Scientific Support for Activity
Friday, June 26, 2015
Physical activity has been shown to enhance the quality of life as well as survival in those with disease.
It's inarguable. Research over the last few decades clearly proves that physical activity reduces the incidence of colon cancer in men and breast cancer in women. How?
It could be for any number of reasons such as exercise triggering the production of immune system-modulating chemicals called cytokines.
Or by it reducing colon exposure to potential carcinogens by speeding the rate that the intestines move waste through the body.
Or it might be because exercise reduces estrogen-modulating fat. However it works, it's an irrefutable fact that regular exercise lowers the risk of cancer -- which is a great reason to start being more active
It's also interesting to note, that HIV is no longer an automatic death sentence, especially for people who engage in moderate exercise. Physical activity has been shown to enhance the quality of life as well as survival in people with this disease. Moderate exercise also enhances several measures of immunity in infected patients.
Be careful, though, because more is not necessarily better when applied to exercise. Intense activity may temporarily suppress the immune system.
Glutamine is an amino acid that is essential for normal functioning of the immune system as well as many other body processes. However, the main source in humans is skeletal muscle. Research has revealed that either too much or insufficient exercise can impair health.