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  • I’m fairly new to endurance sports and would really like some guidance on daily supplimentation. I’ve been getting sick a lot due to a poor work/life/work-out balance. I realize that’s on me to fix, but a lot of people were shocked when they heard I didn’t take anything but a generic one-a-day suppliment. As an active female, mom, wife, and full-time employee, I realize I need more to make it through 70.3 training with my immune system in tact. I just don’t know where to start. Comments or direction in this arena would be appreciated.

  • Lisa, I’m about 2 years too late for your comment but in case someone else is interested in this I think I have a good answer for you. First off, forget vitamin supplements. If you are serious enough about your health that you want to fork over the money for supplements that you will mostly just flush down the toilet (as in straight into and straight out of the body) then you should take a step towards real nutrition. There are many foods that increase you immune system. My personal favorite is broccoli. Check out http://www.anticancerbook.com for great nutritional information on how to boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and as an extra bonus, fight cancer too. Replace your white breads and potatoes with whole-grain breads and yams. You also can not go wrong with spinach, blue berries, or bananas.
    Try this 1/3 cup oat meal, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1 banana mashed – heat for 55 seconds on high then stir in honey and cinnamon to taste. Yum.
    Buy a magic bullet and make this: 1 frozen banana, 3 frozen strawberries, 10-20 frozen blueberries, orange juice to fill in between these. Another yum. Add tofu and/or plain no-fat yogurt for protein if you want it. This also makes it creamier.
    For veggies the best way to prepare is in the microwave. I love mixing brocolli, yams, baby portabella mushrooms, and green beans. The yams and beans take a little more time in the microwave so start those first then add and microwave again. After a time you’ll get your favorite veggies down just right. I live in Wisconsin and since I started eating all of these veggies almost every day I have not been sick at all. This is not scientific but I’ll tell you that I have never felt better. Best of luck and hope someone out there finds this information helpful.

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