Beetroot Juice for Endurance Performance

Beetroot Juice for Endurance Performance

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One of the more interesting foods/supplements that has been gaining traction over the last few years is beetroot juice. Often times people, particularly endurance athletes, will spend a lot of time and money on things that do may or may not work in the hopes of a small increase in performance. At the top level, this small increase in performance can make a big difference in outcomes. Most supplements do not live up to the hype, but it looks like beetroot juice could be an exception to that, since it consistently seems to help people improve their performance. That being said, there is a bit of nuance to the topic and it certainly is not a magical supplement guaranteed to help you dramatically improve your time. How It Theoretically Works…
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Carbohydrate Loading

Carbohydrate Loading

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What is Carbohydrate Loading? Carbohydrate loading or carb-loading is a nutrition technique used by athletes in an attempt to prolong optimal athletic performance and delay the onset of fatigue, or, ‘hitting a wall’. Transforming Carbs in Food to Energy for Muscles Throughout digestion, carbohydrate-containing foods are broken down into simple sugars such as glucose. These sugars are then absorbed into the bloodstream. A hormone called insulin is secreted by the pancreas which enables uptake of glucose from the blood by our liver and muscle cells, where it is stored as potential energy in the form of glycogen. Supercompensation Your muscles are basically fuel tanks for glycogen. Carb-loading if done right, essentially allows you to store the maximum possible amount of glycogen or "fuel" for later use. Successful carb-loading puts the…
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The Low Down on Caffeine and Sports Performance

The Low Down on Caffeine and Sports Performance

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From those Saturday night Jager bombs to a humble cup of tea, caffeine can be found in a huge range of commonly consumed beverages (and foods), and it’s no secret that it delivers a sometimes much-needed energy hit. Not as common knowledge, however, is the way you could be using this chemical compound to enhance your athletic performance… A member of the methylxanthines family, caffeine is derived from a range of nuts, seeds and leaves and acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist throughout the body (i.e. it increases the production of adrenaline, pushing your body into that “fight or flight” mode that helped us escape tigers back in the Paleolithic days). Over recent years, caffeine has been shown to enhance athletic performance, with the bulk of these benefits thought to…
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