Boost Your Iron Levels Permanently

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Endurance runners are known to have a higher prevalence of iron-deficiency anemia than the general population (other at-risk groups include women and those who restrict calories). Indeed, I encounter many a client who is struggling to improve their iron-levels. In fact, the Journal of Internal Medicine published a study showing systemic iron deficiency was found in 56% of the runners they tested. Why …

STOP Muscle Cramping

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I’ve now worked with quite a number of clients now who came to me with one of their main goals being to not cramp so badly while racing (both half-marathoners and full marathoners). One of my runners, Tomoko, had both calves cramp up on her so badly she actually fell to the ground and had to be wheeled to the medical tent. …

Culinary Exploration: Herbs and Spices for Endurance Athletes

emmajanecutfield Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins & Minerals 3 Comments

One of the easiest ways to transform your kitchen into a playground is to experiment with fresh and dried herbs and spices. Don’t dismiss these flavour additions as merely for taste, they are actually powerful performance aids! Aside from performance benefits, I also advocate the use of fresh and dried spices and herbs to flavour and season meals as a …

Top 5 Seeds You Want to be Eating

sarah cuff Antioxidants, Food for Runners, Macronutrients, Nuts & Seeds, Superfoods for Runners, Vitamins & Minerals 8 Comments

I love my nuts and seeds. As someone who relies on a plant-strong diet, they provide protein and nutrients required for strong running and quick recovery. I realize there are people (I see them on a regular basis) who have allergies and sensitivities to various nuts and seeds. We work around them or find alternatives. But for those of you …

Why Runners Need ACES

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If your first question is “What the heck are ACES???”… Let me just say, good question! No, I’m not referring to the ace of spades, commonly seen as the highest card in a deck of playing cards. ACES is a cute acronym to remember the top antioxidant nutrients required for a strong and healthy immune system: vitamin’s A, C and E …

Required for Energy & Endurance

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Tired – as in extremely, consistently fatigued. Run down. Washed out. Pale. Diminished appetite. Performances spiralling downward. Reduced endurance. Cold hands and feet. Headaches. Light-headedness. Irritability. Repeated infections. Any of these sound like you? If so, you may be low on iron. Iron is a trace mineral required for energy and endurance. At any one time, there should be 3-5 grams …