The Top 10 Foods For Soccer Defenders
To be a good defender, particularly in the central areas, you need brawn as well as brains.
Speed is useful but not absolutely necessary. Some of the greatest center backs in history like World Cup winners Bobby Moore and Franz Beckenbauer relied on their expertise at reading the game rather than their physical presence.
Positional sense is key as is an awareness of where the striker is and, perhaps even more importantly, where he or she is likely to be.
But size still counts for a defender more than for any other position, whether you are playing in Cal South or MLS.
At set pieces like free kicks and corners, it can win or lose games. If the opposition can find a mismatch in the penalty box you’re in trouble.
Modern full backs need to get up and down the field and so energy and stamina-building foods are important.
Again, quick thinking - knowing when to make the right move - is vital to build the strongest foundation for a team.
Every player, whatever their position, needs to stay hydrated - coconut water is my top choice of beverage. Here are my Top 10 foods for defenders:
Put some meat on those bones. Good protein - lean, grass fed beef, salmon, chicken, tuna,.
Yes, mushrooms - they contain protein, too.
- For a supplement, try Premier Max B - complex B natural non-synthetic life source probiotic formula
3) RAW NUTS (for still more protein)
Almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia for a mix of essential omega 3,6 and 9.
Try raw milk (not pasteurized), aged cheese and fermented yoghurt for calcium-magnesium rich foods to build strong bones and healthy connective tissue.
5) DANDELION GREENS
Or pumpkin, squash seeds, beet greens and artichokes to boost bone and ligament strength.
- For a supplement, try Premier Coral Legend (calcium-magnesium) plus solar dried pink salt for vital trace minerals
They’re a traditional half-time snack for a reason - they’re rich in Vitamin C to help strengthen bones, joints and connective tissue.
Also try lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, yellow peppers, red peppers, mustard greens, red cabbage, spinach.
No, not those muscles - the ones from the ocean. Great to protect your tendons, as are berries and Brazil nuts. They all contain the trace element selenium.
They don’t just help you to see in the dark, they’re great to see what’s what on the field, as are other Vitamin A rich foods like butternut squash, apricots, kale, liver and goat cheese.
- For a supplement, try Premier greens multi-vitamin and minerals
It’s an oxygen rich food for brain power - defenders need to be smart. Beets also contain the same nitric oxide boost.
Packed with potassium to keep that edge over opposing attackers. For essential fatty acids also try nuts, olives, seeds, healthy oils (coconut + flax - avoid vegetable oils).
- For a supplement, try Premier EFA or fermented cod liver oil
About the Author:
Michelle Gardner is a Clinical Nutritionist and Master QRA practitioner residing in Laguna Beach, California. She is based at SW Health Wellness Center in Costa Mesa. For more information, you can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (949) 633-9032.