Another reason to practice stress reduction regularly: researchers are finding scientific evidence linking stress with immune activation. While this is a good thing when we are ill or injured, immune activation is bad if there is no real event. We end up with chemicals (called cytokines) in circulation without need. As a result, we are in a state of inflammation. So practice those relaxation techniques–deep breathing, meditation, gentle exercise, etc.–and eat your colorful fruits and veggies! Read more here.