Pure and natural foods are those with as few chemicals and preservatives as possible. If an ingredient list has more than six or so items, it is likely overly-processed and not pure. Eating pure and natural foods consistently is difficult because of our fast-paced lifestyles. If it is possible to slow down and eat pure, do it!
Eating pure and natural foods will help:
Support a Healthy Immune System
Training hard increases inflammation, suppresses immune function, and raises core body temperature. Fitness enthusiasts and competitive athletes alike strive to consistently train and compete. An advantage of eating a pure diet rich in plant-based and natural foods is that it improved immune function.
While exercise provides many benefits, it does stress the body by causing acute inflammation and increasing cortisol levels. A single round of exercise induces oxidative stress in both skeletal muscle and blood, potentially lasting several days. A pure diet rich in fruits (blueberries and cherries), vegetables (broccoli and carrots), and polyunsaturated fats helps lower the generation of inflammation.
Exercise recovery includes muscle building and replacing energy stores. It also involves helping to reduce post-workout fatigue and latent muscle soreness. Carbohydrates activate insulin production, the hormone that drives muscle building. Eating carbohydrates in a 4:1 ratio with protein after a workout is the fastest way to replenish muscle glycogen stores. A pure diet offers clean, easily-digestible sources of complex carbohydrates. Starchy vegetables such as squash or sweet potatoes are excellent.
An easy way to break it down:
Training session + proper nutrition = faster recovery time = better and more frequent workouts = greater and quicker gains = increased likelihood of goal achievement = better lifestyle!
Recover faster, train hard, and perform better – starting today!