Immunity after a workout

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    Jun 18, 2009 10:02 AM GMT
    Recently I became very sick with tonsillitis, which came on from a cold I picked shortly after an intense workout at the gym.

    I have read the your immunity drops during and after a workout, and with the contribution of having a shower then taking a walk through the city in what is now winter, I guess I'm asking to get sick...

    Does anyone have any suggestions to boosting your immunity. I have a healthy eating routine and enjoy plenty water, but still manage to get sick. Are there any vitamins, food or remedies that might help me continue my workouts through winter without getting stuck at home sick?

    Any and all thought welcome... Thanks xoxo

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    Jun 18, 2009 11:34 AM GMT
    Moderate exercise boosts the immune system. Early studies reported that recreational exercisers reported fewer colds once they began running. Moderate exercise has been linked to a positive immune system response and a temporary boost in the production of macrophages, the cells that attack bacteria. It is believed that regular, consistent exercise can lead to substantial benefits in immune system health over the long-term

    If you over do it, exercise can weaken the immune system.
    Research has showed that more than 90 minutes of high-intensity endurance exercise can make athletes susceptible to illness for up to 72 hours after the exercise session. This is important information for those who compete in longer events such as marathons or triathlons.

    Besides moderate exercise, there are ways to boost the immune system. Some physicians like Dr Weil are concerned that over stimulation of the immune system could result in allergies or autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and so forth)

    Dr Weil believes that it safe to take Echinacea for ten days for a cold. Echinacea can cause problems in individuals receiving HAART for AIDS.
    Dr Weil mentions that the the Chinese herb Astragalus membranaceous can be taken long term as an immune booster.

    There is always risk with supplements especially those from China.
    Supplements can contain contaiminants or do not have the ingredients advertised. Suplements are not tested by the FDA for safety or efficacy

    I safer way is to get adequate sleep, a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables (for vitamins and antioxidants) and plenty of fluids.

    A lot of people use vitamin C supplements to prevent colds.
    When taken daily, vitamin C very slightly shorted cold duration -- by 8% in adults and by 14% in children. The dose used in this 2007 study was 200mg of vitamin C daily.
    But researchers found the most effect on people who were in extreme conditions, such as marathon runners. In this group, taking vitamin C cut their risk of catching a cold in halficon_eek.gif
    When vitamin C was tested for treatment of colds in 7 separate studies, vitamin C was no more effective than placebo at shortening the duration of cold symptoms.icon_sad.gif

    I guess your physician ruled out mono as the cause of the tonsillitis. If you had mono, you can be run down for several months.

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    Jun 18, 2009 11:46 AM GMT
    What to eat to prevent flu and colds