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Nutrition for the Marathon Runner

There are 2 main components that sports nutrition evolves around: how to fuel to improve performance and how to fuel to improve recovery. Think of food as fuel for cells, muscles, tissues and bone. Training for a marathon is a highly catabolic process. You use up a lot of different nutrients including your own muscle tissue. Nutrition is of paramount importance. Continue reading

Chia Seeds and Endurance Athletes

The chia seed was once a staple food of the Aztecs, loved for its ability to sustain and to give endurance. It contains 20% protein and has 19 amino acids, with all of the essential amino acids except taurine. The name chia comes from the Aztec word for ‘oily’, which helps explain its very high source of essential omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading

Get Your Happy On

I got my “Fitness Happy” on this weekend; a 10km run Saturday followed by a 60km ride today. Did you know that physical activity increases brain serotonin? Serotonin is a chemical created by the human body that works as a neurotransmitter. It is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and research has shown that a deficit of serotonin can lead to depression. Continue reading

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