With the current lockdown situation and with many more runners lacing up their trainers, fuelling your runs naturally has never been more important.
Primal Living understands just how important nutrition can be when it comes to running, and as you start increasing those miles, you may start wondering about the best types of fuel to help support your body as you creep over the 60-minute mark.
Unfortunately, energy drinks and snacks high in sugar have become a popular go-to option for runners when they need something quick and efficient. I mean, we get it – we really do! As runners, you rely on gels, energy drinks and sweets to fuel your runs, right? While they might aid your performance for your remaining distance, they won’t be doing anything for your health in the long term. Especially that microbiome of yours!
Sadly, just because you run a good number of miles each week, it doesn’t make you immune to the detrimental health effects of eating too much refined sugar. Not only can too much sugar lead to excess weight gain, diabetes and poor-quality sleep, but it can also wreak havoc on our gut health too.
How? Well, up to 70% of your immunity is found in your gut and once your microbiome becomes affected and the good bacteria suddenly becomes outnumbered by the bad bacteria, your overall immune system can take a hit too. Diets high in sugar, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, have also been linked to increased inflammation in the body.
But here’s the good news, when it comes to fuelling your runs, it’s pretty easy to do so without any artificial sugar. Sugar from foods that nature intended for us, or supplements that have been formulated with your health in mind, are typically the best sources for your health.
Fuelling your runs naturally
No matter how far you run, some sort of pre-run fuel is always important. Of course, your body may require different fuel to the next person depending on the type of training you’re doing and your goals, but it’s important to fuel your run based on your personal demands for that day.
On your runs of 10 miles or less, try getting by on just water and electrolytes. On runs over 10 miles, carrying a small sized snack(s) and/or a natural energy drink can help keep your blood sugar levels from dropping and your performance from dipping. Here are a few ideas.
- Dried fruits (with no added sugar)
- Medjool dates
- A small banana (if you’ve got a fairly decent sized pocket)
- Coconut water with a teaspoon of stevia (natural sweetener)
- Primal Living’s natural energy drink, Noggin (free from sugar and contains 100mg natural caffeine, plus vitamins and minerals). Check it out here.
- Homemade energy balls. Click here for the recipe.
- Almond butter pouch
- Primal Living’s sugar-free Vitamin C Effervescent (known to support the function of the immune system after intense physical exercise). Check it out here.
Getting to grips with what fuel works for your body will take a little trial and error, and what works for others may not work for you. But remember, by fuelling your body with the right nutrition, you’ll not only enhance your recovery process, but you’ll help support your immune system and gut health too.
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