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Overtraining Can Decrease Your Immune Function and Tax Your Adrenals

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  • Near-daily moderate-intensity physical activity benefits your immune function, decreasing the number of sick days by as much as 50 percent. Sustained and intense exertion tends to have the converse effect
  • Athletes who overtrain are susceptible to respiratory infections, and may need nutritional support to avert this immune function breakdown. Nutritional yeast has been shown to be very effective for this
  • Overtraining can also tax your adrenals and contribute to adrenal fatigue, and may play a role in the development of polycystic ovarian syndrome — especially if you undereat, overtrain, and fret about your physique

By Dr. Mercola

A number of lifestyle factors can contribute to poor health and early death. Perhaps one of the most pernicious is stress, which can be either mental/emotional, or in the case of athletes, excessive physical stress from overtraining and lack of recovery.

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