Scuba diving requires you to have well-replenished energy reserves. This will keep you alert and help you achieve your diving objectives.
What you don’t want is a rumbling stomach when you are in the deep blue. Forget coffee, the food you eat before your dive should be packed with energy and calories.
Here’s our list of the top 10 power foods to eat before your dive.
The benefits of fruits are plenty. Apples, for example, are high in fiber. Bananas, on the other hand, are packed with healthy sugars and calories. What’s more, eating fruits will boost your appetite allowing you to eat more.
It’s always a great choice to choose foods rich in omega 3. This allows you to remain full for longer. Salmon also contains much-needed vitamins that are necessary for converting the meals into energy for the dive.
Eggs are full of much-needed vitamins, minerals as well as calories. The great thing is that eggs are easily obtainable. A single egg has up to 78 calories and including them in your diet will keep your body in top shape for the dive.
Spinach is considered a power food with good reason. It is simple to digest while still leaving you feeling full and energized. What’s more, the high magnesium content of spinach will help prevent cramps during the dive.
You need a good amount of carbohydrates in your diet and brown rice is an excellent source. Carbohydrates are the body’s go-to source of energy. When submerged underwater, your body will require more energy than when you are on dry land.
This is because your body is going to work that much harder to keep your basal temperature at optimum levels.
Yet another excellent source of omega-3 is shrimp. What’s more, they are delicious to eat and are not hard to obtain. Be careful when eating seafood and ensure you consume only the healthy and safe variety.
If you have been scuba diving before and have noticed that you easily get leg cramps, then eating dried fruits before your dive will prevent such instances when you are in the deep blue.
Dates, for example, are a good choice.
If you are going to keep fin kicking especially when going against the current, you need protein in your diet. Nuts are a great source and may include walnuts, peanuts, pine nuts or almonds.
There is a reason grass-fed beef is a better choice of meat before your dive than the grain fed beef. The former has higher quantities of omega 3 fatty acids which will keep you feeling full for longer.
We simply cannot overemphasize the need to remain hydrated before a dive. It will help your body in metabolizing the nitrogen accumulated during the dive.