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5 Essential Vitamins all Crossfitters Need to be Eating

These 5 Vitamins all have huge impacts on performance, recovery and long term health. Make sure you aren’t missing anything in your nutrition!

1. MAGNESIUM

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Without the right nutrition and vitamins, you will never reach your full potential

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WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR BODY

Magnesium is crucial for the contraction and relaxation of muscles, blood coagulation, energy production, bone and cell formation. It allows the body to produce more Insulin like Growth Factor (IGF-1) which is a contributor to the strength and growth of muscles. Magnesium is also a natural electrolyte and essential for proper hydration.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fish (Mackerel)
  • Whole-grain products
  • Avacados
  • Bananas
  • Dried fruit (figs)
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Mineral water

Your body requires 300-400mg per day (equal to 2 cups of boiled spinach). An irregular heartbeat and muscle cramps can be a sign of a lack of magnesium.

VITAMINS

These five vitamins play a crucial role in your training success and help you stay healthy and full of energy. The growth of your muscles will be supported and the strength of your bones improved. By planning your nutrition carefully, you can ensure that you consume the recommended amounts of vitamins in your everyday life. They are essential for long term health, and getting into the right habits now will harvest great results in the long term.

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