Disorders And Deficiencies That May Result From Inadequate Sports Nutrition
Inadequate sports nutrition can be as a result of a disorder which may in the long run lead to an unwanted deficiency.
These disorders and deficiencies are outlined below:
This is not uncommon in most athletes. It is usually recommended that athletes should maintain low body weight and lean bodies. They are also expected to show good muscular development. However, these athletes are usually faced with so many eating disorders which may be as a result of adverse competitive pressure which can lead to physical stress and psychological destabilization. If these athletes do not receive proper counselling, they may come down with some adverse health conditions.
Here are some of the eating disorders that these athletes are usually faced with.
- Anorexia Nervosa: This is simply referred to as anorexia. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by food restriction, fear of gaining weight, strong desire to stay thing, and low weight.
- Orthorexia: This is an eating disorder that is characterized by eating healthy food as a result of an excessive preoccupation.
- Compulsive Exercise Disorder: Compulsive exercise disorder usually occurs as a result of eating disorders like bulimia.
- Bulimia: This is characterized by purging and binging. This is usually lead to vomiting which can lead to the elimination of calories in the body.
These deficiencies are common in both athletes and active adults. It is important to note that micronutrients are needed for so many important body functions and these body functions usually experience stress during exercise. Another thing to note comes from the fact that the calories consumption of athletes and other food groups is usually restricted by athletes. This has the potential to lead to so many deficiencies especially in essential micronutrients whose need for bodily functioning cannot be overemphasized. The micronutrients needed for our day to day body functions include iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D, just to mention a few.
Here are some of the most commonly indicated micronutrient deficiencies:
- Calcium Deficiency: This can lead to the formation of impaired bone and muscle tissues, and a reduction in the body’s nerve conduction. Calcium deficiencies can also lead to an adverse reduction in the regulation of muscular contractions.
- Iron Deficiency: Iron is vital for adequate muscle functioning and a deficiency of this will lead to an impairment of these muscular functions. This will in the long run compromise the performance of the athlete.
- Vitamin D Deficiency:
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