. At small stress cortisol creates a defense, but if it’s too much, it starts to destroy the organs, triggering autoimmune processes, which ultimately reduces the immune system. “Recently our colleagues from Samara under the leadership of Professor Sitnikov conducted a study among children, cases of SARS. It turned out that the harder they proceeded the infection, the higher they were, the levels of norepinephrine and cortisol,” continues Irina Kholodova.
These studies confirmed the results of several scientific studies conducted abroad. So, the German researchers found that during the examination session, the students are more likely to develop viral infections due to the fact that they have dramatically decreases the titer of antibodies to protect from infections. Russian scientists have conducted studies with medical students, who during the session of the deteriorated indicators of immune activity in the blood.
What are the symptoms of prolonged stress? They can be very nonspecific. For example, under prolonged stress often have pain (head, back, legs, etc.), nausea, tachycardia, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, anxiety and restlessness, changeability of mood, temper, irritability, malnutrition or overeating (especially sweets) insomnia.
How to deal with stress? The poll showed that 46% with this aim, watching TV, 46% listen to music, 19% wash down the stress with alcohol, 16% are skipping. Only 12% resort to sport (and rightly so, 9% – to have sex, and 2% to meditation and yoga. “Of course, the sport is great. But often the stresses need to be treated. We such patients are most commonly prescribed trnquilizer, beta blockers. Many of them cause adverse reactions and dependence. I personally prefer homeopathic medicines that work this plan perfectly. By the way, my colleague academician Konovalov is now conducting in Kazan research in the treatment of stress ultra-low doses of drugs”, – says Irina Kholodova.
Well, still need to sleep at least 8 hours, spend more time in the fresh air, eating less heavy foods (fatty, fried, spicy and smoked) and more vegetables and fruits, and drink in sufficient quantities of vitamin C. Then the psyche save, and support SARS will be less.