We are big proponents of physical activity here at Natural Heart Doctor. We know that keeping the heart muscle in shape is the keystone of health. But what if we told you that exercise also boosts your immune system?
Stay tuned for not only the overall health benefits of exercise but also the direct impact it has on your ability to fight off illness.
What are the benefits of exercise?
It’s a relatively simple answer that many are aware of. We know that exercise enhances circulation, lowers blood pressure, aids in managing cholesterol, and helps us maintain a healthy weight. It also impacts bone strength and mood, but we may not think of the impact it has on the lymphatic system.
Move that Lymph!
Our bodies are magical. We literally have systems within systems that are all working to keep us alive. One of those specialty networks is the lymphatic system. This system comprises your spleen, thymus, tonsils, adenoids, lymph nodes, and lymph channels. Think of it similar to your vascular system but with clear liquid (lymph) instead of blood, which helps regulate fluid levels, transports/removes waste and abnormal cells, and protects your body from foreign invaders.
Unlike our cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a “pump” to move lymph through its channels. Guess how that happens…movement. Regular, moderate exercise that does not overly stress your system has amazing immune-boosting effects. Not only will it mobilize white blood cells to the circulatory system to help surveil and attack foreign invaders, it also acts as an antitumor agent, and keeps your T-cells strong. (T-cells are your “Special Forces” white blood cells which only target specific viruses).
We know the trickle-down-effect of exercise on our overall health. Better sleep, mood, managing stress, reducing inflammation, weight loss, etc. but frankly, adding movement to your lifestyle can save your life.
Walk, bicycle, dance, play with your kids. Do what you enjoy for 30 minutes each day at least 3-4 days a week. Go outside, make it fun and not a chore. Your body will thank you.
Incorporate a highly nutritious Paleo Diet, drink plenty of clean water, and get outside for some fresh air and sunshine, and you could have the body and immune system you’ve always wanted. Dry brushing is also a great habit that moves the lymph.
As always, talk to your doctor before making any big lifestyle changes. One of our health coaches is also happy to help you on your health journey. Your first consultation is FREE!