DO YOUR CELLS NEED EXERCISE?
Nobody ever questions that exercise helps to strengthen the striated muscles, the skeletal muscles also known as the voluntary muscles. Health clubs and exercise programs, books and magazine articles depend on the ability of these muscles becoming stronger with increased resistance but are they the only cells that are improved by exercise?
The other two classifications of muscles, involuntary muscles, and cardiac muscles, are made up of cells that have much the same material. All muscle cells have the ability to contract enhanced by some type of increased physical stimulation. Aerobic exercises are designed specifically for strengthening the cells of the heart and the cells of the walls of the arteries making them stronger and more elastic.
People who exercise regularly find that their skin (the largest organ of the body) is stronger and more supple. Skin cells are not muscle cells, but they do react to various types of stimulation.
Lack of exercise weakens bones of the skeletal system (space flight) while a vigorous exercise program causes the cells of the bones to request more bone material from the extracellular fluid and deposit it in the bone matrix, thus making the bones mineralized dense and strong.
The cells anti-gravity muscles (muscles of posture) are challenged with any kind of consistent body movement and the cells of the vestibular system in the inner ear adjusts to physical activity. Properly stimulated the cells of the balancing mechanisms become more sensitive to any and all body movement. Better balance, coordination, and rhythm are the result.
Vision is a talent and as such can be improved by exercise and proper stimulation. From the time we are born until the time we die we are constantly exercising the cells of the eyes. Sadly we do not think of looking to see as a form of exercise so most people do not concentrate on exercising the cells of the eyes. Rather they prefer to compensate a weakness with glasses. Vision therapists have been using trampolining very successfully to strengthen the cells of the eyes and improve vision for over forty years.
In the past, connective tissue, the ligaments, and tendons were thought not to react to exercise, but now it is known that that is simply not true. Although the connective tissue reacts differently than muscles and bones and possibly slower, it is now accepted that exercise will tighten and strengthen the ligaments of the body.
The way we learn, or gain knowledge is by stimulating the brain. Brain cells of the cerebellum are constantly monitoring the movements of all of the skeletal muscles. Typically, when a person first performs a new motor skill it is almost always incorrect. But after the act has been performed many times, these individual events become more progressively precise, sometimes requiring only a few movements before the desired result is achieved. We now know that the brain increases in the number of synapses, or connections from one brain cell to another in people who are involved in an active exercise program.
White blood cells of the immune system move faster through the body – as much as fifteen times faster during and just after a vigorous exercise program. Not only that but they become more numerous –as much as three times normal in the bloodstream after just a single minute of extremely hard exercise. Just like any other cell group of the body, white blood cells have the ability to become stronger individually and thus collectively becoming a stronger fighting force. Studies reveal that a regular exercise program will reduce your chance of cancer by as much as 40%!
Conclusion: of the more than three hundred types of cells, all cells need exercise and each will react favorably in their own way.
By Albert E. Carter
Your Lymphatic System is a Vital System of the BodyIt is interactive with every organ and is directly related to the immune function and efficiency. It is a protector and a defense mechanism against infection, viruses, bacteria, fungi and disease. It is comprised of fluid, vessels, ducts and various other organs and structures. It clears toxins, wastes, excess fluids, and infection from all tissues of the body through proper flow and drainage provided this essential system is functioning at its peak.
Mention the heart or the cardiovascular system and most people have a pretty good idea of what it is and how it functions. But although the lymphatic system is vitally important to our health most people don’t understand it. Some have not even heard of it.
The cardiovascular system delivers life-giving oxygen and nutrients to all of the organs and cells of the body and is connected up to a very strong blood pump – the heart.
The lymphatic system is also connected to every organ of the body, but its function is completely different from that of the cardiovascular system. It is the garbage collector, the internal vacuum cleaner sucking up metabolic garbage, toxins, and excess fluid from the extracellular fluid of every organ. If this flow is impaired, the fluid becomes thick and toxic. The parts of the body that rely on it for elimination become less efficient and sluggish as they fill with their own waste. This otherwise life-sustaining system now becomes a breeding ground for infection. When the fluid enters the bloodstream, as is part of the normal process, an infection can now spread to any organ or part of the body. Many viruses, bacteria and parasites stay locked within the lymphatic system when these conditions are present. The result: physical ailments, degenerative disease, hastening of the aging process, even death!
The lymphatic system is not connected up to the heart, so it has to rely upon some other activity to create the necessary pumping action it needs to circulate. The three most important methods of lymphatic circulation are external massage, muscle activity, and vigorous exercise. The lymphatic system is filled with millions of one-way valves, which allows lymph fluid to flow unidirectional – usually upward away from gravity. Almost anything that can stimulate the movement of lymph fluid inside the lymph vessels of the system is healthy, but the most efficient way to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid is by rebounding. The up and down rhythmic bouncing causes all of the one-way valves to open and close simultaneously increasing lymph flow as much as fifteen times! Rebounding does that.
An emunctory is any opening through which the body eliminates foreign matter from one part of the body to another. This is not only through the eliminative organs, such as the bowel, kidney or lung, as most would think, but also can be via a joint, lymph system, or skin, for example. When a foreign substance is present, the body’s first reflex is to expel or eliminate it. When this elimination is suppressed by any means such as by taking traditional drugs, medications or some therapies, some of the foreign matter gets suppressed (or pushed back into the system). Then, the very organisms or substances the body is intelligently attempting to eliminate become stored within the body and in any number of areas causing any number of disease symptoms. As this process occurs and elimination is blocked, the body then becomes toxic. When the toxins cannot be removed due to congestion or blockages, the degenerative disease process begins.
Many people have badly congested lymphatics and don’t even know it. At this time in our country the lymphatic system is the most over-looked system of the human body. In Europe stimulation of the lymph flow is the fourth most commonly prescribed medical treatment. Most U. S. healthcare practitioners seldom consider the lymphatic system’s critical role in preventing illness or its importance to the over all healing process. Some of the organs that are part of the lymphatic system are lymph nodes and lymph veins, the tonsils, adenoids, appendix and the spleen and you know what happens to those parts of the body whenever surgeons get close to them. Swollen glands, with which most of us are familiar, are symptomatic of blocked lymph nodes, which indicate a breakdown in the mechanical functioning of the lymphatic system. Other examples of congested lymphatics are:
• Chronic Sinusitis
• Heart disease
• Eczema & other skin conditions
• Loss of Energy
• Fibrocystic disease
• Chronic fatigue
• Repetitive parasitic infections
• Lupus erythematosis
• High blood pressure
• Viral infections
• Puffy eyes
• Bacterial infections
• Low back pain
• Loss of Energy
• Ear or balance problems
• Excessive sweating
• And more!