The Benefits of Bananas
Available year round, bananas are easily one of the most popular fruits. They are nutritionally dense, easy to pack, and relatively inexpensive. They help regulate blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and improve digestion. They also provide an excellent source of energy for athletes in training. This is because one medium size banana has 30g of carbohydrates, and 450mg of potassium.
When consumed before or during sports training, the carbohydrates in the bananas act as a source of fuel for the body, and help provide the athlete with the energy needed to keep training, without fatiguing. While the potassium in bananas helps retain fluids, and reduce cramping during training. Off the field, potassium also helps aid in muscle growth and recovery. Allowing you to bounce back sooner, and train harder. They also help in case of your calcium intake, which helps improve bone density, and reduce injuries.
Make bananas a regular part of your diet. Fruit is an important part of any healthy meal plan, but bananas particularly, can help athletes get the most out of their training and recovery. Try consuming 30 minutes before exercise if your training or practice is less than an hour or at 45 minutes into your exercise if your training or practice is over an hour.
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