Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nutrition Matters

On of my participants in step class also plays tennis. Last week she shared with me a magazine, "Food For Thought: Tennis". The article that impressed her the most was "The 20 Things You Need To Know About Nutrition". The author, Cynthia Sass, is a sports nutritionist that trains athletes including tennis players. She has a little insight on how foods and nutrients help the body operate like a well-oiled machine.

I will share her tips with you a few at a time. Maybe you will find something that will give you an edge.

#3. Your diet has an impact on your brain. The results of a recent study at the University of Washington in Seattle points to the idea that consuming too much of our typical western diet can create a domino effect that may play a part in weight regulation and not in a good way. Eat quality foods. Get rid of the processed stuff with the added sugars and salt, the fried and fatty stuff, and load up with quality food .

#2. While we are on the subject of studies, the "Journal of Obesity" finds that eating breakfast (with healthy protein) may help to control appetite through the day. The test subjects either skipped breakfast or grabbed cereal and milk or higher protein choices. Brain scans revealed that the area of the brain that sends us searching for food was less stimulated later in the day with a higher protein breakfast.

#1. There are some anti-inflammatory foods that help to reduce pain with less use of traditional pain killers. Ginger is one. It has been known to share the same properties of ibuprofen. Other such foods include tart cherries, berries, extra virgin olive oil and turmeric. ( I take turmeric daily.)

More later.