Significant to pushing themselves hard, athletes experience many micro-traumas that occur within the muscle fibers, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules of their bodies. These slow, steady micro-traumas that come with repetitive workouts or competitions can slowly degrade the tissues of an area and allow injury. Furthermore, the fibers of muscles, ligaments, tendons and discs beyond the directly injured area might not be able to deal with the added burden of what the injury has done. That is often what creates the rotator cuff injury for a weight trainer, a golfer, a baseball player, or the hip-Iliotibial band-knee problem for basketball players, runners and others.
There are two ways that help athletes. One is through the special 4 Element Yoga exercises that are tailored specifically to their needs; the other is through a healthier diet and the use of nutritional support. Let’s talk about nutrients first. If you aim to be a serious athlete you need to ensure that the biochemistry that underlies the health of your body’s joints and muscles is working for you. And underlying that biochemistry are the nutritional resources the body gets. And underlying all this is you – your habit patterns of eating and/or the nutritional supports you regularly bring into your body.
To accomplish this great task nutritionally, it’s obviously important to eat with some awareness. Because athletes are really motivated, they will go the extra mile to do what is needed to make their bodies strong and healthy. Unfortunately they don’t always know how to do so. You may recall the saying, “A little knowledge can be dangerous”. Hence the reason many take all those “vitamins…” from the local drugstore, Walmart, GNC.
The point is, if you are going to take an everyday vitamin-mineral support you need to ensure it’s one made with a certain degree of integrity. Consider 4 Element Lifestyle’s Athletic Nutrients. While there may be another on par, this one is excellent as a multi for the athlete. Look at its ingredients and compare it with your own. If you want to go another level, consider something equivalent to the Athletic Pure Pack. As you will see, it adds yet more nutritional boosts for the athlete. Even if you do not choose these products, reading about them will help you know what to look for when you buy your own.
Many of you athletes are fond of taking a protein-boosting shake. While I often tout the Raw Meal Green Shake for general use, the whey protein in the Whey Basics that 4 Element Lifestyle carries may be more suitable for athletes. Whey contains branched chain amino acids, which are often used by the body to build muscle, tendons and ligaments. The other proteins are important for building organ muscle and fiber tissues, enzymes and a host of other body tissues. While Raw Meal has a mix of all of these proteins (including branched chain ones), whey contains more of them. At the same time, note if the whey you buy is cold-processed, which helps it retain its biochemical integrity. Further, it is best that your whey is not denatured in its processing by various chemicals, which may cause it to be less useful to the body. A denatured protein loses its shape and its ability to function as it is meant to function for a body. While digestion will denature a protein, it is generally a good idea to begin with that protein not being denatured by something else first.
With all that said, it obviously is important for you, the athlete, to eat well on a regular basis. Be aware that if you eat a lot of protein, you generally need to ensure that you are getting a good amount of vegetable intake. This is because the mineral ash from protein metabolism is often acidic. Vegetables give you your alkaline reserve so you may neutralize those acids. While 60 or more grams of protein is often recommended, don’t feel like you necessarily need that much – especially every day. If you are smaller, 30-40 grams is fine each day. Maybe throw in a protein shake every few days.
If you are a serious athlete, consider cracking an egg or two and in your health drink. It can be important to sanitize the shell first to insure that you don’t get any salmonella coming from the shell surface. Eggs have a good amount of oil components that are beneficial for an athlete as well. It’s a time-honored, old fashioned athletic concept.
As far as helping your athletic body through 4 Element Yoga, consider joining the 4 Element Yoga club. With it you will receive videos and other info on how to use 4 Element Yoga to strengthen your achy joints, tight muscles and torn ligaments – as well as the discs and nerves of your spine. But for now, take this in: most injuries are helped by an isometric pressing backwardly of that injured tissue. This helps that injured part of the body to garner some structural support and improve its alignment of tissues (bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves). You can press that injured or strained, overworked muscle area back into a hand, a countertop, a corner of your wall; the molding of a doorway is often good.