Proper dieting for athletes

Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time for all of us to go back to our regular routines. One thing we often overlook is our diet. In order to perform at the highest level, athletes must pay special attention to what they eat. Whether you train at NLAB or you play on a team, its important to fuel your body with these food groups:

·Calcium is important to help build strong bones and reduce fractures. Incorporate low-fat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, as well as leafy green vegetables to get a sufficient amount of calcium

·Iron is also important to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Iron-rich foods include lean meat, chicken, tuna, salmon, eggs, dried fruit, and leafy green vegetables.

·Protein helps build and repair muscles, so it is important for young athletes to eat fish, lean meat, and poultry. Soy is a great option if you prefer not to eat meat, and plenty of vegetables, beans, and nuts also provide protein. Most people get a sufficient amount of protein through a normal diet, however, too much protein can cause dehydration and calcium loss.’

·Carbohydrates are extremely important in making sure your child has enough energy. Many people think it is best to stay clear of carbs but without carbs, your child will be feeling sluggish during games and practices. Eating the right carbohydrates will yield the best results. Some of these include whole grain carbs, complex carbs, and fruits and vegetables.

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