The Goal: Ensure proper nutrients and electrolytes to increase athletic endurance and performance.
The Time: 30-minute session.
The Plan: Up to 3 times per week in preparation for intense physical activity.
The Goods: Vitamin C, Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate, Selenium, Calcium Gluconate, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12.
The Science: Calcium and magnesium play roles in muscle health. Magnesium helps muscles to release, while calcium helps them to contract. That is why it is so important to obtain a balance of the two minerals. If the body is not getting enough magnesium, muscles may cramp and spasm more easily. Magnesium is pivotal in both anaerobic and aerobic energy production, particularly in the metabolism of adenosine triphosphate or ATP. ATP, the main source of energy in cells, must be bound to a magnesium ion in order to be biologically active. This is vitally important to the athlete who needs peak performance from their mitochondria.
The Deal: Lactated Ringer’s provides hydration and electrolytes. Vitamin C helps metabolize carbohydrates for fuel and protects the body from exercise-induced oxidative stress, speeds recovery, aids in the growth and repair of all body tissues, and protects the immune system. Magnesium increases endurance and strength performance, aids in muscle contraction, prevents cramping, boosts energy levels, and reduces fatigue. Selenium increases repair and recovery of cells and muscles as it buffers the oxidative stress of strenuous exercise. Calcium supports muscle contraction and energy metabolism. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6 are important to ensure optimum energy production. They play a role in metabolic processes that are directly related to exercise performance, including energy production, red-blood-cell formation and muscle building and repair. B12 aids in forming red blood cells, converting food into energy, and ensures that the brain and muscles communicate efficiently.