How a Vacation Can Protect You From Sickness

Posted by Chantel Delulio on September 21, 2016 at 4:43:00 PM EDT | Post a Comment

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With flu season nearly upon us, it’s time to take the necessary precautions. Get your flu-shot, wash your hands diligently, and book a relaxing vacation. That’s right, if you’re looking for a way to boost your immune system, a new study shows that taking a relaxing vacation is a surefire way to fortify your body.

“On a relaxing vacation you allow your body to get out of that defensive posture, reduce your levels of stress,” said Dr. Eric Schadt, the founding director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai in New York. “Which in turn affects the states of cells that are involved in your immune system.”

The study compared the effects of going on a yoga and meditation retreat with just relaxing at the same destination. Either way was found to improve stress regulation, immune function, and other cellular markers in the blood.

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Chantel Delulio

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I grew up in the shadow of the Appalachians in western Maryland. I received my B.A. in English literature from Washington College and moved to Los Angeles, where I’ve fallen in love with the gorgeous weather and abundance of food trucks.

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