The Aid Station: Nutrition for Injury Rehabilitation
Being an athlete, you know that injuries are inevitable. Sooner or later we all get one. So, what happens to the body when you are injured and how should you amp up your recovery? How Does your body react when it is injured? When an area of the body is injured an inflammatory response is set off. Although, inflammation is a crucial part of the body's natural
The Aid Station: The Role of Iron In Athletes
A common question I get associated with an athlete’s poor race performance is, “Should I get my iron checked”? What makes iron such an important player in an athlete’s performance to make us want to get our levels checked and run out to buy iron supplements? Why is iron so important to runners? “Hemoglobin is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your
The Aid Station: What is Sports Nutrition?
Health, nutrition, and sports go hand in hand. It can be difficult to discern what is considered healthy when there are a plethora of influencers, marketing scams, and general toxicity in social media pushing people to act, dress, and behave in a certain way. What it is to be healthy can be hard to define, hard to understand, and it is often over shadowed by
The Aid Station: Should Women Fuel Differently Than Men?
Like Beyonce sang, “Who run the world? Girls.” Women really do run the world - over the last decade more women are the people running across the finish lines than men. According to the NY Times, “in the United States alone, women make up 57 percent of finishers — that's about 10.7 million women racing. Globally, female race participation is up 25 percent, compared to
The Aid Station: Eat Right for Your Type
"Eat right for your type", Naturopathic physician, Peter D’Adamo, published this book in 1996. The book's details how people can become healthier, increase longevity, and reach their ideal weight by eating according to their blood type ( A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-, AB+, AB-). Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. Natural therapies include nutrition, lifestyle counseling, and
The Aid Station: Carboloading
The long-standing joke for half marathoners and full marathoners is to carb-load the night before with a big plate of pasta. The truth is, much more planning goes into proper pre-race nutrition than just simply overloading the night before. More importantly, if you planned on doing it all in one meal, you may end up hindering your performance with fatigue, gut issues, and inflammation. For those of
The Aid Station: Gut Issues in the Long Run
If you were to ask the question, “what makes a great athlete?” you would get many similar responses like “powerful muscles, high V02 max lungs, and a strong core”. Any references to the digestive tract would not be very high on the list of answers; however, it is one of the most make or break functions on race day. Your digestive tract will either get
The Aid Station: Hydration and Endurance Performance
Hydration and Endurance Performance Author: Lauren Burdick Miles and Macros Hydration plays an important role in your body’s functions – during exercise and day-to-day. Water is needed to maintain adequate blood pressure and it delivers blood to the brain, liver, and kidneys. If fluids are restricted your exercise performance can be negatively affected. During exercise fluid demands are higher so that oxygen and blood flow can be delivered to