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How Closely are Exercise and Protein related to Immunity Building?

How Closely are Exercise and Protein related to Immunity Building?

So how can you strike a well enough balance between both and also build your immunity?

Hear from the expert Dr. Sunny Shah & get appropriate insights on “How you can balance your exercises and proteins with immunity building”.

Watch this video to explore some major nutritional facts and find answers to some common yet important fitness queries.

Immunity is the ability of the body to fight against infections. There are 2 types of immunity- Innate Immunity and Acquired Immunity. Innate immunity is present in us since birth. It includes our skin that acts as a barrier, acid produced in the stomach, mucus in our nostrils, tears produced in the eyes all prevent the microbes to enter the body or destroy them as soon as they enter. Innate immunity also includes WBCs (army of cells that fight against the infections). Also, we have acquired immunity that includes the antibodies that develop in response to microbes.

Exercise helps us both directly and indirectly. Indirectly by reducing the fat in the body that causes inflammation and by controlling diabetes (it increases the risk of infections). Directly by increasing the WBCs of innate immunity, which is very useful in fighting COVID-19. One should do moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes a week.

Proteins are an integral part of our immunity; the antibodies are made up of proteins. People who are deficient in proteins are more likely to catch infections. It is advised to take 150 grams of protein per day during COVID-19. Whey protein is the easiest to digest, for vegans Soy Protein is a great option. Supplements may be used to meet the protein requirement.

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