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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

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