The Impact Of Exercise On Your Body's Nutrient Stores

The Impact Of Exercise On Your Body's Nutrient Stores

Feeling sluggish? Exercise a lot? You may be at risk of vitamin depletion.

Are you an athlete? Are you maintaining – to the best you can – your workout regimens while sheltering in place? If you are, it’s especially important to track your nutrient intake and activity levels. That’s because people with higher activity levels are at special risk for depletion of key nutrients that can affect their energy level, health and athletic performance. These are things that can’t be made up for just by making a larger pot of coffee in the morning. NIH research suggests exercise increases the body’s demand for niacin, riboflavin, vitamin E and magnesium.

Iron deficiency among athletes is common. Iron is lost through sweat, skin, urine, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Exercise, and particularly high intensity or endurance exercise, increases iron losses by as much as 70%.  Red blood cells also break down more quickly in those who exercise, compounding the problem. (The sheer force of a footstrike during endurance running, for example, can destroy red blood cells in the feet.) Women who menstruate and exercise are at even higher risk for iron deficiency — nearly half of females who exercise may experience iron deficiency.

Getting the right nutrients is especially important for optimal athletic performance, but also for just feeling ready for the day on a regular basis. For accurate tracking of your body’s demand for key nutrients, try MINA. MINA is an easy to use app that takes real time data about both your diet intake and activity levels to highlight your nutrient gap, so you can adjust your diet or supplement intake. 

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