I am not a nutritionist. I am a 45 year-old former fighter who, like most of you, is always searching for tools and tips that will keep me young and improve my daily living. We all know that nutrition is the foundation to our performances and well being. Below are the two superfoods that have helped me tremendously. Keep in mind that we are all different and what may work for me, may not work for you.
- BEET JUICE
Beetroot contain essential minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, sodium, zinc, and copper to name a few. According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, consuming nitrate-rich beetroot improved running performance in healthy adults. In addition to that, in 2014, the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise discovered that beetroot juice enhanced the performance of trained cyclists. Scientists have found that beetroot can increase the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood and can reduce the amount of oxygen that muscles require in order to function optimally. This means that consuming beetroot will provide an increase in energy, performance and stamina.
Soon after reading these articles, I began juicing and downing beetroot juice before training. I immediately felt a surge of energy and endurance. From that moment on, I started limiting the caffeinated pre-workouts stimulants I was consuming and started juicing on a regular.
Juicing beetroot can be expensive and time consuming, which is why I only do it once or twice a week right before my harder training sessions. My go-to concoction is mixing beetroot, celery, apples, and ginger root.
The benefits of eating greens are well documented. In recent years, kale, has become a favorite among athletes and health conscious hipsters. I remember listening to the Tim Ferriss Podcast when he announced that he was consuming Athletic Greens to help him perform and keep viruses at bay. I immediately went on Amazon to purchase the expensive supplement. The drink tasted awful; it reminded me of the time I threw up after drinking a shot of wheatgrass. More importantly, I did not feel any of the benefits Tim was talking about. That was the first and last time I touched the Athletic Greens powder. My other alternative was to eat more raw green veggies, which I did but I knew I didn’t have the stomach, the discipline, or the time to prepare and eat raw spinach every day. I wanted something I could easily consume on the go. I then asked myself what makes a product green? What’s the greenest of all greens? Bam! Chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is the molecule that allows plants to photosynthesize energy from sunlight. Photosynthesis and is the basis for sustaining the life of all plants. Since animals and humans obtain their energy by eating plants, photosynthesis can be said to be the source of our life also.
A 2014 study published in Appetite Magazine found that adding chlorophyll to the diet resulted in greater weight loss over a 12 week period. The longer the study went on, the more weight was lost compared to the control group.
After doing my little investigation, I order a bottle of Dr. Souza’s liquid Chlorophyll from Amazon. I ended up mixing a tablespoon of chlorophyll with water and instantly felt a slight but steady energy.
I now use liquid chlorophyll almost every day especially for my recovery. I typically mix a tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll with water after all my workouts. Sometimes I just down it straight. No matter how I consume it, chlorophyll always re-energizes me by giving me that second wind.
One common factor between beetroot and chlorophyll is their rich, colorful pigment. So do not be alarmed if you see a red or green tint in your stool.