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A Return to Racing

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When a car struck me while riding on the morning of September 2, 2015, despite finding myself in an emergency room and requiring my cycling kit to be cut off from my body, I still had the belief that I would be able to compete at my next event in two weeks. Perhaps that conviction was simply the steadfast resolve of a committed athlete. Or more likely, perhaps such an inane belief was precipitated by a head injury sustained during the accident. Once the diagnosis came in with several fractures, a concussion, and mountains of road rash and severe abrasions;…

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Stress: Good or Bad for Your Body?

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Cortisol is a powerful hormone produced in the adrenal glands positioned on top of the kidneys. Known as the “stress hormone,” its primary role is to mobilize your body’s nutritional resources in stressful situations. In conjunction with the release of epinephrine, cortisol serves as part of the “fight or flight” response where its role is to mobilize stored carbohydrates, catabolize proteins into glucose and mobilize stored fats. These nutrients, in turn, are used to allow the body to deal with the stressor, whether it is an important meeting or a saber-tooth tiger. Therefore, in short bursts, elevated cortisol is good…

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What is so important about Magnesium?

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Magnesium is one of the most important and most abundant minerals in the human body. A necessary cofactor in over 300 enzyme systems, magnesium plays a role in a wide variety of biochemical reactions, including protein synthesis, nerve function maintenance, blood glucose control, muscle contraction and normal heart rhythms. Its importance for overall bodily function cannot be underemphasized. Unfortunately, an estimated 70-80 percent of Americans are deficient in this mineral, with similar rates of deficiency around the rest of the world. Furthermore, assessing magnesium levels within the body is difficult because most magnesium is inside cells or within bones, making…

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The Benefits of Early Morning Exercise

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With the New Year in full swing and many already struggling with their resolutions, people often look for ways to “reboot” their resolution objectives. For a large number of individuals, weight loss often plays a key role in their plans for the New Year, and they are left to look for a solid method to either kick start their program or bust through a plateau. The good news is, recent studies have shown that there are benefits to exercising early in the morning other than the simple advantage of getting your workout completed before daily events have the chance to…

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