Digestive System and Immunity 

The digestive and immune system work together constantly. The digestive system breaks down large molecules, and consists of the mouth to the anus. The immune system has very important antibodies and other components to help fight invading organisms. According to livestrong.com, the digestive system depends on many of the immune responses the body forgoes. For example, the lysosomes in saliva breaks down bacteria. According to nutrihealth, every person is born with innate immunity. This is the response to foreign substances right away. Besides breaking down food, the digestive system over time actually really helps the immune system and it is important to keep that in mind!
Many athletes fall ill and worn down from excessive work and overdoing it. Nature.com mentions how overtraining is very common with athletes and can be severely dangerous to an athlete. If one does not slow down on the excessive amounts of training, it could turn into overtraining syndrome. After the shift to having this, a person can over go excessive fatigue, changes in mood, or even frequent illness. This could lead to losing the chance to play their sport or be able to exercise at all. In order to prevent this, it is important to be monitored by his/her coach and to know their limits. 

There are several ways an athlete can stay healthy and illness-free. Maintaining a healthy diet, having frequent checkups with the Doctor, and getting enough sleep are just a few of the easy steps! 

“How can I stay healthy and maintain a stable workout method?” One may ask. Well, I created a graphic with the easy steps to follow for those who want to stay healthy while being an active athlete! 
  

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My View on Nutrition

Growing up, I have learned to have many views on nutrition. Of course there are days where my family loves to enjoy life by having a yummy dessert or a delicious meal, we know how to limit those days. I do not come from a family where it is an extremely strict, no sugar or carb household, but I also don’t come from a free for all either. I see my household as a sort of in-between.

Since my dad is a firefighter/paramedic, he has been on many different medical calls in his lifetime. A lot of them have been on people due to health problems. Some of these health problems are from an unhealthy balance of eating and drinking. The amount of heart attacks my dad goes on is insane, and he makes sure to remind us and give us tips on how to stay healthy. Physically seeing the brutal consequences of what can happen due to improper nutrition is very scary and is really an eye opener to my dad. It really gives a different perspective on it all!

My family also makes sure to have everyone make frequent visits to the doctors office to get checked up on everything. I have actually dealt with a lot of health issues due to a genetic liver condition, which actually restricts me from excessive amounts of some foods. In all, my family and I make sure to do everything we can to stay healthy.