The first article in this three-part series outlined the current macronutrient guidelines for carbs, proteins, fats, and fluids that have been shown to fortify and strengthen the immune system. Part two will take a look at the little guys (aka the micronutrients) who discreetly but impressively support the optimal functioning of this intricate system.
Klean Micronutrient Immune Health Guidelines
For quite some time, it has been well-known that ample vitamin D status is essential for the maintenance of optimal bone health, but recent research has identified vitamin D as a multitasking superstar directly involved in immune cell function and skeletal muscle growth.
Translation for athletes: extra support for the circulatory and respiratory systems so they can consistently work all-out.
Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is widespread among the general population and athletes worldwide.
This profound deficiency relates to limited dietary vitamin D sources and the fact that skin exposure to sunlight accounts for 90% of a person’s annual source of vitamin D. This is why deficiencies are especially common in athletes that primarily exercise indoors.
Other factors that can lead to compromised vitamin D status include regular use of sunscreen, darker skin pigmentation, greater body fat levels and ageing.
How to Increase Your Vitamin D Intake:
You can help to increase your intake of vitamin D through your diet, by incorporating foods high in vitamin D including:
- Cold water fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines and herring
- Vitamin-D fortified low-fat milk
- Whole grain cereals
- Egg yolks
If these foods are not part of your regular routine, Klean-D is a viable, convenient and highly absorbable option.