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6 Foods to Increase Muscle Strength

Nov 19, 2012

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

by Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

Those who are fitness-oriented spend hours at the gym building muscle and fighting fat, increasing their body strength and overall level of fitness. But not everyone realizes that improving one’s fitness doesn’t stop at the gym– if you’re trying to increase your muscle strength and lose body fat, it’s enormously important to consume nutrient-rich foods which nourish and recuperate your body after a workout.
Are you sports training in Phoenix?  If so, don’t just reach for a protein shake or frozen pizza when dinner time rolls around. Invest your time and money in food that’ll foster your overall health, enhance your physique and reduce your chances of illness in the long-run.
Bring this list with you to the grocery store and stock up on 6 foods which help you tone:

  1. Eggs. As one of nature’s most complex, complete and flexible foods, eggs are the gold standard of protein. Every egg contains 7 grams of protein, plus a host of other essential vitamins and minerals.
  2. Wild Salmon. With 20 grams of protein in every 100 gram serving, wild salmon will accelerate your results while sports training in Phoenix. Wild salmon is also a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. Avoid farm-raised salmon, though – they’re often fed a poor diet so contain limited nutritional benefit.
  3. Quinoa. Interestingly, quinoa packs more protein than any other major grain. Moreover, it’s a rich source of minerals and vitamins, B vitamins in particular. If you’re unfamiliar with B vitamins, they help metabolize and digest proteins and carbohydrates, helping you bulk up.
  4. Spinach. Take it from Popeye. Spinach is fantastic fuel for muscle building because it contains iron and nitrates to promote muscle growth. These nitrates also helps regulate blood pressure, immune defenses, and cell metabolism. Serve your dinner on a bed of spinach every night for constant, delicious intake.
  5. Sunflower seeds. With 23 grams of protein per serving, sunflower seeds are a delicious and healthy snack to build muscle. Sunflower seeds earn health food bonus points because they’re low in cholesterol and sodium.
  6. Chicken. You probably already know that chicken is a staple in any high protein, low fat diet. Here’s why: chicken’s protein-to-fat ration is unbeatable – a hearty 100 gram serving packs a whopping 31 grams of protein with only 4 grams of fat. Stir fry your chicken with spinach, quinoa and garlic for a delicious, protein packed lunch.

 

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