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How Working Out Supports Your Immune System

You are unique and so is your body! Before starting any new health routine, always be sure to talk with your doctor to make sure it is right for your needs. 

When cold & flu season come around, we are all looking for ways to stay healthy. Regular exercise can have a positive impact on your immune system, helping to enhance its functioning and overall health. Here’s how working out supports your immune system:

Boosts Circulation: Physical activity increases blood flow, which allows immune cells to circulate more efficiently throughout the body. This helps immune cells to detect and respond to potential threats, such as viruses and bacteria, more quickly and effectively.

Reduces Chronic Inflammation: Regular exercise can help reduce chronic inflammation, which is linked to the development of many health conditions. By reducing inflammation, the immune system can function more efficiently and proactively keep you well.

    Increases Immune Cell Activity: Exercise can temporarily increase the production of certain immune cells, such as neutrophils and natural killer cells, which play essential roles in defending the body against pathogens.

      Stress Reduction: Physical activity is an excellent stress reliever. High levels of stress can weaken the immune system, so reducing stress through exercise can have a positive impact on immune function.

        Regulates Hormones: Exercise helps regulate hormones in the body, including cortisol, which is often called the “stress hormone.” High levels of cortisol can suppress the immune system, so maintaining balanced hormone levels through regular exercise is beneficial.

          Promotes Healthy Sleep: Regular physical activity can improve sleep quality and duration. Quality sleep is crucial for a well-functioning immune system.

            Maintains Healthy Body Weight: Obesity and excess body weight can negatively impact immune function. In fact, some studies have shown that obesity impairs immune function. Regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight, reducing the risk of obesity-related immune issues.

              Enhances Gut Health: Exercise has been shown to positively influence gut microbiota, promoting a healthier balance of beneficial bacteria. A healthy gut microbiome is linked to improved immune function.

                Improves Lymphatic System Function: The lymphatic system plays a vital role in immune function by removing waste and toxins from the body. Exercise can help improve lymphatic flow, aiding in the efficient removal of waste and supporting immune health.

                    While regular exercise can be beneficial for the immune system, it’s essential to strike a balance. For example, intense and prolonged exercise, especially when combined with inadequate rest and nutrition, can actually temporarily weaken the immune system. So moderation and consistency are key to reaping the immune-boosting benefits of exercise. As always, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

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