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Hotel Stays – Youth Athletes Travel From Home

Hotel stays in a big city for a small town athlete can be very exciting with new sites and sounds than at home. Being away from home after a long travel time and through a possible time change can make for a difficult adjustment. How coaches and parents handle their youth athletes can make the difference between winning and losing.

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Hotel stays are one of the biggest thrills that most youth athletes have when they travel out of town for athletic competitions. This usually means dramatically less adult supervision, the chance to do things that normally aren’t done at home and the chance to spend extra time with teammates, which usually means extra bonding between kids.

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Dairy Products – Myths and Facts

Urban legends or “myths” are very common on society as word passes from one person to the next and is not always based on reality of fact. This article covers three common dairy product fallacies.

Dairy-ProductsDairy contains lots of fat that will affect my weight
This is partly true because dairy does contain essential fatty acids but they are good fats. Low fat versions are obviously better for you with less fat but the same amount of nutrients like vitamins and minerals. You need essential fatty acids to regulate metabolism and to keep your hair,

skin and nails healthy
Like any other food high in calories, the real goal is to use them in moderation. If you find that difficult, simply avoid whole milk products and stick to low or non-fat versions.

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Sports Drink Ingredient Issue – Brominated Vegetable Oil

Brominated vegetable oil, aka BVO, is a patented product that is used as a flame retardant in plastics but is has also been used as an emulsifier in sports drinks since 1931. It took several decades before its harmful effects came to light and countries started banning its use in drinks.

Brominated-vegetable-oilSports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas use BVO in order to keep the fat-soluble citrus flavors suspended in the drink made primarily of water. Without something to keep them mixed, they would partially separate and float to the top of the drink making it less attractive to consumers.

The bromine attached to the vegetable oil molecules compete with iodine for receptor sites in the body. As a result, it stay in the body and can accumulate to dangerous levels that might lead to hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer. Bromine is linked to organ damage, birth defects, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.

The US Food and Drug Administration listed BVO as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) in 1958. They withdrew the label in 1970. BVO was been prohibited in soft drinks in India in 1990 and banned as a food additive in Japan in 2010. To date, over 100 countries have now banned its use.

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Salt and Sugar – Avoid Over-consumption

Salt and sugar are two of the most common food additives that doctors and nutritionists warn about.  Salt is sodium chloride which means it is an excellent source of sodium in your diet. Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sugar has increased in our diets to the point that it is causing serious health issues like tooth decay and obesity.

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Recommended daily salt intake from Institute of Medicine:

1-3yrs: 1000mg

4-8yrs:  1200 mg

9-50yrs: 1500mg

Ways to reduce salt intake:

Avoid high salt foods like burgers, sausage, chicken nuggets

Limit snacks like biscuits and crisps
Check food labels
Avoid pre-made sauces like pasta sauce
Check the ingredients on bread bags. Some have as much as 1g of salt in two slices.
Make your own soups – readymade soups have 2.5g of salt per serving.

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Energy Dilemma – Replacing Energy Drinks

In the past month, Health Canada has approved more than a dozen “energy shot” drinks into the marketplace. With the ever increasing concern over caffeine and sugar levels they contain, parents and athlete are looking at replacing energy drinks with safer alternatives.

energy_drinksUsing Red Bull, Monster or any of the other types of energy drinks available can be dangerous and even deadly to your health. But what else can you use to be safe and still get the energy you need to compete and train? The key times when they are most sought after is right before a training session and in the middle of a long tournament when digesting a full meal may not be possible.

Believe it or not, there are over 600 energy drink options for you right now in stores. They will boost performance without a doubt and that is not in question. But they will also shrink your pocketbook at pretty high prices as well.

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Importance Of Vitamin B

We all know that vitamins are important for proper functioning of our body, but there is a link between vitamin B and the performance of top athletes. The Vitamin B is referred to as a micronutrient and helps carbohydrates and proteins to convert into energy. It also helps in the production and repairing of cells.

VitaminAs per research conducted by experts at Oregon State University and published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism stated that the lack of vitamin B in an athlete can make them less capable of performing high intensity workouts. Performance, workout recovery and muscle building is also very slow as compared to athletes who consume foods rich in vitamin B.

It has been found that a deficiency of vitamin B even in a small amount can reduce the recovery and performance of an athlete. The requirement of vitamin B differs from athlete to athlete depending on the intensity and types of exercise they perform, the total amount of the nutrient loss through urine, sweat and their varied diet.

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