Athletes and Electrolyte Drinks

Electrolytes are the chemicals that cause formation of ions in human body fluids and help ensure that specific functions are optimized; low levels will cause cramps. If you’re an athlete, you will know how to appreciate electrolytes because cramping is nemesis for athletes. Read a thorough discussion of muscle cramps here.

Proper fuel for exercise is more than just calories and fluids; it also requires making sure that adequate electrolyte is consistent. Electrolyte needs vary more than hydration or caloric needs so experimenting on which fueling is more fitted to your needs under specific conditions.

Electrolytes are like motor oil in your car – it is not what you need to make the engine run but it is absolutely necessary for the engine to run smoothly. In the human body, proper functioning of the systems (the body’s motor engine) is dependent on electrolytes – adequate would mean smooth functioning, low and high levels would mean otherwise.

Muscle cramps are usually caused by improper electrolyte levels. It is your body’s way of warning you that you need to replenish it to maintain a good level. But of course these cramps are far from depletion yet but it is painful, so to avoid such conditions, one has to ensure that you maintain a balance.

Why is it important?

Ions in the body fluids carry the energy that is necessary in most of the functions of the human body. These functions include nerve impulse transmissions and muscle contractions. Most of the bodily functions are dependent on these chemicals.

Many athletes forget or neglect this need for electrolytes in the body, often this is remembered when cramping happens. But good athletes always make it a point to maintain the needed balance in the body because sustaining the balance is not just to avoid cramping but to make sure that the body is performing its best and will not suffer breakdowns in the long run – just like a car engine. When this is neglected, depletion of electrolytes could happen and that would need more “repair” rather than just replenishing when the level goes low, which is an easy thing to do.

Salt Tablets

Taking in salt tablets is not an acceptable way of gaining back normal electrolyte levels.

  • Salt tablets provide only sodium and chloride; it is not complete.
  • These tablets can cause oversupply of sodium and which will result to an overworked sodium-regulating mechanism in the body.

Many athletes experienced swollen feet and hands from water retention due to them having ingested salt tablets or other products known to replenish electrolytes but have high sodium content or causes an increase in sodium level. Read more about salt tablets in sites like https://www.healthline.com/health/salt-tablets#side-effects.

High Sodium and Its Consequences

It is common knowledge that high sodium diet is bad for the health of a human body. When a person has a high sodium diet, he also has greater loss of the same and will also require greater intake of which when exercising. Sodium makes you thirsty. When thirsty, one drinks a lot until excess results; it becomes a deterrent to performance.

Sweat Loss

Athletes sweat a lot and most of the time the notion is to replace what they have lost in sweat. However, it is not as simple as that. Some products in the market just simply replace what has been lost over sweat. But actually, this is not okay because different individuals have different sweat-loss and the body does not efficiently replace what has been lost above just a walking pace. It takes time to do that so when electrolytes are lost, it is not immediately replaced by the body in the same content.

The body replaces only a part of what it loses during an activity where sweat is lost drastically, such as an exercise. Fluids, electrolytes, and calories are not immediately replaced. If you would try to replenish all the fluids at one time, it can result to dilutional hyponatremia and you can be intoxicated with water. It will create gastric problems such as distress, muscle spasms, edema, and cramping.

Energy Drinks

Most athletes depend on energy drinks to replenish what has been lost. However, the kind of energy drink an athlete ingests is also important in proper hydration. Most energy drinks are added with sugar because it allows for faster absorption. But the kind of sugar it has also matters – fructose does not help absorb the fluids so it is a waste of money when you buy energy drinks with fructose as sweeteners. Another reason why you should be drinking sugar free sports drinks is that sugar is only necessary to make it pleasant to the palate, but is actually not necessary in the objective of rehydration. Plain water can help rehydrate, energy drinks are for replenishing the electrolytes lost, but sugar only helps fast absorption. If you have a sugar-related health condition, you will just be uselessly affecting your sugar levels.

 

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Tips for Updating Your Bathroom

Laugh all you want, but the old jokes are true. People do their best thinking in the bathroom. It doesn’t matter if it’s a one toilet compartment or a spacious bathtub-and-bidet situation. The bathroom is every bit as vital as a kitchen area.

  When it comes to renovating your bathroom, what do you want to improve? Does the faucet splatter too much water when you run it? Should the walls have pictures from your summer boating trips in Virginia? There are a dozen ways you can have an inner sanctum that don’t go beyond converting it into Alexandria real estate. Listed below are several different tips you can do to update your bathroom.

Ventilation

     One of the biggest malefactors in bathroom interior design is mildew. Build-up of mold and mildew is caused by humidity. The worst cases occur in smaller bathroom with limited or no ventilation at all. If your bathroom has one small window or just one overhead fan, then consider upping your ventilation options. A window near the shower or bath provides enough fresh air and sunlight. For privacy’s sake, just make sure the window is frosted glass and doesn’t open all the way.

Paint

  Repainting your bathroom may be the easiest, DIY form of improvement you could do. Not to mention the cheapest. Nevertheless, this job will still be time consuming. After you put down your drop cloth and apply the painter’s tape, take care to protect your fixtures. You’ll need to paint diligently around the tub or shower, sink, mirror, and toilet. Remove or cover switch and outlet plates before painting.

Tiling

  Getting your bathroom retiled is maybe the fourth (or fifth) expensive improvement. So it’s best to limit tiling to areas that need it most. The best tiles for flooring are small, textured tiling with extra grout. A thick textured surface reduces the risk of slipping by providing extra grip to your bare feet. Ceramic and porcelain tiles look colorful, but are best reserved for upper surfaces. Decorate your sink area with ceramic for more pop and easier clean-up.      

Fixtures

  Are the lights not giving enough illumination? Faucet handles getting a bit wobbly? These are tell-tale signs that you need to change-up your fixtures. It’s a given that the replacements should look better, but you also want something that functions better. Is the sink’s faucet head too low? Try a vessel or semi-recessed sink, instead. Maybe switch out the cabinet pulls while you’re at it.

Low-Flow

  It’s fashionable to go green. Naturally, people are going to find ways to conserve water even on the barest of necessities. Low-flow toilets are becoming popular for their design and mechanics. The first thing you’ll notice about a low-flow toilet is the amount of free space in the back. This is because the water tank is not on the bowl itself, but mounted inside the wall. Which can make things difficult if it needs to be serviced. Other tankless toilets employ a pressure valve that’s used in public restrooms.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

I make a pretty mean banana bread, so I figured since it’s fall I would give a shot at pumpkin bread – I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, I like it well enough, but I figured it would be completely delicious with chocolate chips; so we came up with this delicious chocolate chip pumpkin bread!

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2  tsp baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 and coat your loaf pan with cooking spray
Put the flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda in large bowl and mix
Add the sugar , pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla to the flour mixture

Stir in chocolate chips, a little at a time

Pour batter in pan

Let cool, and enjoy!!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Legend of Mr. Ween

I have to admit I was a bit nervous when I was offered the chance to read the Legend of Mr. Ween – a short Halloween Story. I’m usually not one for scary – or blood and guts, and such so when I read ‘Halloween’ story that is automatically where my mind went; but I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading that it’s got more of a Harry Potter/Percy Jackson feel. More magic and good vs evil, than what I was expecting.

The story begins back in 1905, with a young man named Hal who is adventuring into a new city to find employment. We notice something different about Hal from the get go, but you will learn eventually why – Hal is very observant and when he starts to interact with people in the city he starts to notice they are all acting very strange – familiarly strange.

A ‘magic’ elixir has been being sold in town, with promises of strength and energy and speed , but seems to come with some very dark and scary side effects. Something Hal has seen before – and doesn’t want to see again.

Hal manages to get a job being a farm hand to a old Doctor who had also noticed the strange behavior of the townspeople. . and begins to run some experiments, but Hal is afraid he’ll be too late. Hal begs the Doctor to help him do something , and they come up with a plan – but does it work??

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Keto Pizza Rolls

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The hardest part about the Keto diet can be missing out on some of your favorite ‘treats’. Pizza of any type is my kryptonite  – so when I need to satisfy that craving, there are a ton of options for those following a Keto diet. One of my favorites is these amazing keto pizza rolls!

Ingredients: 

  • 12 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni slices or you can use mini pepperoni as well
  • Italian seasoning
  • Keto Marina Sauce

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.  Lay sliced cheese on baking mat and place in the oven for 6 minutes or until cheese slices start to slightly brown around the edges.  Remove from the oven. 
  • While the slices are cooling sprinkle Italian seasoning and add pepperoni if you would like.

  • Serve with the Keto Pizza Sauce 
  • Enjoy! 

 

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