How can exercise help me maintain a healthy immune system?

Yes, moderate exercise can improve your immune system. People who exercise tend to have a stronger immune system and have lower incidence of heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and even fewer colds. Low -intensity exercise (e.g. walking) has been shown to help fight off simple forms of bacterial and viral infections. It is theorized that exercise boosts white blood cells. White blood cells are the body's defense against disease and infection. But be careful not to overdo it. Vigorous exercise for extended periods of time (especially if you're new to exercise) can cause upper respiratory tract infections and muscle soreness. Start slow and gradually progress your exercise routine. You'll feel better in no time.

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Immune System

Immune System

Immune and lymphatic system health is necessary for protecting your body from germs and diseases. Known as the body's first line of defense, your immune system and lymphatic system help protect you from bacteria, viruses and fungi ...

that cause disease. Your lymphatic system produces and carries white blood cells containing antibodies that fight off infection. Your lymphatic system transports and destroys dead or damaged cells and cancer cells, removing these substances from the blood stream. Problems with your immune and lymphatic system can result in various diseases. A weakened immune system can lead to diseases including cancer, the flu and chronic fatigue syndrome. An overactive immune system can lead to diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS), Huntingdon's disease and lupus. Allergies occur when your immune system mistakes harmless substances for threats and attacks these harmless substances.

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