Hydration and Physical Activity
Dr. Micheline Vargas, DrPH, RCEP is a nutrition scientist at Nutrilite Health Institute and if there is anyone who can speak on the importance of Hydration for optimal performance of elite athletes from a scientific view point it’s her. Since November 2008, Dr. Vargas along with other scientist have been working with A.C. Milan, the most successful football (soccer) club. They are the most winningest soccer club in the sport but even world-class athletes can miss vital nutrients in their diets.
The alliance between the world’s most successful football club and the global leader in nutrition was no accident. The NUTRILITE brand and A.C. Milan share a common philosophy: Optimal performance requires optimal nutrition. Whether on the field or in daily life, optimal performance requires optimal nutrition. There is a lot of information I can include about her findings from working with A.C. Milan pro soccer players but lets focus on proper HYDRATION and more specifically sports drinks. After so education I will share with you some safe and effective sports drinks that I personally use, believe in and recommend to elite athletes and high performers.
Dr. Vargas says many times people ask her what product would she recommend for sports performance and she says the very 1st thing that always comes to her mind is “sports drink.” She says this is because safe and effective sports drinks are actually tailored to drive athletes to drink. Properly designed sports drinks actually stimulate the thirst mechanism so you will ingest more fluid so you can replace not only the carbohydrates you need to replace but you also replace electrolytes like sodium and potassium that can be depleted with a hard training session.
Does everybody need a sports drink?
No! If you are exercising intensely or doing exercise for over 60 to 90 minutes nutritionists and researchers like Dr. Vargas recommend a safe and effective sports drink that is properly designed. It’s so vital for athletes and high performers to replenish fluids, carbohydrates and electrolytes lost during intense exercise and sports. If you are exercising less intensely or for shorter times then plain water is sufficient for hydration.
Did you know you are considered dehydrated if you’ve lost 2% of your body weight due to sweating, and a 2% loss can impact your athletic performance.
What Sports Drinks are the Best?
I highly recommend NUTRILITE® Sports Drink because it quenches thirst and is scientifically formulated to help rehydrate your body before, during, and after exercise. NUTRILITE Sports Drink contains the exclusive NUTRILITE B-Lenium Blend, which aids in energy production and helps protect against harmful free radicals. No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Beats Gatorade® and Powerade®, which offer no antioxidant protection! For NFL Super Bowl MVP Quarterback Kurt Warner actually says this is one of his favorite products because it helps to restore and replenish his body after hard workouts.
NUTRILITE® Sports Drink are safe, effective and properly designed that’s why they provide so many benefits for athletes and high performers like the A.C Milan Pro soccer team. Here are a few more benefits:
•Scientifically formulated to help replace fluids and electrolytes lost during activity.
•Scientifically formulated to help rehydrate your body before, during, and after exercise.
•Renews glycogen stores.
•Aids in energy production.
•Replenishes, regains, and renews depleted fluids, vitamins and minerals.
•Provides carbs for energy during prolonged activity.
•Balanced with the electrolytes sodium and potassium, and the exclusive NUTRILITE B-Lenium blend – a formulation of B vitamins to aid in energy production and protect against harmful free radicals. You can learn more these sports drinks and order them here: http://bit.ly/10gnc9L
•75% of the body is made up of water.
•80% of the brain is made up of water.
•75% of the muscles are made up of water.
•92% of the blood is made up of water.
•Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body.
•Water helps convert food into energy.
References: www.nutrilite.com, www.amway.com, www.kendrickfincher.com/hydration
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