Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition

“Nutrition cannot substitute for raw talent, training, mental preparation or equipment, but bad nutrition can destroy performance.” – Stone Foundation, June 2005

Different types of sport require different types of nutritional programmes, depending on how energy is expended. For example, a sprinter has different energy usage to a long distance runner. Also, the nutritional requirements for an athlete are different at different stages of training. For example, nutrition requirements change as the athlete comes closer to competition.

Optimum performance nutrition involves fine tuning the macronutrient intake – carbohydrates, protein and fat as well as ensuring good hydration and electrolyte balance. The relative amounts of all of these have to be carefully monitored around exercise programmes and competition.

An athlete’s immune system can often tend to be compromised as excess training increases the strain on body resources, tissue repair and recovery. Immune system suppression can last up to 72 hours after exercise. The nutrients vital for the immune system can be used up, especially if the athlete is on a nutrient restrictive diet. It is important to find appropriate ways of strengthening the immune system through appropriate nutrition and supplementation.

Specific nutrients are needed in sport: Antioxidants are crucial for post-exercise recovery to regenerate tissue damage, reduce inflammation, wound healing. Specific vitamins and minerals are crucial for energy metabolism, relaxing/contracting nerve and muscle fibres, temperature control, oxygen transport around the body, growth and repair.

Specific amino acid supplements contribute to hydration and electrolyte uptake by the body, the use of fat (fatty acids) for energy, improving reflex speed, concentration, maximum capacity, recovery, muscle growth and strength, lean body mass. There are several protein powders available on the market. The pros and cons of each can be evaluated for an individual athlete. Despite the fact that amino acids (protein) are essential in preparing the athlete for competition, it is important to protect the body from too much added protein in the diet.

Optimum nutrition is paramount for athletes in combination with physical conditioning, flexibility and mental preparation.

 

- Benefits of Nutritional Therapy -

Women's Health

Women's Health

A nutritional therapy session gives us the time to comfortably and confidentially discuss all aspects of our health. It is important to remember that all the ‘systems’ in the body (e.g. immune, gastrointestinal, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive, musculoskeletal, urinary, respiratory…) are intricately connected

Men's Health

Men's Health

A nutritional therapy session gives us the time to comfortably and confidentially discuss all aspects of our health. It is important to remember that all the ‘systems’ in the body (e.g. immune, gastrointestinal, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive, musculoskeletal, urinary, respiratory…) are intricately connected.

Children's Health

Children's Health

A mother can come with her infant or on her own but it’s always best to bring the infant along, as physically seeing signs and symptoms can further help with finding the underlying cause of problems. An infant’s needs for most nutrients in proportion to body weight are more than double those of an adult!

Health for the Elderly

Health For The Elderly

Research shows that there are modifiable factors that contribute to premature ageing and the development of chronic age related diseases. It follows that preventing or reducing these factors is a good basis on which to improve the health of our elderly. It is estimated that 85% of our elderly who live in their own house present at least one disease that could be improved with appropriate nutrition therapy. (Ref)

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage and Kinesiology

Relaxation is fundamental to therapeutic massage. Once the body is relaxed, it is able to access deeper levels of healing. Negative experiences in our lives can manifest physically as pain or even affect the way we hold ourselves. Therapeutic massage could be seen as a non-verbal version of counselling, using the powerful mode of touch to access areas of the body that may be holding these negative experiences.

Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition

Nutrition cannot substitute for raw talent, training, mental preparation or equipment, but bad nutrition can destroy performance.”
Stone Foundation, June 2005

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