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Healthier Me: Why Some Stress May Be Good for Your Health

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You've heard the phrase, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Well, that might be especially true of stress.

An expert at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences at Duke University argues that stress may be good for your health.

Here's the logic: stress builds resilience. Experts say being exposed to stress when you are young sets you up to manage stress better in later life.  The expert at Duke cites studies that show that facing stressful situations early on in life can decrease inflammation. Healthwise this will help you in adulthood.

The number 2 reason stress might not be so bad -- stress makes you remember. When you are stressed, cortisol is released in your body, boosting memory and learning.  

And get this -- stress may also help you handle vaccinations. The theory is, stress will boost your immune system and provide even more protection from the vaccine than you'd have otherwise.  

According to the expert, this is all related to hormonal changes in the brain that happen during stress -- and while some appears to be ok -- it's important to point out that too much stress is still bad for our health.
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