The Top 10 Foods For Midfielders
A midfield player can cover as much as 7 miles in a single game - for some professionals that figure can rise to as high as 9.5 miles in 90 minutes.
Compare that to an average .046 miles run by a busy baseball player, 3 miles for a tennis, 2.9 for basketball and 1.25 miles for receivers and cornerbacks in American Football.
Soccer involves a lot of running and obviously hydration is key, but there are some high energy foods that can keep box-to-box midfielders on their toes from kick-off to the final whistle.
A good midfielder needs to have it all - energy, anticipation, awareness, a great touch and an edge in the tackle. Speed helps, but it’s not essential. Plenty of great midfield maestros, Italy's Andrea Pirlo for one, have lacked pace but were skillful enough to put a pass on a dime and let their teammates do the running.
More than any other position on the field, the midfielder needs to be in tip-top shape.
Here are my Top 10 Foods for Midfielders:
Okay, it’s my go-to food. Protein is key for sports and I’d take a steak over a plate of pasta every time to build up the stamina you’re going to need. But it’s got to be good protein - wild salmon (NOT farm-raised), grass-fed beef, organic chicken. Your body will drag with tons of highly cooked fatty proteins, So keep animal proteins clean and lean to lessen burden on the kidneys and endocrine system. You get the picture.
Remember, too, there are other protein packed sources: mushrooms, soaked nuts and seeds, rice, coconut or avocado milk and raw dairy. Oh, and beans - garbanzo beans, black beans, all sorts of beans.
* To supplement, use Adrenaven for adrenal support and energy. Try Premier Max B (complex) for extra energy and healthy nerve function.
I can’t understand why broccoli always gets such a bad rap. It’s rich in antioxidants and great for you. Tastes good, too. I also recommend prunes for the same reason. Good luck getting your kids to eat these two - but it’ll benefit them on the field, I promise you.
Solar dried sea salt provides the full panel of trace minerals sadly lacking in our soil today and . Not to be confused with common table salt which is highly heated, processed to death and terrible for you. You need a certain amount of salt in your bloodstream to keep you hydrated.
I’ll say it again, just to be clear. Soccer players, especially those on the move the whole game, need to drink large amounts of water - 2/3 of body weight in ounces; more in the hot sun.
A staple for me. Provides essential fatty acids and healthy fat soluble vitamins. Also in butter, coconut oil and toxin free fish: Good for the body and packed with DHA to boost brain power needed for razor sharp quick thinking on the field.
Great Vitamin A rich foods to keep your eyes sharp on the field. Alternatives include butternut squash, kale, liver and goat cheese.
* As a supplement, choose Vitamin E for endurance and/or Premier Coral Legend for minerals to help from cramping.
Rich in Vitamin C to help strengthen bones, joints and connective tissue. Also try grapefruit, pineapple, yellow peppers, red peppers, mustard greens, red cabbage, spinach.
Dairy, preferably not pasteurized, is a great calcium-magnesium rich food to build strong bones and healthy connective tissue.
* Premier Turmeric works great as an anti-inflammatory.
Raw nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts and macadamia provide a mix of essential omega 3,6 and 9. Great snacks, too.
* It’s always going to be hard work in midfield - try Adaptogen as a rejuvenating tonic. For injuries, Nucleoimmunes are key.