• fluid and electrolyte balance
    Nutrition

    4 Easy Ways to Maintain Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

    As I outlined in this post, electrolytes are crucial minerals needed for the proper function of the human body.  These minerals support skeletal muscles, the heart and the entire nervous system.  An athlete that is deficient in these minerals may be unable to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in their body.  When this happens, the athlete will become dehydrated and performance will suffer. They will experience symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, difficulty concentrating, slow reaction time, and muscle cramping.  To prevent these and ensure optimum athletic performance, adult athletes need to ensure they are meeting their hydration and micronutrient needs.  Here are some natural ways for athletes to maintain electrolyte…

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    Nutrition

    Why is Iron Important for Athletes?

    Iron plays a crucial role in the formation of proteins that carry oxygen to cells and tissues.  Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that relies on iron to help carry oxygen from the lungs to cells and tissues throughout the body.  Myoglobin is an iron-containing protein in muscles that transports oxygen to muscle cells.  Without iron, our muscles wouldn’t have enough oxygen to function at their best. Iron also supports a healthy immune system, brain development, and energy production. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the WORLD. Iron deficient athletes will complain of cold intolerance, low energy levels, shortness of breath and decreased performance. They…

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