A nutritious, healthy and energy boosting diet is a must for all athletes. They need to constantly work on their stamina and energy levels to outperform themselves every time they hit the field. Following a diet that helps them achieve this is an absolute must. Registered Holistic Nutritionists can help athletes by prescribing a diet that allows them to keep their energy levels to optimum levels to stay on top of their game.
Vitamin D is extremely essential for athletes; a deficiency of the same can make them susceptible to many health conditions such as risk of bone injury, viral respiratory tract infections and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that the body can store excess amount of Vitamin D for use at a later stage, as apposed to other vitamins that are not fat-soluble and get flushed out of the system easily. It acts as a hormone that has a similar structure to steroid hormones.
Vitamin D has a host of benefits for athletes, as it is known to be important for optimal muscle function, it also helps tremendously with bone growth, repair, neuromuscular immune functioning, cell functioning and management of inflammation.
Vitamin D is produced in one’s body, when skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D and Calcium are both essential for bone health. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium into the body. You will note that athletics perform the best in summer months, as their body is exposed to sunlight, which boosts performance.
Salami, Ham, sausages, cod liver oil, fish, fortified dairy products, fortified soya products like tofu and soy milk (not recommended), mushrooms and eggs also make for great sources of Vitamin D.
Athletes should speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionists and develop a diet and lifestyle that enriches them with Vitamin D to accelerate performance. Homeopathy too has some solutions that can work towards building stronger bones and muscles for excellent athletic performance.