Those of you that know me personally know that I love my greens. You can catch me with a green smoothie every morning and a “trough” of a salad every night. But I do understand that it’s not easy to eat like a rabbit all day every day. Our lives are busy, plain and simple, so many of us turn to supplements to get essential nutrients. As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), when making recommendations for supplement use, I want to be sure to emphasize that we should get as much nutrition from real food as we can. Endurance athlete’s bodies demand more vitamins and minerals than the average person in order to keep up with the massive hours of training. Therefore we turn to supplements to maintain performance and also recover properly. Note that by definition supplements are meant to make up for what may lack in our regular diet.
You may be asking yourself, “how do I know if I need supplements?” or “how do I apply this idea to my everyday life choices?” Well, choosing nutrient dense foods will help you perform better, feel stronger, and lend to your long-term health. The simplest tip I can give is to eat in COLOR. If your plate is full of a variety of colors, you are more likely to be getting all of your necessary nutrients. But again, you may still need certain supplements to get essential nutrients that you just can’t get enough of from your dinner salad.
So, I’ve found a product that bridges the gap between supplements and real food. It’s called SP2 Life. Spirulina is an ultimate superfood, and it’s the ONLY ingredient packed into an easy to use pod. In a single serving of SP2, you get a complete plant-based protein, A B C D E vitamins, and high concentrations of vital minerals such as potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, zinc and bio-available iron. I will dive into the nutrition science of all of these properties of spirulina in future blogs. This is merely scratching the surface…
The take-away message here is YOU’VE GOTTA TRY SP2 LIFE! It’s almost too easy to pack this superfood into your normal routine. Add it to smoothies, drinks, sauces, grains, even to insta-pot meals. I add a cube to my recovery smoothie every day and absolutely love it.
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Always remember, a well-fueled body will undoubtedly perform better. But, supplement use is a complex web on information, so talk with a dietitian (like me!) before changing your diet or buying a bunch of bottles of pills/powders/potions. Let’s figure out the right balance for you to reach your true athletic potential with a well fueled machine of a body.