Do I need sports drinks or electrolytes for my best workout? Part 2 of the importance of the body's fluid balance.

Electrolytes are important for some workouts

In my last article, I talked about the importance of water and how much to drink.   But to be truly “hydrated” means to have a balance of water and chemicals called electrolytes. Electrolytes include: sodium and chloride (aka salt), potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  These compounds help control muscle contractions, nerve impulses, blood pH, and water transport in and out … Read More

Nutrition: the missing link in sports performance and injury recovery

How can nutrition make an athlete BETTER?   Proper nutrition can help an athlete or active person…. Heal from injury Improve performance Recover from training sessions Avoid “hitting the wall” during endurance events (running, cycling, swimming, etc) Boost immune system function By learning how to… Replace processed foods with whole, minimally processed foods Get the right amounts of macronutrients (carbs, … Read More