How to Eat Yourself Fitter
Okay, so today’s tip is all about protecting your immune system so you can perform at your best all year round.
The key is, quite simply, what you eat… especially AFTER you’re been doing exercise.
Truth is, you can follow all the fancy training programmes you want, but if you’re laid up with coughs and colds each winter, you’re never going to reap the rewards of all that hard work.
So you need to ensure your body gets enough of those nutrients that support your immune system, including:
• Vitamin A – well supplied in liver, eggs, all orange and red fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots.
• Vitamin C – found in citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits, kiwis, all the berries, also well supplied in tomatoes and peppers.
• Vitamin D – good sources include eggs, milk, butter, cod liver oil and some other fish oils.
• Essential fatty acids (i.e. omega-3 and omega-6 oils) – good sources include all the fatty fish (trout, sardines, herrings, salmon, mackerel, pilchards, etc.) as well as unrefined whole grains and nuts and seeds, especially, hemp, flax, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
• Zinc – a vital immune nutrient; good sources are high quality, lean cuts of meat and fish and shellfish; also found in whole grains and some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
• Selenium – well supplied in unrefined whole grains (eg wholemeal bread), all seafood and some nuts and seeds, especially Brazil nuts.
But as well as the above, you need to consider a post-exercise nutritional strategy.
That info comes next! …..
Eat Well. Train Hard. Expect Results!