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Nutrients to Help Your Body Recover After Intense Training

By Chris Rosenbloom//Contributor

As restrictions ease and swimmers get back to intense training, what nutrients help your body recover after a long, hard work out?

Let’s break it down, starting with the most essential nutrient, water.

That’s right, water is a nutrient, although we often think only of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals when identifying nutrients. We lose water all day long and that loss increases during physical activity.

For most of us, drinking water and other beverages, along with water-rich foods (fresh fruits, veggies, soups, etc.) with meals and throughout the day meet our needs. But, sweat losses during exercise increases our need for water. A typical athlete replaces only 30 to 70% of sweat losses, so work with a sports dietitian to help you learn how much fluid you lose in a typical workout and develop a scheduled plan of drinking to keep you hydrated.