This is where the NutriBullet can really help you outlast your competition! Blasting nutrient-dense foods every day will keep your nutritional stores topped off and ready to deliver great energy!
I had the opportunity to work at a cycling event this weekend. As many riders from the 80 mile ride were coming in, one serious cyclist came to our booth and said, “I need calories, please, anything.” Obviously, we hooked him up with a Blast. He chugged it, along with another half 10 minutes later. He explained that 15 miles back, he had bonked (or, depleted his glucose and glycogen stores, causing extreme muscle weakness) coming up the last hill. Can bonking be nutritionally prevented or delayed? Yes, absolutely!
Training is certainly essential for endurance, particularly to push back that anaerobic threshold so you don’t bonk as easily; however, the role of your nutritional intake is 3 to 4 times more important than any other part of your regimen. Many runners and cyclists will take glucose gels and electrolyte drinks during their event to replenish there lost blood sugar and electrolytes, which is necessary. Some will add supplements containing L-Tyrosine, L-arginine and Beta Alanine to aid performance and, sure, these can help. However, turning glucose, fat and protein into readily available energy is a highly complex process that involves many metabolic actions requiring enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Additionally, the antioxidants contained in vegetal foods is very important for protecting muscle cells from the heavy oxidative damaged caused by intense exercise. They help speed up recovery, as well.
You cannot overcome a nutritionally poor diet with supplements. However, you can supplement a nutritionally rich diet and increase performance potential. Refined and processed foods are nutrient thieves. They deplete your body of more nutrients than they provide.
Here is a list of nutrients (also known as factors and co-factors) and their effects on energy metabolism.
If you want to optimize your performance, you need to insure you are adding a bounty of nutrients to your nutritional stores daily. Ideally, you should be eating a minimum of 7 servings of vegetables, 3 servings of fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and limited whole grains.
Additionally, if you are a meat eater, include free-range lean meats, wild-caught fish and free-range organic poultry and eggs. Anytime you can make your food selections organic, wild-caught and free range, you reduce the risk of contamination from pathogens and potentially increase your nutritional intake.
Eat great to perform great.