Endurance athletes you need to know…

If you’re a specialist athlete into endurance sports then you will be aware of your body’s higher nutrient requirements.

Magnesium is one of those nutrients. High-performance athletes have a faster turnover of energy, use their muscles more, put greater stress on their bones and sweat more, so it stands to reason they require more magnesium.

Magnesium is an electrolyte — the importance of replenishing your body of it after you’ve been sweating for an extended period of time can not be stressed enough.

According to Fuelnutrition.com “Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients for athletes who want to maximize athletic performance. It’s involved in optimizing strength, energy metabolism and protein synthesis—all key factors for athletic success. Magnesium also has a protective effect against stress and may enhance recovery from intense exercise.”

Where they go wrong is of course by recommending oral magnesium because as we mention often, it’s rather pointless as most is lost in the gut.

Due to industrial farming practices, most soil is lacking in nutrients, which translates into fewer nutrients in our food. Therefore, using a transdermal spray, roll on or flakes is the best way to get the results you want and it works real quick too.

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Are you choosing to cramp? Choose not to

Sports injury medicine and sports science even at the basic amateur levels have come a long way since the days of the ‘magic sponge’ and a bucket.

For younger readers I reassure you that this is true, in the old days, on injury to a player, the managers best mate/physio would run on the pitch with a bucket and sponge and the fear of infection from that was enough to see any prima donna center forward jump up and run around like a startled fawn.

Ahh the good old days. Those days are gone, thankfully.

Most of us now know that we use warm-ups and warm downs to prevent cramps and injuries and that engaging in any sports activity without either is just just asking for trouble.

We’ve known for a decade that topical magnesium provides a valuable lactic acid buffer for the lactic acid produced by exercise and sports.

Thus it goes without saying that using it can greatly help in stopping cramps or even eliminate them altogether.

Magnesium is also an essential mineral for everyone, and even more so for athletes because it’s vital for optimal muscle contraction, skeletal strength, energy production and assists in sustaining the high oxygen consumption necessary for athletic performance.