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The Worst Things You Can Do for Your Health This Fall, According to Doctors

Best Life Logo By Tehrene Firman of Best Life | Slide 2 of 14: In the summer months, you may combat stress through workouts and time spent reading on the beach. Just make sure you still find ways to deal with it during the colder fall months, too. According to Jessica Peatross, MD, a hospitalist and functional medicine doctor in Monterey Park, California, severe acute stress or chronic long-term stress can have an impact on how well your immune system functions."When you're stressed, there's an uptick in the fight-or-flight hormone, cortisol. If cortisol remains high chronically, research shows this can increase inflammation, which can confuse the body's defenses," says Peatross. "A type of our white blood cells, lymphocytes, also have a more difficult time responding to foreign invaders when you're stressed." And for all the ways being at your wit's end impacts your well-being, check out 18 Subtle Signs Your Stress Levels Are Harming Your Health.

1. Ignore your stress.

In the summer months, you may combat stress through workouts and time spent reading on the beach. Just make sure you still find ways to deal with it during the colder fall months, too. According to Jessica Peatross, MD, a hospitalist and functional medicine doctor in Monterey Park, California, severe acute stress or chronic long-term stress can have an impact on how well your immune system functions.

"When you're stressed, there's an uptick in the fight-or-flight hormone, cortisol. If cortisol remains high chronically, research shows this can increase inflammation, which can confuse the body's defenses," says Peatross. "A type of our white blood cells, lymphocytes, also have a more difficult time responding to foreign invaders when you're stressed." And for all the ways being at your wit's end impacts your well-being, check out 18 Subtle Signs Your Stress Levels Are Harming Your Health.

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