5 Ways Nutrition Can Help Manage Training Stress

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The term stress was first used in biology by Walter B. Cannon, an American physiologist in 1914. It was borrowed from the field of physics and describes the force that produces strain on a physical object. By that original definition, a piece of metal bends because of the stress, exerted on it. The humanistic definition of stress describes a force that can push person to his breaking point, and the right nutrition can help an athlete cope.

Cannon and French physiologist Claude Bernard defined stress as the biological process of adapting to sustain internal balance, or homeostasis.

Nowadays our stress situations are not directly life-threatening anymore, but still can massively impair quality of life. Deeply ingrained into our body are the chains of processes that take place to react to life-threatening stress. Dealing with stressful situations of any variety is exhausting for all the bodily systems. The physical demands of training for triathlon introduces an additional type of stress that ordinary citizens don’t experience.

The regulatory network that is located in the brain constantly assesses the level of stress experienced by the body and causes it to react accordingly. Beestings, a natural nutrition product produced by cows also known as colostrum, has proven to be a very powerful stress modulator that helps this internal, subconscious chain of communication. It makes an athlete more stress resistant and less susceptible to many kinds of bodily hazards. Here’s how:

Reason 1: Increased cell durability

The cells that cover all body surfaces, including the lungs, skin and stomach, are called epithelials and they are especially sensitive to injury. If the internal cells are unable to fight off damage or replace themselves rapidly, it has a serious impact on our wellbeing. Studies suggest that beestings makes these cells more resistant to various stress factors, including heat, pH shifts, toxins and mechanical forces.

Reason 2: Strengthening the immune system

Immunoglubulins are key molecules in sustaining the body’s immune balance. Studies have shown that the immunoglobulins in beestings enter the body and apply their regulatory effects. In the gut they act as bacteria and toxin scavengers; inside the body they exert regulatory functions.

Reason 3: Defeat unwanted bacteria

Lactoferrin and Lactoperoxidase are natural antibacterial agents in beestings that protect your gut.

Reason 4: Bolster cell regeneration

Factors with the potential to foster communication among cells and initiate growth play another important role when it comes to the regeneration of cells and epithelia in specific.

Reason 5: Controlling inflammation

The effects of beestings impact the body as a whole. Its effects are manifold due to its natural multivalent composition similar to our blood serum. The overall effects of beestings can be summarized as modulating inflammatory states based on stress. The components listed above should give you an idea of the complexity of this substance. It is being researched extensively, but looking at all the elements of beestings at the same time is not easy. Therefore scientists have to reduce the complexity. They can only focus on a few molecules at a time. Of course, the results are flawed because the whole is more than just an addition of the single molecules, so are the effects.

It is your experience that counts. Try beestings and see for yourself, because science is not able yet to give a thorough cause-effect explanation.

Susann Kraeftner, MD, the founder and scientist behind Biestmilch, has worked in intensive care and the pharmaceutical industry. For many years she was looking to escape medicine and finda way to get involved with a more creative way of working. Since 2000 I have pursued my life experiment to resuscitate beestings as sports nutrition. We call it Biestmilch. Go to Biestmilch.com to learn more.

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