Now more than ever, patients are in search of ways to keep their immune systems as fit as possible. The word “fit” was utilized for a reason—immune support can be cared for in multiple ways, one of which includes physical activity. Many would agree that “moderate” exercise is ideal when it comes to immunity, but the question is, can too much exercise produce counteractive effects?
In an article published in Exercise Immunology Review, physiologists from the University of Bath’s Department for Health in England concluded that infections are more likely to be connected to diet, psychological stress, not getting enough sleep, travel and pathogen exposure at social gatherings, such as marathons, rather than from the actual act of exercising.
“Our work has concluded that there is very limited evidence for exercise directly increasing the risk of becoming infected with viruses,” said Dr. James Turner, a physiologist from the university’s Department of Health who contributed to the article. “In the context of coronavirus and the conditions we find ourselves in today, the most important consideration is reducing your exposure from other people who may be carrying the virus. But people should not overlook the importance of staying fit, active and healthy during this period. Provided it is carried out in isolation—away from others—then regular, daily exercise will help better maintain the way the immune system works—not suppress it.”
With that in mind, keeping a sturdy and resilient immune system is no simple task—there are various ways to help do so, including the use of natural products, which are supported by scientific data.