In order to maintain our active and daring lifestyle, we focus on putting the right nutrients and foods in our body to keep in our best physical condition. This includes a diet that focuses on sports nutrition as well as general daily health. One excellent guide we use for our diet regimen is this sports athletic and bodybuilding nutrition fitness site. It’s got a great variety of information and instructions on how to meet your physical condition and performance goals.
Here is a breakdown on the nutrition sources that we focus on with our diet:
One of the main sources of nutrients that we focus on is protein. Protein is vital for keeping the body strong and healthy and our energy levels up. A lack of protein can result in a breakdown of different areas of the body. The protein sources that we like to eat are lean chicken, turkey, fish, eggs and dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. Some vegetarian sources of protein that we like include legumes and nuts.
The next important nutrient that we focus on is iron. Getting too little iron in the diet can result in anemia. The body requires a nutrient rich bloody supply in order to keep itself and its components healthy. Some great sources of iron with high bioavailability include red meat, chicken, and fish. Vegetarian sources for our iron fix include lentils, spinach and leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens. Along with iron, it is important to also in-take enough Vitamin C, which aids in the absorption of iron, is an antioxidant used by the body, and helps produce collagen that strengthens capillaries. Good sources of Vitamin C include black currants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes.
Omega-3 fatty acids are another important nutrient source that the body cannot create itself so it must be ingested through diet. Good sources of omega-3s are oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel, and plant sources include avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. We also try to incorporate enough biotin in our diet, which is a water-soluble B vitamin. Biotin rich foods we try to include in our diet include whole grains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.
To get enough Vitamin A, we incorporate animal products and orange and yellow colored vegetables high in beta-carotene, which creates Vitamin A, such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. For Vitamin E, we eat nuts that also provide zinc and selenium for a well balanced diet. Other good sources of zinc and selenium are cereals, whole grains, oysters, beef and eggs.
This diet may sound a bit complicated to follow on a daily basis, and we must admit it can be time consuming. So there are times due to a busy schedule or just laziness that our diet regimen falls. This is why it is important to always keep motivated and well aware of the health of our physical condition. If we see visible evidence that our health is deteriorating, it will motivate us to take care of our bodies more.
Also when we are tempted to put bad foods in our body, we should understand roughly what the consequences are. In fact, some of these foods that many people consider very bad actually can be beneficial. Here is one article that details specific junk foods that are good for you. By being able to balance our nutritional needs while also eating certain foods for enjoyment, we can keep in our best physical shape while enjoying our meals.