Your Ultimate Guide to Help You Get Over a Cold Fast (In Six Steps + A Bonus)

Your Ultimate Guide to Help You Get Over a Cold Fast (In Six Steps + A Bonus)

In addition to the colder temperatures and long hours spent on the treadmill, one of the downsides to winter is the prevalence of cold and flu. Many aspects are thought to contribute to cold and flu season (which lasts from November to February), including our propensity to stay indoors, reduced time in the sunlight, and the fact that the flu virus can survive much longer in low humidity. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that we’re in the midst of flu season. If you’ve been unfortunate enough to catch a cold this winter, the most effective recovery method is patience. It takes time for your body to work through its immune response as it rids itself of the infecting pathogens. However, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the length of that time, ranging from eating garlic to increasing your intake of probiotics. Of course, in...
SaltStick - Jan 22, 2016
Too Much Alcohol Last Night? We Can Help With That

Too Much Alcohol Last Night? We Can Help With That

We’ve all been there. A night of fun contains a drink (or a few drinks) too many, and the following morning brings a horrible cocktail of headaches, nausea and a general feeling of exhaustion. The hangover may be a badge of honor to younger people — particularly in college or university — but after a while, they just become painful. And depending on the severity, they can sometimes be unbearable. Tweet this post! "Too Much Alcohol Last Night? We Can Help With That: http://bit.ly/1KlL5s8 via @SaltStick" To avoid all this discomfort, you’ve likely developed several preventative measures to keep yourself from feeling the nasty side effects of too much alcohol. Common practices include: Knowing your “limit” of how many drinks you can handle Drinking one glass of water between each drink Grabbing a sports drink before heading to bed Eating salty or fatty foods for dinner before the drinking begins...
SaltStick - Sep 14, 2015
Ratios and Hydration: How SaltStick Removes the Guesswork

Ratios and Hydration: How SaltStick Removes the Guesswork

The hydration process is one of the more fascinating things about endurance nutrition. Specifically the fact that hydration is based on ratios and not absolute values. While it’s true that every nutrition label provides a set amount of sodium and potassium to consume each day, those nutrition labels also list the disclaimer that the numbers are “based on a diet of 2,000 calories per day.” In other words, the amount of suggested sodium and potassium is in relation to everything else you eat. What is ratio-based nutrition? A good example of ratio-based nutrition is the treatment high blood pressure patients. For the past 20 years, scientists have found that people with high blood pressure who don’t want to lower their salt intake can simply consume more potassium-containing foods (such as bananas, potatoes or berries). Why? Because the balance of the two minerals is what matters. In fact, Dutch researchers determined...
SaltStick - Dec 28, 2014
Why You Need Salt (And Where To Get It!)

Why You Need Salt (And Where To Get It!)

If you’ve ever tasted sweat dripping down your face, you’re well-aware of its saltiness. When we exercise, we lose both water and salt in the form of sweat, and these need to be replaced both during and after our workout. When our body is properly hydrated, it contains an optimal ratio of salts and water, which is essential for healthy cell functioning. Four key electrolyte (salts) are sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. This ratio is maintained at a healthy level through a process call homeostasis, or self-regulation. Under normal conditions, the body retains or excretes excess salt or water to maintain the correct concentration within blood. You may have also heard about electrolyte loss during exercise. If you go back to high school chemistry, you may recall that an electrolyte helps conduct electricity because it dissociates into ions when dissolved in water. Our bodies need these electrolytes to help conduct...
SaltStick - Oct 29, 2014
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