With many of us finding ourselves with a lot of extra time, right now is better than ever to focus on getting your nutrition right. Robert Gorgos, nutritionist for BORA-hansgrohe, explains how nutrition can support your immune system as well as training and races.
How can nutrition make a difference?
While there isn’t anything specific you can do against viruses, the immune system can be supported through the right diet. This includes eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as making sure these are quality sources.
You don’t have to stick to strict nutritional plans or diets – it’s more about creating a healthy lifestyle in terms of nutrition. When shopping for the team, Gorgos likes to select local products, paying attention to the quality and nutritional value of the food.
What foods are used in the team kitchen?
Foods like ginger, garlic, onions, cabbage, broccoli, lemons, nuts or fresh herbs are all frequently used in the BORA-hansgrohe kitchen because of their beneficial effects on the immune system, as these foods are all rich in secondary plant substances. These can be used in anything from meals to smoothies.
“When we talk about the immune system, for example, the so-called secondary plant substances are particularly important. They are found in vegetables, fruits, potatoes, legumes, nuts and wholemeal products, and function as antibodies – they can therefore also support the immune system”
What do the team eat in a typical day?
Breakfast: Seasonal fruit, smoothies
Try this recipe from BORA-hansgrohe: Spelt pancakes with berries and honey
Lunch (after training): Pasta and salad
Try this recipe from BORA-hansgrohe: Spelt spaghetti, tomatoes, parmesan and basil
Dinner: Antipasti salad with a mixture of raw and steamed vegetables, smoothies.
Try this recipe from BORA-hansgrohe: Stir fry vegetables with quinoa
How are the team staying hydrated whilst training indoors?
Due to the recent pandemic, most of the riders have moved their training inside, meaning they sweat a lot more than outdoor training. Gorgos recommends HIGH5 ZERO Protect Orange & Echinacea to help support the immune system whilst staying hydrated.
“It’s important to hydrate well to compensate for the greater loss of fluids. After training, we often drink teas with ginger and lemon.”
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