Naturopathic medicine is increasing in popularity with female athletes and optimizing athletic performance. Dr. Jesika DiCampli focuses on nutrient and hormonal balance and prevention of injuries and illnesses that may be caused due to lack of nutrients in relationship to performance output.
When it comes to evaluation and treating athletes, naturopathic physicians are typically focused on prevention, because athletes often put their bodies through greater physical stress than what their bodies can handle, in order to become the best in their chosen sport, providing them with the right fuel and maintenance is essential to help them remain at their peak. There are many different naturopathic treatments that athletes can benefit from, but here are a few of the most effective options. Treatment plans are determined by an extensive history, nutrient and hormonal blood tests, and more.
Eating the right foods, and correct amount, makes a huge difference in an athlete’s ability to perform at optimal level. A naturopathic physician can provide athletes with nutritional guidance to help them find their ideal diet. Whole foods that include grains, proteins, iron, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats are the best way to fuel a female athlete’s body and a personalized diet plan can ensure that all nutritional needs are met.
The right amount and type of nutrients are vital for athletic performance. In order for a female athlete to perform their best, they usually need to supplement their regular diets. Purchasing traditional supplements can be problematic because the ingredients lists often contain unknown chemicals that can be harmful to the body. Using natural supplements recommended by a naturopath is a much safer choice, since the correct nutrients, minerals, and vitamins are used to ensure athletes are getting all of the nutrition that their bodies need. Some of the most common natural supplements used by athletes include:
- Multi-Vitamins (appropriate for the athlete’s body needs)
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Protein Supplements
- Iron Supplements
- Intestinal Health (i.e. probiotics)
When taken regularly and properly, supplementation can help athletes perform better, recover quicker, and most importantly, reduce injuries.