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ASP Nutrition Tips: Hydration and Tea

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With all of the fads, trends, and options revolving around nutrition these days it’s easy to overlook the simple things that you should be getting in your daily nutritional intake. WATER.

Water splashing into glass

 

Dehydration is a something that affects a majority of the population. We recommend to most of our athletes that they ingest 75% to 100%+ of their body weight in ounces of water depending on their daily physical expenditure and the diet that they subscribe. For example – a 200lb client will drink approximately 200oz of water per day.

 

The benefit of such consumption of water is that it leaves little room for cravings of “quick energy” options, like Gatorade, soda, or excessive amounts of juice, high calorie/high sugar foods and so on…You will also reap the benefits of:

 

  1. Quicker recovery between exercise sessions

    • A simple solution to maintain consistency in exercise and sport.

  2. Lowers blood pressure

    • It would be a shame to try doing an intense workout with syrup in your veins and arteries.

  3. Decreases histamine levels

    • Allowing for optimal oxygen consumption during exercise to enhance performance

  4. Healthy regenerated skin and connective/muscle tissue

    • Helps to avoid injury and aid in repair

  5. Lowers cholesterol

    • Higher levels will contribute to high blood pressure and lower levels of performance

  6. Aids in digestion

    • Nothing is worse than working out with a full intestine!

  7. Flushes out toxins we get from food and exercise

    • Allows the kidneys and bladder optimal environments

  8. Contributes to joint, and spinal disk longevity

    • Essential with the stresses endured over time in life, exercise, and sport

  9. Helps control weight by avoiding unnecessary spikes in hunger

    • Water is an essential element that allows for basic cellular function.

  10. Helps us stay alert and energized throughout the day

    • Feel fatigued? Grab a glass of water first.

 

 

Ok, so you are efficient with your water intake. That’s great to hear. At that point it’s time to up the ante. To attain further benefits from your hydration efforts why not infuse your water with healthy natural properties to expel free radicals, enhance digestion and immunity, and promote blood quality. TEA.

tea-time

Here are a few for your considerations:

 

  1. Peppermint

  • Antioxidants, controls, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol, local analgesic, aids in digestion. Rich in vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E, and vitamin B.

  1. Dandelion

  • Antioxidants, vitamin A, skin health, good vision, carotene, potassium, vitamin E, C and K, and brain health. Inulin for pebiotic, reduction of blood sugar levels, body-weight, and cholesterol.

  1. Nettle

  • Reduces blood pressure and inflammation, minimizes skin problems and fights common cold. Treat sallergy symptoms, particularly hayfever which is the most common allergy problem. It has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, gout, hives, kidney stones, laryngitis, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement, sciatica, and tendinitis

  1. Licorice

  • Treats the common cold, and many other illnesses and liver disease. It can be used as a demulcent. Also used for cough, asthma, and breathing problems.

  1. Burdock Root

  • Antioxidant, blood purification, insulin, laxative properties for digestion, and inulin for prebiotic, reduction of blood sugar levels, body-weight, and cholesterol. Vitamin B, E and C. E and C fight infection, cancer and help brain health. Contains minerals such as iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, calcium, selenium, and phosphorous

  1. Ginger

  • Anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-microbial, intestinal motility, effective against E. Coli, vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, helps control heart rate and blood pressure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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