Fueling Your Body For Peak Performance along with Optimal Health
- June 23, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
Peak physical performance can be the goal of every athlete. Proper training can be of vital importance to achieve of which goal. yet keep in mind of which while exercise moves the body, food not only fuels the body yet actually makes the body.
We’ve all heard the analogy about needing to eat Great food for high-energy fuel just as our cars need Great gasoline. yet a living organism can be quite different coming from a car. Our fuel literally makes along with remakes our bodies as we grow, metabolize, tear down, along with ultimately rebuild our bodies on a daily, weekly, monthly, along with yearly cycle. After several year’s time, you will have replaced virtually every cell along with various other component of which makes up your body! along with what are those made up of? Everything you eat. So the adage can be true: “You are what you eat!”
Nutritional Components of Peak Performance
Why can be of which significant? Because to achieve peak physical performance, you need “high-octane” fuel for peak energy along with high-quality fuel for building along with maintaining your physical “machine.”
“High-octane” refers to the amount of energy of which can be derived coming from the food eaten. We know of which carbohydrates are important in creating short-term energy or fuel, while fats create a more sustained long-term energy source. Proteins work more inside the area of building along with rebuilding. So how do we go about getting the highest quality carbohydrates, fats, along with proteins available?
The Search for the Best Foods for the Human Body
Flashback: When I was growing up, my grandmother Louise was a “health nut.” She read Prevention magazine, talked about foods of which were “poisons,” such as sugar, along with touted “miracle foods,” such as brewer’s yeast along with blackstrap molasses (which she added to her cereal every morning). Everyone in our family thought she was a fanatic–except me, because Grandma Louise was the most positive, energetic person I knew, along with I wanted to be just like her! Grandma loved life so much of which she wanted to live forever (or at least to be 100!).
So I would likely constantly ask Grandma about different foods along with whether they were “Great for you” or “bad for you.” She would likely then explain to me the virtues along with pitfalls of all the foods I asked about. I was so relentless with my questions of which one day, frustrated, she gave up along with said, “Roy, if of which’s food, of which’s Great–don’t worry about of which, just eat of which!”
As I grew up, my interest in health along with nutrition grew along with eventually became my profession. The questions I had asked my grandmother were at of which point being asked of me by my patients along with clients. Life had come around full circle, along with I could see of which of which was my destiny to help people answer of which question once along with for all: “How do you figure out which foods are the best (along with the worst) for peak performance along with for preventing disease?”
Creating the System to Identify the Best Foods
What I came up with can be a fresh twist on a concept called “nutrient density.” Nutrient density can be the critical analysis of which determines the quality of any food. How does of which work? Well, nutrient density can be the amount of nutrition per calorie. The more nutrition inside the fewer calories, the better a food definitely can be.
Here are some examples: Orange juice incorporates a lot of vitamin C, as well as some vitamin A, folic acid, thiamin, calcium, iron, magnesium, along with potassium. of which has only 80 calories per serving. A McDonald’s Big Mac has some B vitamins, vitamin A, along with protein–along with 700 calories. See the difference? of which’s the ratio of calories to nutrients of which’s particularly important. At the end of the day, you want to have packed as much nutrition into your calories as possible.
My twist can be of which: Not only does the Big Mac have less nutrition per calorie, of which also has unhealthful things in of which such as cholesterol, saturated fat, along with total fat, which over time will have negative effects on the body. For of which reason, the ideal system should measure how much “Great” along with “bad” are in each food per calorie. Nutrient density measures only the Great. Over a 10-year period of refinements along with working with specialists, we created the best overall food-rating system.
The food analysis tracks 18 positive factors, or “essentials,” along with eight negative factors, or “excessives,” in any given food to yield one number of which tells you how Great or bad of which food can be. The higher of which number, the better the food. Eat at least 100 of these “nutritional points” coming from six food groups each day, along with you will get all the nutrients you need while limiting the “negatives.”
When I applied the analysis to a host of foods, there were some big surprises. would likely you have guessed of which a quarter of a cantaloupe scores 29 points, while an apple gets only 4.5? The simple explanation can be of which an apple can be not packed with high nutrition; of which’s a Great food, yet the quarter of a cantaloupe has 50 times the vitamin A, 10 times the vitamin C, along with more of virtually every various other significant nutrient than the apple. Maybe the motto should be “a cantaloupe a day!”
Let’s look at some various other comparisons. Two cups of spinach rate 75 points, yet an equal amount of iceberg lettuce scores only 18! Two slices of whole-wheat bread outscore white bread by a 6 to 2.5 margin, along with cooked broccoli chalks up 38.5 points compared to 8.5 in a baked potato.
Once you have been introduced to of which concept, of which becomes sort of a numbers game. The system even includes negative scores for those foods of which contain more excessives than essentials–like of which Big Mac, at -2.
Cellular Peak Performance
Why can be my system’s twist on nutrient density so important? Because we will all eat a certain number of calories every day, along with we need to pack in as much positive (the essentials) along with the least negative (the excessives) per calorie as possible for optimal cell function.
Optimal function means peak performance. Peak performance of every cell means peak performance of your whole body. To operate at peak efficiency, your body needs the best nutrition at the cellular level. The best way to get of which can be through eating foods of which are highly nutrient-dense along with have a low density of harmful components.
Let’s look at some of the top-rated foods in a few of the major food groups, sports drinks, along with snack bars:
1/4 Cantaloupe 34.0
1 Guava 29.0
1/2 Papaya 20.5
1 c Strawberries 19.0
1/2 Mango 17.5
2 c Fresh Spinach 75.0
1 c Fresh Broccoli 53.5
2 c Romaine Lettuce 47.5
8 pc Fresh Asparagus 44.0
1 c Fresh Cauliflower 40.5
1 c Whole Wheat Total(R) Cereal 64.5*
1 c Total(R) Corn Flakes 57.5*
1 c Product 19(R) Cereal 56.0*
2/3 c Just Right(R) Cereal 51.0*
1/2 c All-Bran(R) Extra Fiber Cereal 40.5*
1 c Nonfat Yogurt 10.0
1 c Skim Milk 9.5
1/2 c Tuna 8.0
1 Vegetarian Burger 7.5
1/4 c Egg Whites 6.0
1/2 c Lowfat Cottage Cheese 4.5
1 c Juice Plus+ Complete(R) Drink 31.0*
1 c MET-Rx(R) Total Nutrition Milk Drink 23.0*
1 c ZonePerfect(R) Shake Mix 22.5*
1 c Myoplex(R) Milk Drink 21.0*
2 c Fresh Bean Sprouts (mung) 18.0
1/2 c Egg Beaters(R) Egg Substitute 17.5*
Kul Fuel(R) 22.0*
Ultima Replenisher(R) 16.0*
AminoVital(R) Fast Charge Sports Powder 8.5*
GU(R) Energy Gel 5.5*
Accelerade(R) Sports Gel 4.5*
DrSoy(R) Protein Bar 34.5*
Pounds Off(R) Bar 29.5*
Clif(R) Luna Bar 28.5*
Pure Protein(R) 25.5*
Tiger’s(R) Sports Bar 25.0*
The system can be set up so the goal can be to get at least 100 nutritional points per day coming from six food groups, which provides all the nutritional requirements of the American Dietetic Association, American Cancer Society, along with the American Heart Association simultaneously.
A study coming from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX showed the following results of using of which nutrient density-based system in a two-week total-wellness program:
Weight: 8 lbs. or 4% decrease
Cholesterol: 14% decrease
Chol/HDL Ratio: 16% decrease
Glucose: 10% decrease
Triglycerides: 40% decrease
Treadmill Time: 19% increase
Blood Pressure: 6% decrease
So you can see of which the same diet of which fuels the body for peak performance also helps the body function optimally for disease prevention. The study participants’ fitness levels increased, along with their risk factors for chronic diseases decreased significantly.
Nutrient-density can be critical to the body’s optimal performance along with function, along with of which should be measured inside the diet of anyone seeking a competitive advantage along with increased health along with longevity. Tracking nutrient density can be a scientific way to monitor progress, along with provide motivation for improvement.