You may have heard someone say that your body is an engine, and, what you put into the engine effects performance. On the surface the concept makes sense. After all, your performance in sports and your energy levels are clearly impacted by your choice in food. The better your nutrition, the more energy you have.
However, the engine analogy is overly simplistic. Your body is not really an engine. Your body is actually more like a group of complex and interrelated chemistry experiments, and the food you choose to put into your body can have a significant impact on those experiments. You need certain chemicals to keep this complex system running at optimal performance, and eating nutritional foods is the best way to get those chemicals, which we call vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids.
Nutritional foods ensure that your muscles have the chemicals they need to function properly. Low levels of electrolytes can lead to debilitating cramps and are even linked to heart problems, while excess levels of the same nutrients can lead to high blood pressure or other organ problems. Too much protein can be difficult for your body to process, but too little protein can make muscle development and repair a challenge.
Good nutrition can also make weight management easier. While you can be overweight while eating a healthy diet, eating nutrient-rich foods can help reduce your cravings and the desire to overeat. Good nutrition also helps eliminate risk factors for some of the underlying conditions that can put you at risk for weight problems.
At The MAX Challenge in East Brunswick, NJ, we believe that great nutrition is one of the cornerstones of a great life. Talk to one of our fitness experts today to find out how we can help you incorporate healthier eating into your lifestyle.
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