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Monday, January 2, 2017

Carbs, Colds, and Working Out

The old saying that you need to ‘starve a cold’ may not apply if you are still planning to work out through your coughs and sniffles.

An interesting new study shows that consuming carbohydrates when you work out with a minor illness, such as a cold, may in fact boost your immunity.

The recent research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology explains how exercise is a form of stress to the body, and when there’s stress, our immune systems kick into high gear. Add in the already present strain of a cold, and your system starts working double time to fight off the sickness.

If you just can’t throw in your towel and give up a day or two at the gym when you’re under the weather, the study says to make sure you fuel up with some choice carbs beforehand. Aim for 1-2 ounces of carbs for each hour you plan to work out. Some good options include:
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain breads and cereals
  • Bananas
  • Sweet potatoes
Additionally, things that go a long way in helping to combat cold symptoms include warm liquids like soups or teas, spicy foods, and any citrus fruits or vegetables known for their Vitamin C.

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