Boxing Nutrition: Foods to consume for endurance and performance (Part 3)
By Dr. Philip Goglia, WBC Nutrition Committee Chairman.
WATER: Water regulates temperature. As we drink water, it circulates through us and creates a perspiration / sweat pattern that in turn regulates our temperature so that we operate efficiently within the various environments we move through daily.
Without correct water consumption our bodies will perceive the inability to manage temperature through sweat as trauma. Our bodies hate trauma and will in turn, adapt to maintain homeostasis, survival and metabolic balance. Our body’s adaptive mechanisms will always hoard and collect things to protect us.
The hoarding and collecting mechanism is an insulation like thermostat that will act as a survival mechanism as it hoards and collects fat under our skin to act as insulation to maintain our temperature because of the initial lack of proper water consumption and perspiration pattern.
Water is the best beverage before and during a workout after establishing a sweat rate with water that provides a temperature pattern sufficient enough to manage correct range of motion and strength.
The general rule of thumb for inactive lifestyles is ½ once water per 1 pound of body weight consumed daily; if active the rule is up to 1 ounce of water per 1 pound of body weight. The definition of water is fish must swim in it, not sparkling not mineral water not tonic water plain old water that fish swim in… that’s water.
NUTS: Tree nuts offer an incredible energy source. One way nuts may help your heart health is by lowering the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels. LDL plays a major role in the development of plaque that builds up on the blood vessels.
Eating more nuts has also been linked to lower levels of inflammation linked to heart disease. Eating nuts may also reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also appear to improve the health of the lining of your arteries.
Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances: Unsaturated fats- It’s not entirely clear why, but it’s thought that the “good” fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels.
Omega-3 fatty acids- Omega-3 fatty acids are found in many kinds of fish, but many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks.
Fiber- All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes. Vitamin E- Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them.
Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack. Plant sterols- Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol.
Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts. L-arginine- Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.
Report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adults who incorporate nuts into their diets don’t have to excessively limit their consumption.
A review of 31 studies about eating nuts found that people who added nuts to their diets and who replaced other foods with nuts lost more weight (an average 1.4 pounds more) and reduced their waist sizes by more than half an inch.
“Although the magnitude of these effects was modest, the results allay the fear that nut consumption may promote obesity,” wrote the researchers, according to Reuters Health. “Our findings support the inclusion of nuts in healthy diets for cardiovascular prevention.” But weight loss isn’t the only benefit found in almonds, walnuts, cashews and the like.