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Nutrition For Athletic Performance

Nutrition For Athletic Performance

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Published by Vicki Zerbee
Nutrition for athletic performance or sports nutrition can help athletes and anyone who exercises or participates in some kind of physical activity to prepare for exercise, hydrate and recover from sore muscles.
Nutrition for athletic performance or sports nutrition can help athletes and anyone who exercises or participates in some kind of physical activity to prepare for exercise, hydrate and recover from sore muscles.

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Published by: Vicki Zerbee on Jun 18, 2012
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http://Facebook.com/EnergyChews2012 http://sportsnutrition.naturalhealthsolutionz.com
Nutrition For Athletic Performance
What we feed our bodies to prepare for competition or any type of physical exercise has come a longway. Did you know that in the early 1900's at least one Gold Medal marathon runner consumed onlyegg whites, brandy, strychnine and a wet sponge to suck on while running 26.2 miles?[from Wikipedia: Had the race been run under current rules, Hicks would have been disqualified: hehad been given a dose of 1/60 of a grain (roughly 1 mg) of strychnine and some brandy, because he wasflagging badly during the race; the first dose of strychnine did not revive him for long, so he was givenanother. As a result, he collapsed after crossing the finishing line. Another dose might have been fatal.Strychnine is now forbidden for athletes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hicks_(athlete)]
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http://Facebook.com/EnergyChews2012 http://sportsnutrition.naturalhealthsolutionz.comThere have been hundreds of research studies since, especially in the past 25 years where scientistshave learned a lot about the body and nutrition during physical activity. The results from those studiesalong with the successful use of optimal nutrition by athletes and weekend warriors all over the worldcan help us understand the value of using sports nutrition products. We know about the importance of proper hydration and a healthy diet that includes carbohydrates and lean, high-quality protein withlimited amounts of fat. We know that what we eat and drink before, during, and after exercise can havea direct on our performance and our recovery.Gym memberships went up, even in the middle of a nationwide recession. People like you and me havedecided to get healthy so we don't need to depend on our troubled healthcare system. And many of usnow believe that staying fit not only feels good but can improve our health.Whether you're a casual walker, a weekend warrior, a fitness fanatic or any level of athlete, what youeat and when you eat it make a big difference in the success of your workout and your muscle recovery.How would you like to learn more about the kind of nutritional support you need to fuel your workout,based on what science has helped us discover and what is working for people all over the country. If youwant to maximize your workouts by making sure your body has what it needs before, during and afteryour workouts, read on.There are so many products for sale in stores, at the gym, and online that claim to be the very best thingon earth to power a workout. So how do you know who to believe? The truth is that there are nogimmicks or magic potions when it comes to sports nutrition.What we need to pay attention to is the clinical testing and research that's been conducted extensivelyover the last couple of decades. The results have been pretty consistent, so
that’s proof that
science isworking.
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http://Facebook.com/EnergyChews2012 http://sportsnutrition.naturalhealthsolutionz.comThe topic of sports nutrition may be best understood when you think about it in three parts: What youcan do to optimize performance 1) before, 2) during and 3) after a workout.Let
s start with some background science on what your muscles need to work efficiently. Basically, ourmuscles are fueled by three nutrient categories: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. But carbohydratesare by far the most important muscle fuel. That's because the harder that you exercise, the more yourbody relies upon carbohydrates - and unfortunately your stores of carbohydrates may be limited.Even at rest, carbohydrates supply about 25% of your body's energy needs. But when you'remoderately or intensely active, carbohydrate use increases to 50% or more. The reason why your bodyrelies more on carbohydrates than fat when you work out hard is because carbohydrates need far lessoxygen to provide the fuel than fat does. The problem is that as you exercise harder your oxygen supplybecomes more limited, so you rely more and more on the carbohydrates as the muscle fuel to maintainyour energy level.Carbohydrates are digested and converted into glucose to be carried to the blood and delivered to themuscles. Glucose is also stored as a compound called glycogen in the muscles and in the liver as animmediately available energy source to be broken down into glucose when your body needs it.That's why it is important to include carbohydrates in your diet, so they can be converted into glycogenstores that you need for your workout. Does that mean we don't burn fat or protein during a workout?
Here’s where it gets more technical so pay close attention.

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