Nutrients for Athletes

Nutrients are chemical substances required by the body for survival. There are Micro- and Macro-nutrients. Macronutrients are such chemicals needed in large amounts by the body: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Micronutrients on the other hand are chemical substances required in trace amounts for normal growth and development.

All humans need adequate amounts of both macro and micro nutrients, though athletes

All athletes are looking for the edge, either something to make exercise easier for them, or perhaps to improve performance. One of the best ways to improve performance, is to ensure you are getting the right balance of macro-nutrients, to fuel the body.

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Good quality carbohydrates and protein provide the energy and muscle repair after exercising. Also needed are lots of micro-nutrients like iron to prevent fatigue, as well as zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamins B to boost immunity. Plus omega-3 fatty acids to prevent inflammation from injury. Real food provides all of this and more.

Each of the major food nutrients play a role in the diet of athletes. There is more information about each of the nutrients:

Macronutrients

Micronutrients

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Athlete nutrition is not just about weight loss. It is important to fuel the body optimally before, during and after exercise, as well as to stay hydrated.

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