Inflammation gives rise to a wide range of common diseases like diabetes, hypertension or arthritis as well as manifests itself in many frequent recurrent conditions like fatigue, tiredness, and chronic stress. It causes both inevitable yet unwanted ailments like skin aging and deleterious, even deadly, various types of cancer. In all of the mentioned cases, the fundamental mechanism is the same – inflammatory response induces specific immunology pathways which either act fast or have a cumulative effect over time. Luckily, their impact on the body can be minimized by yoga and below you can find out how.
Yoga reduces the synthesis of pro-inflammatory biomarkers
To induce the continuous chain of inflammatory pathways a certain amount of specific pro-inflammatory markers has to be produced. They include substances like interleukins, tumor necrosis factor and C – reactive protein. Yoga effectively reduces their production hence lower their concentrations. Moreover, it has been shown that this decrease is greater in regular yoga practitioners than in newbies so persistence is definitively worth it.
Yoga lessens cortisol secretion
Inflammatory immunology pathways can be induced by particular hormones, mainly including cortisol. It is the major stress hormone, responsible for the so-called “fight or flight response”. It has been shown that yoga significantly decreases cortisol secretion hence mitigates inflammation via an additional mechanism.
Yoga destresses and decreases chronic pain
Long term, yoga exerts a destressing, calming effect on both body and mind what also happens to be associated with the reduction of chronic pain. It does so via multiple ways, including lessening of cortisol and pro-inflammatory markers secretion as well as stimulating certain areas of the brain like all of the mentioned mechanisms are fairly intertwined with one another.
For all of the mentioned reasons, yoga effectively decreases inflammation. It does it via various complex mechanisms that are intrinsically linked with one another and work towards a common, greater goal – your long term health and wellbeing.
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