i am an athlete.
i am a pescatarian.
(i eat 90% vegetarian and vegan meals but have not made the full plunge. time will tell)
i am passionate about/and love food.
i am on a journey to be healthy and fit.
and i am constantly learning how to balance these two into a healthy and complete lifestyle.
ugh. i am sick. i don’t think my throat has ever hurt so much. unfortunately i have not worked out the last 2 days! and have definitely had too many calories. which is funny cause i think most people eat less when they are not feeling well. however. my problem is that i can’t find anything to “satisfy” me. so i keep eating. lots of bread and peantu butter. different story though. ha.
like many people, i think, i thought that having vitamin c while sick would help relieve or lessen symptoms. however. have doing so quick google searches i found a common theme.
there are SO many different studies and opinions on vitamin c and the common cold. there is no argument that vitamin c is an essential vitamin for your health.
lots to learn.
“the word vitamin is derived from the combination of words: vital amine. vitamins are organic (carbon containing) molecules that mainly function as catalysts for reactions within the body. a catalyst is a substance that allows a chemical reaction to occur using less energy and less time than it would take under normal conditions. if these catalysts are missing, as in a vitamin deficiency, normal body functions can break down and make a person susceptible to disease.
vitamins are either water-soluble or fat-soluble. vitamin c is a water-soluble vitamin. this means that when taken in excess it is excreted in the urine. therefore it is not usually associated with toxicity. vitamin c as well as vitamin b are both stored in the liver.
fat-soluble vitamins are essentially the opposite (makes sense i suppose). fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin a, d, e and k (easily remembered with the ADEK acronym). this type of vitamin accumulates within the fat stores of the body and within the liver. so fat-soluble vitamins are often associated with toxicity when taken in large amounts.”
highly recommend reading this article. as my search started with vitamin c. this article focuses on it - in fact it is the “ultimate guide to vitamin c”. happy readings.
health and nutrition. ultimately this is the field that i want to have a career in. specifically nutrition. i haven’t quite nailed down the exact field. they all sound SO interesting. there’s sports nutritionist, dietician, pregnancy nutritionist, etc. the possibilities are endless.
unfortunately for me i didn’t figure this out before i graduated from college. what can you do? at least i figured it out earlier than some. so i need to make this a priority so that i can make a change instead of just wishing for change.
either way. i spend a fair amount of time researching nutrition and healthy recipes. and i was talking to one of my girlfriends the other day and realized that i couldn’t communicate all that i’ve been researching. so. i am going to start putting some of finding on here.
in the simplest terms electrolytes (which include sodium, chloride, postassium, magnesium and calcium) help maintain the fluid balance in your body.
in more complex terms. as you might have guessed from the name, electrolytes electrically charged ions that conduct electrical impulses, and the body needs electrical impulses to make muscle cells contract - cramping is a common result of a lack of electrolytes, as well as dehydration. during intense exercise you lose electrolytes when you sweat, which can throw things out of balance.
you can replace electrolytes in several different ways. experts recommend having a sports drink or a salty post-exercise snack like nuts, pickles, pretzels.
right now. i’ve been loving nuun. it’s very tasty and has loads of electrolytes and vitamins.
this website is amazing and full of LOTS of information “electrolytes: understanding replacement options”.
on a normal/daily basis the kidneys filter and take the electrolytes from the blood and work to keep their levels in the blood constant. it is an extremely delicate process that the body goes through to try and maintain the perfect balance to keep water and electrolyte levels just right.
whenever the sodium level dips too low, the kidneys are stimulated to produce more urine, which restores the balance by lowering the amount of water in the blood. if the sodium level gets too high, thirst develops.
in combination with the kidneys the body also releases a hormone from the brain in response to thirst. this causes the kidneys to produce less urine. together these effects result in dilution of the sodium and the restoration of balance.
the body is an amazing thing. and there is so SO much more to learn.
“discovery fit & health” - this is where i found most of this information. and there is WAY more to learn.
kind of information over-load. oops. i’ll work on it. a little excited i guess. i think i need to learn how to filter. ha ha.