Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel for athletes. Virtually all of the tissues in the human body rely on glycolysis (breakdown of glucose into ATP) for cellular energy. The central nervous system (which includes the brain) relies heavily on glucose for energy. Our brains are very needy when it comes to carbs and glucose. To grasp just how needy, let this sink in.
Your brain makes up about 2% of your body weight but consumes roughly half of the glucose in your body!
To further grasp just how important carbs are for our brains and energy levels, let’s talk about hypoglycemia. Chances are that you have been a victim of hypoglycemia at some point in your life. Lightheaded, confused, and unable to think! These are the symptoms of hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar. When we have low blood sugar, our brains freak out, letting us know by making us feel awful and cranky.
Athletics are games of energy. If energy levels are low, performance is likely to suffer. This is why it is crucial that athletes properly fuel their bodies.
With this in mind, let’s refine the meaning of “proper fuel”. Carbs are indeed the main source of energy, however not all carbs are created equal.
Simple Carbs: Glucose, fructose, sucrose and lactose are some of the most common. Simple sugars contain less molecules and thus are broken down quickly. Simple sugars from whole foods can provide energy along with key nutrients. Simple sugars from whole foods usually contain fiber which enable them to be digested more like complex carbs. Simple sugars from processed foods also can be used for energy however cause unhealthy spikes in blood sugar and can lead to many health issues. Most leading health organizations recommend limiting simple sugars from processed foods.
Complex Carbs: Complex carbs are composed of 3 or more sugar molecules. In fact, complex carbs can be over a thousand molecules. When our bodies digest these longer chains of sugar, it leads to a steadier influx of energy levels. Complex carbs also contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Some examples include whole grain pasta, quinoa, potatoes, and oatmeal.
With athletic performance in mind, timing is crucial when it comes to fueling our bodies for competition. Since complex carbs take longer to digest, they should be consumed well before exercise to prevent cramping and discomfort. Simple carbs such as oranges and sugary sports drinks have been used for decades to replenish energy levels during competition. However, many athletes around the globe are using Vitargo for their carbohydrate of choice.
Vitargo® is a patented molecular carbohydrate. Vitargo® is unique because it is specially processed to yield a molecular profile that is massively different from the carbohydrates that make up sugars (e.g. glucose, fructose, sucrose) and maltodextrin found in ordinary sport, energy, and recovery drinks. Most importantly, Vitargo® is proven to work in athletes—in university studies. In fact, university researchers found that Vitargo® emptied from the stomach more than 2X faster than a comparable beverage with sugars and maltodextrin, the types of carbohydrates used in many popular sports/energy and recovery drinks and powders. After training or competition is over Vitargo® recovers glycogen 168% faster, allowing for an increase in performance up to 23% greater after just two hours when compared to carbohydrates found in ordinary sport and recovery drinks. (Vitargo.com)
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Altogether, what we put in our bodies directly affects how we think, how we feel, and how we perform. So make sure that you are properly fueling your body!
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