Five foods to fuel your work out

Are you relying on unnatural pre-workout supplements to provide energy you lack during your work out? If so, perhaps you should reorganize your pantry and eating habits.  There are copious amounts of natural remedies that motivate you through your daily workout routine without imposing risks to your heart, kidneys and blood pressure.

The source of natural energy, obviously, starts at what you're putting in your body. So why not begin improving yourself by modifying your eating habits? Rather than taking supplements to gain energy, fill your body with the proper pre-workout diet. The goal is to have a mix of complex and simple carbohydrates to fuel you through even the most invigorating exercises. Complex carbs to keep you going long distance, and simple carbs to give you the little boosts of energy throughout your routine.

I am sure we all have heard the common saying "you are what you eat." Improve your body with healthy choices and it will thank you in the long run. Below are five food suggestions to try before your next workout to help you stay motivated:

1) Bananas

Loaded with carbohydrates, bananas are also packed with potassium that aids the maintenance of nerve and muscle function. Potassium levels drop when you sweat a lot, so this fruit is to perfect for replenishing you before and after a workout. Made of the healthy sugar fructose, bananas are excellent sources of energy for your work out.

2) Oats

Full of fiber, oats gradually release carbs into the  bloodstream and maintain a consistant boost of get-up-n-go. Containing the B vitamins, they also help convert carbs into energy. Mix with fruit for a combination of healthy sugars that maintain an effective burst in your energy levels.

3) Fruit and Yogurt

With fruit being a simple carb and yogurt containing high-quality protein, this combination works best when added together.  The protein alone does not break down quickly enough to become energy for the work out, so while the carbs in the fruit work quickly, the protein is used after to support muscle growth. Put some berries in your Greek, almond or soy milk yogurt for energy that builds your muscles.

4) Honey

Like sugar, honey contains equal parts of fructose and glucose, as well as antioxidants and vitamins. The darker the honey, the more disease-fighting compounds it will contain. Eat a spoonful, mix in a shake, spread on whole grain bread, or add honey in your yogurt mix for a simple carbohydrate to fuel your exercise.

5) Raw Cacao

Formerly used as an ancient form of vitality for Mayan warriors preparing for battle, raw cacao is an excellent pre-workout that supplies not only energy, but mental stimulation as well. Cacao beans contain Tryptophan and Phenylethylamine that are amino acid precursors to protein building. It also contains Anandamide, a neurotransmitter known as the "bliss" chemical that is said to promote joy and happiness, as well as a "feel good" sensation. The beans support the adrenals and increase focus and awareness. Also high in iron, chromium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, and vitamins A, C, D, E, B1, B2, B5, and B6, as well as subtle amounts of caffeine, it is no doubt that raw cacao is the perfect superfood for your pre -workout. Eat the beans raw or blended in a shake for the best effect.



Madison Carrier

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