Approximately 75-80% of the human immune system lives in the gut. Therefore, everything we eat has a direct impact on the way we feel and perform each day. The equation is quite simple, great nutrition = an improved immune response and minimal inflammation. Poor nutrition = a weakened immune system, thus leading to injury, illness, pain and fatigue overtime. Sure, genes play a role in our health and performance but eating well can actually silence “bad” genes and eating poorly can activate genes that otherwise may have never been activated.
Failing to plan is a plan to fail. Athletes who plan their meals and snacks for competition will have an advantage over their competitors. Today, lets focus on nutrient timing (a.k.a the best time to eat) of fats for athletes.
Reminder: 20-35% of an athlete's calorie intake per day should come from fats, mostly from plant-based fats along with a smaller portion coming from animal based fats.