Supplementation Strategies for Athletes

Supplement your diet with healthy micronutrients to help improve athletic performance. Ingest supplements to compliment your nutritional strategies. Use supplements to enhance training, competitive performance and aid in recuperation.

Supplements are just what their name implies. They are supplements to proper nutrition. Take supplements in conjunction with sound dietary practices, not in place off them, to optimize results.

Micronutrients: Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Micronutrients are responsible for a plethora of functions. Each micronutrient performs a specific task. Micronutrients work interdependently with each other. Nutritional strategies should include the ingestion of micronutrients in their proper balances, amounts and natural states.

Certified Organic Whole Foods: Take supplements derived from certified organic whole foods for the best possible results. Certified organic whole foods possess nutrients in their natural levels and balances. Supplements derived from certified organic whole foods provide nutrients in their natural levels and balances.

Certified organic whole foods and supplements contain the desired micronutrients with their co-factors and precursors. Co-factors are micronutrients that work independently but alongside the desired micronutrient. Precursors act as catalysts to the micronutrients. The nutrients, co-factors and precursors function synergistically to complete their objectives.

Supplementation Strategies: Supplementation needs are general and individual. Each person, especially athletes, requires fundamental and personalized nutrition and supplementation strategies. Supplementation needs change with age, activity level, training objectives, degree of health and fitness levels. Modify your supplements as needed to meet your current requirements.

Athletes should use supplements for two reasons: Performance and recuperation. Start with a multivitamin/multi-mineral to support overall health and well-being then branch out to specific needs.

Performance: The purpose of taking supplements for performance is to heighten function. Utilize supplements to increase energy and improve blood flow to the working muscles.

Supplements which increase lung health, breathing, heart health and circulation help bring oxygenated blood to the working structures. During exercise the muscles require increased oxygen for energy. In response the lungs breathe deeper and the heart beats harder and faster. This increases the level of oxygen carried to the muscles thus maximizing their capabilities.

Supplements which increase short term and long term energy help boost focus and cell function. Proper body function at the cellular level improves performance and concentration in all physical and mental activities.

Recuperation: Proper recovery after training and competition is essential to athletes of all ages. Supplements which aid in bone, joint, muscle, tendon, ligament and nerve health promote recovery.

Skeletal health is the structural foundation of motion. Bone renewal is a constant process. Feed your bones a consistent flow of bone strengthening micronutrients to aid in the bone remodeling process.

Joint health is essential for proper motion, especially in mature athletes. Weight bearing exercise places stress on the joints in the spine, hips and lower extremities. Supply your joints with the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients required to maintain long term function.

The body cannot move without proper nerve signal transmission. Nerve signals are sent from the brain, down the spinal cord, through the spinal nerves then travel into the working structures. A return signal is sent back immediately. Optimize nervous system health with healthy supplementation strategies.

Muscles and tendons move bones. Ligaments support joints by stabilizing the bones and preventing excessive motion. Build stronger, healthier muscles, tendons and ligaments with supplements that support these important structures.

Conclusion: Approach supplementation as a tool to improve nutrition, health, fitness and athletic performance. Maximize results by documenting your nutrition and supplementation in a detailed dietary journal. Continually monitor what is producing optimal results. Modify your supplementation strategies accordingly.

Supply your body the micronutrients it needs to perform at its highest level. Provide the musculoskeletal and nervous systems the required nutrients to repair themselves and grow stronger. Develop a healthier, fitter, higher performing body with sound nutrition and supplementation strategies.

Dr Donald A Ozello DC of Championship Chiropractic in Las Vegas, NV

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