Competitive runners know the importance of diet in their quest for better running results. What they often neglect to pay attention to are foods that boost their immunity, which is especially important for training in winter time. With global pandemic raging, the importance only increased. In general fruits and vegetables, especially the ones with bright colors, provide a boost to our immune system. Probiotics and whole grains. improve the health of our gut. Finally, vitamin D is a proven immunity booster that should be taken regularly.
- As North America enters cold and flu season amidst an ongoing pandemic, having a strong immune system is increasingly important. This is even more important for distance runners.
- Runners should eat plenty of brightly-colored fruits and vegetables for antioxidants while also eating probiotics.
- Whole grains and vitamin D are also key to immune health. While not guaranteeing health, it will reduce your risk and giving your body a better chance to fight off and recover from an illness.
“We spoke with elite Canadian runner and registered dietitian Rachel Hannah to get her top food recommendations for runners who are looking to boost their immune systems and stay healthy this winter.”