Are you planning to run a marathon or getting ready for a long distance race? Whatever you’re physical activity, it’s important to know that nutrition plays an important role.  You train train hard, so you need to replenish vital nutrients in your body to recover quickly.   Chances are you give it your training but fall short when it comes to nourishment.

When your body doesn’t get the vitamins and minerals it needs to recuperate, you won’t be able to perform your best.

According to R news, “Andrea du Plessis, nutrition expert for Vital Health Foods and a marathon runner herself, says that a healthy diet alone is not enough to provide optimal nutrition. “Today, our grains, fruits and vegetables contain fewer nutrients than ever before, due to agricultural soil depletion, prolonged storage and over-processing,” she points out. “Where in the past dietary guidelines recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day for optimum health, a 2014 survey upped this to seven to ten portions a day.”

Research shows that many active people have mineral and vitamin deficient dietary intakes, achieving only 66% of their requirements.

To ensure peak performance, therefore, supplementation plays an important role for active people and athletes. The three key nutrients vital to getting the most out of your training regime are the B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium.

Magnesium is well known for its role in sports nutrition, as it supports muscle function and energy metabolism. “During intense training, magnesium is redistributed to the red blood cells for energy metabolism, which in turn ups the amount of magnesium the body needs,” explains Du Plessis. In addition, athletes who lose a lot of magnesium through urine and perspiration may end up magnesium-deficient. Low levels have been shown to diminish muscle recovery after exercise, which can have adverse effects for an athlete training for a marathon.

On race day magnesium can help muscle endurance as it facilitates the effective release of energy stored in the muscles and supports muscle strength. And, adds Du Plessis, “Latest studies show that magnesium has mild anti-inflammatory benefits, which helps with pain relief.”

Another way to recover quickly from a workout is to give your body the nutrients it needs through IV Vitamin Therapies. Our Athletic Advantage is specially designed for improving sports recovery from high intensity interval training, spinning, marathons, triathlons, and other strenuous exercises. It’s a great supplement to your diet and training program.

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