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Fish oil protects from the damaging effects of intense exercise

Fish oil protects from the damaging effects of intense exerciseThe long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, found in salmon and other fatty fish, are back in the news again. A growing body of evidence indicates that EPA and DHA are not consumed in adequate amounts despite an impressive number of studies documenting major health benefits. The most recent set of papers shows that EPA and DHA have important effects in skeletal muscle.

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Creatine supplementation

sport nutritionsA large body of evidence over the last two decades has shown that creatine supplementation improves strength and muscle gains. While the primary function of creatine is to provide more efficient fueling of high-intensity exercise, there remains interest in identifying other beneficial metabolic effects.

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Foods that boost the immune system

Health FoodFoods that boost the body's immune system can offer a lot of healthy options for those who wish to be more conscious in what they take in. To be sustained, the immune system heavily depends on the stomach for support. Malnourished individuals are more susceptible to disease as opposed to those who observe a healthy nutritious diet. Below are some of these examples:

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Herbs that help your immune system

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As a former professional sprinter I have been asking myself the same question over and over again: How to supply my body with everything it needs to be able to sustain extreme pressures of a highly intensive training regiment? At the beginning I thought that the secret of a successful regeneration lies in the right ratio of lipids, proteins and carbo-hydrates. But through the years I figured out that my body needs more than that.

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Increasing power and strength

Increasing power and strength

As an athlete your physical ability to perform is based upon your level of 'fitness' across a number of physical attributes such as co-ordination, accuracy, power, flexibility. Two attributes; strength and power are vital for many types of sport and competition. Strength is your ability to exert maximal muscular force over a short time or limited number of repetitions. Muscular endurance on the other hand is your ability to exert a less than maximal force over a longer duration or higher number of repetitions.

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Fat loss & weight loss

The diet and fitness world is well known for it's hard sell and over inflated promises, where incredible results are promised in next to no time. The extreme diets often pushed by unscrupulous 'fat loss gurus' are usually deficient in the healthy fats, vitamins minerals and proteins that your body needs to stay healthy and, ironically, these deficiencies prevent the body getting and staying lean. Extreme diets lead to fast reductions in muscle mass and interfere with the body's ability to burn fuels effectively, meaning that your body is a less efficient fat burning machine and as a result you're more liable to fat gain in the long run. It's well known in the fitness industry that crash dieting is in fact one of the fastest ways to gain fat mass over the long term.

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