12 reasons why your athlete needs micronutrients...
I often equate the macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) to a sports essential gear: skates, stick, helmet. No ref would let you play without an of them, you're body wouldn't perform it's best without them either. But what about the rest of the gear?
You likely wouldn't want to play too long without shin pads, mouth guard, shoulder pads, or any of the other protective gear, right?
I mean you could, but you're definitely putting yourself at a much higher risk for injury.
The same is true for micronutrients: mainly our vitamins and minerals.
Yes, animal proteins and grains have vitamins and minerals but you'll find a greater variety in our colorful fruits and vegetables.
Besides reducing the risk of injury, eating an assortment of produce colors daily also
strengthens the immune system
facilitates growth and recovery
supports brain health & focus
supports heart health
supports digestive health
supports vision health
promotes hormone balance
improves endurance and energy
strengthens nervous system responses
reduces risk of future disease
Unlike macronutrients where the body needs large quantities daily, the body doesn't require the same volume of micronutrients... another reason why supplements can be dangerous (especially for growing bodies) is because some vitamins are toxic are high levels.
Instead of maxing out on one or two particular vitamins & minerals, opt for eating as many of the rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue/purple, + white) as possible each day.
Not only will you find an improvement in performance, you'll support growth and future health too.
Need ideas for each color? Particular eaters? Contact me HERE for colorful fueling ideas.