Exercise Can Positively Influence the Immune System in Several Ways
Research suggests that regular exercise can positively influence the immune system in several ways, potentially helping the body’s ability to combat cancer cells:
Reduced Inflammation: Chronic inflammation can contribute to cancer development and progression. Regular exercise has been shown to lower the levels of pro-inflammatory molecules and enhance anti-inflammatory markers in the body.
Enhanced Immune Surveillance: Exercise may increase the circulation of immune cells, such as natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T cells, which play a crucial role in identifying and destroying cancerous cells.
Improved Circulation: Exercise promotes better blood flow and oxygen delivery, which can help immune cells reach various parts of the body more efficiently, including cancerous tissues.
Stress Reduction: Regular physical activity is known to reduce stress and anxiety, which can have a positive impact on immune function. Chronic stress can weaken the immune system and create a more favorable environment for cancer growth.
Hormonal Balance: Exercise can help regulate hormone levels, and some hormones have been linked to cancer development. By balancing these hormones, exercise may reduce cancer risk.
Regulation of Body Weight: Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise can reduce the risk of obesity-related cancers, as obesity is a risk factor for certain types of cancer.
Improved Gut Microbiota: Recent studies have highlighted the role of the gut microbiome in influencing immune responses and cancer development. Exercise has been shown to positively affect gut microbial diversity.
It’s important to remember that while exercise may have potential benefits for cancer prevention and the immune system, it should be considered as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet, not smoking, limited alcohol consumption, and regular medical check-ups.
To find a Cancer Exercise Specialist that can work with you to create an individualized cancer prevention and/or recovery plan click on the link below.