As an athlete who is doing well, you are well aware of the importance of sports nutrition. The body of an athlete needs to be treated as a temple. You need to be very sure about what you put in side your body. Make sure that you follow a healthy diet, speak with a sports nutritionist from time to time to learn if the diet you are following is making a difference and helping you get the best out of your efforts.

Athletes need energy that can help sustain endurance and they need the right amount of protein so that muscles can be repaired and rebuilt. Below is a list of five essential foods that should indeed be a part of every athletes diet.

Oatmeal is a great source of the B Vitamins and is also a complex carbohydrate that digests gradually, allowing the body to sustain energy and sustain performance. Oatmeal is also a great source of fiber, which reduces the level of cholesterol in one’s body.

Peanuts not only provide essential nutrition, but they also provide proteins that are essential for all athletes. They are in fact a great source of arginine as well, this helps in opening up blood vessels and in turn allow for better circulation of blood through the body, especially in muscles that are being used. A few studies have stated that arginine also fights fat cells.

The omega 3 fatty acid content in flaxseeds make them a great addition to an athlete’s diet as they help reduce the levels of cholesterol, and also help maintain the levels of blood sugar. They also facilitate the metabolizing of fats better.

Bananas contain an essential nutrient known as tryptophan, which helps in providing a satisfied and serene mood, and therefore they are a great way to stay motivated for athletes. Bananas should indeed be a part of every athletes diet as they are inexpensive and can be stashed away in the freezer is they are getting too ripe to be consumed later.

Apples are indeed a great source of Vitamin A, C and polyphenols and happens to be a great source of fiber as well. The main nutrients of the apple are in the skin of the apple, so eat them for their antioxidants attributes.

Go ahead and include these in your diet to make the best of your athletic abilities. Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and also meet with a Homeopath to find the best natural means to make your health a top priority.