right mix of foods can keep you healthy, competitive.
Looking to get an edge in your next race, at the gym or on the ski
slopes? Pay attention to what you eat, experts say.
According to an article from the Detroit Free Press,
athletes should think of food as fuel. Protein, carbs, fats, fiber,
vitamins and minerals all play a role. And, of course, don't forget
the water -- and lots of it.
Carbohydrates are often overlooked by many athletes, experts say.
Another issue for athletes is the release of free radicals, byproducts
of fuel-burning that can damage healthy cells in the body. To combat
free radicals, you should make sure you're getting plenty of antioxidants,
such as vitamins A, C and E. Tomatoes are great for athletes because
they are packed with phytochemicals such as lycopene that zap free
The first step is knowing what to eat. The second step is to plan
properly so you have the appropriate foods in the pantry when you
need them. Stocking up on staples is key.
Dried apricots have high levels of potassium, which is critical to
muscle contraction. Eating enough potassium can help ward off muscle
Nuts are another important staple. They are full of antioxidants and
omega-3 fats, which help combat heart disease and cancer. Walnuts
and almonds both have high levels of omega-3 fats, and they both have
lots of calcium. Nuts also are good sources of protein, fiber, potassium
and magnesium, the article says.
- Pem McNerney