New Science: How Yoga Boosts Your Immune System
by Kathy Smith
After age 40, a strong immune system is more important than ever before. And new research is showing that practicing yoga 1-2 times a week can help.
The study showed that women fit in a regular yoga routine had “significantly lower blood levels of the inflammatory protein interleukin-6” than the non-yogis did. And, if you have lower levels of inflammatory cells, you’re less subject to the inflammation that damages the immune system.
Here’s why this is critical…
After age 40, your immune system steadily begins to decline, because the number of T lymphocytes drops by tenfold. (T lymphocytes are the white blood cells that help your body fight viruses and bacteria.)
Then once you reach 50, your production of new T lymphocytes is minuscule, making you more susceptible to unfamiliar bugs.
Today, I’ll guide you through an 8-min yoga video. This variety of continuous poses will flow from downward dog to chair pose to forward fold…all while boosting your immune system