Even today’s healthiest diets lack nutrients, the vitamins and minerals essential to the body to function properly during exercise and convert food into energy. The filtered water we drink excludes vital minerals, while the foods we eat are often processed and preserved which leaves less vitamins, and more chemicals than we need.
Laboratory research shows that athletes exercising at a high intensity for 90 minutes or more experience a steep drop in immune function that can last up to 24 hours. The drop in immune function appears to be caused by the elevation of stress hormones released during and following heavy exertion. This is what exercise immunologists believe allows viruses already in the body to spread and gain a foothold.
Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), such as Boron and Germanium, can help prevent illness and injury by protecting the body's immune system.
Here is a short list of micronutrients and how they affect the body:
Micronutrients play an important role in energy production, hemoglobin synthesis, maintenance of bone health, adequate immune function, and protection of body against oxidative damage. They assist with synthesis and repair of muscle tissue during recovery from exercise and injury. Exercise stresses many of the metabolic pathways where micronutrients are required, and exercise training may result in muscle biochemical adaptations that increase micronutrient needs. Routine exercise may also increase the turnover and loss of these micronutrients from the body. As a result, greater intakes of micronutrients may be required to cover increased needs for building, repair, and maintenance of lean body mass in athletes.
Endurance athletes of all levels have seen the benefits of adding a daily micronutrient system into their training regimen. Runners have stayed healthier and recovered faster by supplementing micronutrients.
Elite distance runner with the Saucony Hurricanes team, Tina Muir said, "My recovery runs are faster, without putting in any more effort, my workouts have been improving consistently, and I am feeling strong almost every day.”
You can read more on the benefits of micronutrients for runners and endurance athletes by reading the peer reviewed article, Nutrition and Athletic Performance, by Nancy R. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM