Health

Superfoods for training

02/26/16

Superfoods are extremely powerful and nourishing and may have a big impact on your health. They have the potential to revitalize, to develop your muscles and provide you with long-lasting energy. Moreover, they help to stimulate the your brain.

I make sure that I integrate superfoods into all my meals with the aim of improving my physical performance during my work out. The 5 superfoods I am going to tell you about are indeed extremely energizing for my trainning sessions!

They help me to have the necessary strength. Besides, they provide a sustainable energy and support in the post-trainning recovery process.

  1. Chia seeds

This tiny seed will give you a lot of punch! They contribute to the loss of weight and provide with long-lasting energy. They are extremely low calorie and contain tons of nutrients. Every morning, I add some to my breakfast. Besides, they are also very rich in Omega 3, which are key for your heart muscles and your brain cells.

  1. Pollen

Pollen is a big source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. I recommend it very often to my customers. It is ideal for skin and is also anti-inflammatory. I use it before my training sessions to have more endurance and energy. The pollen also strengthens the immune system.

  1. Goji berries

Energizers, they are used since thousands of years in the Chinese medicine to help to increase the energy and to improve the liberation of hormones. They increase the capacity of the body to deal with stress and improve the performance of the memory in a significant way – while giving you the necessary energy for your training and to keep improving your performance. Goji berries are also very beneficial to increase the blood flow, which contributes to oxygenate all the cells and the tissus of the body.

” Energy tip “: Goji berries in liquid form are more easily assilimated by the body. If you have them solid, you will need to eat hundreds of them to obtain the same benefits than when you have jsut a few of them in liquid form.

  1. Avocado

Not only avocado is delicious, but it is incredibly nourishing and it is a big source of healthy fats. Even when I am not particularly hungry before a training, I always consume a little avocado. Indeed, it provides me with a significant quantity of energy without making me feel full up which would not a pleasant sensation during the trainning session.

  1. Spirulina

Essential for every athlete! This unique seaweed allows to increase the speed, the energy, the endurance and the mental capacity. The spiruline also absorbs toxins more effectively than most of food, and contains nine essential amino acids. In fact, this seaweed contains three times more complete proteins than any other vegetable protein.

Besides, the spiruline is an excellent source of enzymes, probiotics, healthy fats and iron! It favors the muscles repair, reduces the inflammation, improves the digestion, the energy and cleans the body! You can have it in powder by adding it to your smoothies or your salads. The taste being particular, you may also take it in capsule!

Superfoods are rather omnipresent these days. I recommend you to alternate as much as possible and to choose those who suit you the best. Pay attention to each supperfoods’ virtues and above all listen to your body. Remember : they work differently for everyone and although godji berries have extraordinary properties for your health, maybe it will be necessary to complete with spirulina!

Marc Le Quenven 

Naturopathe