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Sports Nutritionists Bessemer AL

Sports nutritionists provide access to customized nutritional plans for athletes, such as calorie and nutrient needs assessment, dietary analysis, nutritional strategies, and vitamin and supplement review. They also treat clinical issues such as iron deficiency. Read on to learn more and to find qualified sports nutritionists in Bessemer, AL.

Diane Brown, RN, MSN
(205) 744-7997
River Oaks Plaza,821-D Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive
Hueytown, AL
Specialty
Biofeedback, Colon Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Ear Coning, Light Therapy, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, Stone Massage
Associated Hospitals
Aqua Healing Solutions

Douglas C Heimburger II, MD
930 South 20th Street,
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al; Veterans Affairs Med Ctr -Bir, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Nutrition Clinic

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Clay Hyght
(205) 743-9419
P.O. Box 382074
Birmingham, AL
Services
Sports Nutrition
Membership Organizations
International Society of Sports Nutrition

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Healthy Connections
(205) 822-3266
2409 Acton Rd
Birmingham, AL
Industry
Nutritionist, Osteopath (DO)

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Ralph Joe Teague, MD
(205) 502-6600
1600 Carraway Blvd Ste 460
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1975

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Alabama ENT Associates
(205) 985-7393
4515 South Lake Parkway, Suite 300
Birmingham, AL
Services
Wellness Training, Otolaryngology, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Auriculotherapy, Allergy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Healing Waters, Inc
(205) 323-7582
720 23rd St., South
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Aromatherapy, Biofeedback, Chelation Therapy, Colon Therapy, Color Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Distance Healing, Ear Coning, Energy Healing, EPFX (QXCI) / SCIO, Feng Shui, Flower Essences, Healing Touch, Herbology, Homeopathy, Kinesiology, Light Therapy, Lymphatic Therapy, Massage Therapy, MicroCurrent Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neurofeedback, Nutrition, Remote Healing, Sound Therapy, Wellness Centers

Roland Louis Weinsier, MD
(205) 934-6103
2000 6th Ave S # F
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1968

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Rocky Ridge Chiropractic Care Center
(205) 823-8284
2531 Rocky Ridge Rd
Birmingham, AL
Industry
Nutritionist

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Axel K Olson Md Pc
(205) 592-5049
840 Montclair Rd Ste 602
Birmingham, AL
 
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BASICS OF NUTRITION PHYSIOLOGY

1. The Raw Material - Calories in Food

All physical activity requires energy, and that energy is provided by the food we eat. Although we often view the bakery stop after a ride as just a pleasant reward, smart eating is essential to enjoying our riding and, for those in competitive situations, optimal performance.

All foods are composed of three nutritional building blocks - carbohydrates, fats, and protein - plus water and fiber (indigestible and without any food value). Carbohydrates contain 4.1 Calories per gram and are the primary energy source for most cyclists as well as athletes involved in short, maximum performance events. Fats are more important as an energy source for slower, endurance events. Protein , is used in maintaining and repairing cells, and is rarely an energy source for physical activity except in certain unique situations (such as malnutrition).

How much energy is in the food we eat (or what is a Calorie)?

Some foods contain more energy per ounce (or gram) than others. Not only does the fiber content (a filler with little or no Caloric value) of foods vary, the energy contained in equal weights of the pure basic building blocks - carbohydrate, fat, and protein - is not equivalent. In the nutritional literature, the energy content of any food is, by convention, expressed in Calories (note the capital "C") as opposed to the use of calories (small "c") or kilojoules (kj) in the scientific literature. The energy of one nutritional Calorie is equal to a kilocalorie (1000 calories - lower case "c") or 4.18 kilojoules.

Carbohydrates and protein each contain a little more than 4 Calories of energy per gram while a gram of fat has more than double the energy value at 9 Calories per gram.

2. Converting food Calories to power your muscles

Carbohydrate Calories supply the majority of the energy for muscles during vigorous activity. Fats are important for less strenuous, endurance type activities. Proteins are, in general, not an energy source for muscle activity.

Carbohydrate is provided to the muscle cell from 1) food you are eating or 2) stored carbohydrate in the form of glycogen in muscle and liver cells. On a normal diet, while fasting, there is enough stored glycogen to support 2 hours of high level exercise before these reserves are depleted and the bonk occurs. These internal stores can be extended with oral carbohydrate Calories. Thus, using carbohydrate supplements for events expected to last more than 2 hours is s smart strategy to maximize your performance. It is best to begin these carbohydrates at the start of the event as they are much less effective when one is trying to catch up after the bonk has occurred. A well trained cyclist will need slightly more than 1 gram of carbohydrate per minute to sustain maximum performance, and oral supplementation (started at the beginning of the exercise, not after glycogen depletion has occurred, at that rate) should b...

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