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Eat Greens for More Energy

15 Mar

Eating more green vegetables can help athletes improve endurance, energy level, and delay fatigue during exercise and athletic activity.

Low energy, muscle weakness, and fatigue have long been associated with iron deficiency anemia. However, a study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that these symptoms may start well before low iron leads to anemia.

Low iron can result in a lack of energy, so athletes should eat plenty of foods that provide a healthy dose of this essential nutrient to ensure that energy levels remain high. Broccoli, spinachkale, and other dark, leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of iron. Additionally, because these foods all contain vitamin C, they provide a healthy dose of antioxidants that will help you to stay strong and healthy which can also have a positive effect on your energy levels. It’s easy to fit these foods into your meals by adding them to pastas, salads, soups, and casseroles.

Try adding a handful of spinach into a blender with your usual protein shake ingredients.  You won’t even taste it.

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Summer Means Watermelon

12 Aug

juicy_watermelon_wallpaper[1]Watermelon has been around for thousands of years.  Although most of us consider it a fruit, it actually comes from the same plant family as the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin.

Watermelon is a perfect, juicy summer treat.  It is over 90% water, so it can help you stay hydrated.  Watermelon is high in lycopene (more than tomatoes) — a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells and DNA.  Research has shown that lycopene reduces the risk of certain cancers and increases energy.  It is also a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients.

Watermelon is also versatile.  You can slice it and eat it as you would any other fruit, serve it as a soup or in a salad, or season and eat the seeds as a snack.

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Vitamin C May Help Exercise-Induced Asthma

3 Apr

cvitamin2[1]People with exercise-induced asthma might find some relief by taking vitamin C, reports a study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Here’s an interesting article titled, Breathe Easy During Your Workout with Vitamin C.  The author cites BMJ research supporting the use of vitamin C and exercise (done properly) to improve management of exercise-induced asthma.

This information is particularly relevant to me, as I have two daughters — both athletes — who use an inhaler for exercise-induced asthma.

The article defines exercise-induced asthma, its symptoms, and describes conditions that my exacerbate the condition.

Vitamin C deficiency is believed to stimulate the release of inflammatory mediators that may be involved in exercise-induced asthma.

Vitamin C supplementation is low-cost and safe, and may provide relief of asthma-related symptoms for physically fit people when exercising.

The author also discusses strategies for helping individuals with exercise-induced asthma better manage the exercise process.

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Get More Vitamin C With This Summer Fruit Salad

11 Jun

img_1724[1]For most of us, summer is the perfect time to get fruits that are less than readily available out-of-season.  And eating more fruit is a great way to increase your vitamin C intake.

Studies show that vitamin C is a powerful and effective antioxidant that offers a wide array of important health benefits, including:

  • lowers blood pressure and stroke risk
  • regulates nitric oxide levels
  • improves peripheral blood flow
  • aids in cellular repair
  • strengthens immune system
  • improves cardiac health
  • helps avoid degenerative diseases
  • improves eye health

To ensure that you get at least the recommended 90 mg per day, eat a 1 cup serving of a fruit salad made from any combination of oranges, strawberries, papaya, kiwi, and mango.  If you have another favorite, toss it in there, too (I like watermelon — a good source of vitamin C and more lycopene than tomatoes).  All these fruits are loaded with nutrients and taste great.

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Eat Greens for More Energy

18 Nov

Dark_Green-Vegetables[1]Eating more green vegetables can help athletes improve endurance, energy level, and delay fatigue during exercise and athletic activity.

Low energy, muscle weakness, and fatigue have long been associated with iron deficiency anemia. However, a study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that these symptoms may start well before low iron leads to anemia.

Low iron can result in a lack of energy, so athletes should eat plenty of foods that provide a healthy dose of this essential nutrient to ensure that energy levels remain high. Broccoli, spinachkale, and other dark, leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of iron. Additionally, because these foods all contain vitamin C, they provide a healthy dose of antioxidants that will help you to stay strong and healthy which can also have a positive effect on your energy levels. It’s easy to fit these foods into your meals by adding them to pastas, salads, soups, and casseroles.

Try adding a handful of spinach into a blender with your usual protein shake ingredients.  You won’t even taste it.

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Summer Means Watermelon

21 Jun

juicy_watermelon_wallpaper[1]Watermelon has been around for thousands of years.  Although most of us consider it a fruit, it actually comes from the same plant family as the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin.

Watermelon is a perfect, juicy summer treat.  It is over 90% water, so it can help you stay hydrated.  Watermelon is high in lycopene (more than tomatoes) — a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells and DNA.  Research has shown that lycopene reduces the risk of certain cancers and increases energy.  It is also a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients.

Watermelon is also versatile.  You can slice it and eat it as you would any other fruit, serve it as a soup or in a salad, or season and eat the seeds as a snack.

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