Athlete's Basic Nutrition - (Part 1)

29 Aug

       Your body oftentimes replenishes itself every 7–15 years. Some parts are never replaced, and some parts are replaced much more quickly. The cells on the inner lens of your eye were formed when you were an embryo. Tooth enamel never regrows, and evidence indicates that you can't regrow the neurons of the cerebral cortex. The organs that work the hardest have the fastest changeover. You get a whole new skin every 2-4 weeks, red blood cells last only half the year, and your liver renews itself at least once every couple years. But to do all this, your body requires some raw materials. These include at least 30 vitamins, minerals, and dietary components that your body needs but cannot manufacture on its own in sufficient amounts. 

       Scurvy, blindness, rickets, birth defects, dental cavities; these are diseases that no athlete wishes to encounter; for they result from the insufficiency of vitamins and minerals obtain-ability. 

Solid examples: - Lack of vitamin D will result in weak bones - Insufficient intake of folic acid will increase the rate of birth defects. - Depression is a common early psychiatric manifestation of B12 deficiency - Deficiency in Magnesium And Zinc results in mental confusion, irritability, and anxiety. 

Vitamins are of two types: Water Soluble Vitamins: Vitamin B1 and B2 which are water-soluble vitamins help in energy release and production, Biotin helps your body use protein, fat, and carbohydrate from food, and Vitamin C may help prevent cell damage and reduce the risk of certain cancers; Fat Soluble Vitamins: Vitamin A which is a fat-soluble vitamin helps you to see in the day and at night and protects you from infections, Vitamin D works as a pro-hormone, in regulating body levels of calcium and phosphorus, and in mineralization of bone. and Vitamin E helps you to maintain a healthy immune system. 

       What did you learn? Vitamins don’t give you calories or energy, but they are the nuclear warheads that will help you reach your goal, whether you’re a runner, weightlifter, or martial artist. Some people like you my target audience, the athletes, are required for a precise and tailored amount of Vitamins & Minerals to achieve your goals; Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrate intake change accordingly to your goal as well.

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