June 30, 2010

Is your nutrition plan DOA? Time for some CPR!

If you are trying to make performance gains, then what you eat and when you eat it are HUGE.

Dr. Kelly C. Heim’s article, Nutrient timing strategies for peak athletic performance, spells out in plain English the ideal nutrition plan to power up and recover from hard workouts.  If you’ve been trying to figure out what percentage of protein, carbs, and electrolytes to consume before and after training, read this article!

But hang on before you go racing off to buy your supplements.  Do you have any clue what’s in your protein powder?  Consumer Reports recently tested multiple samples of 15 off-the-shelf protein powders and drinks for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. They determined that in just three servings a day, exposure to arsenic, cadmium, or lead could exceed limits set by the U.S. Pharmacopoeia!

Even low-dose exposure can contribute to lingering health problems.  Cadmium is a known human carcinogen that damages DNA.  Arsenic at low levels can cause nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, and abnormal heart rhythm; over time arsenic may contribute to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, liver and prostate.

We use Pure Encapsulation products to support peak training and racing efforts AND limit our athletes’ exposure to dangerous heavy metals.  Tossing a scoop or two of their Whey Basics protein, powdered BCAA, and electrolyte/energy product in a blender for your pre- and post-training cocktail is a simple, quick, safe and complete solution!

Grab some today… and get cranking.

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