Before any of us form an opinion, it’s best to know the main differences between “organic” food and “regular” food.
The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat (1). These farmers preserve their soil and water to reduce any sort of pollution to their crops.
That being said, conventional farming uses synthetic pesticides to keep their crops free of mold and pesticides, but can leave residue in the process.
With those facts, the question remains if going organic is better for you?
When you buy organic, there are no added antibiotics or growth hormones in your meat. You are not at risk to any harmful pesticide contamination from these animal’s feeds. From a fruits and vegetables perspective, organically grown foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients due to the natural growth process (2). The higher prices come from the more expensive farming techniques to maintain the soil, animals, prevention of pesticides, etc. Rule of thumb: The more colorful a fruit and vegetable has, the more nutrients it contains.
Regardless of what you choose, make sure to wash your fruits and vegetables before you enjoy!
Although the summer months are among us, looking good for the season shouldn’t be the motivation behind wanting to eat well. Our bodies deserve to be at their prime at all times during the year, weather if you’re a competing athlete or simply training for life. Whatever the case may be, The Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy has the qualified Registered Dietitians that can help specify a program for you.
A combination of the proper elements in your food intake can help sustain your healthy activity and life goals.
Contact your local CAPPT Center today to schedule your nutrition consultation!
• Identify positives and negatives of your current nutritional intake
• Realize your nutritional requirements for your specific lifestyle
• Developed a personalized plan built around your needs
Tom Bratcher, Founder, PT, SCS has over 20 years of experience working in the field of physical therapy and sports performance. He always knew he wanted to work with athletes, which merged into helping anyone that was driven by a particular goal.
As a former athlete himself, he understands athletes and knows what it takes to succeed. Despite playing in the professional soccer league, Tom’s favorite sports memory comes from his college days. A graduate and student athlete of Rockhurst University, Tom vividly remembers his three of four soccer varsity years advancing to the final four in the NCAA post-season tournament. Although coming up short and making it to the finals once, there’s still hope for the Bratcher legacy.
With his prime playing days in his past, Tom now dedicates himself to his profession and family. His daughter, Tali, is now the premier soccer player of the family. Into her second year of playing, Tom already thinks she’ll be a better soccer player than he ever was. He jokingly said he is going to be the psycho parent on the sideline yelling and screaming at the players and the coach, until he realizes, he is the coach!
1. Avoid outdoor exercise from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These are generally going to be the hottest times during the day, so to avoid those times at all costs will improve your exercise’s longevity and a better recovery. Hydrate before, during and after. Even if you’re not thirsty, drink!
2. Wearing lighter colored, lose fitting clothing will help keep you cool. The lighter colors help reflect the sun and looser fitting, technology filled clothing will help evaporate the sweat while you work. Don’t forget the sunblock! Sunblock will help protect your skin from any sun damages having lasting effects.
3. On a lighter note, plan a day at the water park! If you have kids, or are just a big kid at heart, spending a whole day at a water park is exercise enough. Riding the slide, playing in the wave pools and walking from attraction to attraction will keep you active! Not to mention the perks of fun and endless supplies of water!