Do Athletes Need More Calcium than Less Active People?
If you run, hike, swim, play tennis, snowboard, cycle, attend crossfit, or actively engage in any other sports, then you're probably aware that your body requires extra nutritional supplementation in order to function properly. Simply put, athletes need more nutrients than less-active people. They demand more from their bodies and thus must compensate with the right nutrients to keep up performance and recovery.
Unfortunately, today's athletes have been duped into believing that in order to maintain proper health, they must consume a wide range of animal products, supplements, and power gels. I think this is one of the biggest misconceptions in the field of sports and fitness. I believe all athletes can benefit by consuming more fresh, organic greens and fruits in a blended concoction commonly referred to as a "green smoothie." To keep the body performing optimally, you must consistently replenish the following seven essential nutrients: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc. Traditional athletes accomplish this by taking multivitamins and supplements. In my personal practice, I have found it beneficial to disregard tradition and instead blend green smoothies made from dark leafy veggies and fresh fruit.
The smoothies I prefer are Shakeology. Shakeology is a completely natural smoothie that contains all the essential vitaimins and nutrients plus it tastes amazing and doens't have a fake or "cardboard" taste like others on the market. Plus, like I mentioned, it's all natural and non-synthetic.
The vitamin I will be disgussing here is calcium. Calcium is essential because it prevents muscle cramps and helps strengthen bones. According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) most athletes don't meet their need for daily calcium intake. Lack of calcium can lead to a slew of problems, such as, osteoporosis and hormone imbalance. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommended daily dose of calcium ranges between 1,000-1,500 mg per day. Most people think that the best way to get calcium is to drink a glass of milk. Few people are aware that dark leafy greens are just as effective at loading the body with calcium. According to the USDA, one cup of milk has 314 mg of calcium. A cup of collard greens has 357 mg of calcium. That's 63 mg more than a glass of milk. Thus a green smoothie crammed with collard greens can meet ones need for calcium no worse than milk.
In a nutshell, my message is simple… "Stop spending money on expensive supplements and instead, blend a smoothie!" I am so confident that green smoothies rival conventional supplements. Here is one way to make a smoothie from scratch. If you have the time and all the ingredients it takes, go for it.
Like most busy and active people, I don't have time for making such a fancy smoothie. This is why I prefer to use Shakeology to get all the essential nutrients while eliminating all the shopping and food prep that I don't have time for. Here is the smoothie I prefer.
This Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie takes a lot less ingredients and like I said, all the essential vitaimins we need are packed in the Shakeology! This is my post-workout snack I have been drinking every single day for over a year now and it's definitely my healthiest meal of the day!