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Sports Nutritionist Brisbane

Angela Prest, Sports Nutritionist and Naturopath at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane, discusses optimum sports nutrition, including the latest software to analyse your diet.

Whether you are a professional athelete, a gym junkie or enjoy the odd game of sports, nutrition is important to help improve your energy, performance level and assist your body to recover faster.

How can a Naturopath or Sports Nutritionist help my performance?

We look at the body as a whole, not only do we ensure you are getting enough macro nutrients (eg protein, fat and carbohydrates) we also focus on micronutrients (eg vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) we ensure you are digesting and utilising them efficiently. We also look into other lifestyle factors that could be contributing to your results during training. We have access to software that analyses your diet, giving you a visual insight into your macro and micronutirent intake. This detailed report gives us the data we need to improve your diet to help you peform at your best and recover faster.

Example of a diet analysis report for Sports Nutrition:

Macronutrients

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This client was trying to lose resistant weight and with that percentage of carbohydrate compared to protein, it was no wonder, the excess carbohydrates would just be converted and stored as fat.

 

 

 

Micronutrients

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This client was eating enough protein, however, not enough fruit and vegetables to meet their daily needs, which was impacting on energy and muscle recovery.

 

 

 

We also have access to tests (eg hormone and food intolerance tests) to investigate why you are not performing at our best or have resistant weight despite a healthy diet and adequate training. After we find the cause of the problem, we have knowledge of many herbs and nutrients that can help bring your body back into balance. If you are storing weight around your middle and hips, perhaps there is an excess of oestrogen in your body which can be influenced by not only what you are eating, but also environmental factors. As Naturopaths we like to educate our clients to empower themselves and their families to be health conscious and self-sustainable long term.

Signs of over training:

  • Increased nervousness or depression
  • Inability to relax
  • A desire to quit
  • Decreased performance for no apparent reason
  • Extreme muscle soreness and stiffness
  • Increase or decrease in body weight for no apparent reason
  • Sudden increase in heart rate
  • Decreased immune resistance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
  • Persistent tiredness between training session

In addition to standard Sports Nutritionist advice, as  Naturopaths we also have access to herbal products, some of which have been studied in athletes and shown to improve endurance and stamina. After a long day at work or looking after the children, the energy is not always easy to find and these herbs can help with that, for example Siberian ginseng, Rhodiola or Withania. Other herbs can support the nervous system to reduce stress and anxiety during the day which can also assist with motivation to getting to training.

Training puts a stress on the body and antioxidants are important to neutralise the increased damaging free radicals. This is where nutritional supplements can help performacne and recovery.  Coenzyme Q10 improves cellular energy in the mitochondria, acts as an antioxidant and supports the regeneration of other antioxidants. Antioxidants are best taken on combination with others, including vitamin C, E, selenium and alpha-lipoic acid. Herbal antioxidants include grapeseed, milk thistle, green tea and turmeric.

Over-training or incorrect training can also lead to acute or chronic inflammation resulting in tissue damage. Fish oil has been extensively studied with a strong correlation between high intake of fish oil and low inflammatory markers.

Lactic acid build up causes muscle pain and weakness. Muscular acidosis can be reduced by sodium bicarbonate which can be added to baths, as can Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) for muscle relaxation and detoxification.

Depending on the type of training, depends on the type of pre and post snacks required. For example, carbohydrate ingestion during exercise allows the sparing of the stores in the body, reduction in ammonia production, thus delay in fatigue and improved performance. Ingesting the right type of carbohydrate is also important; this is where we can help guide you in the right direction.

Under-recovery - the missing link in Sports Nutrition

Is your post-training protein shake giving you an upset stomach? Perhaps you are intolerant to the whey or lactose? Why not swap to a pea or rice protein to reduce these symptoms and reduce the inflammation to help you better recover. Which types of protein are you taking and when? All of these things are important. Ever thought about what else is in that protein powder? Are there artificial flavours, colours and/or sweeteners? What are the long term effects of these on your body, we only have one body, so it is important to think about these things and look after it.

What about electrolytes?

All electrolytes are important, not just the sodium and potassium found in many popular sports drinks, especially during cardiovascular and endurance training, as are long sustaining carbohydrates. Our body progressively loses fluid loss via sweat and breathing, especially during hot weather. The branch-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) and glutamine are also important for preventing muscle breakdown and improved recovery time. Are you getting enough?

When you are losing weight, your stored fat is being broken down, along with all the stored toxins within that fat mass which could contribute to feeling fatigued. Thus it is important your digestion and liver are functioning well and you are eating enough fibre to aid excretion of these toxins, rather than have them recirculate around the body.  These are the things that Sports Nutritionists and Naturopaths think of, so to help increase your performance make a booking today!

Book your appointment with Angela Prest, Sports Nutritionist & Naturopath

Book your appointment with Angela Prest via our online booking system.

Or phone Vibe Natural Health Reception on 3366 7970

 

 

 

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