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Monday, October 24, 2005

Choosing the Right Protein for Maximum Muscle Power

Every athlete knows that proteins provide the building blocks of life. Most fitness enthusiasts are unaware, however, that getting the right amount of the right proteins is key not just to athletic performance but also to a healthy immune system. For most, the need isn’t for more protein, it’s for better protein, and it’s the health of the immune system that makes the different between ordinary results and extraordinary results.

The relationship between exercise and the immune system is paradoxical. Low to moderate intensity exercise stimulates the immune system and increases resistance to infection. High-intensity exercise and participation in athletic competition, on the other hand, often leads to immune suppression and increased susceptibility to colds, flu, and diarrhea—any of which can ruin an athlete’s performance.

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