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Avoiding Illness: Emergen-C and Echinacea-Goldenseal Can Help!

Emergen-C and Echinacea-Goldenseal have helped bring many endurance athletes back from the brink of illness.

Let's face it, simply staying healthy is more important that fitness or optimally performing equipment when race day arrives. If you are sick, you simply will not perform on race day. During the XC Ski season, simply staying healthy can be the biggest challenge of racing.

Viruses run rampant during winter, kids bring home bugs from day care, you are stressing your body doing tough workouts and enduring the cold... This is a prime recipe for getting sick - but you can't, as it's ski season!

Aside from the obvious sure fire ways of staying healthy, like getting adequate sleep, washing your hands, and eating right, I've found a couple of supplements that I believe help to prevent me from getting sick. At times, these supplements have brought me back from the brink of illness!

Emergen-C's 1000mg packets of Vitamin C are easy to tote along whether you are at work, traveling, or even wrapping up a workout. Just take the packet and dump it into a small glass of water. Let it fizz for a few seconds in the water and then enjoy! This big dose of vitamin C is equivalent to eating a whole bunch of oranges and I believe helps me stay healthy. I personally take this on a regular basis.

The other less known thing that I use is an herbal extract called Echinacea-Goldenseal. This stuff can be found at most Natural Food Coops, etc. It is a small vial of liquid concentrate with a dropper. As a warning, this stuff DOES NOT taste good, but it really works. Just take the recommended dose by putting it into a shot of water (only a little bit of water, so you can drink it like a shot - literally). I don't take this stuff daily, rather reserve this for when I feel illness coming on or when someone in the house is ill.

I believe the combination of Echinacea-Goldenseal and Emergen-C provide a 1 -2 punch that frequently succeeds in helping athletes avoid illness.

Check it out, stay healthy, and stay fit!

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