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Every Single Olympic Athlete Swears By This One Healthy Food

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Isadora Baum of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 11: While there are many healthy foods an Olympic athlete incorporates into their diet while training to keep both their mind sharp and body in tip-top shape, there is one food that stands out among several athletes. It's the ever-trendy, light yet satiating, vitamin-packed fruit: an avocado.Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats that are key for repairing muscles, as well as electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium that can help activate the muscles and prevent them from cramping. The fruit also packs fiber and protein, both of which allow active individuals to stay full throughout the duration of their workout.RELATED: The 6 Best Pre-Workout Foods, According to an ExpertNot only should athletes pregame with potassium- and magnesium-rich foods before their workout, but it's also important they replenish with them post-workout, as well."Your body uses potassium for proper kidney and heart function, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission and it's very important to replenish potassium after working out since we lose electrolytes in sweat," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, and author of "The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club."The prebiotic fiber in avocados also plays a role in gut health which, aside from keeping you regular, can also help to support your immune system. Plus, "the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat in avocados can also act as an immune system nutrient booster by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E," Harris-Pincus adds.Here are a few Olympians who swear by avocado as well as a few suggestions on how to incorporate the fruit into meals throughout the week.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That! 

Every Single Olympic Athlete Swears By This One Healthy Food

While there are many healthy foods an Olympic athlete incorporates into their diet while training to keep both their mind sharp and body in tip-top shape, there is one food that stands out among several athletes. It's the ever-trendy, light yet satiating, vitamin-packed fruit: an avocado.

Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats that are key for repairing muscles, as well as electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium that can help activate the muscles and prevent them from cramping. The fruit also packs fiber and protein, both of which allow active individuals to stay full throughout the duration of their workout.

RELATED: The 6 Best Pre-Workout Foods, According to an Expert

Not only should athletes pregame with potassium- and magnesium-rich foods before their workout, but it's also important they replenish with them post-workout, as well.

"Your body uses potassium for proper kidney and heart function, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission and it's very important to replenish potassium after working out since we lose electrolytes in sweat," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, and author of "The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club."

The prebiotic fiber in avocados also plays a role in gut health which, aside from keeping you regular, can also help to support your immune system. Plus, "the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat in avocados can also act as an immune system nutrient booster by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E," Harris-Pincus adds.

Here are a few Olympians who swear by avocado as well as a few suggestions on how to incorporate the fruit into meals throughout the week.

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That! 

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