5. Pay Attention to Your Nutrition
Along with sleep, nutrition plays a critical role in recovery. Every cell in your body is made from the food you put in your body. Many athletes use supplements to aid their athletic performance. Certain foods, like Turmeric, have significant benefits for athletes including:
- Acting as an Ibuprofen or Aspirin replacement
- Reducing muscle damage
- Increasing performance and endurance
- Supporting joint health and circulation
Stress that athletes put on their bodies from overtraining can suppress their immune system over time. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that switching athletes to an anti-inflammatory diet can boost their immune system.6
Reductions in alcohol, sugar, and omega 6 fatty acids can all help lower inflammation. Taking a Turmeric supplement is another way to support the body's natural anti-inflammatory response.
In an article titled Athletes: Fit but Unhealthy? published in 2016, the lead author, Philip B. Maffetone, distinguishes between health and fitness.7 Athletes are incredibly physically fit specifically to their sport; however, they might not be healthy.
He goes on to pose that physical and mental-emotion injuries are relatively high among athletes because of poor diet and lifestyle habits.