We have all been taught to eat right and exercise. These two main steps are considered important to being healthy. We perceive athletes as being in the best physical health, especially when we watch them push their bodies to extreme limits and beyond. All the while, we marvel at their great perseverance and great strength. We anticipate these athletes to live a full, long and healthy life. But…do they?
Lately, there have been quite a few news stories telling about young athletes experiencing severe health problems, some even dropping dead right on the playing field! It is shocking and very troubling to hear of such stories. What used to be a very rare occasion now seems to be more prevalent than ever before. Have you ever wondered why?
Food quality, lifestyle, poor nutrition…these all figure into the equation. On top of that, athletes work out and sweat a lot! Have you ever stopped to consider what sweat actually consists of? It is not only water but it is also comprised of minerals and other vital nutrients! It only stands to reason that the more a person sweats; the more minerals, amino acids, and vitamins they lose from the stores their bodies have. If those aren’t replaced properly, those vital stores will deplete at a much higher rate than a person who is not very active.
Once an essential nutrient has been depleted, something breaks in the body. That “break” can be something like a heart attack or stroke, a broken bone, or torn ligaments – for example. When a person pushes their body to get in shape and neglects to nutrify it, it is only a matter of time before that “breakage” occurs.
Studies show that athletes actually have a shorter life expectancy than the average person! Could it be because many are not supplying their bodies with all 91 essential nutrients? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, “Yes”! (The 91 essential nutrients are comprised of 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids, and 2-3 EFAs.)
There are athletes that do nutrify their bodies and have much greater success with living younger, longer! I, myself, believe in exercise and trying to stay in shape. I have, also, come to learn that I need to give my body all of the raw materials that it needs in order to run right…like a well-oiled machine!