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Do Meditation and Exercise Fend Off Flu?

Studies have shown that stress, life crises, and negative emotional styles increase risk of acute respiratory infections like colds, flu, and similar conditions. Could stress reduction using mindfulness techniques like meditation along with exercise have a preventive effect? The U.S. National Institutes of Health decided to find out. Nearly 400 study participants completed a stress management training program, and the results were positive. Participants did experience fewer flu, colds, and respiratory infections. The Centers for Disease Control says the best way to prevent flu is to get a flu shot—it’s reportedly 40 to 60 percent effective. Could managing stress with techniques found in this study give you an extra boost of prevention? See the study and decide.

www.med.wisc.edu [search “flu, exercise, meditation”]

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