Written by sports guru- Wallace Muya.
An athlete has to be careful with what they consume since their body requires nutrients to help them gain endurance and energy to sustain them in the game. Think of carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables, iron and vitamins are a healthy balanced sports diet.
Different sports has different sportsmen and their requirements go hand in hand with the sports they are involved in, therefore healthy eating complement it all. In the diet, we have the dos and the don’ts, therefore every sportsman must avoid junks and aerated drinks.
Every sportsman revolves on checking their energy and prevention of injuries caused due to nutritional deficiencies. It’s by default that every sportsman will be very careful with what they consume.
Healthy foods for a sportsman to feed on includes foods rich in :
Proteins help improve muscle mass, stabilize blood sugar levels, improves moods, promote healthy brain function, maintains strong bones, promotes heart health, slow aging and promotes longevity of a sportsman.
Primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and the nervous system. An enzyme called amylase helps break down carbohydrates into glucose, which gives your body energy. A sportsman requires much energy than a common person.
- Vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals are considered as essential nutrients, they boost the immune system, support normal growth and development and they do convert food into energy. They help shore up bones and heal wounds.
Water is a source of life in any living being. Drinking adequate amounts of water can go a long way in maintaining an athlete or sportsman’s health. Remember too much water before the game can also lead to urge to frequently urinate. So watch out!
Eating only one type of food can lead to deficiencies in an athlete’s body. So make sure to balance with the above nutrients.