Great Ideas For Improving Fitness From Home

Diet and Exercise Work Together To Combat Illness and Make You Feel Happier

Studies have shown that exercise improves your immune system. In a recently published article, quote:

"In a new article, published this month, leading experts.....debated whether the immune system can change in a negative or positive way after exercise, and whether or not athletes get more infections than the general population. The article concludes that infections are more likely to be linked to inadequate diet, psychological stress, insufficient sleep, travel and importantly, pathogen exposure at social gathering events like marathons -- rather than the act of exercising itself." - University of Bath. "Regular exercise benefits immunity -- even in isolation." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 March 2020.

Here's how each of the issues affects us:

Inadequate Diet - immune function can be impaired when missing viral micronutrients. These incidents zinc; selenium; iron; copper; vitamins A, C, E, and B-6; and folic acid, and these nutrients have important influences on immune responses. Obesity can also interfere with white blood cell activity. It's linked to the proteins that turn on or activate WBCs or adipose cells in the body. Increased amounts of these proteins can compromise the effectiveness of WBCs to fight disease.

Psychological Stress- How could stress “get inside the body” to affect the immune response? Well, nervous fibers descend from the brain into both primary and secondary lymphoid tissues that generate hormones. These fibers can release a wide variety of substances that influence immune responses by binding to receptors on white blood cells. The things that really generations needed to supply emergency immune responses can still respond to our stress about relationships, money, or anything else that causes is to worry.

Insufficient Sleep - From the Mayo Clinic:
"During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don't get enough sleep.

So, your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases. Long-term lack of sleep also increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease."

Exposure at Social Gatherings - as everyone is not becoming acutely aware, many diseases are spread socially, by coming within contact range of another person infected with a pathogen. Meeting many more people from many distinct places can introduce your immune system to something unfamiliar, and potentially difficult to fight

Start With a Plan To Improve Your Diet and Increase Activity

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