Suffer from swollen hands? Here are the causes and solutions for athletes.

Suffer from swollen hands? Here are the causes and solutions for athletes.

A search through endurance-related forums will reveal hand-swelling is a common malady, with posts complaining that hands look like “a rubber glove that's been blown up” or fingers that “feel very tight and hard to bend.” Although the condition is most common to ultra runners, hand-swelling can affect hikers, walkers and triathletes as well -- pretty much anyone who is part of the endurance community. But does it mean anything? All smart endurance athletes know it is important to pay attention to their bodies, and it’s natural to wonder if sausage-like fingers are the symptoms of something gone wrong. This article focuses only on edema (swelling) due to exercise. There are other causes of edema that may require medical intervention: see your doctor if in doubt. The answer, as with many biological systems, is complicated. At the very least, hand-swelling is nothing more than an annoying response to exercise, but...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
It's Hot: Humid vs. Dry Heat

It's Hot: Humid vs. Dry Heat

Unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ve probably been enjoying the steady rise in outdoor temperatures. Gone are the 100(+) inches of snow in Boston, as well as the single-digit temperatures most of us dealt with in January. In its place is lovely spring-time weather, meaning you no longer have to grit your teeth in order to get out the door and train. However, summer is around the corner, and with it … summer heat. It’s about to get hot. Very hot. And if it’s not hot, it will be humid, which still feels awful. (We’ll explain why in a second…) Just as running in sub-freezing temperatures takes a certain kind of toughness, running in the heat requires extra mental and physical stamina. It also requires a different approach to training and nutrition. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of hot: dry hot, in which humidity levels are at...
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Four Ways Potassium Matters to Your Sports Performance

Four Ways Potassium Matters to Your Sports Performance

It’s week two of #30SaltyDays! This week, we are focusing on potassium, or K+ for those of you that still remember high school chemistry. Tweet this post to enter our FASTCHEW giveaway! "Feeling Fatigued? Four Ways Potassium Matters to Your Sports Performance: http://bit.ly/1SK0tyM via @SaltStick #30SaltyDays" This post is part of our #30SaltyDays summer campaign, in which we hope to educate YOU about the benefits and science behind electrolytes. Follow the campaign with the hashtag #30SaltyDays on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the SaltStick blog. We’re offering our brand new product, SaltStick FASTCHEWS, as a GIVEAWAY for participants. More information here: http://bit.ly/1Rz0avu. While most endurance athletes are aware of their need for potassium (raise your hand if you had a banana today…), you may not know why you need it. In this blog post, we’ll cover: How your body uses potassium to regulate blood pressure, nerve functioning and other important processes....
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
Why You're Craving Salt (And What To Do About It):

Why You're Craving Salt (And What To Do About It):

We’ve all been there: A craving for something strong. It’s not sugar -- sweet foods sound unappealing. No -- we want savory. We want feel-good comfort food. We want salt. As we explain in this blog post, a salt craving is your body’s way of telling you that you need salt. That’s a pretty basic observation, but someone can need salt for a variety of reasons, which require a variety of different solutions. As you’ll see, some are common (such as mild dehydration or excessive hydration) and some are severe (such as Addison’s disease). Make sure you correctly identify the problem and then you’ll be able to employ the correct solution. Let’s jump in!   Reason 1: You’re dehydrated or over-hydrated: Think back to the last time you went for a long run in the heat. When you finished, your face and body were coated in a thick, salty layer....
SaltStick - Apr 06, 2021
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