Green Goodness

Helping You Get Healthy

NUTRITIONAL EVALUATIONS

As an avid Marathon Runner and with more than 30 full marathons and six time as as many half marathons I have learned that we athletes require much more nutrition than the average active adult. Our nutritional status is a major determinant of not only how well we can perform but how well we can recover. And we have learned that most of the time, food alone cannot accommodate those needs. Our understanding of nutrition and human physiology together with advances in laboratory testing,have given physicians the tools to take the complex task of optimizing sport performance through medical guidance and treatment.

 

It is widely believed that if an athlete consumes 100% RDA supplement / nutrition that him or her is getting adequate or therapeutic dosage. We have to remmemebr that Recomended Daily allowance is based on a typical 5'10", 150 pound male with only day to day activity.   

 

The widely held misconception that only 100% of the daily value amount of each essential nutrient is required for good health is NOT TRUE. As athletes and patients with an active lifestyle we consume and require much more than the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA's) established by the Food and Drug Administration. This is why specific laboratory test centering in the uptake, use and turnover of nutritional values is so important. With specific laboratory testing we can measure how your body has been utilizing mayor nutrients and fructose over the last 90 days and be able to customize an individual nutritional replacements panel.

 

Another important concept to understand is that no nutrient work alone. it's the interaction and mutual dependence between many of the nutrients that keep us health, gives us energy and keeps us FiT. I very good example is that for adequate Vitamin C utilization, an appropriate amount of Zinc is required. Regarding vitamin D, blood levels of at least 40 ng/mL of the active intermediate 25-hydroxyviatmin D are recommended and to be able to achieve this goal as much as 2000 to 4000 IU are needed as daily intake vs the Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin D of 600 to 800 IU.