Types of Nutrition Required by Athletes

Types of Nutrition Required by Athletes

Athletes lead a very different life than other people. Non-athletes tend to lead a very casual life, unlike the athletes who lead a much-disciplined

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Athletes lead a very different life than other people. Non-athletes tend to lead a very casual life, unlike the athletes who lead a much-disciplined life. Non-athletes can be lazy and spontaneous but the athletes are super active, have a proper routine, and are very conscious about their health.

The major difference between an athlete and a non-athlete can be noticed in their physical appearance. Athletes are fit, with stronger muscles and abs, and I doubt you will see any athlete whose body has more than required fat in it. 

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You will also observe that people who are into sports are less likely to face any major health problems like blood pressure, cholesterol, fewer heart-problems, etc. They are also mentally strong as compared to non-athletes, as sports teach them the art of losing gracefully and winning respectfully.

But they cannot achieve all this with a relaxed and lazy lifestyle. They have to work very hard in order to achieve this kind of health and a career in sports. Apart from their workout sessions in the gym and running in the parks, they have to be very particular about their diets as well. They cannot just dive into their craving for food and eat whatever they want.

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They need food which provides them proper nutrition. Their body needs certain vitamins and minerals in order to be healthy, active, and to have strong immunity. They can intake those vitamins and minerals through food or through supplements. These supplements strengthen the immune system and help in cleansing parasites naturally from the body. Following are some of the important supplements required for an athlete:

  1. Protein: Proteins are an athlete’s best friend. Protein encourages muscle growth and is often used by the body in the form of energy. Whey protein is the favorite form of protein which is taken by the athletes after their workout sessions. It helps to improve one’s metabolism which further leads to fat loss.
  2. Calcium: One of the biggest obstacles in the life of an athlete is the injury he suffers. As an athlete spend most of his time in the field or in the gym, he is bound to get muscle and bone injuries. Taking calcium supplements will strengthen the bones and joints in one’s body. Stronger bones are less likely to get injured as compared to the unhealthy ones.
  3. Fish oils: Fish oils or Omega 3 fatty acids helps to strengthen your cardiovascular health. They make sure to keep your heart rate normal, blood pressure normal, and even help to stabilize the hormones in your body.
  4. Creatine: Creatine consists of amino acids which are naturally produced in your body. Taking its supplements will increase your energy and stamina. You can take these amino acids in the form of medications, bars, powders, etc. These nutrients are also known for reducing muscle cramps after working out.
  5. Multivitamins: Multivitamins are the most basic form of supplements required by both athletes as well as non-athletes. These supplements provide you the most important vitamins and minerals that are required by your body like Vitamin D, K, C, E and A, magnesium, zinc, potassium, etc.  

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