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Maintaining Immune Health

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 3/25/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Maintaining Immune Health
Last week’s Tip focused on the important role of exercise in maintaining immune system health. The media is communicating nonstop how to minimize exposure to COVID-19 (social distancing, frequent hand washing, listening to health officials). I’ve also been asked if there are products that support immune health. One group of natural products which may offer a benefit are adaptogenic herbs or adaptogens. 

CORONAVIRUS AND EXERCISE

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 3/18/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
CORONAVIRUS AND EXERCISE
Individuals at most risk for the severe effects of coronavirus have other medical complications or a compromised immune system. We know there is a strong link between hard exercise and our body’s defense system and the link is the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol levels, which increase during moderate to high intensity exercise, negatively impact our body’s defense mechanisms. Therefore the logical question is whether exercise increases our susceptibility to the coronavirus. To the contrary, multiple studies show individuals who exercise regularly have a stronger immune system than sedentary individuals. However, the benefits of exercise on your immune response is directly related to...

How To Maintain A Strong Immune System

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 3/5/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
How To Maintain A Strong Immune System
As we age there is a predictable decline in our immune function. Compromised immunity begins in early adulthood and accelerates rapidly after 40 years of age. Scientist call this Immunosenescence. Immunosenescence explains why older people are at greater risk of infections and diseases. As we age, our immune system does not respond as robustly to allergens and other challenges...

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