Nutrition

What Drinks Are Best for Athletes?

With all of the sports drinks saturating the beverage market, perhaps you’ve questioned what the differences are among them or which are the best for athletes. While they all seem to claim their own health “benefits”, researchers at sports medicine schools and many professional athletes seem to think that keeping it simple is key.

Nothing is better than water.

Our bodies are comprised of approximately 70-percent water. When you work out, you sweat and you lose water concentration. It’s important to drink enough water before and during a work out to maintain energy during the work out. Not only does water transport oxygen and glucose through your body, but water also helps to maintain flexibility and strength within your muscles as well as keeping your joints agile and lubricated.

Is Going Gluten-Free Really Healthier?

Only a decade ago, celiac disease was thought to be a rare disorder that mainly affected European populations. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that causes the finger-like extensions (villi) of the small intestine to flatten when a person with celiac eats gluten. Gluten is a type of protein found in some grains, like wheat, rye and barley.

In people with celiac disease, eating anything with gluten can cause symptoms like bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea, anemia and other nutrient deficiencies. Some people with celiac disease also develop a rash called dermatitis herpetiformis. There is no cure for celiac disease; the only “prescription” is a lifelong gluten-free diet, which allows the intestine to heal and provides symptom relief.