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Ways to Boost your Immunity Part 2

by Jack Kenefick on January 29, 2011

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happy-hourIf you’re already drinking a glass of wine with dinner every night for the heart benefits, you’ll be happy to hear that doing so may also protect you from food poisoning. Researchers from Oregon State University recently discovered that three of the most common and dangerous food borne bacteria–e. coli, listeria, and salmonella–are eliminated by wine. According to their laboratory tests, the combination of organic acids and ethanol, along with wine’s low pH levels, damages the genetic code of the three types of bacteria. While the results indicate that all types of wine are effective to some degree, red wines appear to be the most powerful. Keep this in mind when you’re planning your next meal or dinner party.

The upside to sports drinks.

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Many health-conscious people already include a sports drink after their fitness training sessions or exercise programs as part of their weekly regimen. But new research indicates that such drinks may have health applications beyond simply aiding in the recovery from athletic exertion. The International Journal of Sports Nutrition published a study which demonstrated that sports drinks also provide immune support. The study focused on triathletes engaged in intense exercise. Those triathletes who consumed a cup or more of sports drinks during their exertions were found to have measurably better immune responses than those who instead consumed a placebo. As exercise itself is known to strengthen the immune system, the next time you feel a cold coming on, head out to the gym and bring Gatorade.

The use of any advice on this website is at your own risk. Please consult us, or any other professional, licensed personal trainer or your health care professional, like your doctor, first to see if the advice is applicable to your specific situation.


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