October 10, 2011 13:05
| Health and Beauty
We are all unique. The immune system recognises this uniqueness and protects us from external attacks. Bacteria and viruses are our main enemies. Antibodies are present in the lymph nodes and have protective characteristics against viruses, bacteria and damaged cells.
If the lymph is blocked our defence mechanism becomes impaired and our antibodies cannot reach the site of attack.
The lymphatic system is responsible for the optimal functioning of our defences and it relies on movement and muscle contractions to perform at its best.
As most of us have a sedentary lifestyle and have desk-bound jobs, our lymphatic system can become impaired making us more susceptible to colds, flu and viral infections. In addition to that, our spare time is often spent either in front of the computer or television; if you also consider commuting time (say two hours a day on a train) there is little space left for exercise.
The most effective ways to strengthen the immune system are exercise and regular massage.
Among the various types of cardiovascular exercise to choose from, Ashtanga yoga
is probably the best, as it combines movement with specific postures that can combat and prevent respiratory pro