We have officially finished the first 2 weeks back of school! Time really flies.
2nd semester of sports medicine is off to a great start and it looks to be even more interesting than the previous section. Our teacher, Mrs. Kahn, kickstarted the semester off with a unit about nutrition. I was so excited to learn about this topic! This is actually the topic that drove me to initially want to take this course. I really want to learn more about nutrition and what is healthy to put into my body. I have been getting into food and nutrition a lot more lately in my daily life. I even helped my grandpa cook thanksgiving dinner! (picture below)
This week we focused a lot on carbohydrates. We learned what they are, where they can be found, and if they are healthy for our body. We learned that anything that has any type of sugar in it has carbohydrates! That includes dairy, fruits, vegetables, breads, and many more. Today we just got back from an amazing field trip to a farm in Pescadero. I won’t give too much away because I will blog about it in a little bit, but here are a few pictures to enjoy as a preview!
The digestive and immune system work hand in hand to ensure the inner harmony and equilibrium in the body. The digestive system focuses on breaking down what you eat while the immune system closely interrogates those molecules being digested to ensure no foreign predators have entered into the body. These two systems are incredibly vital to the health of the individual.
According to IBS Treatment Center, the digestive tube has a very large surface area that needs to be protected against parasites, viruses, bad bacteria, and many more. The body is exposed to outside substances numerous times throughout the day. Most of the time, these foods are completely fine and even healthy for the body. While this is regularly the case, there are certain situations where the outside substance is harmful to the body. This is where the immune system steps in. The immune system’s role is to detect these bad molecules and protect the body against any harm. When discovering a harmful substance, the immune system attacks it by means of inflammation and by producing excess mucus.
These systems are vital for all people, but especially important for athletes. These people are pushed to their limit daily to achieve their max excellence. For this to take place, it is imperative that they take care of their body to ensure the mechanics behind both these systems run as smoothly as possible.
How do they do this, you might ask? It is simple! According to Harvard Health Publications, there are many daily activities to help boost one’s immune system. Below are drawings of the top 4 things all individuals can do to help boost his/her immune system.
These are extremely important steps to stay happy and healthy!
In addition, people from Team Isagenix have done multiple studies to find what the best materials for all people to eat to help keep a strong immune system. The first food is protein! Protein ensures the body maintains optimal protein status. It is packed with amino acids and it helps directly stimulate the immune system for optimal response. The second mineral is zinc. Zinc is incredibly helpful in developing T-Cells. These cells work directly with the immune system to fight bad materials in the body! Lastly, they stated that colostrum is extremely important. Colostrum is a form of milk that contains immunoglobulins, protein-rich polypeptides and lactoferrin. These minerals help restore the body after long trainings.
Being an athlete myself, researching this topic was extremely interesting. I love learning new information that is directly applicable to my daily life! I will definitely incorporate these steps into my daily life to ensure my immune system stays strong and healthy.
Nutrition is a very broad complex to try to grasp. Growing up, I have never been extremely educated on what was good for me and what was not. I would eat the breakfast my mom cooked for me, the lunch she packed, and the dinner she made without asking any questions. I always have been a super active individual my whole life so the idea of watching what I eat has always been a little foreign. That being said, I have always loved food and have been fascinated with baking and cooking from an early age. Here is a picture of me when I was extremely young in our pantry checking out all our snacks!
Here I am now, in my senior year, and my understanding of nutrition has changed drastically. I no longer play a sport (although I do try to remain active), and many days I find myself cooking my own dinners and packing my own lunches. Especially with the complete independence of college only a few months away, I know that I need to pay much more attention to what I put into my body. I am so glad I am taking sports medicine because my knowledge on nutrition has already exponentially grew with only the few classes we have shared on this topic. This has recently become one of my favorite topics to learn about and I can not wait for more!