|By: Big Jeff Pearce|
SARS Like Virus & Immune Boosters:
Recently, I was doing some of what you youngsters affectionately call ‘surfing the internets’ and I happened upon some interesting stuff. One of the first things that I stumbled upon was that there was a small resurgence of a SARS like virus in June. Due to the efforts of the officials involved, it stopped the spread of the SARS like coronavirus. I’ll spare you the most of the details (which can be found here: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/article/1274934–new-sars-like-virus-discovered-before-it-causes-outbreak). What is important is that this ‘potential outbreak scenario’ scores the importance of solidifying your immune system against not only common colds but who knows what else; this goes for everyone from athletes to couch potatoes). And, if the Walking Dead outbreak scenario doesn’t scare you, I know what will. Imagine if you had to miss a workout because you were too sick?!
As a result of all this ‘surfing of the internets’, I decided it would be appropriate to provide a list of tips that will assist you in not missing a workout OR combating a Walking Dead type outbreak scenario. Here we go:
- Wash your hands. The gym is probably one of the dirtiest places you visit regularly. I mean, who really wipes down dumbbell handles anyway?
- Take a good multi-vitamin & utilize immune boosting supplements. Make sure you are getting enough Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, B6, C, D, E, Zinc, etc. It’d be nice to get all of your immune boosting sources from whole food, but who has time for that?!
- Eat immune boosting foods. Ginger, garlic, citrus fruits, onions, mushrooms, kale, etc.
- Take a high quality probiotic supplement.
- Get enough sleep & don’t overtrain. When you overtrain, you put your body into a spun out state that makes it difficult to be able to recover from training; let alone fight off infection.
- Use common-sense. Certain lifestyle choices can put you in a compromised position, such as drinking alcohol as it can blunt immune response.
Sugar Makes You Dumb:
Looks like I can blame my incredible stupidity on sugar and so can you! According to a UCLA rat study by Rahul Agrawal and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, consuming a diet high in fructose can impede memory and learning. What’s even more interesting is that the study also demonstrated that omega-3s can stop the hampstering – sorry, hampering of memory and learning by a diet high in fructose. Here’s a link to the full-text article: http://jp.physoc.org/content/590/10/2485.long
What’s the takeaway message? From my reading, avoid high-fructose foods and make sure that you are including omega-3s in your nutritional and supplement program. Even though this study was carried out in rats, it is important to remember that omega-3s have been consistently proven to aid in cognitive function.
Jeff Pearce, Editor-In-Chief
Big Jeffrey Pearce, is a physical culture writer, editor, personal trainer, and a lifetime natural bodybuilder from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been bodybuilding and strength training since he was 16 years old and remains a dedicated gym rat to this day. Big Jeff is one of the strongest athletes you will ever meet, routinely bench pressing 500lbs and tossing up 150lb dumbbells for reps in a typical workout. An honors graduate from the University of Toronto, Jeff’s brains also match his brawn. Jeff has a passion for writing and has been in featured in Muscular Development. Jeff also coaches high school kids on the benefits of strength training and nutrition.