Being an athlete requires peak fitness and a carefully honed diet. It’s not just about putting calories in your body, the best results will come when you focus on nutrient requirements to quickly repair and build muscles.
Between mental and emotional health, immune system, muscle recovery, sleep habits and heat tolerance, there are lots of things to consider. Here are a handful of suggestions to chew on. Continue Reading…
A nutrient-packed smoothie can help you hydrate and prepare for some pedal-pushing power. Vital to a good workout is balanced and easily digested energy beforehand. It’s important to consider the type of workout you’re doing and the required levels of carbs and protein.
This Mango-go smoothie is the perfect setup for a shorter high-intensity workout with its blend of healthy complex carbohydrates and fibre, which supplement your glycogen stores. The banana, date and ginger fuel you with energy and vitamins and the chia seeds will give you a little kick of protein.
You were riding along at good pace, focused and energized… then seemingly without warning your legs turned to cement, you begin to lag behind and the muscle-trembling feeling of hunger and nausea sets in—Get home quick, cause you’re going to bonk!
Your ability to run, bike, ski and get zesty in any activity that exerts yourself, hinges on the capacity of the body to extract energy from food. Riding strong and steady is about eating the right amounts of the right foods at the right times. And drinking adequate amounts of water! Continue Reading…
First domesticated by the Mayans over 2,000 years ago, cacao from coco beans is one of the most nutritionally complex foods on earth. Cacao is the main ingredient in dark chocolate, but it has nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate. Continue Reading…
For athletes, Maca raises energy in a balanced way: Maca boosts energy, but it does so in a balanced way, unlike caffeine, carbohydrates or sugar which often spike and drop quickly. Maca gives you increased endurance and muscular stamina which allows you to work out longer and more intensely. Continue Reading…
Forget the Advil and knock back a shot of Turmeric
Curcumin, the compound in turmeric responsible for that bright hue, isn’t just for making those bold curry colours. Curcumin is has a whole host of the health benefits and is one of the most potent anti-inflammatories in nature.
The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. Continue Reading…
Don’t worry, you don’t have to guzzle it back like grandma said. There are plenty of ways to incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet.
This health tonic has been praised for its ability to balance your pH, increase good gut bacteria and help control your weight, boost your health and improve your appearance. For athletes, the amino acid, raw enzyme and potassium provides amazing performance and recovery benefits.
Feeling like you need to get gutsy? Apple Cider Vinegar contains a compound called malic acid and also boasts antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can all help alleviate problems in your gut.
By promoting better lymph circulation, apple cider vinegar pushes toxins out of the body all while supplying your body with natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes. High levels of potassium help clear up sinus infections, sore throats, and allergies.
Mid-race and your leg suddenly cramps! Not to worry, you can bust out your emergency Apple Cider Vinegar shot. High in potassium, you can try two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and feel the cramp vanish!
By adding a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar to your meal each day, you may feel fuller, longer. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that it slowed fat accumulation.
Insulin function & blood sugar levels
Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels. 2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal—perhaps, as part of a vinaigrette salad dressing will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal.
Suggested ways to incorporate
In vinaigrette for salads and other bowls
Replace it when using regular vinegar in stir-fry recipes
Replace it when using regular vinegar in steak marinade
Tuna salad with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper—rather than mayo.
Mix with honey and hot water as a pre-bedtime tonic