Are you a sports fan who loves to support your local team in physical activity? Or maybe you’re
a casual player who enjoys going out to your local soccer field or tennis court. Whatever the
case, it seems that exercise is always beneficial. In recent years, scientific research has proven
that regular physical exercise can help reduce the risk of heart disease by 25% and may even
have a beneficial effect on preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and
Parkinson’s from developing.
Many people do not realize that exercise is good for more than just a healthy heart and a strong
mind. In fact, recent research shows that exercising can also improve your digestion and your
ability to fight off disease.
How can playing sports benefit the digestive tract? According to research by doctors at the
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, NM, people who engage in
regular physical activity experience fewer instances of indigestion, constipation or acid reflux. By
shedding light on these specific digestive conditions, this study has proven that exercise has an
overall positive effect on gastrointestinal health.
The doctors studied 80 patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is both painful and
stressful. Before the doctors started the study, they had all of these patients undergo a medical
examination to make sure they did not suffer from any previously undiagnosed conditions such
as kidney problems, diabetes mellitus or endocrine disorders.
Each patient was then given either a questionnaire or a physical exam to find out how active
they were and if they performed any particular physical exercises. The researchers also looked
specifically for signs of abdominal pain and bloating and asked the patients what factors and
situations (such as stress) might have exacerbated these symptoms. The questionnaire found
that those who were more physically active reported less pain and less bowel movement
disturbances than those who were less active.
After analyzing the questionnaire, the doctors concluded that those who exercised regularly
were more likely to have a healthier gastrointestinal tract than those who were less active. They
also found that those patients who engaged in physical activity for over 30 minutes at a time
were the most likely to report lower levels of pain and distress and healthier digestion than those
who performed less exercise.
Scientists believe that these findings may be attributed to the fact that regular exercise helps
strengthen the body’s digestive muscles and promotes natural blood flow throughout the body.
Also, recent research has shown that stress can cause muscular tension in patients with IBS.
This suggests that physical exercise may help reduce such tension and help these patients
cope with stressful situations more effectively.
The doctors went on to conclude that…
“Our findings support the relationship between chronic stress and inflammatory pain. There is
also a growing body of literature to indicate that exercise protects against pain and mitigating
factors such as stress and depression.” – Dr. William P. Malarkey, III
As we can see from the above excerpt, the findings of this study suggest that regular physical
activity can help reduce IBS symptoms in some patients. Because it can also reduce stress and
promote positive mental health, regular exercise may be a good way for those who suffer from
IBS to cope with their condition and live better, happier lives.
While we know that sports and exercise can affect the digestive tract in many ways, we also
need to be aware of how it can influence our immune system as well.
While not as widespread as high blood pressure or cholesterol problems, immune system
deficiencies such as allergies or autoimmune diseases such as lupus or multiple sclerosis are
also common today.
Recent research has shown that an increase in physical activity helps strengthen the immune
system by promoting natural blood flow throughout the body. In fact, scientists have discovered
that our immune system requires a constant supply of oxygen to function effectively. This
oxygen can only be supplied by blood circulation – which is why it’s important for your heart to
pump blood every day!
Because of this, you can imagine why it’s extremely important for us to exercise regularly. The
more blood you pump through your body, the more oxygenated fluids will be available for your
immune system to work with. The immune cells in our bodies must also constantly renew
themselves so they are ready to “fight” any infections or other non-living disease-causing
substances should they encounter them. http://macledge.com/
Researchers found that the more active people were, the quicker these cells divided and
multiplied. This allows the cells to be ready for any type of new stimuli, whether its cellular DNA
or new viruses. These findings have led doctors to conclude that if you are out of shape or have
never exercised before, it may take longer for your body to start producing more immune cells.