Training up for a race (especially long-distance running such as a marathon), will require more than just physical preparation. With all the important Physical Training Routines, comes the equally important part of preparation, the food and nutrition to help prepare you for the marathon.
If running is your sport, whether you're new to running or an experienced runner, who often participates in marathons or half-marathons, you will be delighted to know that date fruits are among the best foods you can incorporate into your dietary prepping plan, during and even after the race.
Many studies have shown that the date fruit contains antioxidant, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, anticancer and immunostimulant activities.
Date fruit being a natural plant, is packed with fibre and low on the Glycemic Index (GI). This means it contains slow release sugar that allows slow sugar absorption by the body resulting in a steady source of energy, without the fear of experiencing sugar hike.
Among the varieties, Medjool is the best date as it is an excellent source of potassium, containing 281 milligrams per serving. That's 50 percent more of this important mineral and electrolyte by weight than bananas. The carbs and potassium in Medjool dates are especially useful for athletes.
The reason medjool dates are perfect, prior and during running, is because they are among the friendliest for our body to digest. Just by having two Medjools, it is able to provide the basic energy required before walking or running without the worry of distressing our digestive system.
But to top it all off, not only are medjool dates easy to grab and digest, they are sweet little super foods. Packed full of potassium, they are also a rich source of calcium, iron and magnesium.
For post work-out or post running recovery, it is as easy as incorporating some Medjool into your smoothie. It is the best addition in any of your recovery meals because dates help to replenish our potassium and rebalance electrolytes that are heavily lost during a run.
Some of our most favourite recipes that allow us to throw in our most favourite dates are, banana and oat smoothie, mashed dates with almond roll - which gives us the sweet, satisfying recovery snack - to even a simple satisfying cereal milk with pitted dates.
Apart from that, Medjool dates also help prevent post-workout cramping and aid with muscle recovery. Now it is no surprise to see more and more athletes especially long-distance runners, triathlon athletes include this powerful superfood in their preparation and recovery routines.
You too, can be sure to grab some dates fruit and incorporate it into your running routine. No time to do that? Let us come to you instead. Visit www.allkurma.com and choose from our wide array of dates that will keep you running!
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