Victorian Institute of Sport

Boosting your immunity with good nutrition

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Our Victorian Institute of Sport Nutrition team has put together some tips and ideas that summarise some key nutrients and foods that can help strengthen your immune system during this tough time.

So, what should you be eating for a strong immune system?

Firstly, make sure that you are eating enough! Our immune systems need enough energy to make immune cells, so Under-fuelling will most certainly compromise your immune system! Adequate carbohydrate before training is important and during long sessions, topping up with carbs during the session will help to limit immune function depression. Consider a sports drink, gel, banana or other fruit, simple sandwich or muesli bar.

Here’s some nutrients and foods that might help too:

Variety is super important to ensure that you get as wide a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as possible. The enzymes in our body rely on different vitamins and minerals to function properly, so this means we need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to look after them! (So, lots of different fruits and vegetables every day is key).

And before eating these nutrient rich foods, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and give your fruit & veg a good rinse.

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