Topic of the Month
Micronutrients for regeneration and convalescence
1 May 2015
Phases of intensive physical and mental exertions such as illnesses or physical exercise can be exhausting and the body then needs time to recuperate. A period of convalescence serves to gradually restore health after illness. The term regeneration describes the functional or structural restoration of damaged tissue or organs after physical exercise. As well as complete healing and strengthening, the objective is to prevent recurrences and possible complications like frequent re-infections or chronic exhaustion and loss of performance capacity. Regeneration and convalescence are biologically complicated processes in which the replenishment of energy stores and micronutrient reserves plays an important part. Both during the period of stress and afterwards, a sufficient intake of micronutrients like vitamins and minerals is essential to compensate for the increased demand, prevent deficiencies and support the recovering organism.