Optimizing nutritional habits is much deeper than just eating a well rounded diet. It is imperative that the body properly absorbs nutrients. Proper nutrient absorption promotes the effectiveness of countless hours spent focusing on counting calories and dieting. Nutrient absorption from proper diet directly affects exercise because food is the bodies fuel source. Performance levels can decline or be enhanced depending upon an individuals absorption levels.
Eat at least one hour after consuming caffeine to promote increased nutrient absorption of iron. Many fitness enthusiasts use nutritional supplements that aid in an increased energy level during workouts or throughout the day. Various forms and derivatives of caffeine are typically the ingredients that causes this increased energy. Caffeine reduces the absorption of iron by up to 80 percent. A lack of iron in the blood, especial in female athletes, is one of the leading causes of decreased athletic performance levels. Decreased iron equates to a decrease in energy level and stamina. Ensuring proper iron levels can help to ensure proper exercise performance for optimal results.
Consume beverages with added nutrients during exercise to delay fatigue. The nutrients and electrolytes in these drinks are absorbed into the blood stream and transported to the working muscle. These drinks also help to absorb and deliver the nutrients lost through the sweat and caloric burn during exercise. Consuming proper fluid intake helps ensure that blood volume and glucose levels are constant during exercise performances. Sport drinks that contain sodium help increase nutrient and sugar absorption into the intestines. Fortunately, most sport drinks on the shelf have a slight sodium content for electrolyte balance purposes. Beverages containing additional nutrients and carbohydrates are most beneficial for athletes participating in activities that last two hours or more; the additional carbohydrates and nutrients maintains the athletes blood sugar levels, thus allowing them to have a higher stamina for their performance.
Wait at least two hours after eating a meal to workout. Allow time for the nutrients from the meal to absorb and digest before starting an activity. When food is consumed the body focuses it attention and energy into the digestive track; when exercising the body increases blood flow to the working muscles in order to transport nutrients. When digestion and exercise are occurring simultaneously the body is only able to perform both tasks in a mediocre way. When the body has too much going on at one time performance declines and optimal performance levels aren't able to be attained.