Minerals are essential to athletic success, health and wellbeing.
Here are 4 Minerals every athlete should be taking;
1) Sodium, potassium and chloride- These are important electrolytes that play a vital role in hydration, nerve transmission and muscle contraction. Electrolytes are critical to ensuring an athlete remains hydrated and rehydrates effectively. 2) Calcium- This mineral is important for development and maintenance of strong bones, as well as muscle contraction, nerve transmission and hormone secretion.
Good sources of calcium include milk, egg whites, yogurt and fish such as sardines and salmon. Kale, bok choy, and broccoli are also good sources of calcium, but have to be eaten in fairly large quantities. 3) Zinc and Magnesium- These are crucial minerals for muscle recovery.
Good sources of zinc and magnesium include liver, cocoa, dried fruit, meat and nuts.
4) Iron- Iron is crucial to red blood cell formation, specifically to form hemoglobin and myoglobin, which carry oxygen around the body.
Low iron levels can result in feelings of tiredness, fatigue, and general weakness. Therefore, it is essential for an athlete to have enough iron in your diet.
Good sources of iron include red meat, pork poultry, seafood, beans, dark green leafy vegetables and dried fruit.
Source: We've found this article on The LA Galaxy website from 2015. (original link below)