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Good nutrition aids peak performance on and off the track.

Dietary help for depressed athletes

Although athletes may benefit from an exhilarating endorphin rush on exertion that elevates their mood and suppresses feelings of pain it will not stop them from experiencing, at times, anxiety and bouts of depression just like the rest of us. Nutrition is one treatment option that can speed recovery. Read more »

Diet can offer protection when cold conditions threaten performance

Cold injuries and illness occur in a wide range of physical activities. An understanding of the importance of sports nutrition and planning appropriate meals and snacks can offer some protection and may also improve overall performance Read more »

Sports nutrition for senior athletes

Everyday we require sufficient energy and nutrition to meet our needs for life, activity and body repair. As we age changes occur to our body’s ability to absorb and process nutrients. Senior athletes need to be aware of these factors in order to maximise their performance, long-term health and enjoyment of events. Read more »

Can a high fat diet improve sports performance?

Fat carries more energy than other macro nutrients (9kcals/37kJ/g compared to 7kcal/29kJ/g for alcohol and 4kcal/17kJ/g for protein and carbohydrate respectively). So with so much energy to offer does eating more improve performance?
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Vegetarians face extra hurdles

Despite the apparently healthier lifestyle vegetarian athletes (like anybody) can still become overweight, hungry, bloated and suffering from multiple nutrient deficiencies. Read more »

The gut-brain axis is important to sporting performance

Do you ever suffer from” runners diarrhoea”, bouts of anxiety , fatigue, abdominal pain or gas when facing competition? Read more »

Swim for your life

Whether you are swimming for fun or competition this sport has many health benefits that can be enhanced with good nutrition. Knowing what to eat and when can also greatly improve your enjoyment of the sport as well as your level of performance.
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Can caffeine fix performance?

You only have to view the pile of bikes outside a coffee bar on a Saturday morning to realize that many cyclists are coffee addicts who need their caffeine fix each day. So does caffeine hydrate, dope up or enhance performance?
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