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for athletes and active people

5 Essential nutrients for the body

What nutrients do we need when exercising?
Protein? Amino acids?
It is not really a case of just needing specific individual nutrients, but rather, it’s important to have the right balance of nutrients. Human beings need the five nutrient groups of carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals in order to live; these are called the five essential nutrients. They become the components that make up the body and the energy that powers it, and they keep the body in a good condition. Because different nutrients work together to perform various functions, a deficiency of even one nutrient can keep your body from functioning normally, causing sickness, therefore the most important basic tenet of sports nutrition is maintaining the body’s nutritional balance. Since ancient times, the traditional Japanese meal has included rice, soup, and 3 other dishes (1 main dish and 2 side dishes). Add some milk or a dairy product and some fruit to this, and you have the ideal nutritionally balanced meal for athletes and active people.

A well-balanced meal

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