Nigel Mitchell, Leading Performance Nutritionist October 19, 2015

Leading Performance Nutritionist Nigel Mitchell explains his interest in greens supplements and why all athletes should take them.

During my early career in clinical nutrition working closely with immuno compromised patients, I developed an interest in the contributory role of gut health on a person’s overall health and wellbeing. We now understand more closely how the two are intrinsically linked.

Diet and in particular alkaline forming foods have an important role to play in helping to balance the gut. Greens drinks provide a convenient means for athletes to consume these alkaline forming fruits and vegetables without filling up with a great deal of bulk.

It can sometimes prove difficult to find good quality greens supplements. Often products are unpalatable, laced with artificial sweeteners or come from a questionable source. It's worth the effort. In the past I have used greens supplements with the Team Sky riders, and they prove an excellent choice particularly during travel when food can be unfamiliar or good quality fruit and vegetables hard to come by.

In summary greens provide a great way to top up your 5-a-day, support your gut health and your immune system.

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