What Do Elite Athletes Like Novak Djokovic, Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll & Lewis Hamilton Have In Common?
By Scott Mathias CHHC. AADP
There is a growing chorus of support from Novak Djokovic, Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll and Lewis Hamilton for metabolic augmentation to help reduce post-event inflammation at competition level. But what else do these four elite athletes have in common? They all follow a plant-based diet and their athletic successes have been profound.
Former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion Brendan Brazier swears by a wholefood vegan diet, saying recovery from training is down to 80 percent nutrition. Not only by eating a balanced low-fat diet, but also by ensuring his gut function is optimal.
Not only are athletes of all codes turning to a whole food plant-based diet, but they are also looking closely at how the biology of their bodies actually works.
Gut function is the key to maximising the spread of nutrients through the bloodstream and minimising the build-up of both uric and lactic acid during the event and, most importantly, after the event.
Rich Roll is an internationally recognised elite endurance athlete who uses nutrition to support his achievements.
The gut is made up of a series of horizontal muscles designed by nature to macerate food – a smearing action, which breaks down both organic and non-organic proteins. But when these proteins are all plant-based, the breakdown process is more efficient and that leads to increased nutrient absorption in the small intestine.
F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton also uses the ‘clean and green’ approach to manage his pre and post-race dietary regime.
Tennis ace Novak Djokovic’s mind-blowing diet transformation is a testament to how, when he removed food that contributed to internal inflammation, he recovered his winning performance.
He removed the following:
Wheat products – gluten is a known contributor to inflammation depositing lactic acid around the working biology of the Human body.
Meat products – when not broken down properly by the gut maceration process rots inside the body creating uric acid, which is deposited around bone joints and inside muscle configuration.
Dairy products – are known to cause inflammation and deposit pathogens in the bloodstream that ultimately affects muscles, compact bone support like synovial membrane around knee joints for-instance.
White sugar – High GI may provide short-term gain but also creates long term pain.
As Novak shared in the above video (3 mins) – his game changed and he was back to winning form. The other’s achievements speak for themselves.
But whilst changes in food intake can and do support performance, as illustrated by a growing number of elite sports performers, a poor gut function can negate any potential gains.
During my formative years, I was a High School athletics champion at Rotorua Boys High School.
I rowed at #7 in the school rowing eight. I was a member of the School Rugby First XV and an elite small-bore rifle exponent.
Largely vegetarian from the age of eight because I had gut issues, by minimising the intake of animal-based proteins I became a high sports achiever.
It wasn’t until I found green papaya powder that my gut really began to function correctly negating chronic inflammation in the form of gout, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
My general level of nutrient absorption increased dramatically to the extent that my body suffers from no inflammation registered in the form of aches and pains. I am 100% plant-based.
Question – What Do Elite Athletes Have In Common?
Answer – They have ALL transitioned to a whole food plant-based diet. If you want to have success in your own life, follow successful people.
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Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Counsellor, Author and Gut Whisperer. He is a former journalist and researcher with a penchant for thought-provoking stories.
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