How Meditation Alters Immune Function
Seated with poise, meditation remains as one of the very most effective means to tone the vagus nerve thereby enhancing well-being within the entire nervous/endocrine/immune system. There are many variables to take into account for this effectiveness. However the exploration of vagal toning, which can be done several ways, is quite possibly the greatest single thing anyone can do to accerlate their natural healing potential.
How many times do you consciously take slow and expansive breaths that involve your diaphragm and rib expansion? Such a simple act has such a profound and systemic impact on the entire phyisology of the body even if only done 20 minutes a day. The key is employing a daily practice so it tones the nervous system like building a muscle. There will be several blog entries dedicated to this reminder of mindfulness through breath and meditation. Along with mantra practice to further tone the vagus nerve and deepen ones sense of groundedness when life gets inevitably more chaotic.
Here are some great resources for toning ones vagus nerve and the importance of a daily practice in one or more of these methods.
"Relationships between mind and body have gradually become accepted. Yogic practices cause modulation of the immune system. Transcendental meditation (TM) is a specific form of mantra meditation. We reported previously different plasma levels of catecholamines and pituitary hormones in TM practitioners comparing with a control group, and patterns of the daytime secretion of these hormones different from those normally described." ~ PubMed PMID: 25035626
Sweat The Small Stuff
One of the more fascinating scientific abstracts demonstrating that we do in fact sweat heavy metals out of our body's through various means of deep sweats. Sauna, hot bath, infrared, etc. However it does appear to be of greater importance to do this while not exercising when it comes to detoxification and recovering from more chronic illness. This abstract is very small evidence primarily because there isn't much money in getting people to sweat.
Nonetheless it warrants what most of us may instinctively already know to be true... That we do need to sweat the small stuff (literally but not figuratively) on a near-daily basis in order to step towards more optimal states. That being said, if you like me, are dealing with a chronic fungal infection in your intestine or some persistent and resilient infection like Lyme's then you need to work your way up to length of time and depth of heat as it will likely exhaust you further initially.
Here's a few more good sources to learn more:
"Of 122 records identified, 24 were included in evidence synthesis. Populations, and sweat collection methods and concentrations varied widely. In individuals with higher exposure or body burden, sweat generally exceeded plasma or urine concentrations, and dermal could match or surpass urinary daily excretion. Arsenic dermal excretion was severalfold higher in arsenic-exposed individuals than in unexposed controls. Cadmium was more concentrated in sweat than in blood plasma. Sweat lead was associated with high-molecular-weight molecules, and in an interventional study, levels were higher with endurance compared with intensive exercise. Mercury levels normalized with repeated saunas in a case report. Sweating deserves consideration for toxic element detoxification. Research including appropriately sized trials is needed to establish safe, effective therapeutic protocols." ~ PubMed PMID: 22505948
Science of Massage + MELT Method Intro
In our effort to provide Boise with simple blog posts you can take actionable results with, here is some science on massage therapy along with a real short video introduction on the MELT Method. These posts will be kept brief as an introduction to a variety of self-care therapies and strategies exploring everything from massage to nutrition and regenerative medicine ^_^.
"Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a study. The results also showed that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity." ~ Science Daily at University of Illinois at Chicago April 16th 2014
Always in pursuit and practice of the truth behind the truth regarding the physics of wellness. No dogma, just practical, clinical and scientific means toward a vital life.