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Exercising to boost your immunity

How exercise can help increase your natural defences

If you find yourself constantly falling ill then it may be a sign that your immune system is compromised. Exercise is a simple, natural and free way to boost your immune system.

Whilst there is no concrete explanation exactly how exercise works to strengthen the immune system, there are some theories;

Good for your lungs

Exercise causes us to breathe more deeply which may help to flush out any bad bacteria in the lungs.

A boost for your antibodies and white blood cells (WBCs)

Exercise causes changes in your antibodies and WBCs that may help them to detect and fight illnesses more quickly.

Exercise increases your body temperature

Your body’s temperature is elevated when you exercise and for a short period of time after you have finished exercising. This increase in temperature may inhibit the proliferation of bad bacteria and help your body fight any infection more efficiently.

Stabilises your stress hormones

When you exercise your body reduces the amount of stress hormones it releases into the bloodstream. It is well-established that high stress levels result in compromised immunity, so keeping your stress levels low will make you more resilient to falling ill.

You don’t need to run marathons to get the benefits of exercise. Incorporating 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week is sufficient to help keep your body healthy. Walking, cycling, yoga, Pilates and playing golf are great examples of ways to increase your physical activity.

Should you or a family member start to show the signs of a cold, then Potter’s Cold and Flu range of products based on traditional medicine may assist.

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