Lets get this straight…Food is Fuel! If you are an athlete the food you choose on a daily basis can help develop the power and endurance you need to thrive and take your workouts to the next level.
To fuel for workouts—and recover afterwards—it’s important for athletes to know which foods to consume.
Super foods are praised due to their high vitamin/mineral content and antioxidant qualities. Some common super foods are blueberries, walnuts, chia seed, and even wild salmon. There are even more all natural whole super foods that can specifically benefit athletes and competitors by seriously enhancing athletic performance.
These foods are POWERFUL and will push and fuel you to a new level!!
Top 5 Super Foods for FUELING AND RECOVERY FROM Grueling Workouts
Beetroots are a natural source of nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, allowing increased blood flow throughout the body which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the working muscle cells more quickly.
Consuming beets or taking a supplement like this ONE regularly can help athletes experience intended endurance/intensity and shorter recovery times.
The synergistic effect of the active ingredients, including capsaicin, have been well documented to help convert fat to heat aiding in reduced appetite and increased fat burning.
Athletes who desire to reduce oxidative stress and lose weight can benefit from taking cayenne. Aim to add more hot peppers like chili peppers to your daily diet or a concentrated daily supplement.
Brazil nuts are loaded with an important trace mineral called selenium plus they contain healthy fats and fiber. You can take a supplement of selenium but just eating a few brazil nuts everyday can give you the same benefits plus its a whole REAL food!
Research shows selenium benefits athletes’ immune function and helps repair cellular damage. It helps prevent radical-induced muscle damage that causes muscle fatigue.
Liver gram for gram is one of the most nutrient dense foods humans can eat. Liver contains something scientists call the “anti-fatigue factor. “ It’s like taking an extreme energy pill but all natural! Cooking and eating it is best but if that idea just grosses you out try a supplement like this one.
Liver is high in B vitamins, contains a highly usable form of iron, has natures most concentrated source of vitamin A, is our best source of copper and other trace elements such as zinc and chromium, and is abundant in CoQ10 which is a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function.
Avocados are an amazing concentrated source of energy and nutrients. They are full of good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) which help promote lean muscle growth and keep you full!
One avocado contains around 15 grams of fiber and nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Avocado’s contain critical electrolytes like potassium and magnesium, which contribute to proper cell and muscle funtion vital to all athletes!
Ripe avocado’s mix up great into protein drinks or smoothies. They are also yummy just as a snack with seeded (grain free) crackers, or on top of an organic grass fed burger!
Next time you get home from that killer workout skip the chemical laden protein bars & energy drinks. Try adding some or all of these 5 super REAL foods into your daily diet and start to see your energy increase and workouts excel naturally!
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