Does exercise help our immune system?
Daily exercise improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. But does it help to boost our immune system and keep it healthy?
Just like a real food diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.
Some researchers are trying to take the next step to determine whether exercise directly affects a person’s susceptibility to infection by looking at whether extreme amounts of intensive exercise can cause athletes to get sick more often or whether it somehow impairs their immune function. While some changes have been recorded, they do not yet know what these changes mean in terms of human immune response. But these subjects are elite athletes, so what about moderate exercise for average people? Does it help keep the immune system healthy?
For the present, even though a direct beneficial link hasn’t been established, it’s reasonable to consider moderate regular exercise to be a beneficial and a potentially important means for keeping our immune system healthy along with the rest of the body.
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