Fundamentals of sports nutrition

Dear friends, in this section, we will try to cover in more detail the topic of proper sports nutrition for those who are actively involved in sports and understand the pros and cons of additional sports nutrition, the so-called "sports supplements".

Sports nutrition has long been widely used in Western Europe and America, while in our country these products have become actively distributed relatively recently. Because of what the question "is it necessary or not", "useful or harmful" remains a "dark spot" in the field of nutrition for most people. Opinions were divided. Some, without understanding the issue to the end, generally attribute such additives to “chemistry”, anabolic steroids, hormonal drugs, etc. Others actively promote them.

Those who claim that sports nutrition is harmful do so largely out of a global misunderstanding of the issue. This is what people usually say who have never dealt with sports nutrition, and often, who do not go in for sports at all! However, one cannot do without a fly in the ointment in a barrel of honey! Indeed, in our time, sports nutrition is a multi-million dollar business, and many manufacturers are not clean on hand, so it is very important to choose the right supplements, because poor quality products and fakes are a global problem in the modern market.

Modern means of communication allow, without leaving home, on the Internet to find a huge amount of information, both really useful and amateurish, unsupported, and often simply false. Therefore, you should not listen to nonsense, you need to figure it out yourself and draw your own conclusions.

And we will try to help you with this!

First of all, you need to understand that a sports and ordinary lifestyle are different things, which means that nutrition is radically different!

Sports nutrition is based on deep scientific research in the field of physiology and dietology, dietary and baby nutrition, and the use of various types of medical nutritional supplements.

Modern sports nutrition is produced mainly from natural food components in order to obtain environmentally friendly, easily digestible concentrates of various substances. This is, in fact, a concentrate of the most essential food elements, which are specially processed and combined in order to be better absorbed by the human body.

Attention! Sports nutrition belongs to the category of supplements. Since it should only be used as an addition to the main diet, which consists of ordinary fruits, vegetables, meat, cereals, but in no case should they replace them! The main advantage of these supplements is that the body needs to spend less time and effort processing them, while receiving more energy than from conventional products.

Let us remind you once again that sports nutrition is not doping and not hormonal drugs!

Sports nutrition is aimed at improving performance, increasing strength, increasing muscle volume, promoting health, normalizing metabolism, in general, improving the quality of life of people actively involved in sports. This is due to the fact that the body of an athlete requires much more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than the body of an ordinary person. With increasing loads, the body's need for all these elements increases. If the athlete’s body does not receive the necessary nutrition during heavy loads, then at best, there will be no proper result from training, and in more severe stages of exhaustion, the person will simply start to get sick! It is in order that athletes can always receive a sufficient amount of micro and macro elements that a sports nutrition complex has been developed. Today it is an indispensable element of the diet of modern athletes. Indeed, in order to obtain the necessary substances from ordinary food, it must be eaten in large quantities, which leads to an overload of the gastrointestinal tract and uncontrolled overeating, which is very harmful.

In the following articles, we will take a closer look at the main types of sports nutrition. Its composition, recommendations for use, and some useful tips on how to organize home sports nutrition.

Be healthy!

Author: Georgy Levchenko