Fruits and Veggies

Minerals to Aid Your Workouts

Fruits and Veggies

         Potassium:  As a major electrolyte lost in sweat, replacing potassium after a workout is      crucial.  Allows your body to maximally get as much use out of the glucose inside    of cells for energy.  Without enough potassium, your body will slow down with muscles         fatiguing sooner.  Good sources of this mineral can be found in bananas, squash,       avocados,  spinach, and white beans.

Magnesium: Magnesium helps with hundreds of chemical reactions within the human,        including allowing the muscles to access glucose and oxygen needed when exercising.            We sweat this mineral out during a workout, so it is lost very easily.  Foods with a good          source of magnesium include nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, brown rice, avocado,         yogurt, and dark chocolate.  Watch out for drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, because     this can drop your levels of magnesium as well.

Iron:  Iron allows the body to take oxygen from the blood that we need when working    out.  It is especially essential for longer duration workouts that are more intense. Low iron   levels will cause fatigue, but too much iron can cause you to feel tired as well, so       monitoring iron intake is essential.  Iron rich foods include red meat, cereals, dark leafy      greens, beans, and seafood.