Athletic Greens x IATF22
Today we are pleased to introduce Athletic Greens as a new supporter of IATF22:
For those who are not familiar with the name, AG1 is Athletic Greens’ flagship product, an all-in-one supplement of 75 vitamins, minerals and other whole food ingredients. The synergistic combination of ingredients supports various areas of health such as immune system, gut health, regeneration, energy, mental focus and more.
AG1 is produced in New Zealand using the highest quality ingredients and the latest scientific findings to ensure the highest possible quality and efficacy. Over the past 10 years, the formula has been steadily perfected, with the 52nd iteration currently on the market (and the 53rd already in the works).
A healthy and balanced diet is the foundation of every athlete. It plays a big role not only during the competition itself, but also in the training phase before. Our expertise in this area is therefore intended to help you prepare your body and mind in the best possible way for IATF22. And also to take your own health into your own hands from now on.
The role of the immune system in running
Vitamins and minerals are essential for thousands of biochemical reactions and functions in our body. The perfect balance of vitamins and minerals is crucial for a well-functioning nervous system and a fundamental building block for a strong immune system.
In our daily lives, we are surrounded by stress and pressure to perform. Therefore, it is important to support a healthy lifestyle with wholesome and healthy foods and with certain minerals or vitamins that are essential for a healthy immune system. These are the very ingredients that AG1 is very rich in.
Your immune system is also extremely complex. It is made up of many biological structures and processes that together form a formidable defence against viruses, parasites, infection-causing bacteria and other pathogens.
When it is in top form, it recognises threats and destroys them. Not only that, it remembers these threats and knows exactly what to do the next time they appear.
The Open Window Effect
After intense physical exertion, the body is particularly susceptible to infections. The reason for this is that during exercise the number of white blood cells (lymphocytes), which form part of the immune defence system, increases. After the end of exercise, this number drops again, below the initial level.
Vitamin D in combination with zinc manages to bring the level of white blood cells back to the level they were at before exercise. This is therefore the period in which the immune system becomes particularly susceptible to pathogens. The duration of the “open window” can be between 3 and 72 hours.
Particularly in cool temperatures, the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract are also heavily stressed and
pathogens and viruses have an easier time triggering a flu-like infection. This is where a high-quality and wholesome supplement with high bioavailability can make a difference. Let’s find out how.
 Source: Aranow C. (2011). Vitamin D and the immune system. Journal of investigative medicine : the official publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research, 59(6), 881–886. https://doi.org/10.2310/JIM.0b013e31821b8755
 Source: Prasad A. S. (2008). Zinc in human health: effect of zinc on immune cells. Molecular medicine (Cambridge, Mass.), 14(5-6), 353–357. https://doi.org/10.2119/2008-00033.Prasad
The vitamins, minerals and trace elements (zinc, selenium) contained in AG1 can support the immune system.
- Selenium and vitamin D contribute to normal immune system function.
- Manganese contributes to the normal formation of connective tissue.
They all work together in the body to support a healthy immune system.
AG1 provides everything you need to ensure every cell is hydrated. It provides you with the necessary amounts of sodium, potassium and magnesium, as well as various botanicals that naturally provide additional bioavailable minerals to support electrolyte and mineral balance.
The 4 essential micronutrients for the immune system
While our body’s need for vitamins and minerals is extremely complicated, there are a few specific micronutrients that have been shown to be particularly beneficial for the immune system:
|essential micronutrient||main benefit||contained in|
|Vitamin A||It supports the maintenance of a normal immune system.||Oranges, beetroot, peppers|
|Vitamin C||Vitamin C helps maintain normal immune system function during and after intense physical activity and protects cells from oxidative stress.||Kiwi, Indian gooseberries, citrus fruits|
|Vitamin E||Protects the cells from oxidative stress.||Almonds, spinach, sweet potato, avocado|
|Zinc||Contributes to normal immune system function and protects cells from oxidative stress. It plays a role in cell division and contributes to a normal acid-base balance.||Oysters, beef, cashew nuts, spinach, chickpeas, oats|
Most of us most likely do not count some of these nutrient sources among our daily nutrient sources. So how do we ensure that our bodies are still getting all the necessary vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that can support a healthy immune system on a daily basis? This is where a vitamin complex can come in and be beneficial.
But: most multivitamin supplements (especially those you can get for a few bucks at the drugstore) contain synthetic, hard-to-absorb versions of the vitamins and minerals you need.
To compensate for the inferior quality of the ingredients, the dosage can be increased, which in turn increases the risk of toxicity, especially with fat-soluble vitamins like A and D and minerals like zinc and selenium.
In addition, commercially available multivitamin supplements usually do not contain live cultures that support gut health and thus immune function.
AG1 from Athletic Greens: fills nutrient gaps and supports the body holistically
Fatigue, illness and malaise that come with a weakened immune system don’t have to be your reality. With the right product, you can combat a whole host of potential deficiencies in less than a minute every morning.
That’s the essence of AG1’s formula. By combining 75 vitamins, minerals and other whole food ingredients, AG1 delivers your daily dose of:
- an enzyme and fungus complex
- Ingredients to maintain healthy blood sugar levels
- Ingredients to maintain healthy hormone function
- Ingredients that boost the body’s natural detoxification process
- Ingredients that promote healthy ageing
- Ingredients that promote hair and nail growth.
Special offer for our trail running community:
If you want to get started now and take your nutrition to the next level, we have a special offer for you. Follow this link to get 5 travel packs and a year’s supply of vitamin D3 & K2 for FREE with every first subscription order. With the 60-day money-back guarantee, you can now try it out risk-free and see for yourself, just like the Hahner Twins: