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Ways Stress Can Actually Benefit Your Health

You've heard the phrase, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Well, one expert says that is especially true of stress.
You've heard the phrase, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Well, one expert says that is especially true of stress.

An expert at the Duke Institute For Brain Sciences argues that stress may be good for your health.  Here's the logic:

-Stress builds resilience.

Experts say being exposed to stress when you are young sets you up to manage stress better in later life.  The expert at Duke cites studies that show that facing stressful situations early on in life can decrease inflammation. Health-wise this will help you in adulthood.

-Stress makes you remember.

When you are stressed, cortisol is released in your body, boosting memory and learning.

-Stress may help you handle vaccinations.

Stress may kick your immune system into high gear. A little stress before a vaccination can provide a better reaction to the shot.  The theory is, it will boost your immune system and provide even more protection from the vaccine than you'd have otherwise.

And this expert says that this is all related to hormonal changes in the brain that happen during stress -- changes that could impact your life and your health going forward.


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