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Here's a tip! Try singing and chanting for your health!
Singing, laughing and chanting make the sternum (the breast bone) vibrate which stimulates the immune system as the oscillations boost the Thymus, a small gland in the chest behind the sternum which controls the production of the body’s key defense cells called T lymphocytes. When you sing or shout, pray or chant, or listen to music, whether it be recorded or played live by many musicians, the Thymus is stimulated.
Unfortunately, the thymus becomes smaller and smaller with age and almost disappears in old age. Some researchers believe that different infections and cancers in old people are closely linked to the decline in T lymphocyte production. So stimulating the thymus in some way either through laughing, chanting or singing can be helpful in maintaining or improving health as we age.
Vibrations in the throat also stimulate the thyroid, the gland which produces hormones that regulate metabolism which affects the body’s energy consumption and body weight.
Read more about the Thymus, health and sound at my Cultivating Balance Blog
So now you know! The Fountain of Youth was inside YOU all the time. Keep laughing and singing for a long and healthy life!
Here's a video that will keep you seniors singing! Remember this?
The Song That Never Ends
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