Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sports Nutrition


Overview

Improving the nutritional status for elite athletes or serious amateur sports people can enhance performance, balance energy levels, adjust body composition, speed up recover (after training and injury) and improve long term health.

Traditionally sports nutrition focussed on carbohydrates but the scientific evidence and first hand experience now highlights the importance of quality protein and goods fats. Carbohydrates are important, but the type and timing need to be optimised. The body needs to have the right vitamin and mineral co-factors in order to efficiency produce energy, so levels of these need to be high when someone is training or competing.

Approach

With sports nutrition clients, I first assess and agree individual goals and then develop a bespoke nutrition programme. The consultation process is the same as for regular nutritional therapy. I recommend a minimum of 2 nutritional therapy sessions and find that most clients require 3 or 4. I allow 90 minutes for the initial consultation, follow ups are 60 or 30 minutes. Prices and locations can be found here [link].

I find that laboratory tests for metabolic function are extremely helpful and provide an evaluation of energy production, nutrient efficiency, detoxification issues and digestive function. Completing one of these tests allows us to establish how you are utilizing the foods you are eating and enable me to create a customised programme of foods and supplement to help you reach your goals as quickly as possible.