What is Sports Nutrition?

Sports nutrition helps individuals improve their athletic performance, prevent injury, and decrease recovery time.  Sports nutrition first became popularized in 1940s as a niche in bodybuilding to find a way to obtain nutrition. Since then, it became a study that focuses on nutrition and dietary consumption of the athlete including what type and quantity of food and fluids.

The growing awareness of using exercise to support a healthy lifestyle started leading men and women to the gyms to work out 2-3x per week, take morning jogs, participate in local team sports, swimming at the local Y, etc. This created a demand for increased stamina and faster recovery. Sports nutrition then became more increasingly popular to help support men and women of all ages find safe, effective ways to lead a healthier lifestyle.  In turn, more companies are developing new ways to help individuals become stronger, run longer, swim further, etc – an edge to perform just a bit better.

It is important to note that supplementation should be used alongside a solid nutrition plan.  Oftentimes, most people do not get all of the nutrition they would need for performance solely in the food that they eat. Minerals in the soil have been depleted due to years of mass production. Therefore, the nutrition in a serving of spinach decades ago is not equivalent to a serving of spinach today.

“The alarming fact is that fruits, vegetables, and grain now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us — no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires or perfect health because his stomach isn’t big enough to hold them.” Senate Document 264 regarding mineral deficiencies affecting U.S. farmland, (issued in 1936)

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