Key Inputs To Natural Sports Nutrition

Two ingredients will make up a quality natural sports nutrition program.  Whether you play sports at a competitive level or not these two simple inputs will not only help you feel better but give you that edge you are looking for over your competition.  To be frank, they are so  simple that it’s surprising everyone doesn’t use them more.  To make it even worse one of the two inputs is completely Free!   The items you need are: Water and the right amounts of protein, dairy and vegetables.   While I am simplifying the latter, you’ll see in a moment that if you follow some simple concepts you’ll be well on your way to living healthier and competing better are your chosen sport.

Plain and simple, water is the best natural sports nutrition you can find, and the best part is it’s Free!  Simple walk over to your nearest tab and simply pour a glass of water. If you plan to go out to train make sure you have excess water as you don’t want to run out in the middle of a workout.  Surprisingly drinking plenty of water can actually allow your body to create energy.  The bottom If your goal is to win then you’ll need every bit of energy you can muster.

1.  Water and Hydration

Have you ever been outside on a hot day and felt fatigued?  I think most people can answer ‘yes’ to that question.  That example alone proves why hydration is so critical as you can perform your best if you are tired.  Simply drinking lots of fluids will allow your body to keep functioning at it’s peak performance. Because the body is made up of primarily water if you don’t have enough in you then you’re body will eventually shut down.  Simply forms of exercise like going for a walk also requires you to make sure you have some water with you as even that non aerobic activity will add to dehydration.

Here are some easy tips which will allow you to keep your body properly hydrated:

  • Don’t chug large amounts of water in a few seconds.  What’s easier and better for your body is to drink more frequently but in smaller amounts. In other words, always take a sip of water every 10-15 minutes until your glass or bottle is gone.
  • If you can, try to keep your water cooler.  Surprisingly this simple concept not only tastes better but it helps keep the body cool, thus slowing down the amount of sweat you produce.
  • At a minimum drink 6-8 twelve ounce glasses over the course of the day.  When you follow the first two steps this can be done very easily.

2.  Protein, Dairy and Vegetables

While much easier said than done a balanced diet is another input for quality natural sports nutrition. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete, the right combination of protein, dairy and vegetables are needed for proper energy.

Examples of quality protein are meats, chicken, fish, ham, pork, and soy burgers.  When it comes to dairy; egg whites, cheese, cottage cheese, skim milk,  and yogurt are excellent.  Last but not least proper inputs of vegetables is critical.  Veggies can include: broccoli, carrots, celery, lettuce, peppers, string beans and tomatoes.

The proper amount of each of these is also critical.  No matter how big or small you are size wise as a person a simple rule to follow for the portion amount is to use the size of your fist. In other words if you make a fist, the portion size you eat should equal that size.  When it comes to dairy products use the same concept, and for vegetables 1/2 to 1 cup should be plenty.

The road to feeling healthy isn’t all that hard.  If you follow the guidelines listed above you’ll have the quality natural sports nutrition you’ll need to not only feel better but will provide you with that confidence you are looking for which will make the trouble all worth while.