When her naturopath told her to avoid dairy, Shamsi Ladak listened. But after meeting with a nutritionist, the 37-year-old mother of two, training for her first ultra-marathon, was instructed to reinstitute dairy into her diet. “It was like night and day,” she says. “I was able to recover so much quicker. I felt so much better overall.”
iRun, on behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, recently brought Ladak to Mapleton’s Organic Dairy Farm, to investigate what runners (and moms) like Melissa Bishop and Krista DuChene already preach: that dairy is a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin D for runners, and is also rich in other minerals that can be hard to find.