Q&A: Muscle Strength and Your Immune System

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Q: When we strengthen our muscles, is our immune system strengthened too?

A: The answer has to do with what else you’re doing for your immune system.

If you’re building your muscles with regular exercise, you likely rehydrate well with pure water, eat a healthful diet, sleep well, have access to good health care, and keep your weight under control. The result is that every aspect of you, including your immune system, functions at an excellent level.

If, on the other hand, you’re building muscles by loading hoppers deep in a coal mine, rehydrate yourself with soft drinks, smoke a pack a day, and breakfast on eggs, sausage, biscuits, and gravy, your immune system is struggling along just trying to keep you alive.

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