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Beets

Just Beet It for Improved Performance

In the back of the produce section, hidden behind sections of beautiful bright, shiny vegetables, in an array of eye-popping Crayola-crayon colors, there’s an unassuming, misshapen dusty-looking vegetable that can catapult your training and support heart and artery health at the same time. Consider beets nature’s perfect sports and heart-friendly food wrapped up in one sweet, though unusual looking, package. …

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Slow Digesting Carbohydrates for Fat Loss and Better Performance?

Consume fewer calories, use more body fat and feel great during exercise – these are the claims behind slow digesting carbohydrates. Before you ditch your typical sports drink in favor of a slow digesting carbohydrate, check out the truth behind each of these lofty claims. In this post I will cover: One big fat myth – slow digesting carbohydrates won’t …

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Tackling Concussions Head-On: How Nutrition Can Improve Outcomes

I sat on the floor hunched over and crying. My elbows were raised – close to my eyes as my arms hugged my head, hands clenched at the base of my neck. My brain felt like a percussion instrument shaking inside my skull. As the pounding grew more intense the pain became unbearable. I had a concussion, my second in two years, …

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Should Endurance Athletes Switch to a Low Carbohydrate Diet?

  Should endurance athletes trade in their high carbohydrate gels, gummies, and pasta for fatty steak and butter?  A recent study found elite ultra-marathoners and iron distance triathletes on a low carbohydrate diet  burned significantly more fat while running than  their counterparts on a typical higher carbohydrate diet. There was no difference in the level of glycogen depletion between groups after a 3-hour run. …

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What Causes Muscle Cramps? How Can I Prevent Them?

There are two main types of muscle cramps. If you can identify which one you are experiencing you may be able to stop cramping sooner and prevent future cramps. Localized Muscle Cramping Localized muscle cramps happen suddenly when a muscle is overworked and tired. They feel like: constant pain. Risk factors include: several factors may contribute to localized muscle cramping including: older age, history of cramping, metabolic …

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Electrolytes That Will Help You Stay Hydrated & Perform Better

Electrolytes are minerals that help you stay hydrated, regulate nerve functioning, and influence muscle contraction and relaxation. Any electrolyte disturbance can potentially hinder athletic performance and may lead to muscle weakness, muscle twitching, dehydration, and cramping. Sodium and chloride (together they make table salt) are the major electrolytes lost through sweat followed by smaller amounts of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. …

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