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20 May 2004

Immune System
What would be the best immune system booster which you would recommend - I run, play tennis go to gym etc ( healthy ) and take multi-vitamins, but still seem to pick up everything going round : colds, flu etc - What can I take to boost my system ?
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01 Jan 0001

"The effect of exercise on immune system function is generally positive. For moderate exercisers the immune systems gets a temporary boost in the production of macrophages, the cells that attack bacteria. Regular, consistent exercise can lead to substantial benefits in immune sytem health over the long-term.
However, intense exercise seems to cause a temporary decrease in immune system finction. Reserach has found that during intense physical exertion, the body produces certain hormones that temporarily lower immunity. Cortisol and adrenaline, known as the stress hormones, raise blood pressure and cholesterol levels and suppress the immune system. This effect has been linked to the increased susceptibility to infection in endurance athletes after extreme exercise (such as marathon running or ironman distance triathlon training).

If you are training for ultra-endurance events, a key component of your training should be including enough rest and recovery days to allow your immunity to recover. If you are feeling run-down or have other symptoms of overtraining syndrome, such as increased resting heart rate, slower recovery heart rate, irritability or general heaviness and fatigue, you may need to tone down your workouts."

Furthermore you can try Marcus Rohrer's Spirulina - It's reported to be very effective. Also get more sleep, eat your fruit and veggies (try fresh carrot juice at least once a day) and drink plenty of liquids.
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