5 Nutrition Tips From An Olympic Swimmer

elizabeth beiselIn a time when Olympics are running in Rio, we are able to watch our favourite sportsmen’s achievements and be proud of the
country. When they appear as heroes, we want to know the secrets of their success and one of these is healthy nutrition.
Recently, Katie Morford, author “Rise and Shine” and registered dietitian interviewed Elizabeth Beisel, a superstar swimmer, two-time Olympic medalist, and a captain of the U.S. women’s Olympic team.

I was impressed with Beisel’s practical approach to eating. She doesn’t follow a special diet or have a personal nutrition coach. There are no magic potions, elixirs, or a list of what she can’t eat that runs a mile long. What she does have is a common sense take on fueling her body honed over 18 years of training that involves a nutrient-dense diet of whole foods. All that trial and error is worth borrowing, so I culled five tips suitable for anyone interested in fitness, whether you’re a competitive athlete or just a busy mom trying to keep out of elastic waist pants.

Katie Morford

1. Eat regular meals and snacks 

Elizabeth trains for 6-7 hours per day and keeps her form by eating throughout the day. She starts her morning with a high calorie, high protein shake before training. After this, she eats regular meals and snacks. For dinner, she chooses lean protein such as salmon, chicken or a big salad.

2. Listen to your body

It is the big rule for the swimmer. Thankfully to her experience, she learned what she needs and desires according to the efficiency of these foods to her body.

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3. Hydrate 

It is especially important for swimmers to take care of the amount of water they drink because they don’t have perspiration as other athletes. Sometimes it happens to us too, when we forget how much water we need throughout a day.

4. Eat a recovery snack 

Beisel recommends eating something 15 minutes before finishing your workout. Our muscles are breaking down when we do sport and need some repair for next day. For this purpose, she used to recovery snack like a carton of milk.

5. Feed your body

Elizabeth noticed that some women are training a lot without feeding their body properly focusing on losing weight. When it comes to performance, they couldn’t show their best because of lack of adequate calories. Ultimately, that can alter a healthy metabolism and lead to a yoyo cycle that results in weight gain, not loss.

New Danger of Zika virus Is Revealed

Center for Control and Prevention of diseases in the USA reported about the first known case of transmission of Zika virus by sexual contact when woman infected her partner, according to Popular Science.

According to doctors, after unprotected intercourse twenty years old woman from New York, who recently traveled to areas infected by Zika fever, transmitted the virus to her partner.

A lot of evidences, as well as research of scientists helped to establish that Zika virus can be transmitted from men to women (during intercourse) due to the fact that the pathogen persists in infected males semen for many weeks. But the last case suggests that the virus is also able to survive in vaginal secretions.

Related: Zika Virus is Linked to Another Dangerous Brain Disease

The possibility of transmission of Zika virus to healthy men through unprotected contact is likely to cause the World Health Organization to revise its recommendation for a summer Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

In May 2016 more than 150 scientists and doctors signed a letter to the head of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan urging to abolish or transfer the Olympics. The authors expressed the view that more than half a million tourists may spread the virus to other countries, where it will be extended.