Brooke-and-Rob vitamins and minerals

5 Important Minerals and Vitamins all Crossfitters Need to be Eating

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

3. IRON

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Lucas Parker says eat your Iron!

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WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR BODY

Iron is hugely importance because it assists with transporting oxygen. It is an important part of haemoglobin, which is the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen and represents around two-thirds of the body’s iron.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT

  • Red meat such as beef
  • Seafood such as tuna
  • Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach
  • Dried fruit such as raisins and apricots
  • Peas
  • Beans and pulses
  • Oatmeal

Athletes need to take special care of the amount of iron in their body, because they lose large amounts during workouts through sweating.

As a rough guide, women need 18mg of iron per day, men only 8mg. If the demand is not covered, symptoms like general fatigue, headaches, weakness and dizziness can occur.

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