Exercise and the Immune System

Exercise is an important aspect to health, although it can be a double edged sword. Mild to moderate exercise could be considered synonymous with health because there are clear physiological benefits when exercise is performed. However,. More intense exercise becomes more questionable in terms of its benefits and this relates to the stress caused by the exercise and how the body deals with it. Generally intense exercise causes significant homeostatic disruption, and this leads to detrimental health outcomes if the stress is chronic. One physiological system that is particularly affected by intense exercise is the immune system. Intense exercise can cause a significant stress to the immune system and may decrease its effectiveness. Good nutrition can go some way to attenuating the effects of intense exercise on the immune system because good nutrition can increase the tolerance to stress. This is highly important for athletes as becoming ill can significantly reduce the ability to train with subsequently inhibits progress and fitness.  

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Robert Barrington is a writer, nutritionist, lecturer and philosopher.
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