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The relationship between exercising and taking vitamins.

Our body is designed to move and exercising is essential for our body.

Studies show that exercising benefits our health:

- It improves our mood and it’s the most effective “medicine” for depression.
- It decreases the chances of suffering from cancer, cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
- It slows down ageing.
- It regulates genes.

You can’t reach optimal health without exercise.

Many people enjoy exercising and pushing their bodies to the limit.

In addition to burning excessive adrenaline, this type of exercise involves the release of endorphins creating a state of relaxation and well-being difficult to achieve otherwise.

Exercising and taking vitamins

When you train more than usual, your body needs more nutrients. Amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are needed in larger quantities.

Although our modern diets might be organic and healthy, they rarely provide us with the necessary nutrients with a moderate training, imagine with a more intensive one.

If the nutritional status of your body is not good, you won’t be able to get the maximum benefit from exercise and it often becomes a negative factor, even facilitating the oxidation of the body due to the lack of an appropriate micronutrient intake.

Many sports people take only proteins and amino acids to improve their performance and health.

It’s good to take proteins and amino acids but this approach has limitations:

- Our body does not absorb proteins but breaks them down in amino acids. Today, it is harder to break down the proteins we eat as our digestive system is damaged by poor diets.

- 5000 chemical reactions occur through defined biological pathways. If you take large quantities of a single element, it unlocks a step, but not the entire bio-chemical chain.

Basically, that means that “one-size-fits-all” approach is not optimal because our body is a wonderful machine that needs balance in order to work efficiently, that’s why it is important to keep that balance.  

In order to get better results, one should:

Take at least 20 amino acids in free form, and improve the protein digestion.
- Take the nutrients that combined together facilitate the entire metabolic pathways.

The relationship between taking vitamins and exercising is often underestimated but it is essential to reach a better athletic performance and makes training a benefit instead of damaging the body.

Nicola Peotta, Personal Trainer

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