The Mind – Body Connection

by Sadiyah Adams

Written by: Lyn Ross

Did you know that emotions can manifest themselves as physical symptoms?

Think blushing when you’re embarrassed, or breaking out in goosebumps when you hear something chilling. These are common examples that prove we can’t separate how we feel from how our skin looks.

Research points to the fact that chronic stress can interfere with the immune system, thus affecting the skin’s ability to heal. Also, the skin’s immune cells are influenced by the brain and nervous system through receptors and chemical messengers called neuropeptides. Scientists are studying these and other substances in the skin and how they respond to psychological stress. There’s growing evidence that chronic stress can aggravate certain skin conditions.

Read the complete article on page 25 in the Sept/Oct issue of Flourish Digital Magazine.

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