Sports nutrition products right for you

For the best and fastest sports car to run at its best, it needs the proper fuel. The same is true of our bodies. If we want to get the best out of our workouts, we need to keep it properly fueled. Sports nutrition is a booming business worldwide. This includes everything from beverages, to foods and supplements. Lately the focus is on supplements that help you get the most out of your workout. Sports nutrition products contain caffeine, protein, taurine, and carbs to enhance performance.
Let’s take a closer look and see which ingredients are right for you.

Caffeine and taurine

Studies with lab animals has shown that caffeine and taurine can work together to improve endurance and lessen muscle fatigue by reducing the accumulation of lactate. Kola nut with its natural caffeine can improve mental performance and improve reaction time. Taurine by itself can increase physical endurance and improve exercise.

Protein

Endurance and strength-trained athletes need between 50 and 100 percent more protein than the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), according to Dietitians of Canada, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Dietetic Association.
Look for high quality protein like whey protein.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates provide peak energy when needed. When you are choosing a product, choose a product that is lower on the glycemic scale like agave, red beet and brown rice syrup.

Other products:
Coconut water

Electrolyte balance and hydration are most important for a good workout. Coconut water provides both and work better than mixing your own. Chloride, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium are other electrolytes to look into.

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs)

Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are 3 branched-chained amino acids that can help you with your workout. They decrease the perception of fatigue thus improving performance and motivation. They also reduce soreness and muscle fatigue. High quality organic meat, whey protein, and dairy are good sources of BCAAs.

Herbs, vitamins and minerals.

Herbs, vitamins and minerals have been shown to help the body work better. Among them are rhodiola which improves endurance and muscle damage and inflammation, creatine gives strength, performance and power. Minerals like magnesium supports the muscles and apple peels are full of antioxidants.

Don’t forget to read the labels that your sports nutrition products come in. Make sure that the colors are all natural and not artificial dyes. Also make sure that nothing else is artificial like sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. They won’t help.

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