by Davy Kestens in Health + Nutrition

10 vegetables to gain more stamina

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In today’s fast paced world it is not very uncommon to feel depletion in energy levels as the day progresses. So it’s very important for everyone, whether you have an athletic or normal build, to enhance body stamina without increasing body bulk.
Eating a well balanced diet and taking proper sleep are natural ways for boosting energy. Following is a list of stamina increasing, healthy and nutritious vegetables whose regular intake yield long term benefits for athletes, aspiring sportsperson, and people of all genre alike.

1. Beet juice

A recent study by the University of Exeter found out that juice of the red beet can increase your physical output up to 16%. The cause of this major improvement are nitrates. They decrease blood pressure, the need of the muscles for oxygen and lead to improved performance in high intensity exercises

2. Quinoa

Declared as a sacred grain by the Incas, and fed to their warriors.
This small, high-energy grain, can be cooked like rice in only 10 minutes making it an ideal pre-run ingredient.

It contains all eight essential amino acids, a bunch of vitamins and minerals plus fiber. On top of that, it’s gluten-free and easy to digest. Mix it with honey, almonds or berries for some extra flavour.

3. Corn

Corn is filled with Carbohydrates which are burnt by your body while doing easy and long exercises.

While the workout intensity gradually increases, the body switches to burning glycogen (which is a fast-paced energy-reserve, stored in the liver and muscles). Glycogen makes it easier for your body to maintain the effort. That is why it is important for runners to maintain a high level of glycogen. As per The Putney School, glycogen like component has been extracted from corn.

(Actually, corn is a grain, but we’re including that in this list too)

4. Spinach

Spinach is one of the natural healers and a must in everyone’s diet to obtain great health. Spinach contains vitamins which help in increasing stamina, like Vitamin A and C. Spinach is a natural nutritious powerhouse and helps in strengthening bones thereby preventing various bone relates disorders.

Best part about spinach is that you can eat in both raw and processed form. However it looses some of the vital nutrients during cooking.

5. Green Cabbage

Studies show green cabbage is a muscle builder, blood cleansener and eye strengthener. It contains phytonutrients which works to protect body from free radicals and helps preventing cell membranes.

Also, juice of raw cabbage is proven to heal stomach ulcers. Green cabbage is a best deal when comes to increasing body strength as its heavy on advantages and less on pocket.

6. Watercress

Watercress is mother nature’s perfect multi vitamin vegetable, body cleansing detoxicant and tastes yummy. Probably among the oldest known leafy vegetables, watercress contains iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, magnesium, & calcium in balanced quantities.

Thus watercress is one of the most recommended vegetables to strengthen bones. Watercress also increases immunity because of its multi-vitamins capabilities.

7. Lettuce

Another study at University of Exeter showed vegetable rich in nitrate helps in enhancing one’s stamina and build immune system. Lettuce, which is commonly used in daily salad, is enriched with same advantages less known to people.

Adding to the above results, Barts, the London School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Peninsula Medical School stated that lettuce also helps in lowering blood pressure and is useful not only for athletes but all genres. Diets rich of vegetables with high nitrate content, like Lettuce, could help people suffering from high blood pressure and are potentially helpful if one would aim to increase stamina.

8. Pumpkin

If you always thought pumpkin is best utilized in Halloween, then you must know it is one of the best vegetables to increase your stamina.

Available almost throughout the year in majority of countries, it is also a natural depression cure. Not only pumpkin but its seeds, also called “pepitas”, are loaded with minerals. They seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect, and may even help protect against prostate cancer and osteoporosis.

9. Eggplant

Eggplant is probably one of the unique vegetables containing an important antioxidant ingredient phytonutrients, besides minerals, vitamins and proteins.

Phytonutrients have certain phenolic compounds, such as chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, like nasunin. Intake of eggplants help maintain a balance in salt intake; thus maintaining a nice level of hydration which is very important while doing the athletic workout building stamina.

10. Asparagus

Stamina is built if your entire body is fit. Eating asparagus can help you get rid of warts. If you switch to low-glycemic foods like asparagus, the energy release is gradual and long lasting which is ideal for sport. Since you do not tax your pancreas, you feel better and your stamina and performance improves.

Asparagus also helps prevent the formation of cancerous tumors since it has anti-cancer agents.

Summary

The game of life always needs strength, stamina and speed. It’s not enough to score in the first half and then sit back. Always remember, the five S’s of living a healthy life are stamina, speed, strength, skill and spirit.

If you can make sure of putting above vegetables in your shopping list, stamina will come as bonus. Happy shopping!




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