Outside of vital organs, muscles are the most important part of the human body that play a critical role in the functioning everyday life.
It is easy to dismiss muscles as a vanity, or think they are only the province of bodybuilders, athletes or the ultra-vain.
After all, increasing muscle tissue is hard work, pure and simple.
Only exercise, and ensuing proper diet and/or supplement intake (such as protein powders), makes your muscles grow.
Remember protein (as well as amino acids) is the building block of muscle.
Make no mistake, everybody, no matter how small or how big, has the innate capacity to build muscle.
It is one of the great aspects of human biology.
What is often mistaken is how important muscles are for overall health.
They do not simple exist for the benefit of being able to be strong and powerful.
Equally, illness, such as COVID-19 (remember the current global pandemic is a coronavirus, the actual virus is COVID-19), can cause muscle detoriation which can quickly lead to severe illness while affecting the human bodies ability to function.
Muscles on a surface level give you efficient movement and better balance, as well as physical strength – giving you increased ability to do everything from carrying groceries, going up stairs through to lifting your kids.
The more muscle you have, the less fat tissue there is on your body.
Excess fat tissue, primarily caused by poor diet and nutrition, leads to a massive variety of health issues.
Remember your body’s overall immunity is like a ticketing system.
If you are fighting a variety of illnesses or chronic disease, then your immune system will be taxed.
Fighting off viruses like COVID-19 is easier if your “ticketing system” has no problems in the queue and if can direct all defences to fighting the foreign invaders.
Strong muscles are also critical for organ function, immunity and wound healing.
Other benefits of muscles, directly related to the immune system, have been proven over time.
Muscles are immune responsive tissues, while they also increase blood flow.
The lymphatic circulatory system works directly with your cardiovascular system (the heart is the most important muscle in the body) to keep blood and lymphatic fluid levels in balance.
It also flushes toxins out of the body and carries immune cells throughout the body to defend against infections.