Nutrition and Sport are areas that complement each other, and it isn’t easy to think of one without addressing the other. Often, a balanced diet is not enough to make the individual healthy without adequate physical exercise. And for an athlete, it is essential to prioritize a diet or supplement from snac for example that will bring, in addition to performance, good health.
Even knowing the importance of working both themes together, the questions arise: What is the best way to approach Nutrition in sports? How can I improve my client’s sports performance through nutritional monitoring?
Nutrition today is very present in the media, and almost everyone thinks they dominate the area’s contents, don’t they? Who has never bumped into that friend or friend who gave a tip on the “miraculous” diet they saw somewhere? In addition, as it is a “new” science, we professionals are faced with many changes in concepts, and we have to learn to deal with this fact. I receive people in my office daily with pre-formed ideas about what is interesting or not to introduce in food.
The market related to sports and physical activity is increasingly vital in most countries, and even before the necessary adjustments to their diet, individuals are already using various food supplements. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest challenges for a nutritionist today to helping people practice sports: making people understand that, more important than using any supplement, it is first to adjust their diet, as it is very common to identify some flaws in the way this person feeds.
How Can Sports Nutrition Improve Athlete Performance?
So far, we know that the work of Nutrition helps the athlete and the practitioner of exercises create a healthier and more efficient routine. But what are the real effects of a correct diet in these cases?
In terms of physical response to dietary changes, nutritional monitoring can improve energy formation, increase performance, and help muscle recovery and energy stores so that the athlete can complete the training sessions without performance and health impairments.
Through nutritional monitoring, the athlete and practitioner of physical activity are not only able to maintain a good nutritional status, with ideal weight, fat percentage, and muscle mass. With good Nutrition, he starts to maintain an optimal state of macro, micronutrients, Pro-Night and bioactive compounds, which are extremely important for good energy formation (improvement of mitochondrial function); optimal functioning of defense systems, improving immunity; fighting oxidative stress (naturally generated by activity, but which should not be excessive!) and inflammation, which significantly reduces the risk of muscle and joint injuries; improve hormone production; and correct intestinal imbalances.