Dehydration prevention during the DUSI Canoe Marathon

As temperatures soar and many avid paddlers take to the water in preparation for the Dusi Canoe Marathon in February, dehydration may become a concern.  Maintenance of proper fluid balance is essential, both during training and competition.

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3 Easy Steps to Select a Good Multi-Vitamin for My Child

To raise a child and give them the best nutrition and opportunities in life can be quite daunting! Questions that may often pop-up in your mind are “Am I giving my little one the best nutrition? How can I improve my little one’s immune system? How do I know if my child needs a multivitamin supplement?” To ask “Dr Google” and friends can cause a lot of confusion, so let’s have a look at what the science say.

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Heart Health Awareness Month

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a term used for a wide variety of heart conditions. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects), among others. The terms Heart Disease and CardioVascularDisease (CVD) are often used interchangeable.

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Let us Explain: PeptoSport® and the role of protein and carbohydrates in performance and recovery

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When it comes to protein in the context of exercise or sport, it has the reputation of being essential for recovery, post workout. Typically, protein shakes, bars and powders are marketed to be consumed post workout. The conventional wisdom in sports nutrition, is that you need to consume a combination of protein and carbohydrates within the first hour after exercise. The role of carbohydrates is to restore your glycogen levels, which are left depleted after exercise.  The role of protein is to repair your muscles and minimize fatigue. Together, they help your body recover faster and allow you to continue training day after day.

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Sport nutrition – facts or fiction?

Should Micronutrients be Supplemented in an Athlete’s Diet?

What are micronutrients?

  • These are organic (vitamins) and inorganic (minerals) compounds
  • They are required in small amounts to prevent:
    • Clinical deficiency
    • Deterioration of health, growth & reproduction
  • Our body cannot produce vitamins, so we need to take them in via the diet
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Sport nutrition – special edition

A Healthy Immune System – doing sport during Winter

A number of big endurance events are approaching, of which the Comrades Marathon is best known. To prepare for such an event, training starts months in advance and builds-up in intensity. As training intensifies and winter approaches the athlete often gets sick. Research shows Upper Respiratory Tract Infections most often occur. Here are some strategies that may help to promote a healthy immune system while training hard.

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Recovery – is it important for sport performance?

In a nutshell, the recovery phase involves:

  • Restoration of muscle and liver glycogen stores, depleted by exercise
  • Replacement of fluids and electrolytes lost via sweat and breathing
  • Regeneration, repair and adaptation which takes place after catabolic stress and damage
    • This includes protein synthesis and breakdown as well as immune and antioxidant defence systems
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