Sick of feeling under the weather? Cold or Flu hindering your exercise or sport? Read this!
If your body is struggling with a virus then you will not heal as well from a musculoskeletal injury. Your body’s energy and resources are actually triaged away from healing and focussed on fighting the flu.
There are some evidence-based ways to help your immune system fight off cold and flu viruses this winter to keep you healthy and exercising!
If you have an injury, it makes sense to do what you can to prevent succumbing to these viruses. Recent research has highlighted just how certain foods and natural supplements actually help the body’s immune system fight off colds and flu.
It’s always wise to consult a health professional trained in nutrition for specific advice on any supplements or tablets.
Vitamin C – involved in making hormones, supporting your adrenals, is a powerful antioxidant reducing the effect of infections. The amount of Vit C that can be tolerated before causing diarrhoea increases with how sick someone is – i.e. your system wants, and absorbs more vitamin C the more sick you are!
B Vitamins – Are crucial co-factors to almost every chemical reaction taking place within your body including your immune system, adrenals, liver etc.
Angiographis – a herb – actually interferes with the receptors on the shell of the virus inhibiting attachment to our cells so they can’t infect and replicate.
Zinc – is critical for making your immune cells – neutrophils, T cells, monocytes etc as well as helping many chemical reactions in relation to your immune system. Zinc deficiency affects the ability of T cells and other immune cells to function as they should.
Garlic – Has antibacterial properties and is an antioxidant; it increases the number of T cells in your bloodstream, helps absorb zinc and decreases stress hormones so your body can use nutrients more effectively to fight of the virus.
Turmeric– Is an antioxidant, is antibacterial and has anti-inflammatory benefits. Curcumin – the active part of turmeric is poorly absorbed by humans so supplements that have been processed to improve its absorbability are recommended.
- Don’t smoke
- Eat a diet high in vegetables and protein and low in sugar and saturated fat
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
- Get adequate sleep
- Practice good hygiene