Why good nutrition matters
The vast majority of the human immune system lives in the gut. The health of this system has a profound impact on our lives…and even more on athletic performance. Food directly impacts a young athlete’s symptoms on and off the field. It dictates energy levels, sleep quality, joint and muscle recovery, soreness, and just about every other aspect of how they feel. What most people don’t realize is that all these conditions can be altered by the food that we eat!
This is precisely why we place as much focus on how young athletes fuel their bodies as we do on how they exercise and train their bodies. Food fuels every cell in our body. So the obvious question is, why not power our systems with “premium fuel” instead of standard unleaded? Especially when there really isn’t a premium price associated with premium fuel. It usually comes down to an issue of understanding and awareness.
We believe in a whole food, chemical and preservative free approach to sports nutrition. We know that a calorie in does not equal a calorie out and every athlete is biologically unique…especially with the prevailing trend with food allergens impacting so many young athletes. Additionally, we also realize that each sport requires different training demands and nutrition must follow suit.
Every young athlete striving to improve (as well as their parents) needs to understand full body health. By teaching young athletes the importance of proper nutrition today, we believe that not only performance may improve, but overall quality of life and health down the road may improve dramatically as well.
Our world-class nutritionist is the first Board Certified Sports Dietitian in the United States to have advanced training in Functional Medicine and extensive experience with a Functional Sports Nutrition approach. She uses an individualized “food first” approach to fight inflammation and increase energy while improving recovery and overall performance. She has assembled a set of guiding principles that provide practical insights, tools and resources for young athlete’s (and their parents and coaches) to understand not only how to eat right, but how eating can have a profound impact on performance.