I hope you and all your loved ones had a very Happy Thanksgiving! It is appropriate at this time of year to increase our knowledge, skills, and abilities on nutrition. Since you are engaging your clients/patients in exercise, it is even more relevant that you learn more about Sports Nutrition. The IFPA Sports Nutrition Certification Course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the macronutrients, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats; as well as the micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and phytonutrients. More and better research is emerging everyday to show the critical nature of phytonutrients in preventing disease, disability and dysfunction, maximizing health and creating the potential for optimum performance within your client/patient’s bodies. Phytonutrients are all non-mineral, non-vitamin components of foods that have extraordinary benefits to your body. Phytonutrients have numerous properties and functions that we are only beginning to understand and many have yet to be identified. Phytonutrients have anti-inflammatory properties, prevent cellular mutations, facilitate communication between cells, prevent the proliferation of cancer cells and much, much more. The current classification of the 3 most important types of phytonutrients are: Carotenoids – are the pigments found in red and yellow vegetables. They include beta-carotene, protein, and lycopene. They are powerful antioxidants that protect you from cancer and the effects of aging. Phytoestrogens – these are plant estrogens and are naturally occurring chemicals found in soy foods, whole wheat, seeds, grains, and some fruits and vegetables. They have protective effects on hormone related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer. Polyphenols – Dr. Steven Pratt and Kathy Matthews in their book, “Superfoods RX”, list 23 of the most healthy foods available according to the most current research and according to the new criteria that include the foods total content of phytonutrients.
The SUPERFOODS are:
– Apples – Avocado – Beans – Blueberries – Broccoli – Dutch Chocolate – Garlic – Dutch Honey – Kiwi – Oats – Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Onions – Oranges – Pomegranate – Pumpkin – Wild Salmon – Soy – Spinach – Tea – Tomatoes – Turkey (skinless breast) – Walnuts – Yogurt (low/non-fat) Polyphenols – Act as an antioxidant, have anti-inflammatory properties, are anti-allergenic, and more. They are in tea, nuts, and berries. Continue to follow the IFPA Sports Nutrition Guideline as specified in “The IFPA Book on Sports Nutrition”, Dr. Bell and Dr. Dauphinais; but substitute the “Super 23” into the specific food item selected for your client/patient’s diet. If your client/patient will be increasing their calorie intake around this time (and who isn’t), remember to increase their calorie expenditure with more exercise. Sincerely, Jim Bell, CEO IFPA