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WHY IS THE PALEO DIET BENEFICIAL FOR ATHLETES?

Health and fitness are not synonymous. Unfortunately, many athletes are fit but unhealthy. Frequent illness, injury and overtraining reduce performance potential. The Paleo Diet for Athletes significantly improves health long term. Compared with the commonly accepted athlete's diet, the Paleo Diet:

-  Increases intake of branched chain amino acids (BCAA). Benefits muscle development and anabolic function. Also counteracts immunosuppression common in endurance athletes following extensive exercise.

-  Decreases omega­6:omega­3 ratio. Reduces tissue inflammations common to athletes while promoting healing. This may include asthmatic conditions common in athletes.

- Lowers body acidity. Reduces the catabolic effect of acidosis on bone and muscle while stimulating muscle protein synthesis. This is increasingly important with ageing.

- Is high in trace nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for optimal health and long­term recovery from exercise. The most nutrient­dense foods are vegetables and seafood. On average, vegetables have nearly twice the  nutrient density of grains.

 

EXCERPT FROM THE PALEO DIET FOR ATHLETES

Training for endurance sports such as running, cycling, triathlon, rowing, swimming,  and  cross­country  skiing places  great  demands  on the body,  and  the athlete  is  in  some  stage of recovery  almost  continuously during periods  of  heavy  training.  The keys  to optimum recovery  are  sleep  and  diet. Even though  we  recommend  that everyone  eat  a  diet similar to  what  our Stone Age ancestors  ate,  we  realize  that nutritional concessions must be made for the athlete who is training at a high volume  in the range of 10 to 35 or more hours per week of rigorous exercise. Rapid recovery  is the biggest issue facing such an athlete. While it's not impossible to recover from such training loads  on a  strict  Paleo Diet,  it is  somewhat  more  difficult to  recover quickly. By modifying the diet before, during, and immediately following challenging workouts, the Paleo Diet provides two benefits sought by all athletes: quick recovery for the next workout, and superior health for the rest of you life.

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