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Healthy diet

The health of your body, including your muscles, is greatly dependent on the types of food that you consume. Healthy foods provide the body with valuable nutrients and these nutrients promote the optimum functioning of all body parts including the muscles.

Keep your muscles in excellent condition by including foods from the basic food groups in your diet. Note that protein is the most important nutrient for maintaining muscle health. It is found in meat, eggs, poultry and seafood.

Carbohydrates provide muscles with energy that your body requires for making movements and staying active, whilst fats (unsaturated) play a role in muscle recovery. You can find these fats in olive oil, peanut oil, nuts and seeds, as well as in fish oils.

Vitamins and minerals can be obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables so be sure to stock up on these foods! If you are concerned whether you are consuming a sufficient amount to meet your daily requirements, chat to your doctor. He/she may prescribe a multivitamin if necessary.

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