How Does Exercise Affect Your Immune System?

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Battling another cough or cold? Feeling tired all the time? Taking a daily walk or following a simple exercise routine a few times a week may help you feel better. Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. We don’t know exactly how exercise increases your immunity to certain illnesses, but there are several theories.

  • Physical activity may help by flushing bacteria out from the lungs (thus decreasing the chance of a cold, flu, or other airborne illness) and may flush out cancer-causing cells (carcinogens) by increasing output of wastes, such as urine and sweat.
  • Exercise sends antibodies and white blood cells (the body’s defense cells) through the body at a quicker rate. As these antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, they could detect illnesses earlier than they might normally. The increased rate of circulating blood may also trigger the release of hormones that “warn” immune cells of intruding bacteria or viruses.
  • The temporary rise in body temperature may prevent bacterial growth, allowing the body to fight the infection more effectively. (This is similar to what happens when the body has a fever.)
  • Exercise slows down the release of stress-related hormones. Stress increases the chance of illness.

While exercise is beneficial, be careful not to “overdo” it. People who already exercise regularly are cautioned not to develop too vigorous a workout program in the hopes of increasing the immunity benefits. Heavy, long-term exercise (such as marathon running and intense gym training) could actually decrease the amount of white blood cells circulating through the body and increase the presence of stress-related hormones.

Studies have shown that the people who benefit most from starting (and sticking to) an exercise program are those who go from a sedentary (“couch potato”) lifestyle to a moderately energetic lifestyle. A moderate program can consist of:

  • Bicycling with the children a few times a week.
  • Daily 20 – 30 minute walks.
  • Going to the gym every other day.
  • Playing golf regularly.

Exercise can help us feel better about ourselves, just by making us feel more energetic and healthier. So go ahead, take that aerobics class or go for that walk — and feel better and healthier for it!

Proper Digestion and Detoxification

Even though you are eating on the new well plan, changing habits can be somewhat stressful and temptations abound.  Eating overly-processed or unhealthy foods can cause uncomfortable digestive issues and cause damaging toxins to bid faster in the body.  This may be more noticeable if you have been eating well.  There are ways the new well can help you minimize some of these harmful effects.

Digestion

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Overeating  and eating heavily processed foods can cause our bodies to struggle with proper digestion resulting in gas, bloating, constipation, irritable bowel, weight gain, cellular starvation, food cravings and bulging bellies.  Also, after the age of 25 we begin to lose digestive ability making the eating of certain foods harder to handle, and this problem gets worse as we continue to age.

If food is not properly broken down small enough to enter into the cells, your cells starve for nutrients and you crave more (probably unhealthy) foods, or quick jolt foods.  You gain weight as a result because your body at a cellular level is starving for nutrients.

Taking a high quality digestive enzyme like Wellzymes is a fast, easy way to aid the digestive process.  This enzyme uses a bi-phase breakdown of nutrients so they are tiny enough to get into your cells.  This keeps gas at bay by stopping fermentation in the intestines.  Proper breakdown of nutrients eliminates food cravings.  The goal is to break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins completely, giving immediate relief of some symptoms.

<strong>Detoxifying your Colon</strong>

We take in more toxins today than our bodies are able to handle.  Toxins enter our bodies through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and even the toiletries we use.  Our bodies can become overwhelmed with this overload of toxins, so the toxins are stored in our fat cells.  If digestion has been poor, we may have a build-up in our intestines, making toxins even more difficult to eliminate.  This build up can clog or corrode our lymph system and bog down or thicken our blood.  All of this makes us feel sluggish, bloated and can even affect our mood.  But it goes even deeper than that, too many toxins in without a way of getting them out quickly enough has a synergistically harmful effect, causing free radical increase and speeding the aging of cells.

It is important to eliminate toxins whenever possible and to aid the systems already in place to function more efficiently (liver, kidneys and bowel).  Wellcleanse pulls toxins out of the body via the bowel, and can work well to help keep our body’s natural detoxifying process, without causing dependency.