The role or context of appropriate nutrition and energy intake is highly scrutenized at “Integrated Health Solutions by Tanya Morrell”; all athletes should focus on integrating carbohydrate intake for an adequate response. It’s necessary and important to re synthesize glycogen used during exercise before the next training session begins. Timing is also critical in regards to nutrition and the athlete… Carbohydrates consumed during prolonged exercise can be beneficial to performance and a carbohydrate with a high glycemic index, will be beneficial for recovery. Consuming the right amount of carbohydrates at the right time is your solution. Wait…what about Protein?
The amount of protein recommended for training and performance for athletes recommended depends on if the athlete is predominantly endurance trained or strength trained. Athletes need more protein than non athletes do but not as much as you might imagine. Carbohydrate and protein intakes determine how much fat should be consumed and is most of the time, but not always lower than the general public. It’s important for athletes to achieve and maintain energy balance. Without overconsumption, they must consume enough carbohydrates, fat and protein to fuel their performance when integrated into performance training.
Vitamins and Minerals are essential nutrients that play many roles in the body. A vitamin and mineral deficiency can hamper performance; altering intake of food and adding clean supplements to the diet regimen can help athletes reverse deficiencies.
One of the most important nutrients is good old water! Preventing hypohydration is critical for high performance. Consider Sports beverages that have added electrolytes to sustain hours of exercise but nothing beats water.
Carbohydrates, Fats, Protein are all sources of energy. When theses nutrients are consumed, digested, absorbed and metabolized, the energy becomes available to the body and used immediately or stored for future use. The intensity and duration of training are integral components to be considered when fine-tuning the needs of athletes in specific sport and their nutrition. Consider good nutrition to help improve your training and performance and a better approach to an integrated health solution!