The presentation was called "Performance needs Protection" and looked at the blind spots in human performance and sports nutrition. It may sound like it was just for pro athletes, but the information was definitely applicable to anyone who exercises to keep fit, participates regularly in organised activity or even if you are training to reach the peak level of your sport. It was all about making smart choices about the type, timing and quantity of food to eat and how it all plays a role in realising your best.
Here are some of the notes I jotted down that I thought would be of interest...
The framework of a good diet is where it all starts -
A good base diet:
- Provides adequate nutrients and energy to cope with training & life in general (stress anyone!?)
- Supports optimal recovery - both from training and any other physical stress
- Avoids excessive food related stress - so avoids toxins, chemicals and processed foods
Counteracting your great diet, is your exercise and training - whilst exercise is great for you it also:
- increases macronutrient need of carbohydrates, proteins and fats (higher caloric requirement to sustain performance and lean muscle mass)
- increases micronutrient need of fruits/vegetables providing all essential vitamins/ minerals (key to performance, recovery & protection of all tissues as well as general health)
The pres then looked at the nutritional and physiological blind spots is key to being able to bridge the execution gap in reaching your optimal performance. These blind spots are -
- mitochondrial density vs mitochondrial fragility
- strong immunity vs oxidative stress
- endothelial performance vs reduced inflammation
|it's all about choosing the right supplementation that supports a great diet plan, and doesn't cause you harm|