Have you ever considered the word Carbo-HYDRATE?
Yes, carbs are hydrating!!! How is that, exactly?
Let's not get too nitty gritty... but a single carbohydrate molecule is made up of 3-water molecules. Cool huh?
Carbohydrates and many OTHER foods we eat contain salt and chloride - two electrolytes that helps the body to hold onto water. This supports maintenance of a safe internal body temperature and a well hydrated state.
If we were to just drink water alone, we may experience a yucky sensation of bloat and discomfort - feeling water sloshing around in our stomach.
It's all about fluid and electrolyte balance!
Check out the list of hydrating foods and fluids. Can you think of any other hydrating fluids and foods you like to eat?
Note: the almond shown under hydrating foods is salted.
When we exercise, blood flow becomes reduced in the stomach (reducing digestive work) and increases flow to our working muscles, providing oxygen and nutrients to support the energy demands of the activity.
Above provides guidance in the types of foods to optimize in relation to the amount of time before entering a training session or event.
Of course, these are only guidelines and you should experiment with the foods you consume on a low intensity training day. DO NOT experiment on your competition day as how we respond to certain foods varies person to person.
What's your favorite pre-training fuel? Mine is either oatmeal or some fresh fruit with dry cereal.
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3. Nutrient Dense: avocados are packed with over 20 vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, E, K, B-vitamins, potassium, folate, beta-carotene, fiber, phytosterols, antioxidants, and leutin. Incorporating avocados can support the immune system, reduce inflammation and improve satiety (feeling of fullness) between meals and energy levels throughout the day by stabilizing blood sugar.
4. Injury and Post-Training Recovery: for athletes overcoming acute and/or chronic sports injury or a heavy period of exercise training, avocados can help to reduce inflammation while promoting collagen production.
Here's a few recommendations for incorporating avocados into your nutritional regimen: