There’s a plethora of sports drinks on the market, and you’d have to be living under a rock not to know it. But are they really necessary? Do they deliver on what they promise? And is it possible to make your own sports drink for a lot less money?
Let’s take those questions one at a time. Are sports drinks necessary? For people in certain situations, yes. For example, after prolonged exercise (longer than 60 minutes), some sports drinks can help replenish electrolytes that the body excretes through sweat. Electrolytes (including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium) carry electrical charges that help stimulate muscles and nerves. They also regulate the amount of fluids throughout your body, which affects blood pressure, blood volume, and cellular function. In a nutshell, electrolytes are good, and if you’re a “salty sweater” – that is, someone with a high sweat rate – it’s especially important that you replenish electrolytes after intense activity.
The following piece was written by Evelyn Tribole, MS RD, co-author of Intuitive Eating. I was lucky enough to take a 9-week intensive course on Intuitive Eating with Evelyn and am now using this method with my clients. I’d like to share this with you and wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
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What if peace on earth could begin at the dinner table? Imagine experiencing an inner peace, free from incessant worry about what to eat. It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you are preoccupied with eating or worried about what to say to relatives who have an annual tradition of telling you what and how to eat.
Two days ago I posted a blog article about a man who lost 150 lbs using an app called Lose It. I don’t think this is a real success story because he ended up binge-eating on food because he restricted himself so much (aka dieting).
Today, I am sharing a story of a woman who lost 185 lbs the “right” way (if there is such a thing): she made minor changes to her diet and increased her activity level. That’s right, she did NOT go on a diet but merely changed the type of foods she consumed and exercised consistently.