Probiotics for Athletes
What do sportsmen and women look for? Sportsmen and women face specific physiological challenges. During physical activity, our body is responding to different needs like energy and endurance. Natural Defenses When gaining in intensity, exercise can be the source of occasional physiological and psychological stress and the body’s natural defenses can be impaired. The relationship between the intensity of exercise and immunity is a J-shaped curve. It appears that people are more prone to cold and flu-like episodes following intense training. This phenomenon can last for up to 72 hours. Lowered immunity, combined to hyperventilation that naturally occurs during exercise, contributes to a higher susceptibility to upper respiratory tract (URT) disorders in sportsmen and women. URTI-like symptoms are a common cause for missing training or even a competition and can affect performance.