THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION IN THE MARTIAL ARTS
By Jose R. Villanueva
As originally published on the Listen & Be Heard Weekly1, June 29, 2005.
Physical activities that demand performance from the body must make use of nutritional application, and the Martial Arts would fall under the same category as any other sport. A body's performance is only as good as its physical conditioning and the proper nutrition to give the body what it needs to sustain itself during these rigorous activities. Every sport has its own demands on the body, so I can only write on the general needs that the body may need in the Martial Arts. Good nutrition would include correct estimated meals, vitamins and minerals, increased water intake.
The Martial Arts can be very cardio-
Vitamins and minerals are essential to the body maintaining and rebuilding itself especially after workouts. It gives the body the needed nutrients that are replaced by use. If the body is missing certain nutrients, it will start pulling from different body parts. Then one will soon have dysfunction in certain organs that are suppose to perform. Minerals should be used in conjunction with vitamins, so the body can absorb and make better use of the vitamins being consumed.
Water is vital to the optimum running of your body. One's body is three-
Nutrition is actually very simple. One only needs to observe one's intake of meals, vitamins and minerals, and water. So in the Martial Arts it is imperative that these factors are always applied to get the optimum results out of one's training giving one the best chance of raising one's condition to higher levels of performance.
I was lucky enough to meet a competent Metabolic Nutritional Consultant. Her name is Claudia O'flynn Phelps. She has been very instrumental in my nutritional gains. She gave a very thorough program to follow, and it has helped my performance tremendously. If you would like to improve your nutrition, cantact her at the Aesthetic Approach – (707) 765-