The Indian Running Food
The Ancient Tarahumara Indians, who lived in Copper Canyons of Mexico, used Chia Seeds to boost the energy levels of their endurance runners. The so-called “Indian Running Food”, are well known for their health benefits included fat burning and sustained endurance for athletes.
There are plenty of articles and news about Chia Seeds on the web and they reached an extensive media coverage. There are a lot of food companies who sell them, so it’s very easy to find Chia Seeds.
They are high in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s. Chia seeds provide a lot of nutrients crucial for runners, essential to improve endurance, lower fat, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery.
Athletes should eat Chia Seeds to:
- Boost energy and endurance. They regulate the release of carbohydrates in a long term period, this means that you can use a provisions of energy that allow you to extend your performance.
- Prevent from joint pain and inflammation because they are the richest plant – based source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid.
- Gain a faster post workout recovery, rich in Amino Acids (Chia seeds contain 18 of the 22 amino acids, including all 9 essential amino acids: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine, and histadine) and Antioxidants, with Chia Seeds you can have a better and fast recovery time
- Prolong hydration. Because chia seeds absorb thirty times their weight in water, they help regulate body fluid levels and retain electrolytes, both key in the battle against dehydration. For long workouts in high heat and humidity, chia seeds are a handy way to prolong hydration.
Book to read:
- Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
- Eat to Run, Scott Jurek