When the body is under chronic inflammation white blood cells can start to attack healthy tissue and cells. Scientists believe chronic inflammation might play a role in autoimmune diseases and can increase cardiovascular disease, raise blood sugar and diabetes risk, increase bone loss, cause sleeping problems, lower mood, and can be a contributing factor in cancer development.
Anti-inflammatory foods such as fish and nuts have been recommended for years to help reduce inflammation in the body, but new evidence shows exercise might play a big role as well.
A recent study from the University of California published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found one 20-minute exercise session produced an anti-inflammatory cellular response which could help lower chronic disease risk.
Participants exercised at a moderate intensity, which included fast walking, for 20-30 minutes. Researches measured blood samples before and immediately following exercise and found a 5% decrease in inflammatory production.
While vigorous exercise is very beneficial, all-out exertion can be intimidating and inappropriate for some people. This study highlights the benefit of moderate exercise and encourages people to get outside and briskly walk to achieve benefits.
People with chronic disease should always consult their doctor before starting exercise.