These Are the Symptoms (and Causes) of Hyponatremia

These Are the Symptoms (and Causes) of Hyponatremia

“Replacing lost stores is essential but rehydration can be overdone,” begins a 2007 article in Scientific American. “There is such a thing as a fatal water overdose.” While this article does not mark the beginning of medical concerns regarding hyponatremia, it did come at a time when this dangerous condition -- marked by unnaturally low sodium levels in the blood -- began to see increased media attention. Tweet this post! Stay Aware This Summer! These Are the Symptoms (and Causes) of Hyponatremia: http://bit.ly/1Ypn1uM via @SaltStick In the last decade, several deaths have resulted from radio-hosted water-drinking contests that prompt the contestants to consume gallons of water at once. The running community has suffered losses as well: In 2002, a man collapsed in the Boston Marathon, eventually dying of “drinking too much water,” as described in press coverage of the tragedy. In 2007, a similar death occurred in the London Marathon....
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Sweating indoors vs. outdoors (and why it matters)

Sweating indoors vs. outdoors (and why it matters)

Indoors or not, hydration practices matter and can greatly impact your performance. Read on to discover the ways to mitigate dehydration when on the trainer. Across much of the world, winter has arrived along with colder temperatures that force many athletes indoors. Gone are the days of open-water swims and day-long bike rides, replaced by shorter, more intense efforts on the indoor trainer or treadmill. One thing that doesn’t go away? The sweating. As anyone who has completed even a single hard indoor workout knows, trainer or treadmill sessions can be brutal. And unless you are masochistic enough to set up your gear in a garage that exposes you to the winter temperatures, these workouts probably take place in a warm, humid environment. While this is great for escaping the winter blues, it is not much help when it comes to keeping cool.   Do you actually sweat more indoors?...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Do Electrolytes Help Prevent Cramps?

Do Electrolytes Help Prevent Cramps?

If you are an avid consumer of endurance media (like we are!) you have probably noticed the uptick in articles related to the science behind anti-cramping. Recently, many articles, including paid, native advertising placements in Triathlete Magazine and other articles in Outside Magazine, report new research into the link between cramping and neural activity. Arguing there is no association between hydration and cramping, the articles suggest that instead of electrolytes, the true cause of cramps is an interruption of “ion-channel receptors,” which control how electrical signals are transmitted between cells. “Some studies showed that drinking pickle juice or eating mustard helped prevent ,” writes Outside Magazine in a recent September article. “Pickle juice and mustard contain molecules called ion-channel activators, which trigger nerves in the digestive system. These activators are why spicy foods feel hot: they don’t burn you, but they trigger the same nerve response that occurs when you...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Five Key Principles of a Knockout Nutrition Plan

Five Key Principles of a Knockout Nutrition Plan

Have you prepared your endurance goals for the New Year? Learn how a well-balanced electrolyte routine could help you break through to the next level. To an endurance athlete, December may be one of the most important times of the year. The absence of available races means there is little chance for a PR, and long training sessions have usually wound down to maintenance mode. This creates a unique opportunity to reflect on the past season and develop a strategy to enhance success next year. As you consider your upcoming plans, remember that athletic performance is largely determined by three things: sufficient physical conditioning, a motivated mindset and a well-balanced nutrition plan. Great athletes maximize all three to consistently make progress. Combined, these subjects have filled entire books, and for the purposes of this article, we are limiting our focus to nutrition.   Nutrition plan fundamentals Like the factors driving...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
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