Good Nutrition and Martial Arts

Exercise and a calm and peaceful mind are keys to good health. We we practice those continuously in the martial arts. Martial arts such as karate and tai chi are some of the unique sports that can be practiced throughout life, from an early age to a very late age.

Our diet is also important. “You are what you eat”!

A study published Monday, February 25, 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine followed almost 7,500 people in Spain over five years. The study compared people on the Mediterranean diet to people on a low-fat diet, and found that a Mediterranean diet with high consumption of olive oil or nuts reduced the risk of cardiovascular events by about 30% as compared to other diets. The “secret” – a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts and olive oil. For the paper see here

What to eat: lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains. Olive oil and/or nuts (skip the salted variety, though). Some fish.

What to moderate: red meat, sweets, and commercially-baked goods

¡Salud! To your health!

Mediterranean Diet for Healthy Life in the Martial Arts


Brian is a life-long martial artist, athlete, and serial entrepreneur. He teaches martial arts and self defense to adult and teen students in San Diego, at the Full Potential Martial Arts dojo in Carmel Valley.

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