I try to read as much about nutritional research as I can as I really believe it's the missing block in many peoples training and recovery. People spend hours creating the perfect training program for the week and then spend hours training, then spend like ten minutes thinking of the nutrition that should be paired with their different endeavours.
Do you take more protein on days you lift weights? More carbs on days you cycle for two hours? Do you even need to? Do you do peri-workout shake? Do you still think training on an empty stomach is going to make you burn fat? Are you spending money on gadget after gadget, but not on what you put in your body? Quality food, quality supplements. What your ingesting is repairing your body, what your ingesting is allowing you to get quality sleep, what your ingesting is allowing you to get stronger and faster. What minerals are you missing?
The latest study I came across was with Fibromyalgia. While I think to many people are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I think there is a lot the everyday person and athlete can learn from the research that is being done. For example this study was done looking at serum level of different elements in people that have been diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia and a normal healthy control group. What they found was the the Fibromyalgia group had lower levels in both zinc and magnesium. The more zinc was lower the more tender points the patients had. The more magnesium was lower the more fatigue the patient had.
I've talked previously about the importance of magnesium and zinc. Zinc is for repair, Growth Hormone levels, magnesium is for muscle relaxation/energy/oxygen to the muscles. So the results make a lot of sense.
As an athlete the take away is this. If you find yourself, more sore then you have in the past, your zinc levels are probably low. If the energy is low and your fatigue is high, chances are your magnesium levels may be low. Magnesium is one of the few supplements I actually sell in our office here in Grand Rapids. That's how important I think it is. Your supplement needs to end in -ate as well. The second word Magnesium ( )ate. If it doesn't it's cheap and your not absorbing it.
If you know of someone that is always sore and tired clue them in. Pay attention to what you eat and how you feel. Pay attention to how your body feels after each workout. Pay attention.