Energy & Stamina
Good nutrition plays a key role in any sporting field and this entails feeding the body with:
- Fibrous Carbohydrates
- A good range of Protein sources
- Essential Fats
Getting Essential Fats into your body is often the missing link in many people's diet and can restrict athletic performance.
Why do I need Essential Fatty Acids?
Essential Fatty Acids provide your cells with the nutrition they need in order to function properly (See below for the "sciencey bit"!). Without them they do not operate as well as they could and this can affect overall health, muscle recovery, joint suppleness, energy, stamina and ultimately for the sports enthusiast, athletic performance.
Essential Fatty Acids can help raise energy levels in a number of ways:
Improved membrane regulation - the essential fatty acids (EFAs) will make your cell membranes better configured for transport of nutrients in and waste out. They do this by regulating the fluidity of the membrane, so that transport proteins can work correctly. Think of it like the gates in and out of a sports ground - if they are rusty and seized, then flow in and out is no good, but once they are well oiled, then movement is restored to its original optimum.
Improved fat metabolism - by activating certain pathways (known as PPAR ), EFAs change the way your genes are interpreted. This leads to better fat burning, and less fat storage. The fat burning is both from food in the diet, and from your body, so combined with the reduced storage, you are effectively tuning your body to use fat rather than hold on to it.
Fat burning more effective for endurance and strength sports - Carbohydrate based diets are great for short bursts of energy but can lead to slumps without regular refueling during an endurance or strength event. Fat, on the other hand burns slowly and steadily, providing a longer and more stable fuel source.
Two independent research studies investigating the use of Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend in Elite strength and endurance athletes found that it lead to improved energy levels and endurance.
- A runner increased his weekly running distance from 90km to 147km
- A cyclist increased his daily cycling distance from 60-80km to 120km-180km per day
- A boxer taking the oil blend after eight weeks increased his workout time from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours twice daily
We also measured cardiovascular risk factors. After 106 days, their resting blood glucose was slightly lower, triglycerides were significantly reduced, 'good' HDL cholesterol was significantly higher, 'bad' cholesterol was down significantly, and HDL/LDL ratio was better - See our Heart Health page for more details
Getting the most out of your nutrition
The foods we eat are broken down by digestive enzymes and if these are lacking we tend not to be able to absorb all the nutrients into our body. The enzymes naturally found in our foods are often destroyed by either processing or cooking, so taking Udo's Choice Digestive Enzymes may help you to fully absorb the nutrients in the foods you eat so that your body is fully prepared for training.
How to use Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend
Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is easily incorporated into your daily diet, just pour two or three tablespoons as desired onto hot or cold food, mix in with a smoothie or yoghurt or stir into porridge, mashed potato or casseroles always after cooking. Visit our recipes page for ideas and inspiration.