Extreme exercise more harmful than good

Over exercising can damage your body

Numerous studies have shown that extreme exercise can depress the immune system and dramatically increase free-radical injury to all organs and tissues, increasing the risk of degenerative diseases. In females, extreme exercise can suppress reproductive hormones, leading to amenorrhea--absence of menstruation. We also know that exercise causes the brain to release special neurohormones called endorphins. Like their cousin, morphine, they reduce pain, elevate mood--and are addictive.

Long-distance runners who are forced to stop exercising suddenly can experience the same symptoms as addicts withdrawing from morphine or other opiates. They can have stomach cramping, severe depression, irritability, and difficulty thinking. Their craving for the "FIX" of exercise is so powerful that they will run even when injured. Many extreme athletes have noticed that when they are forced to quit their exercise program they acquire numerous aches and pains that they never experienced before. This is because endorphins killed the pain during their intense exercise and for many hours afterwards. Once the endorphins are removed, all of the injuries that were sustained during the years of exercise become obvious.

There are also several cases of marathon runners developing rapidly advancing Parkinson's disease and even sudden death from heart attacks. Most of us have noticed that long distance joggers and marathon runners often look haggard and older than their chronological age. This is because of accumulated free-radical damage.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that could save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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