Lyndsay Braswell of Pump Café Offers Nutritional Advice for Athletes

By Roger Yale

For The Surge

Lyndsay Braswell. Courtesy photo.
Lyndsay Braswell. Courtesy photo.

Pump Café – located inside Core Fitness in Myrtle Beach – has a mission, according to its web site, “to bring greater well-being and awareness to the Myrtle Beach community by providing convenient, toxic free, tasty, nutrient dense meals along with offering nutritional education services and aligning with key health professionals in the area.”

With the advent of the Up Dog Summer Challenge at the Native Sons Salt Games, The Surge asked Pump Café owner Lyndsay Braswell to weigh in about proper nutrition for athletes in training.

She said that athletes participating into heavy training need to take extra special care to their diet as they are prone to injury due to inflammation build up.

“While every athlete has a personal diet that fits their individual genetic needs as well as their beliefs, in general athletes should be eating a diet of plant-based, whole foods rich in sources of antioxidants and phytonutrients [a disease-preventative substance found in certain plants] which will help fight off inflammation. Processed foods with lots of chemicals are foreign to the body and toxic build up in the body will slow muscle recovery. Processed foods also take longer to digest so this will steal energy away from their ‘ironing.’”

She said including anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric, ginger and garlic is a great way to add nutrient-dense foods that don’t serve up a lot of calories.

“The biggest common diet mistakes are not eating for what works for your body, diets low in micronutrients and lack of consistency. We all have a different genetic pools and lifestyles. What diet works for one athlete may not work for another. Taking the time to get to know one’s body and what foods can cause inflammatory responses is something that could help take that 200 pound ‘clean’ to a 225.”

Focusing on macros (carbs, protein and fat) while ignoring the micronutrients is another common mistake, according to Braswell.

“Nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium are all so important for building muscle, energy, muscle contraction and relaxation, mitochondria function and rehydrating. Your body can’t run optimally without these nutrients.”