Winter is coming, and those burrowed away in cold climes may be challenged to stay fit. Many athletes will turn to free-weights and treadmills for their fitness fixes when snow dusts soccer fields and ice laminates their favorite biking paths. But even with indoor training, injury is possible.
Athletes who compete at the highest levels may begin to experience negative effects of their intensive training schedules—such as immune system dysfunction, oxidative stress, and inflammation. However, studies show that dietary and supplemental nutrients can improve performance during rigorous physical activity.
Supplement your diet with macronutrients like branched-chain amino acids to reduce exerciseinduced immune changes and inflammation.
Consume dietary micronutrients like tocopherols, docosahexaenoate, and flavonoids to support the endogenous antioxidant defense system and counterbalance potential oxidative damage that could result from sustained heavy lifting. Source: Journal of the American College of Nutrition