Energy boosting powders, gels and tablets do wonders when we’re training hard to conquer those QoM’s, but they come with a hefty price tag.
Eating a healthy balanced diet is crucial for getting the most out of your exercises. It’s important to provide your body with everything it needs to refuel, repair, gain muscle and recover. Whilst protein powders and glucose tablets give your body a concentrated punch of what it needs, it works just as well to get your healthy fix from natural food sources.
We’ve rounded up the best natural foods to supplement your supplements with.
Beetroot – Stamina
This red rooty vegetable is a staple food amongst athletes thanks to its high nitrate content. When our bodies breakdown them down, they are converted into nitric oxide which dilates the blood vessels in our body.
This effect allows an increase in oxygen uptake in the blood stream, which lowers the amount we need during exercise. By reducing the amount of oxygen we require to reach optimum performance, it slows down the rate of fatigue so you can get a longer work out from your muscles.
Thankfully, the same affect has been found dark chocolate which is a lot tastier than beetroot!