Nutrition for athletes and athletic performance go hand in hand, especially for the endurance athlete.
What you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat can determine your level of success.
Proper nutrition can help alleviate digestive issues, muscle fatigue and joint damage that many athletes face. Determining the proper foods and timing of meals, to optimize maximum performance and recovery can be tricky.
HEALTH POINTS TO CONSIDER
- Do not compromise your health in the name of athletic performance. A decision you make today to enhance your performance will have an impact on you the rest of your life.
- You have to eat anyway; you might as well eat the proper foods to provide you optimum health and optimum performance.
- You must have the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water and micro nutrients on a regular basis.
- It’s not just what you eat, it’s also what you don’t eat that will determine how well you perform and recover from an athletic event.
- Listen to your body! Pain that does not lessen in three days, fatigue, brain fog, digestive problems, irregular or lack of menstrual cycles could be signs of a health issue that may require professional help.
- Learn to read food labels. Many foods have added ingredients that you don’t want in your body. Added sugar is a big culprit. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, don’t eat it!
- Just because a food is labeled “healthy,” “gluten free,” “low carbohydrate” or “low fat,” doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for you. Many foods with these claims have undesired added ingredients to make them taste better. The fewer ingredients on a label, the better. Keep it simple!