July 19, 2013
Why we love avocado’s!
Pre-Paleo I was very afraid of avocado’s- I had this misconception that they were very fatty and that would therefore make me fat too, right? Wrong. Did you know that avocado’s are actually a fruit, can help reduce cardiovascular disease, reduce body fat %, improve diabetes and improve your body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients?
Avocado’s are Extremely High in Potassium
Potassium aids in muscle contraction and lower levels can cause your muscles to cramp. Potassium is the main contributor to action potentials. These are signals that the brain sends to your muscles via the nervous system, in muscle cells, an action potential is the first step in the chain of events leading to contraction! Optimize this, and like with many things in CrossFit we are reducing variables. Potassium helps muscles return to a resting state after exertion. If you haven’t got the proper amount of potassium then your muscles can become weakened and actually quite sore after exercise. So, increase potassium by eating an avocado a day can reduce exercise induced aches and pains!
INCREASE Your Fat Intake!
Paleo advocates the reduction of processed carbohydrates like bread and pasta, since a paleo man wouldn’t have had access to them (ever seen a bread tree?) and cause a whole host of gastric disorders, skin problems and not to mention resulting in poor body composition.
But when we reduce this man made crap we must increase our consumption of good fats that are responsible for providing the building blocks for cell membrane walls (extremely important for fat loss), hormones, reducing cholesterol, carriers for vitamins A, D, E, K as well as acting as antiviral agents plus much more!
So here’s a list of the many other benefits of avocados…
- They’re a fruit, but low in fructose!
- Nearly 20 nutrients including folic acid, B vitamins, Fibre, potassium & vitamin E
- No need to buy organic, they’re pretty low down in the pesticide scale
- Improved liver health
- Improved fat burning
- Reduced aches and pains from exercise
- More efficient muscular contraction
- Improved recovery from WODs
- Improved absorption of essential vitamins and minerals