I remember working at the University of Colorado (CU) in the Speed-Strength Department with Doc Kreis, Donnie Maib, and Dave Plettl. We were having a meeting for the ball-sport and track and field athletes we would be training for the school year. Pretty much like any first day of class, there were anxious freshmen sitting...
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As an athlete, there are several nutritional factors you need to pay attention to, which include water, energy, vitamins and minerals, and others. Let’s detail those. Water Although you can survive for a few days without water, the body needs a constant supply for a variety of reasons. • Water is the most important nutrient...
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Have you ever gotten ready for work and found the only thing in your cupboard was a box of Fruit Loops or Cocoa Puffs? So, you ate a bowl full and a few hours later got that early morning sugar crash. It’s a bigger deal than you think because for anyone trying to lose fat/weight,…

Vitamins and minerals are substances your body needs in small amounts for normal growth, function and health. Together, vitamins and minerals are called micro-nutrients. Your body cannot make most micro-nutrients. Thus, each of us must acquire them from the foods we eat or from supplements such as those sold in many health-food stores. We have...
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There are many different types of sleeping aids on the market. A trip to your local pharmacy will enlighten you on what may be better suited for your personal needs. If unsure, ask your pharmacist or physician. But first, read the following information to determine if you may need a sleeping aid of some type....
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The following questions in supplements Q&A are from our readers. As we receive more questions, this section will continue to expand with newest questions at top of list. Question: What is a supplement? Answer: The term generally refers to dietary supplements, which are defined by the FDA as minerals, vitamins, herbs or other botanicals (excepting...
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Comparing the three macronutrient categories of fats, carbohydrates and protein, the latter gets a lot of attention. Surprisingly, little is known about protein and health. We know that adults need a minimum of 1 gram of protein for every kilogram of body weight per day to keep from slowly breaking down their own tissues. That’s...
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You’ve probably noticed that almost every shopping mall has a kiosk selling “metabolic enhancers” of one kind or another. What are metabolic enhancers and what do they do? A metabolic enhancer is classified as a thermogenic agent. A thermogenic agent is one that produces heat — in everyday common terms, it “speeds up” your body’s...
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Many athletes use a wide variety of pharmacologic agents. They believe that a specific drug will enhance or improve strength, skills, power, endurance, and/or stamina. This drug use is on the upswing among high school, college, and professional athletes, even among children as young as 11 to improve body image. The ingestion of synthetic agents,...
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Herbs are good sources of antioxidants, but their potency can vary depending on species and growing conditions. Three different types of oregano are highest in antioxidant activity. Mexican oregano (Poliomintha longiflora) is used in traditional Mexican and Southwest recipes. Its flavor is a bit stronger than Italian oregano (Origanum x majoricum). Italian oregano, also known...
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