sports nutrition

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Fueling your morning run: What does medical research say?

Are you an endurance runner looking to optimise your performance on your next run? One crucial aspect often overlooked is fueling your morning run. What you eat before a run can significantly impact your energy levels, endurance, and overall performance. But how do you know what to eat with so much conflicting information on the …

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Unveiling the Secrets: Weight Loss Strategies for Endurance Runners

Have you ever wondered how to look lean without compromising your endurance as a runner? A delicate balance exists in endurance sports between power-to-weight ratio and optimal weight. Recent Australian statistics reveal that many female athletes actively seek effective weight management strategies to enhance their performance. With 67% expressing concerns about weight impacting their performance …

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Hydration: The Key to Peak Athletic Performance

Have you ever wondered how crucial hydration is for an athlete’s peak performance and overall health? In the dynamic world of sports, where every second counts, understanding the science of hydration can be a game-changer. Recent Australian statistics shed light on the criticality of hydration in sports. According to the Australian Institute of Sport, dehydration …

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Protein Balls for Hormone Health

These protein balls can be a great snack to manage energy levels, support hormonal balance, and provide a dose of protein and iron without excess sugar. Enjoy one or two as a nutritious snack throughout the day. Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup almond meal 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 …

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Why is Magnesium essential to bone health?

As an athlete, you’re constantly pushing your body to the limits, always striving for peak performance. Athletes are also churning through key nutrients such as magnesium, sodium and iron. Whether you’re running marathons, cycling, swimming, lifting weights, or participating in team sports, your bones bear the brunt of your intense physical activity and constant training …

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Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms have gained popularity in recent years for their potential health benefits, including those that can be advantageous for athletes. Mushrooms are a great inclusion in your diet as they have many health and nutritional benefits. Mushrooms contain several B vitamins, including niacin, folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. Mushrooms also provide antioxidants and …

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Sports Naturopathy

Sports naturopathy, also known as sports focussed naturopathic medicine, uses natural healing approaches and offers many potential benefits for athletes. Naturopathic practitioners (Naturopaths) aim to maintain optimal health through a balanced and yet comprehensive approach. Naturopathy complements other conventional medical and allied health practices. Potential benefits of sports naturopathy for athletes include: Holistic Approach: Sports …

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Training Fasted

Training fasted involves exercising without food and/or energy drinks for a period of time. The most common fast lasts for 8/12 hours or extended to 16 hours as an overnight fast. During this period, we tap into fat stores in the form of ketone bodies and stored glycogen. Runners often train fasted unconsciously as a …

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and athletes

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression or seasonal mood disorder, can have many impacts to your way of life, including your athletic performance. While SAD’s prevalence in Australia may differ from other regions, it is still important to explore the experiences of female athletes living with SADs. In this blog post we …

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Salt tablets and electrolytes

Most athletes consider the balance of electrolytes when thinking about hydration and recovery, especially over endurance events.  But are salt tablets and electrolytes really necessary? Before we answer this question, let’s recap on electrolytes and the role they perform in the body. Sodium is the key electrolyte responsible for controlling extracellular fluid balance while potassium …

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