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Dr. Maiquez discusses taking vitamins when you work out

Do workout junkies need more vitamins?

YES. THE MORE ENERGY WE BURN THE HIGHER THE REQUIREMENTS FOR VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS.

Why should we take vitamins as a supplement?

MODERN FOOD IS DEPLETED OF VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS. EVEN THE SOIL OF MOST GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS IS DEFICIENT OF BASIC VITAMINS. THE INMUNOLOGICAL SYSTEM OF MOST PEOPLE (ESPECIALLY THE INTESTINES) IS COMPROMISED DUE TO THE WIDESPREAD USE OF CHEMICALS IN THE ENVIRONMENT, HORMONES IN THE FOOD SUPPLY, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS CONTAMINATING WATER SUPPLY, ETC. IN ADDITION, AS WE AGE, THE BODY’S CAPACITY TO EXTRACT VITAMINS FROM FOOD IS DIMINISHED.

Does exercise deplete the body of vitamins and minerals?

EXERCISE PUTS A STRESS ON THE BODY INCREASING ITS NEED FOR VITAMINS AND MINERALS. ELECTROLYTES ARE LOST WHEN SWEATING SO ENRICHED WATER OR DRINKS DURING AND AFTER EXERCISE IS ALSO IMPORTANT.

Do vitamins help the body repair itself after a workout?

DEFINITELY. WORKOUTS CAN PRODUCE MICRO OR MINI INJURIES IN MUSCLES, TENDONS AND JOINTS THAT REQUIRE EXTRA NUTRIENTS FOR REPAIR. EXERCISE INCREASES IMPACT INJURY IN JOINTS SO CERTAIN NUTRIENTS LIKE FATTY ACIDS (IN OMEGA 3 SUPPLEMENTS OR FISH) ARE BENEFICIAL.

How can a person tell if he or she is deficient in a certain vitamin or mineral?

COMPLAINTS FROM VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCIES ARE SO WIDE THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO LIST THEM ALL. IF YOU FEEL IT TAKES LONGER TO RECOVER FROM EXERCISE, YOU HAVE A LOWER OVERALL ENERGY, MENTAL FOGGINESS, JOINT PAIN, MUSCLE PAIN, TINGLING IN MOUTH OR EXTREMITIES, CHANGES IN YOUR HAIR OR NAILS – ALL THESE CAN BE INDICATIVE OF NUTRTIENT DEFICIENCIES.

What are some other ways to get essential vitamins and minerals other than taking vitamin pills?

EATING A BALANCED DIET. FAVORING ORGANIC FOODS. EATING PLENTY OF GREENS AND FRUITS. WHEN CHOOSING BETWEEN TWO PRODUCTS GO FOR THE ONE THAT IS VITAMIN-ENRICHED.

At this time of year when people are very conscious of their health and more apt to begin diet and exercise routines, what are some important things to keep in mind so we can be successful and live better, more healthy lives?

  • ALWAYS DRINK PLENTY OF WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY
  • EAT SMALL, FREQUENT MEALS
  • EAT “SIMPLE” FOODS: A CHICKEN BREAST INSTEAD OF A CHICKEN CASEROLE, OR A STEAK INSTEAD OF A MEAT BALL THAT HAS MANY OTHER INDREDIENTS
  • LIMIT REFINED CARBS LIKE SUGAR
  • FAVOR NATURAL COMPLEX CARBS LIKE VEGETABLES OVER PROCESSED ONES LIKE BREAD
  • LIMIT OR AVOID WHEAT, IT CAUSES CELLULAR INFLAMMATION WHICH IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF MANY DISEASES
  • AVOID ALL TYPES OF SODAS
  • AVOID ALL TYPES OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS EXCEPT STEVIA LEAF
  • TAKE DEEP BREATHS FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY
  • LIMIT STRESS OR LEARN DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES TO RELAX
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY. IF BORED TRY FUN ACTIVITIES OR SPORTS WHERE TEAMMATES HELP KEEP YOU ENGAGED
  • MAKE SURE YOUR SLEEP IS RESTORATIVE, MEANING YOU WAKE UP RESTED, EVEN IF YOU DON’T SLEEP MANY HOURS

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