Raw Foods For Atheletes

March 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Bareskin Towel, Diet, Fitness, Professional Athletes, tips | Leave a comment
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We have all heard about raw, uncooked foods, their benefits and why we should eat them. The trouble is not many people actually know how to optimise their intake of raw foods. Overcooking destroys many of the nutrients and phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables. making it even more important that at least a portion of the foods we eat are raw or lightly cooked. The first thing we need to know is that raw foods are not just packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants but they can also boost your digestion. Raw fruit and vegetables provide the essential nutrients we need to create the digestive enzymes that break down what we eat. Our body also use these nutrients maintenance and regulation of adequate hormone levels. The phytochemicals in certain foods are essential for our bodies to function properly – simple as that. There is no escaping this – you will never achieve optimum health unless a portion of your diet comes from real, unadulterated food! This is not to say we should only eat raw foods – cooking is essential to bring out the energy in food. Ideally you should aim for a mix of raw food along with gently cooked or steamed food to optimise vitamin and mineral content.

Here are 10 of the most important Foods for athletes:

1. Garlic – Contains Astaxanthin which is a Potent immune system enhancer and antioxidant. Great for after long hard winter training sessions.

2. Carrots – Contain Carotenoids which are Anti-Ageing/inflammatory compounds and packed with Vitamin A which helps fight cancer and promote recovery. Carrots also have many other benefits.

3. Kiwi Fruits and Blueberries – Contain Lutein which is a Vision booster, It is essential for eye repair and development. It also works to protect and support the retina.

4. Apples – Contain Pectin which is an amazing type of fiber. It soothes the gut and helps fill you up, as well as being a potent anti-oxidant and helping the body deal with excess cholesterol.

5. Berries (All Sorts) – Contain Quercetin an Anti-inflammatory compound helping lower heart disease risk and lower incidence of cancer.

Read the rest of this article at Zen to Fitness

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