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Exercise, Magnesium and Immune Function.

We all know there are many ways to support our immune system against corona virus, any other virus and infections.

Exercise, sleep , balanced healthy diet, happiness, communication and many others all have a part to play.

Magnesium is not the first nutrient associated with immune support. But in this corona virus pandemic we need to make sure our bodies are healthy , clean and balanced.
In this post I’m focusing on why we need to ensure our magnesium levels are adequate before , during and after exercise.

This next insert from Pubmed is an interesting read :-
Physical exercise may deplete magnesium, which together with a marginal dietary magnesium intake may impair energy metabolism, muscle function, oxygen uptake and electrolyte balance. Consequently, the ability to perform physical work may be compromised.
Many aspects of immune function can be depressed temporarily by either a single bout of very severe exercise or a longer period of excessive training. Although the disturbance is usually quite transient, it can be sufficient to allow a clinical episode of infection, particularly upper respiratory tract infections. However, regular and moderate exercise has been reported to improve the ability of the immune system to protect the host from infection. Magnesium also has a strong relation with the immune system in both non specific and specific immune responses and magnesium deficit has been shown to be related to impaired cellular and humeral immune function.

Magnesium deficiency leads to immunopathological changes that are related to the initiation of a sequential inflammatory response. Although in athletes magnesium deficiency has not been investigated regarding alterations in the immune system, the possibility exists that magnesium deficiency could contribute to the immunological changes observed after strenuous exercise.

Magnesium rich foods are:-

  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Black Beans
  • Mung Beans
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts

Using a good electrolyte supplement in clean filtered water is an easy way to raise exercise depleted magnesium.

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