Athletes recognize and understand the many health benefits of regular exercise, including increased lean muscle mass, improved bone density, better flexibility and aerobic and anaerobic capacity. However, a significant detrimental result of exercise is oxidative stress (exercise induced free radical damage). To reach their goals, athletes put their bodies under extreme oxidative stress with day-to-day training and athletic events. When the body is inundated with oxidative stress, it is prone to illness, injury, and impacts ongoing training capability. It’s important for athletes to neutralize the damage of oxidative stress and this can best be accomplished through optimal nutrition. Optimal nutrition - eating what we were designed to eat, speeds physical recovery, decreases inflammation, and helps prevent disease.