08 Nov 17 | I've learnt so much from my DNA
You find out a lot about yourself in this game – mental and physical mostly. Those are the most obvious things, but one thing I’d never really considered was my chemical make-up – my DNA.
Recently I’ve had my DNA tested by experts MUHDO, and one of the more obvious things that popped up was that I have a vitamin D deficiency. Not great news as the days get shorter – sunlight is one of the biggest sources of vitamin D. And not great news for me in particular - Vitamin D plays a massive role in repairing muscle damage after training. If you’re not careful, the sudden lack of sunlight can mean you’re running pretty low come mid-November.
Being aware of this has been brilliant for me as I now know I need to supplement my vitamin D. And not just for muscle repair - Vitamin D is found in every cell in the body and has an effect on your bones, immune and nervous system, skin, all kinds of things.
Another thing I’ve discovered is that I have a deficiency that hinders my ability to absorb and use folate. When your mum used to tell you to eat your greens (perhaps she still does), that’s the stuff that’s in them.
Folate, also known as Vitamin b9, is needed for making proteins, a healthy immune system, and delaying the aging process, but it’s also necessary for the production of red blood cells, the ones which carry oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body – again, pretty important for someone who needs to maximise their performance on an epic scale.
Working with MUHDO has been more than an eye opener. It’s given me a knowledge of myself I never knew I had.
So there’s a bit of science for you. If you want to be the best, you need to analyse every last inch of yourself. There’s more to us than muscle.