Laughter is not only good for your mood, its good for your health.

Posted by Holly Stokes on June 22nd, 2013

Can watching funny movies strengthen your immune system? There are physiological and psychological responses toLaughter is good for your health. laughter that affect both the mind and the body. Research studies show that the many health benefits of laughter may be just the ticket to help heal a weakened immune system and restore a positive mindset.

Laughter is a great way to reduce stress.  Cortisol and epinephrine, stress hormones that can impair the immune system, decrease with laughter.  Relieving stress conserves the body’s energies and promotes healing. One study found that laughter actually enhanced production and activity of natural killer cells which fight viruses and tumor cells. (Bennet, et al).

In addition to decreasing stress, laughter may also help with coping skills. Laughter was found to ease negative emotions and increase the sense of control and hope of cancer patients.

Laughter is thought to increase the number and activity of cells essential to the immune response including lymphocyte, cytotoxic helper cells and B cells. Studies have shown an increase in the number of antibodies after subjects watched a humorous film. Laughter also elevates levels…

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Inflamed Brain could cause Weight Gain!

Posted by Holly Stokes on June 22nd, 2011
Brain Health and Weight Loss Link: Brain Inflammation can Cause Health Problems and Weight Gain! Here’s an excerpt from an article posted from Quick Recovery Health Clinic, Dr. Michele Newcomer

“The inflammatory state that causes metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes is also what leads to brain inflammation.  A high calorie, fat-rich diet causes inflammatory toxins to be expressed in the hypothalamus {center of the brain}, contributing to changes in brain function.  The outcome is insulin resistance and a reduction in the brain’s ability to signal that your stomach is full.  This leads to overeating and weight gain.  In other words, the brain of an overeater is inflamed.

Dietary & Supplemental De-flaming of the Brain

The reduction of systemic {whole body} inflammation can begin at your next meal.  A diet rich in vegetables, fruit, and lean meat reduces systemic inflammation.  Instead of eating empty, harmful calories from pastries and sweets, try nuts and seeds.  Grains, legumes, and dairy should be consumed in modest amounts.  Foods that should be avoided include refined sugar, flour, and oils, as they are all highly inflammatory and yet, at this point, they represent approximately 60% of the calories consumed by Americans.

Supplements that help to reduce the inflammatory state include a multivitamin, magnesium, omega-3 fish oils, and vitamin D3.  Two specific supplements that reduce inflammation are glutathione and super oxide dismutase.  Supplements that can help improve insulin sensitivity and help reduce inflammation include chromium and lipoic acid.”

For more information, ask: Dr. Michelle Newcome, DC, CNS Email: