Sojourner Truth provides Beckford with first winner

first_imgONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.last_img read more

There will be no ‘next Pacquiao’

first_imgManny Pacquiao. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netSports is replete with the search for new heroes.The United States, the grazing land of sports heroes of all kinds, searched for alternatives when larger than life champions struck out or were knocked down for the final count. Americans and subsequently the rest of the world looked for substitutes for Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and others.ADVERTISEMENT There was an aching for greatness. Many who followed in the paths of the great sports icons often struggled until they found their own stature. Baseball’s Mickey Mantle carried the onus of longing for New York Yankee greatness, carved his own name but hobbled with injuries throughout his career. After Ali, the world looked for its ring champion and found traces of greatness in Sugar Ray Leonard and others. But there was only one Ali.And now we find ourselves looking for our “next Manny Pacquiao,” a new ring gladiator who will hold our collective need for a champion who represents us. The rags-to-riches Pacquiao story has been retold so many times that it is now a legend. His ring conquests against some of the ring’s biggest names of this generation have inspired many to follow in his footsteps and try their hand in a sport that can make heroes swiftly and can destroy them just as quickly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPacquiao is still very much around but the “Pambansang Kamao” (National Fist) has already done more than enough for this hero-hungry land. A fight or two remains in the horizon, attempts perhaps to bring a storied career to a fitting ending. But sport can be merciless and the image of the hero heading into the twilight with a triumph is never easily crafted in reality.We owe it to Pacquiao though to make his own decision when to end his career. But now we look at the present and the future and should realistically come to terms with the truth that there will be no “next Pacquiao.” His story and legend will remain his own. The soft-spoken Jerwin Ancajas, whose ring smarts and quick hands have given him a fourth successful defense of his IBF super flyweight title, will make his own story. His humble beginnings and the path he took to make his boxing dream come true though are similar to those of Pacquiao.And yet Ancajas will be his own man. His journey is just beginning and the challenges of his generation are still ahead. We will always cherish Pacquiao and understandably long for him. But we have to allow Ancajas and others to shape their own greatness.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nash Racela rues poor finish in TNT loss to Phoenix LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Unbroken Cavs promise NBA fightback against sore Warriors

first_img“He did everything he could to will our team to win,” said Lue, who was asked if James could play better and said, “I hope so. I know it’s asking a lot but he needs to lead by example. He needs to keep it up.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr wants tougher defending on James.“Overall we did not do a good job on LeBron. He got to spots he wanted to. It’s a team-wide focus and aggression that needs to change,” Kerr said.“I didn’t think we got him out of any sort of comfort zone and we’ve got to do a better job of that on Sunday.”Iguodala ‘doubtful’Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 29 points with nine assists, Kevin Durant added 26 points and nine rebounds and Thompson added 24 points.The Warriors have two injured starters, with Andre Iguodala having missed the past four games with a bruised left leg.“He has done some work. He’s feeling a little bit better,” Kerr said. “I would just call him doubtful for game two. We’ll see how it goes.”Thompson suffered a left leg injury early in game one but vowed to play through pain.“Sore but nothing too bad,” Thompson said. “I knew it would be sore but luckily we have a couple days between games so it will get right. “We lost a tough game,” Lue said. “We can’t dwell on that. We can’t live on that or we won’t be able to perform in game two. So we have to get on with it.“Listen, we’re not broken. We lost a game. It was a tough game for us. The guys’ confidence is not shaken. We have the blueprint. Now we have to execute at a higher level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat confidence flowed to Cavs guard George Hill, who spent a sleepless night after missing a late free throw that would have put the Cavaliers ahead.“We can win this series playing the right way. Everyone in this locker room felt we gave one away but we have a game on Sunday to make up for it and get back on the right track,” Hill said Friday. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial PVL: PayMaya captures semis spot, downs PetroGazz Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)A gut-wrenching loss in the NBA Finals opener has the Cleveland Cavaliers vowing a game-two fightback Sunday while the defending champion Golden State Warriors cope with two injured starters.Host Golden State seized a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series with a 124-114 overtime triumph that Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue called a robbery, one the Cavs vowed Friday to put behind them quickly.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “None of us is demoralized. We’re going to bottle up all that frustration from game one and bring it out for game two.“We’re the last two teams standings. We’re going to fight it out. It shouldn’t be a prom dance. It’s going to be a fight.”The Warriors, seeking their third title in four seasons from an unprecedented fourth consecutive finals showdown with the Cavs, expect nothing less.“I don’t expect them to be deflated by Sunday. I expect them to play with great energy out of the gate Sunday,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “If we play with great passion and great focus I think we’ll be fine.”Cleveland superstar LeBron James had a playoff career-high 51 points, the most in the finals since Michael Jordan a quarter-century ago and the most in the finals in a losing cause.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “If this was game 32 of the season, I would not have played.”The NBA released its review of late-game referee calls and stood behind the reversal of a call from a charge on Kevin Durant to a James blocking foul.‘This one hurt bad’ It also showed Green committed a lane violation on the free throw Hill missed that would have put the Cavs ahead with 4.7 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.“I stayed up most of the night rewatching the free throw, rewatching the play. I went over it in my head again and again,” Hill said. “I have great teammates in my ear all morning telling me to forget about it move on and don’t let it linger.”Hill called it his most disappointing defeat in his 10-year NBA career.“This one hurt bad,” Hill said. “Me not hitting that free throw cost the team the game but I dealt with it last night and we have to move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Who Is Poisoning Our Wells?

first_imgEarly Sunday morning people in the capital, Monrovia, awoke to the terrible news that a certain band of individuals were going around spilling formaldehyde in wells in the general vicinity, beginning in the Roberts International Highway area in Margibi County.There are those who believe it is not formaldehyde but some other highly poisonous substance being used to contaminate the wells.Early Monday morning there was commotion at the New Georgia Junction on Somalia Drive when a man or group of men was spotted putting unknown substances in wells with syringes.The first story was immediately reported by the state-run Radio ELBC.When the Daily Observer reporting team went to Zone 8 near ELWA Hospital junction, they were told to proceed to police operations further up the Robertsfield Highway, because the people poisoning the wells had first been spotted in the Margibi area not far from the Roberts International Airport (RIA).Indeed the Daily Observer web site carried early Monday the photograph of a man who had been arrested for allegedly putting substances into wells in the Margibi area.The Observer web site also reported that 10 persons had died in Dolo’s Town along the Robertsfield Highway; and later that another 20 or more people had perished after eating food at a repast in the town.  The site carried photographs of the incident, including that of a dead dog which had also been poisoned.But there were two developments that, in the midst of all this, created serious suspicion: ELBC, which had first broken the story, back-tracked on it, saying that it was a “mere rumor.”  The suspicion intensified when it was later learned that the National Traditional Council of Chiefs had gotten involved in the investigation, taking it over from the police.  Now for Heaven’s sake, what do traditional chiefs have to do with a criminal investigation? This very serious and alarming matter should be in the hands of professionally trained criminal investigators working for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and, given the reports of so many dead, the entire Joint Security.But the back-tracking by ELBC and the alleged sudden involvement of the Traditional Chiefs in the investigation have raised alarm bells as to what is really going on.  Is this something far bigger that it appears?  Who is behind it?  Is this a new form of ritualistic killings, only on a massive scale as the elections approach?  Are there higher-ups involved?  Who are they and why do they want to traumatize the already Ebola-terrified Liberian people?The man arrested on the Robertsfield Highway was quoted as having said that he was not alone in this criminal and murderous adventure.  “We are many more, about 250 of us, who have been well trained to carry out this exercise,” he was said to have revealed.It is indeed mindboggling (unbelievable) that in the wake of the Ebola epidemic, anyone would want to inflict upon the hapless Liberian people another deadly menace, such as pouring poison into the people’s sources of drinking water.What on earth is the motive?  Is it a ritualistic exercise feeding the ruthless ambitions involving higher ups seeking or consolidating political power?  Or is it politically motivated by detractors to destabilize the country in order to force regime change?And why are the Traditional Chiefs involved?  What business do they have to do with this criminal investigation?  Do they know the people involved in these wicked deeds?  Is there any connection between them and the suspects?With people dying from poisoned drinking water, and reports of other marauding murders intent on poisoning more wells to kill more people, it seems to us that this is a very serious matter that demands the immediate intervention of the Ministry of Justice and the entire Joint Security Force, including UNMIL, to get to the bottom of this new deadly menace that has befallen the already Ebola-traumatized national landscape.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

School Feeding Program Great, But…

first_imgThe Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System has a wonderful plan for the re-opening of schools, hopefully next January.He has pledged to feed the children as a key component for the enhancement of learning.  Reflecting on the truism that “An empty bag cannot stand,” MCSS Superintendent Benjamin Jacobs has pledged that the System will do its best to feed all the children, many of whom come to school hungry.  These hungry students, in the middle of the school session or earlier, soon find their way back home in search of food.  Hunger contributes to truancy (absence or non-attendance), and nothing defeats the educational purpose more than that.Superintendent Jacobs should be commended for acknowledging this particular need which, if fulfilled, would definitely empower the children to be more responsive to the instruction they are receiving and take their lessons more seriously.  And we hope and pray that the Education Ministry and the MCSS will be able to find the food to feed the students.  We are sure that the World Food Program, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and  Save the Children UK and USA would be more that willing to help our malnourished youth by enabling MCSS successfully to execute this plan.  But . . . and again, this is a BIG BUT!With the children’s stomachs full, what kind of instruction will they receive in the classroom?  Who will the teachers be?  How well prepared will they be?  What will be the syllabus? Are their textbooks to back it up?  What will be emphasis on reading in a country where over 60% of the people are illiterate and so many of our school going pupils and students have serious difficulty reading?If there are textbooks, where are they coming from?  This newspaper has long argued that the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Liberian government as a whole should insist on locally produced texts for our students because such texts help the students learn faster and more retentively.We have no idea why the MOE has persistently had difficulty finding the resources to recruit and train textbook writers.  This is most certainly one of the key challenges of our new Minister of Education, Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell who, given her impeccable educational qualifications and professional accomplishments, we are sure will be confirmed by the Liberian Senate.We wonder what Superintendent Jacobs is thinking about Civics, a vital subject that for reasons few can understand was some years ago expunged (deleted) from the Liberian school curriculum.   The most puzzling thing about this deletion is that this happened in a country whose people have difficulty being patriotic. Civics not only helps students learn more about their country; it helps them understand their history and the functioning of their government.  Without putting forward what we believe is an unnecessary argument for the restoration of Civics in the Liberian educational curriculum, we are straightforwardly calling on the Education Ministry and MCSS to make sure that Civics is taught in ALL elementary and high schools, public and private, throughout the Republic.  In order to do this, it is axiomatic (self evident) that textbooks at various levels will have to be produced and teachers trained to teach Civics.We hope also that Superintendent Jacobs and his team will ensure that each school has a library and trained Librarians to help students develop the ability and habit of reading. The Ministry should also help MCSS find the money to equip each school with a fully equipped laboratory.  Our students must learn Science at every level, including Nursery.  We all have seen what Ebola has done to us–killed so many of our nurses and doctors.  They need to be replenished and that can be done only when we teach our students Science and Math.Needless to say, MCSS and the MOE have a lot to do to train and retrain our teachers–the existing ones and the thousands more that need to be recruited to man our educational institutions.Superintendent Jacobs should be commended also for his plans to keep Ebola at bay by insisting on hand washing, temperature taking and all the other measures in place to fight the virus. It is a great thing, too, to engage Guidance Counselors in all the schools to help keep out students focused, and properly guided and direct through their academic journey the vocational and professional choices they must eventually make.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beware of Hamilton Green

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to a letter written by one Hamilton Green in a section of the media on March 22, 2019, calling for solutions but offered none. He put forward the ludicrous argument that “the Carter Center’s continued involvement in our political affairs is anathema”. My caution to the Guyanese nation is – beware of these political dinosaurs like Hammie. They preach love today but behind their words are the minds of the real enemies of the people. These people are the banes to democratic progress in Guyana.Here we have Hammie talking down the Carter Center which saved Guyana in 1992 from the intellectual authors of dictatorial rule. These odious people who put out their thousand man group of thugs in front of the Elections Commission building on Croal Street in 1992 with clear instructions to seize the building, burn all documents and equipment as a means to suppress the results which reflected the will of the people. If it was not for that call from President Carter to then President Hoyte who then did the legal thing and instructed the GDF to mobilise and supplement the Police, these thugs might have made Guyana into another Equatorial Guinea, a nation that is resource rich but with the majority of the people living in absolute poverty.So I write this letter in support of the work of the Carter Center. I believe our friends from the Carter Center can best serve the masses of people of Guyana by expanding their operation in 2019 Georgetown since we have a band of people in power who only respect the rulings of the court when it goes in their favour and who are doing everything within their power to frustrate the mandate of the Elections Commission by setting themselves up to be unprepared for General Elections? It is now almost 100 days since the no-confidence vote and the GECOM Chairman has done very little to offer any leadership to improve its preparedness for elections in the event that the CCJ overturns the Court of Appeal’s decision.This is the Guyana we have today where a small cabal of PNC leaders think they have a legal transport over all of Guyana, so much so that they can unilaterally decide to drive a wedge between our people by hiring 16 of the 17 permanent secretaries from one group with the clear purpose of excluding all the other three groups (Guyana is a land of 4 major groups). To rub salt into the wounds, they have extended this ethnic supremacist action into ensuring that 85 per cent of all the heads of department in the public service are from the same group of people. One PNC leader who said she is “only hiring PNC people” confirmed this strategy and look what they have now done to Valmiki Singh, another competent head of department who was also sent packing.In such conditions, there is an important role for the Carter Center to ensure that our diversity is best served with stronger internal control systems unlike what Hammie dished out to the workers of the Guyana Stores Ltd on the picket line back in the days with the hockey stick gang and the House of Israel thugs.My message to the youths of Guyana – beware of Hamilton Green, he is nothing but a wolf dressed up as a sheep.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

3 women jailed for embezzling $48M

first_imgThree women were on Tuesday jailed for four years each after they were found guilty of fraudulently converting in excess of million from Telecom Solutions (Guyana) Inc.Initially, the women – Melissa Naughton, 39, of Robert Street, Better Hope, East Coast Demerara; Candacie Marshall, 26, of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown; and Oladara Christian, 28, of Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown; had all pleaded not guilty to the charge.In a packed court room before City Magistrate Leron Daly, the sentence was handed down to the three tearful women while the Magistrate noted that the women of mature ages were fully aware of their actions and continued.The charge stated that between June 25, 2008 and November 23, 2009, they conspired together with other persons to embezzle in excess of $48 million in credit from Telecom Solutions Inc.The Magistrate stated that the court and society condemns the exploitation of employees towards employers.Defence Attorney Glen Hanoman who represented Naughton and Christian requested that the court grant his clients non-custodial sentences based on President David Granger’s remark that “there is no place for women in prison.”The trio was found guilty by Magistrate Daly on August 31, 2016, after it was found that the prosecution had proven its case against the women beyond reasonable doubt.The women’s lawyers at the previous court hearing – Adrian Thompson, Ronald Burch-Smith and Everton Singh Lammy – had requested probation reports on the women after they were found guilty of the offence.In 2011, the women were employees of the company where Naughton and Christian served in the capacities of cashiers, which they were responsible for selling large amounts of Digicel credit via a computerised system.It was reported that Marshall was the person who, from time to time, solicited the customers.According to reports, the two cashiers had invalidated several transactions which were written off, after which they would revalidate those transactions and sell them to persons and receive the proceeds for themselves.last_img read more

Sanctions on Iran loom with uranium report today

first_imgVIENNA, Austria – Iran’s chief nuclear envoy said Tuesday his country wants to negotiate over its uranium enrichment program, on the eve of a U.N. Security Council deadline that carries the threat of harsher sanctions. But the country’s hard-line president said Iran will halt enrichment only if Western nations do the same. Sanctions could be triggered by a report from Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, to his agency’s 35 board-member nations, expected today. That report is expected to say Iran has expanded enrichment activities instead of freezing them. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking to a crowd of thousands in Iran, said his country was ready to stop its enrichment program, but only if Western nations do the same – something the United States and others with similar programs are unlikely to even consider. “Justice demands that those who want to hold talks with us shut down their nuclear fuel cycle program too,” he said. “Then, we can hold dialogue under a fair atmosphere.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The White House dismissed Ahmadinejad’s call. “Do you believe that’s a serious offer?” White House press secretary Tony Snow asked. “It’s pretty clear that the international community has said to the Iranians, `You can have nuclear power but we don’t want you to have the ability to build nuclear weapons.’ And that is an offer we continue to make.” Nevertheless, Ahmadinejad’s speech was unusually conciliatory, avoiding fiery denunciations of the West. Iran’s call for talks – voiced separately on Tuesday by Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and senior nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani – suggested an attempt to convey flexibility on the eve of the deadline. Mottaki, in Turkey, said talks on the nuclear dispute should try to achieve an agreement allowing “Iran to achieve its rights” while eliminating “concerns” about its nuclear ambitions.last_img

Paris Saint-Germain to decide on swoop for Manchester United star or Juventus man

first_img Manchester United star Angel di Maria 1 Paris-Saint Germain are weighing up whether to make a move for Juventus star Paul Pogba or Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria this summer.The French champions are keen to make another marquee signing at the end of the season as they look to bolster their squad.And, according to L’Equipe, PSG are torn between going for France star Paul Pogba or Di Maria – who they were chasing last summer.Due to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, the Ligue 1 side cannot afford to sign both despite the club’s Qatari owners having the necessary funds.Both Pogba and Di Maria are valued at around £60m, with reports claiming that Manchester United would part with their Argentine winger if PSG offered them the £59.7m they bought him for last summer.Juventus on the other hand are keen to keep hold of Pogba but are wary of the significant pay rise PSG can offer the 22-year-old.last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: It had to happen.There has been a range of flus, colds, coughs, chest infections and bugs going around lately.Everywhere you go, there seems to be someone who is sniffing, coughing and blowing their nose for the umpteenth time. I did well to hold out for this long, considering the amount of people that I see every week, but it finally happened.I am sick!Like any sane person, I hate being sick.Some people might relish in the thought of a day in the bed, with nothing to do, but it is my idea of hell. Whenever something like this happens, all I can think about is what I will be missing out on and the work I will have to catch up on whenever I get better.Right now, I am sitting writing this article with about 20 minutes before my deadline, because I have been in bed for the last 30 hours.Thankfully, I am coming around to myself and should be right as rain for my 6am class on Monday morning.Was it just a day in the bed that helped me recover?Not quite. I had a little help from the guys at Precision Nutrition.They wrote an article a few weeks back on ‘What to eat when you are sick’ and I used some of their protocols which I will share with you.Dr John Berardi writes in the article;“You might not realize it, but what happens in your digestive tract plays a huge role in how well you’re able to fight off germs. And what you eat — even, at times, whether you eat — can have a direct impact on how quickly you recover from a cold or flu and whether you catch the bug in the first place” You might not realise it, but our gut compromises over 70% of our immune system.Chemicals in our digestive tract help fight bacteria, viruses and fungi.If they reach our stomach, hydrochloric acid will pulverize most invaders before they can reach our intestines.If our stomach acids lose the battle, we also have proteins and chemical compounds further down the digestive chain that can sense and fight any harmful bacteria that may have made it past.You may also want to consider boosting your ‘Good Bacteria’ by increasing your prebiotic and probiotic foods.The best whole food sources of prebiotics are:From Vegetables – asparagus, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks and onions
From Carbs – barley, oats, quinoa, rye, wheat, potatoes and yams
From Fruit – apples, bananas, berries, citrus and kiwi
From Fats – flax seeds and chia seeds.You will be aiming for 2-3 servings of prebiotic rich foods each day.The best whole food sources of probiotics are;From Dairy – yoghurt, cheese and kefir
Fermented vegetables – pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi
Fermented soy – miso and tempehOther sources – soy sauce and wine.Aim for 1-2 servings of probiotic rich foods each day.If you are already sick, like me, foods like, garlic, honey, elderberry, green tea, and even the old faithful chicken soup have been shown to help speed up recovery.Supplements such as vitamin C, Zinc, Ginseng, Stevia and Selenium have all been shown to help speed up recovery also.I’ll leave you with some tips from Dr Berardi.“If you’re already feeling sick”:“Drink lots of fluids (especially water and green tea)Rest and recoverFocus on immune-boosting foodsSupplement with pre- and probioticsUse immune-boosting supplementsAnd above all, listen to your body cues. If you’re hungry, eat. If not, don’t”.#TrainSmartTo keep up to date with fitness and nutrition tips, be sure to follow me through the link below.
#TrainSmart RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO GET THROUGH SICKNESS was last modified: March 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columnemmet rushefitnessflusicksicknesstraininglast_img read more