Foods to Promote Immune Function

When training, no athlete wants a cold to run him down and limit his exercise program. Enter the diet, which can boost immune function and lower the risk of illness.

To maintain your immune system, follow an individualized eating plan that is well-balanced and meets your energy, carbohydrate, protein, and micronutrients needs.

Determine your fueling requirements to support your training volume, then ensure adequate calories to maintain energy balance and support exercise and the expenditure of energy stores.

Consume carbs before, during, and after long training sessions to offset the suppressive effect of exercise on the immune system.

Eat colorful fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants daily to combat oxidative stress.

Select lean protein foods, especially those that contain iron and zinc to support immune function.

Don’t forget to include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids that possess anti-inflammatory properties.

Ensure adequate intake of vitamin D to promote immune defense.

Choose foods that contain probiotics like yogurt and kefir to enhance gastrointestinal and immune health.

Eat wise to support your exercise program and training volume and stay healthy!

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One 10 oz bag of frozen pureed  winter squash
½ cup lite coconut milk
½ cup water 8oz boneless skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
6 oz bag spinach
2 tsp lime
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp Thai red curry paste
1/4 tsp salt
Heat squash, coconut milk, water in a medium saucepan, and cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Add chicken, reduce heat to medium, and cook about 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients and cook lowly an additional 3 minutes. Add salt to taste and garnish with cilantro.


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