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Competitive athletes often train for years for a single competition, when they will need to be able to summon their full power. But what if on competition day, they suffer from a respiratory disease or a cold, cough, or hoarseness? This could be prevented if the athlete was taking probiotics.
Stress is an almost omnipresent word these days. “Stress is the sum of all internal and external influences and our ability to respond to them.” This means not only the trigger but the entire reaction to stress. The trigger (or “stressor”) often cannot be changed, but we can influence our reactions.
Working adults generally display high levels of stress. Stress is detrimental to performance – and not just at work. If we can’t stop thinking about work in the evenings, during the weekends or while on holiday, our personal lives also suffer. What’s more, stress is contagious: living with a stressed person can also lead to stress reactions in partners and children. They too respond with a heightened release of stress increased sensitivity to the hormone fluctuations that occur during a cycle. This could also impair the transmission of stimuli in the nervous system.1 PMS is typically characterized by physical changes, a negative mood, and irritability as well as exhaustion,mental overload, and reduced productivity.
People who exercise get more out of life. Beyond making us feel happier, an active lifestyle does wonders for the body and soul. To develop a real passion for a sport and stay on the ball over the long term, you need to know the sport that’s best for you. After all, your ideal sport also depends on your personality. But what type of athlete are you? And which micronutrients could support you in your sports sessions?
Bone density is often mentioned in the same breath as calcium. Thanks to years of work to inform the public, many people now appreciate the importance of another nutrient for strong bones: Vitamin D. A dossier published last year in Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift (German Medical Weekly) updated basic specialist knowledge of vitamin D and bone density. We have compiled a few interesting excerpts below to help you refresh your knowledge of vitamin D.