In general, athletes are generating large amounts of free radicals because of intense and continuous exercise regimes. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons which causes them to be highly chemically reactive. Oxidative stress occurs when the body is overburdened by free radicals and therefore unable to buffer them all. The result can cause damage to tissues and cells, and also increase inflammation within the body resulting in a negative impact on an athlete’s recovery time.
Luckily, antioxidants neutralize free radicals by giving up some of their own electrons to form a stable molecule. Essentially athletes need more antioxidant support. It’s important for the gut microbiome to run efficiently so that the body is able to absorb and use these antioxidant nutrients more efficiently. This will improve recovery time and protect cells against damage from exercise.
Whether you’re fueling up mid-ride at the local coffee shop or having a pre-ride snack, a happy gut will quickly convert your food to support your body’s needs. With a few simple changes to your diet you’ll be pulling at the front of the pack in no time! You can consult with our Nutritionist, Allison Fontaine, so she can give you the tools you need to reset, rebuild, and repair your gut to have you feeling and performing your best!