Nutrition

Vitamins have many effects in the body and specific to athletes, they are involved in muscle contractions and energy expenditure. Elite athletes have an increased need for vitamins because of the higher stress that is placed on the body during training. The following is a list of all of the vitamins, their functions...

The following is a summary of some of the facts that leaders in the field of sports nutrition have presented concerning the effects of alcohol on performance. Even moderate alcohol consumption can affect performance for up to 48 hours after drinking, and the effects will last longer with higher levels of...

Alcohol has a strong link with sport, be it with sponsorship, beer consumption after a hard workout, or teams enmeshed in a culture of heavy drinking. To address what is known—and not known—about the impact of alcohol on athletic performance, members of Professionals In Nutrition for Exercise and Sport...

Here’s how to establish the right healthy eating pattern for you. The joy of eating is that one size doesn’t fit all. Some of us eat to live, while others live to eat. For those with certain chronic conditions, like diabetes, food choices are closely tied to disease management, while others may customize meals in...

Step into any weight room or clubhouse area in professional baseball and you will most likely find one common thread among them all. It’s not the training equipment, the sound system, or even the white boards with various workout prescriptions on them. No, in fact it is the supplement counter and when you look at...

As a high-performance athlete, you’ve chosen a career where taking care of your body is your job. When you are training and competing full time, there are several physiological consequences that occur as a result of hard exercise. A sound recovery nutrition protocol will ensure you can optimize training adaptations...

The number of annual hospital visits involving the drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011, the latest year for which data are available, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In 2011, there were 20,783 reported emergency room visits in which an energy drink was cited as the...

As a sports dietitian to high school, collegiate, professional, Olympic, over-40 and recreational athletes, I spend a great deal of time talking about performance eating. Many athletes are advised to cut carbs, track macros – or macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) – or eliminate foods without regard to the...

Seven Foundations of a Healthy Diet Healthy nutrition starts with planning. Mentally or physically map out meals and be sure this food is available. Eat at regular intervals in the day. No longer than 4 hours without food.  Choose whole foods vs processed foods for the majority of your diet (90% of the time) (see...

Maintaining an anabolic environment during training sessions to promote recovery and prevent muscle breakdown. During exercise net protein breakdown and synthesis determines the level of recovery during post-exercising conditions2. It has been shown that consumption of at least 6 grams of protein can stimulate net...