The world has embarked on an unfortunate and unparalleled time in its history; one that hopefully and quickly can become a learning experience for all. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. With gyms reopening in different parts of the globe, we turn our focus to what we’ve learned and experienced.
Given our current circumstances, you likely don’t need an explanation regarding the importance of immune health. It’s vital. The immune system not only rids the body of potentially harmful substances, but it also has “memory” ensuring you don’t get sick twice from the same pathogen. The human body never ceases to amaze.
Taking care of one’s immune system is clearly important for general health and well-being, but how does it apply specifically to athletes?
Why Should We Care?
The greatest ability in the gym is avail-ability, and those who train consistently, with appropriate intensity tend to out-perform unreliable gym-goers. Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a recreational lifter, consistency is key, and it’s awfully difficult to make progress when illness and/or lackluster energy forces you out of the gym.
To some degree, athletes can be especially susceptible to compromised immune systems. Don’t get me wrong; staying in tip-top shape does wonders for the overall function of the body. However, vigorous training and, more importantly, vigorous dieting can take its toll on immune health if mismanaged. These negative consequences are mitigated if recovery is occurring optimally, and recovery is best facilitated with appropriate immune responses.
This is why we should care. Without appropriate immune health, consistency in the gym suffers, leading to both performance and aesthetic misfortunes. Not to mention, the world is still battling a global pandemic, and gyms for all their might and glory are bound to spread pathogens left and right. Calling all athletes, do yourselves a favor, and set your immune system up for success.
What are the Building Blocks of Immune Health?
Consuming vitamins and minerals in appropriate amounts is crucial in promoting immune health. If you’ve taken the time to read this article, that probably isn’t groundbreaking news, but the message is important nonetheless. Top athletes take great pride in sound nutritional practices such as counting macros, calories and ounces of water. However, few dig deep enough to acknowledge their micronutrient habits. One might say these micronutrient habits set the stage for the regulation of body systems, recovery from workouts and ability to continue training at a high level.
CNP has formulated a product that not only includes each of the following ingredients but also satisfies one’s recommended daily intake. It’s called Multi-Immune, and it’s an ideal inclusion in the diet of any athlete seeking best performance and aesthetics. Without further ado, here are the building blocks.
Vitamin C promotes the synthesis and support of antibodies in addition to other substances defending the body against pathogens. Additionally, it promotes proliferation of collagen, which supports growth of new tissue1.
Obtaining Vitamin C from various sources may be important as its variable release time keeps the body saturated around the clock. Multi-Immune accomplishes this task by including three distinct sources of Vitamin C within its matrix.
Iron plays a vital immunity role by killing certain bacteria and creating many enzymes that are imperative in the function of immune cells1. In a much more broad sense, iron is essential in the development of blood and its ability to carry oxygen to working muscles, such as during resistance training.
Magnesium is a mineral that plays many essential roles within the body. From an immune perspective, it decreases systemic inflammation and enhances the formation of immune cells1. More broadly, magnesium helps regulate blood sugar levels and prompt appropriate muscle function2.
A lesser-known substance, Wellmune is a commercial product made from beta glucans, a form of dietary fiber derived from yeast3. Research4 indicates that Wellmune has potential to decrease the risk of upper respiratory tract infections and the nasty symptoms that accompany the illness4.
The Bottom Line on Immune Support
Being excellent in a particular competition or training session is important. However, being consistently excellent is what makes an athlete outstanding over the long haul. Taking steps to nourish the immune system such as supplementing with Multi-Immune, eating a well-rounded diet and getting an appropriate amount of sleep are imperative to both aesthetics and performance.
Written by, Dr. Brian Grant, PT, DPT, CSCS