3 Reasons Exercise Helps the Immune System
How can you strengthen your immune system? That’s a question that’s been on everyone’s mind lately. Keeping your hands clean and eating a healthy diet are two excellent strategies to keep your immune system in good shape, but what about daily exercise? Is it possible that this will help your immune system as well? Let’s have a look.
What are the benefits of exercise on your immune system?
1. Exercise reduces stress
Exercise benefits the mind in a variety of ways. It can boost our happiness and alertness while also reducing stress by generating endorphins, which are happy hormones. Stress is detrimental to the immune system in several ways. First, it decreases the generation and distribution of new lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that play a role in the immune response of the body. This reduces our ability to fight off viruses and bacteria, making us more susceptible to colds and flu, as well as making it more difficult to get rid of an infection once it has taken hold.
Stress-related habits, such as bad eating and irregular sleeping patterns, can wreak havoc on the immune system. We know why getting enough sleep is vital for a healthy immune system, but diet plays a role as well. Magnesium, a stress-relieving vitamin, is present in fresh foods like spinach, which we may be less likely to choose when we’re anxious. Convenient and comfort meals are frequently on the menu during this time, but they are unlikely to contain the nutrients our bodies require to reduce our stress reaction.
So, try incorporating a bit more exercise into your daily routine and see if you notice a difference in your mood.
2. Exercise raises defenses
One of the main reasons for exercise’s immune-boosting effects is that it aids in the development of white blood cells, the most notable of which are T cells. These can recognize viruses and bacteria and bind to them, killing them. It’s a defense mechanism that does a decent job of keeping the body free of colds and flu.
Additionally, exercise, particularly stretching, is beneficial to our circulation, allowing white blood cells to circulate more freely throughout the body. This implies they can get closer to germs and viruses and fight infection more effectively.
Both of these processes could explain why some studies show that exercise can lower the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. Symptoms such as a sore throat, sinusitis and congestion fall under this category.
3. Exercise improves sleep
If you’ve ever done a physical exercise that was a little different from your typical routine, you may have discovered that sleep came easy that night. Exercise can improve sleep quality simply by depleting our energy supplies. It also aids in the burning off of the adrenalin and adrenalin by-products that we make when we are anxious, which can interfere with getting a decent night’s sleep.
Sleep is critical for immunological function, in part because this is when cytokines are created. Infections and inflammation are targeted by cytokines, which help the immune system function properly. Sleep has also been shown to aid the body’s production of T cells in studies. As we’ve seen, they can assist the body in fighting infections such as viruses and bacteria.
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