Six High-Energy Nutrients
Eating a well-balanced diet is very important when doing any regular form of exercise. I recommend a dietary program concentrating on whole foods, high fiber, complex carbohydrates, low fat, and lean protein. Lean meat from chicken and fish are better than fatty meats like beef and pork.
To get optimum energy output from your dietary program, you need to take in fewer refined carbohydrates and avoid high-fat fast foods and foods with chemical additives. A good natural multiple vitamin can supply the six most important nutrients that cyclists need.
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- B-complex. It unlocks the energy from carbohydrates, aids muscle tissue, and proper nerve transmission.
- Vitamin C. It aids in tissue repair and helps clear lactic acid from muscle tissue.
- Vitamin E. It repairs tissues and works as an antioxidant.
- Chromium and Zinc. Low levels interfere with blood sugar regulation, energy production and tissue repair.
- Iron. It transports oxygen to and within muscle cells. Lack of iron can cause loss of endurance, muscle soreness, and fatigue.
- Magnesium. It aids muscle contraction and relaxation. It also works with the adrenal glands and facilitates nerve function, heartbeat, and blood pressure.