Carbohydrate Loading For Endurance Athletes

Carbohydrate Loading: What’s The 411? Carbohydrate loading involves consuming a higher quantity of dietary carbohydrates ~2 days out from an important race or competition, resulting in supercompensated glycogen stores. Our muscle cells store more carbohydrates than they otherwise would, which improves performance in events where glycogen is a limiting factor. So, if you’re participating in an important endurance […]

Fats 101

Function Like protein, fats are an essential macronutrient and must be included in our diets. Fats provide important structural components in our cells, are involved in cell signaling, and act as intracellular messengers. Without fats, we would be unable to digest, absorb, or transport nutrients around our bodies. For example, fats help our bodies absorb […]

Protein 101

Function Protein is essential for the regulation and maintenance of our bodies. It is involved in the growth and repair of tissues and cells in our bodies, fluid balance, immune, cell and enzyme function, and it helps form the structure of our cells. Many important hormones, ion channels, enzymes, transporters, neurotransmitters, immune system chemicals (such […]

Carbs 101

Function Carbohydrates are not an essential macronutrient, meaning that we don’t need to consume them to survive. Our bodies can make glucose even if we don’t consume dietary carbohydrates. However, just because we don’t need to consume carbohydrates to survive doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t eat any carbs at all.  Carbohydrates are the main source […]

Micronutrients 101

Micronutrients (micros) consist of both vitamins and minerals, and are required in small amounts in the body compared to macronutrients. Your micronutrient density in your diet, or the quality of food you consume, determines your health. Micros are extremely important for maintaining optimal health, and can also enhance athletic performance.  Imagine you are on a […]