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Personalize Your Needs

Personalized nutrition is the key to achieving optimal health in every individual, yet often is not given the attention it deserves.

Published September 21, 2012 04:37

Personalize Your Needs
Maria Sharapova

"Know Your Body, Personalize Your Needs"

Personalized nutrition is the key to achieving optimal health and noticeable results in every individual, yet often is not given the attention it deserves. As numerous scientific studies provide great insight into the "average" response of a given nutritional intervention, not everyone falls into the "average" category, and many are often left in the same position they started in-unaware of what nutrients their body is lacking and confused as to why they aren't reaching their optimal health goals.

For example, two individuals of the same gender can weigh the same, exercise the same, have nearly the same body fat percentage, be on the same dietary plan, but achieve different results. In these types of situations, it is likely that a person's genetics and/or lifestyle are playing a role in your nutritional health, and you should reach out to a nutritional professional to help create a personal dietary plan that includes a nutritional supplement regime. This is especially recommended for athletes and those participating in high-intensity activities.

Athlete Nutrition
For athletes, nutrition at appropriate times during the day is a critical factor in optimal health, and it needs much greater attention than for those who are less active. Properly timed pre- and post-workout nutrition, along with fluid, electrolytes, and energy replacement during exercise have a huge impact on an athlete's performance and gains obtained from training. When it comes to customizing an athlete's nutrition plan, several factors must be considered.

• The athlete's nutritional status
• The athlete's health status
• Athlete's training and competition schedule
• The amount the athlete sweats during exercise and how "salty" it is
• The athlete's tolerance for food before competition

These factors ring true for WTA players as well. They are individually assessed and given specific nutrition and supplement regimens to follow. In fact, Jennifer Gibson, a sports nutrition consultant for the WTA, often recommends WTA athletes take USANA's high-quality products, including the WTA MyHealthPak. A customized MyHealthPak consists of individual packs of daily doses of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements. These supplements help optimize the players' bones, joints, and overall health and performance,

Customize Your Nutrition
Guidance from a sports dietitian is essential to meet your individual needs and assist in the process of learning how much protein, carbohydrates, fats and fluids you need before, during, and after exercise. They can also assist in identifying the supplement profile needed.

If you are interested in learning more about your nutritional health, consult with your physician and/or sport dietitian. He or she is a great place to start, and it's highly recommended you connect with them to get their opinion on your specific needs. Survey tools like Block Questionnaire or USANA's Health Assessment and Advisor can also help.

To ensure you are at least getting all the essential micronutrients you need, consider adding a multivitamin and/or multi-mineral supplement to your daily routine for added protection. If you are looking for a more personalized plan, USANA offers its MyHealthPak, a product that provides a fully customized selection of USANA® Nutritionals for a complete and balanced spectrum of beneficial nutrients to meet your personal dietary needs.

For more information about USANA's products, visit www.USANA.com.

Thanks to:
Brian Dixon, PhD
USANA Director of Product Innovation
John Bosse, MS, RD, CD, NSCA-CP
USANA Senior Scientist, Product Innovation

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