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Are carbohydrates of benefit during a race?

Running for over 90-120 minutes at race pace can totally deplete glycogen stores even if well loaded beforehand. This means your muscles will have to resort to fat or protein for energy. As fat requires oxygen to burn, you will have to slow right down (or walk!), so that sufficient oxygen can reach the muscles. […]

Vitamins Explored

Vitamins are normally associated with what the body finds difficult to produce on its own. These substances are important for a number of bodily functions and are required in small dosages. So for our own knowledge we can break vitamins down into ‘vital minimums’. In total thirteen vitamins have been identified and are listed as […]

Food sources high in carbohydrates

Most athletes know the importance of carbohydrates. And many see their main source coming from breads, pastas and cereals. However, the table below will show you further examples of foods that do provide carbohydrates. In selecting the food source, the food group is first identified and the amount taken compared to the amount of carbohydrates […]

How to calculate the Energy available from foods

To calculate the energy available from a food, multiply the number of grams of carbohydrate, protein, and fat by 4,4, and 9, respectively. Then add the results together. For example, 1 slice of bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter on it contains 16 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams protein, and 9 grams fat : 16g […]

What are carbohydrates

What are carbohydrates? All carbohydrates are made up from sugars. There are a number of different types of sugars but in the body all carbohydrates metabolism converts sugar to glucose, our body’s preferred energy source. Glucose is the main sugar present in many foods but some contain different sugars, such as fructose in fruit, lactose […]

Vitamin C and its suspected harmfulness explained

In response to the article [ vitamins explored Vit C ] on the harmfulness of Vit C inre kidney stones. The article on Vitamin C regarding its benefits in ridding kidney stones and its overall antiviral/antibacterial effects with megadoses, by Robert McHeffey. There are five types of kidney stones: 1. Calcium phosphate stones are common […]

Essential minerals

Welcome to ‘essential minerals’. Here you will find tips to make the most out of the minerals your body needs. Time-to- Run – Contributor Cynthia Hayward How to keep your body’s engine in tip top form No athlete, be they Michael Johnson or Joe Plod, can survive for long without a regular intake of the […]

Fat Reduction Pills will not make you fitter

Fat Reduction Pills will not make your heart stronger, will not increase your other muscles endurance, or teach you to cope with food and life. Your circulation will remain stagnant. Fat reduction pills will not make you fitter. Exercise raises your self esteem because you have taken control of your body. All Fat Reduction (Fat […]

Omega Fatty Acids – What are Omega fatty acids?

There are two essential fatty acids that contribute to a healthier heart and they are part of the so-called “omega” grouping. Linoleic acid is one of the omega-6 fat family, and alpha-linolenic acid is a member of the omega-3 fat family. Both of these fats are PUFAs, and have appeared in the news for their […]

Omega Fatty Acids – a Hype or Help?

Take a tour of any supermarket today, and you will be struck by the number of margarine tubs, cooking oils and even yogurts and eggs that have “Omega 3 or 6” either in their brand name or added in big letters to the packaging. What is the sudden big deal with Omegas? Are marketers just […]