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Should you exercise if you are sick?

For my birthday my kids got me a cold, which turned into a sinus infection. It has been a long couple weeks trying to battle this. I usually do not get sick but when I do I go all out.

So what can we do to help the healing process both from a exercise and nutrition standpoint?

Do we just let it take its course or push through?

The answer is it depends. Let me explain.

Each individual is different so our approach is not a blanket statement rather a general guideline, where you can adjust accordingly to you.

Nutritional approach:
If your immune system is compromised in anyway it has a major effect on your body’s cells and its ability to function at full capacity. So, we always look at the diet and supplementation as a starting point. Our goal is to aid the immune system both on a cellular level and a tissue level, as well as protecting the cells from any further damage.

Vitamins to consider adding or increasing while sick:
Vitamin A
Vitamin B6 and B12
Thiamin
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Copper
Iron
Magnesium
Selenium
Zinc

If you are taking a Multi-Vitamin then it may contain these however when sick you might have to increase certain levels of certain vitamins based on your own individual response or needs.

Exercise to consider while approach:
When you are sick think of the letter J on a graph, where the vertical axis represents risk of sickness and the horizontal line represents exercise intensity. If you place the letter J on the graph, the lowest point, or lowest risk of sickness, is in the middle of the exercise intensity axis. So, we can interpret that in a number of ways since moderate exercise is different for everyone. The point is when our immune system is compromised doing something moderate, whatever that is for you, is shown to help your immune system recover and decrease your risk.

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