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Hype or Health: Sports Drinks – Are They All They Claim to Be?

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Mike Mozart

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Mike Mozart

It’s not uncommon to see glass cases at gyms full of neon colored beverages. If you’ve been to a youth sporting event on a warm Saturday, you often see kids holding one. They’re stocked in convenience stores and are a $6.81 billion business. We’re talking about sports drinks. Are they good for you and help sports performance as much as they claim? Continue reading

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Customer Story: The Road to Optimizing My Health

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We love hearing about our customer’s awesome experiences. We’ve been getting a lot lately from the participants of the recent FitFluential campaign. We just got wind of Sarah’s feedback on her blood draw and consult from her post on her blog, Running at Disney.

While many people may be surprised to learn that they’re bodies aren’t scoring as perfectly as they feel, Sarah has ulcerative colitis and is prone to tendonitis, so she knew her inflammation would be higher than normal. Still, there’s something to be learned for everyone. Here’s a summary of Sarah’s experience:

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Biomarker Series: Electrolytes – They Make You Tick

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Heart. Liver. Kidney. Blood pressure. All things any health-conscious person wants to keep in check. Electrolytes are a big part of all of this. Simply put, they are in every cell of the body, and are essential for various life processes. You’d be hard-pressed to find a function that didn’t involve a type of electrolyte somewhere along the line. For the sake of visualizing, here are some ways electrolytes regulate common bodily functions.

  • Electrolyte concentration differences between the inside and outside of cells create electrical pulses which allow your heart to beat
  • Electrolytes in the blood regulate osmotic pressure which controls the amount of fluids filtered and secreted by the kidneys
  • Maintaining a certain pH throughout the body (and being able to adjust for special needs–for example, acidic conditions to break down food in the stomach) is crucial to overall function. Electrolytes help keep this balance.
  • Your heart isn’t the only place where electrical pulses are needed. Every nerve in your body needs electrolytes to function properly. This involves thinking, moving, and even digestion!

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.