A new QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation study indicates that racking up carbs in workouts a is great for the immune system. Dr Jonathan Peake and Dr Oliver Neubauer, the lead scientists in this study, are now arguing that rather than wait for negative consequences on the immune system after a workout, people should simply take carbohydrates when they are exercising.
The study, published in the journal of Applied Physiology bases its essence in the fact that athletes are constantly trying to look for ways to get back to optimal performances after a workout. One of the ways to do this involves the use of carbohydrates. It gets even better when you take them in in the middle of exercises because they get a great environment from where to keep the blood sugar level at a balanced point.
When one has a stable blood sugar level in their bodies, then it becomes easy to counteract the negative reactions of the defense system to exercises. The study says while this can be verified, more studies are still required to establish whether carbohydrates are capable of keeping one safe from the occurrence of infections and illnesses. According to Dr Jonathan Peake and Dr Oliver Neubauer, exercises can have an effect on the volume of immune defense cells in the body.
The study however does not support the belief that once one is done with exercising, they are measurably weaker than when they started out. It is has been ‘known’ that after a workout, you will have less white blood cells than when you started out, but Dr. Peaker is now positing that maybe these cells simply relocate to different parts of the body and become untraceable after a while. This kills off another previous theory that assumes the ‘lost’ white blood cells are destroyed.
When you head out to the gym, you are basically subjecting your body to a sustained level of stress, and your body will certainly push back. Less white blood cells is a form of this push back, and in this case said cells may relocate to places like the liver and lungs. This will compromise the immune system because these units of defense are not where they need to be in order to work optimally. Generally, the longer we work out, the more time it takes for our immune systems to climb up to where they should be.
The intake of carbs during exercises is only necessary for people going through highly intense or long exercise regimes, mostly above 90 minutes. Learning to do this enhances our levels of endurance and also keeps our bodies safe from immune imbalances and disruptions that come as a result of chemical and biological changes brought about by exercises. The research recommends 30 -60 grams of carbs every hour of exercises. The most effective ways of taking in these carbs involve the consumption of fluid rich in them. Gels and bars are also a great choice, as are fruits such as bananas. Those going through light or short routines can simply take carbohydrates after the fact.