Do you hear it? The roar of the crowd in the final minutes of the game. You’re getting a chance to showcase the skills you practised in training. You’re part of the team. You’re exhausted but giving it everything you have got for the push through to the final whistle.
Soon those intrepid winter sport-loving enthusiasts will be hitting the field. Whether you’re the parent on the side-line, or the 4-year-old playing his or her first soccer game. Maybe you’re the teenager with dreams of playing for New Zealand, driving you to practice your skills in every spare moment. Maybe you’re the person who sits at a desk all day, but loves to be active and enjoys the fun times with your mates after the final whistle. Maybe you actually get to be one of our sporting heroes, pushing your body to the limit every time you compete.
With the colder months on their way, you’ll need something to help with fast recovery and the energy to practice, play, perform. At the same time, you’ll need something to support immunity against winter’s ills and chills to give you the best chance to see the season through.
Spirulina is the perfect every day solution for supporting sustained energy production, vitality and stamina while supporting immunity. Spirulina is a nutrient dense plant source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein. This powerhouse of essential nutrition is nature’s richest superfood. The body digests and absorbs spirulina easily as it has no cellulose walls to break down. It has a vegetarian/vegan protein content 60-70% higher than any other natural food by weight and has an easily absorbable form of iron. When you add that to the high levels of antioxidants spirulina contains, you get faster recovery after your exercise, leftover energy for your immune system to stay strong over the winter months.
Protein plays a significant role in the recovery of muscles after exercise, aiding in the repair to muscle tissue, and helping to replenish energy stores. The amount of protein required each day depends on age, sex, weight and the amount of exercise completed. Recent years has seen the rise in consumption of plant-based, non-dairy proteins as they offer a low-fat, high-fibre, alkaline alternative.
High plant protein, low carb diets have been shown to support a slower release of glucose into the blood, helping to support healthy blood sugar levels. Plant-based protein contains fibre to slow glucose release, resulting in a more alkaline internal environment and they are easier for the kidneys to process. Try protein from grains, legumes, algae, and seeds like rice, golden pea, or chia.
Exercise is an important component of a balanced lifestyle, however it can cause oxidative stress in the body which some people notice in their muscles and joints, and with fatigue. This can lead to down-time from training and competing. Astaxanthin is a powerful carotenoid found in a freshwater plant similar to spirulina. Astaxanthin offers strong antioxidant activity against free radicals and pollutants, so helping with recovery after exercise. It also offers antioxidant protection from the sun’s harmful rays, especially helpful for outdoor winter sports on the snowy peaks.
Karin Spicer N.D, Dip Med Herb, Naturopath, Lifestream