June 30, 2012

Nutrition helps you Break Records!

Nutrition for optimal athletic performance
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art! Over the past 20 years, research has clearly documented the beneficial effects of nutrition on exercise performance. There is no doubt that what an athlete eats and drinks can affect health, body weight and composition, substrate availability during exercise, recovery time after exercise, and, ultimately, exercise performance.

For peak performance, every athlete needs:
  • ·         Adequate energy from food
  • ·         Enough fluids to keep the body hydrated
  • ·         The right balance of nutrients
  • ·         Replenished glycogen stores
  • ·         Protein to build and repair tissue
  • ·         Essential fatty acids

In my practice as a sports nutritionist, I’ve noticed that most athletes focus mainly on proteins and carbohydrates in their diet. 
Very little attention is given to vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables which are responsible for carrying out countless enzymatic/chemical reactions occurring in the body. B vitamins help in breaking down food to give you energy to fuel your body - Are you getting enough? Magnesium is required to enable your muscles to contract and relax efficiently – are you cramping?

A sports nutritionist works with you to help YOU achieve peak performance by teaching you:
·         What to eat and drink before, during, and after exercise
·         How to use nutrition to help with performance and improve recovery time
·         When to use sports drinks instead of water
·         How to prevent dehydration
·         If certain vitamin or mineral supplements are needed
At Qua Nutrition, we coach you to eat like an athlete and empower you with performance foods.
Visit www.quanutrition.com to get the best out of your performance by signing up for a sports nutrition plan.  You deserve the best!
Article Posted by Shona Prabhu
Sports Nutritionist

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