Are Your Emotions Making You Sick? Science Says Yes

Jillian Knox Finley

Exploring the cognitive neuroscience of emotion is a widely debated topic among naturopaths and neurologists alike. It’s undeniable that our emotions produce measurable effects on our bodies, from a rise in body temperature to a change in breathing or an increased heart rate. Our feelings manifest as physical sensations, and the bigger the emotion, the more climactic the change. In this sense, our moods play a key role in managing stress, a leading cause of disease. If we define stress as any disruption in homeostasis, the daily dramas of everyday life certainly fall well within the criteria. Could a healthy mind cause the body to follow suit? Holistic medicine answers with an emphatic, resounding yes. Emotions might just be the tipping point between sickness and wellness. Here's a closer look at why.

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