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LEGAL HIGHS

IN A WORLD WHERE RUNNERS ARE BOMBARDED WITH PRODUCTS TO ‘TAKE PERFORMANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL’, ROB KEMP MEETS THREE PEOPLE IN THE NUTRITION KNOW TO GIVE YOU A BETTER IDEA WHAT SUPPLEMENTS CAN ACTUALLY BENEFIT YOUR RUNNING
Concentrared beetroot juice contains high amounts of xygenincreasing nitrate

We’d advise athletes to get the fundamentals of nutrition right – to pick the lowest hanging fruits, the easiest to get – first, before trying to reach higher,” explains Dr Andy Sparks, senior lecturer in exercise physiology at Edge Hill University.

Dr Sparks and many other nutrition specialists are concerned at the high levels of recreational and elite athletes who will take dietary shortcuts to achieve their goals, based on the promise of great performance. “Athletes will go to extremes when it comes to their diet, such as following high-carb or high-fat diets in a bid to reduce weight while upping power output,” explains Sparks. “Equally, many will opt for supplements that are promoted to improve performance, when often getting the basics of nutrition right, or just knowing which supplementation is effective and which isn’t, will be just as beneficial.”

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