Exercise & Your Immune System

Exercise and Your Immune System

The immune system is a complex network of organs and our body's defence system against illnesses, infections, and toxins. The immune system works by keeping a record of every germ (microbe) it has ever defeated so it can recognise and destroy the microbe quickly if it enters the body again. Several factors affect how your immune system functions each day. These include your age, existing medical issues as well as diet and nutrition which can also have a significant impact on your general health and wellbeing which can then also impact the immune system.

Why It’s Important to Stay Active and Exercise to Stay Healthy

Exercising and maintaining an active physical lifestyle will no doubt lead to increased fitness, strength and improved performance, but regular exercise also offers great benefited to your overall general health, well-being and can reduce systemic inflammation. When you exercise, you're putting your body under physical stress. Numerous studies have investigated the physical impact of exercise, also known as oxidative stress and the positive and beneficial effects on the immune system.

According to a recent research review of over 120 years' of study, the benefits exercise provides our immune system are complex and multi-layered, delivering both short-term and long-term benefits. This is also consistent with extensive research highlighting that exercise helps with inflammation, which is one of the main factors associated with chronic diseases.

Diet and Your Immune System

Research looking at the impact of diet on the immune system is contentious. There are many studies suggesting that micronutrient deficiencies, such as deficiencies in zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, minerals and vitamins A, B6, C, and E, can affect your immune system. The extent of this is still unclear but one thing we can be certain of is if your general health is poor and you have a poor diet or are malnourished you are increasing your vulnerability to health issues and disease.

So the best thing you can do is to adopt a healthy lifestyle and eat a well-balanced diet. You may also seek professional advice from a nutritionist or health professional and use quality supplements to help combat any dietary deficiencies and imbalances. Nutritional supplements such as protein, essential vitamins, and minerals and amino are widely available, relatively inexpensive and can help ensure you’re getting everything you need. Eating healthy, reducing sugar, and limiting your intake of processed foods will also go a long way. 

So remember exercising regularly, keeping hydrated, quality sleep and eating a well-balanced diet are some of the most important factors that contribute to your general health and well being.  Doing all of these will not only keep you strong and healthy but can provide your immune system with plenty of health benefits.

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