The Runner’s Diet

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If you happen to be wondering about the best foods for runners, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve checked several sources in order to create a comprehensive understanding of the best foods to eat before and after a successful run.

Sources:

Fitness Magazine: The Top 7 Foods for Runners

Competitor: 10 Essential Foods for Runners

Runner’s World: The Best Foods for Runners

30 Best Foods for Runners: The Ultimate Guide Complete with Delicious Recipes and Health Benefit Explanations

This blog post will cover different foods that will help you run faster, recover quicker, and feel more energized all day long. All of the sources referenced for this post have agreed that Salmon, Bananas, and Berries are essential foods for runners. Some of the other repeated mentions are: low-fat yogurt, lean meat, almonds, kale, and whole grains.

Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids which help boost heart health. Salmon also helps balance the body’s inflammation response.

Mixed Berries contain anthocyanins – a powerful group of antioxidants that may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers. Anthocyanins also assist with post-run recovery and muscle repair.

Bananas are among the best pre-workout foods for runners. They contain loads of potassium (400 mg), which regulates blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke.

If you are planning on running in the morning, it is important that you eat something within 30 minutes of waking up in order to kickstart your metabolism. Oatmeal or a banana are highly recommended choices for a pre-run breakfast. It’s also important to eat within the 30 minutes that follow your workout to prevent your body from burning muscle. Any choice of protein is highly recommended.

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