Nutrition to Put a Spring in Your Step

Nutrition to Put a Spring in Your Step
Nutrition to Put a Spring in Your Step
Nutrition to Put a Spring in Your Step

The blooming of trees and the chirping of birds signal the arrival of spring. It’s a great time for outdoor activities. But before stepping into the great outdoors, make sure your body is fueled with the right nutrition to put a spring in your step.

Complex carbohydrates: Whole grain breads and pastas or rice take longer to digest than simple carbohydrates so you have sustained energy release from these foods that will help keep you active throughout the day. Carbohydrates to avoid include cookies, cakes, doughnuts, pies, jellies, and other processed foods.

Proteins: Your body needs protein to repair damaged tissue. It is an important building block for the muscles, cartilage, bones, skin, hair, and nails. Interestingly, unlike carbohydrates and fats, your body has no way to store protein. Healthy sources of protein include fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, and beans.

Good Fats: Although fats are sometimes given negative publicity, the truth is not all fats are the same. The fat present in red meat and dairy foods which is responsible for clogged arteries is known as saturated fat and should be avoided or minimized. Fats present in olive oil, fish, almonds, peanuts, and walnuts are good fats as they are the predominant energy source when performing low-intensity, extended-duration physical activities.

Stay Well Hydrated: Even a slight amount of dehydration can have a significant effect on your athletic performance. Always carry a bottle of water with you and drink from it at regular intervals before, during, and after sports or any type of physical activity. If your spring activity lasts longer than an hour, a sports drink may help replenish lost electrolytes.

Dr. Ho is a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist who places a strong emphasis on customizing his care for each patient to ensure successful outcomes. He provides all treatment options including preventative care, conservative management and operative intervention. Call (630) 323-6116 to book your appointment.

 

Bryant S. Ho, M.D.
Dr. Bryant S. Ho is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and received comprehensive training in the operative and non-operative management of adolescent and adult foot and ankle disorders. He is highly active in both clinical and biomechanical research, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on orthopaedic foot and ankle care. His research has been presented globally across North America, Europe and Asia. Dr. Ho places a strong emphasis on customizing his care for each patient to ensure successful outcomes. He treats all disorders of the foot and ankle including arthritis, tendon ruptures, foot and ankle deformities, acute trauma and fractures, repair of non-unions, total ankle replacements and repair of cartilage lesions.