Sports Drinks and Gels

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
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William James
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Sweat consists of water and electrolytes.

DKAll bodily functions depend on sufficient water. Replenishing water without replenishing electrolytes will create an imbalance. The severity of the imbalance could lead to hyponatremia (water intoxication). Your body depends on water for sports performance and survival.

Electrolytes play a crucial role in virtually every cellular function in your body. Electrolytes are essential for muscle contractions, heart beats, fluid regulation, and nerve function. Electrolytes overload means dehydration. Electrolyte deficiency causes a meltdown. Homeostasis is imperative.

Both water and electrolytes must be replenished to achieve balance respective to hydration, blood pH, proper nerve function and coordination.

Enter sports drinks.
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Starches

 “Plant-based diets are naturally high in the most healthful forms of carbohydrates, helping athletes maximize glycogen stores, and allowing for harder work for longer periods of time.”
~Brenda Davis, RD

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One of the benefits of eating whole, unrefined, nutrient-dense foods pertains to its low impact on your digestive system and other biological functions.

Regular consumption of nutrient-dense whole foods supports cellular regeneration. This process is crucial for every aspect of health and vitality. Enjoyable snowshoeing depends on this process being sound.

High net-gain nutrition is the key—not calorie consumption guidelines.
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Self-Contained Perfection

“Beauty surrounds us.”
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Rumi
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Bananas rock!

Bananas represent one of the most remarkable and diverse foods on the planet.

Its unique blend of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals provides fuel for energy via fast, efficient, and prolonged conversion.

Bananas are grouped with foods that have the highest glycemic index. The glycemic index is the rate at which carbohydrates (sugars) are assimilated.
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Lipid Management

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
Plato
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All excess calories – no matter the source – become body fat.
You know where you stand regarding this issue.

Fat is comprised of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen – just like carbohydrate – but the quantity of carbon and hydrogen atoms far exceeds its oxygen counterpart. A gram of fat yields more than twice as many calories as a gram of either carbohydrate or protein.SM27

Like protein, fat is integrated into the membrane of every cell, and fulfills many vital physiological and structural purposes in your body.

Dietary fat insulates the body from exposure to low temperatures, lubricates your joints, mitigates organ trauma during concussive force, ensures the seamless function of endocrine glands and hormone production, and protects nerve tissue.

Dietary fat regulates blood pressure, heart rate, blood vessel constriction, blood clotting, and the nervous system. Dietary fat plays a role in the manner carbohydrate is utilized and serves as a source of energy when your carbohydrate supply is low.
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