Sodium and Potassium in Sports Drinks

03
Dec
2011

With regular sports drinks and gels or energy bars, I can’t seem to get the right amount of sodium and potassium.  Any tips for adding it?  It’s difficult to get the 400+ milligrams sodium and 100+ milligrams potassium per hour needed per hour during intense training with standard sports drinks and bars.  First, take...
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Who is the Best Bike Mechanic?

02
Dec
2011
Who is the Best Bike Mechanic?

Who do you feel is the best bike mechanic out there?  We all love our bikes, right….so when it comes time to get them serviced we don’t trust just anyone to do the job.  Some of you out there are knowledgable enough to do your own repairs, but for most cyclists we need to...
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#bikeschool: Win a Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket

01
Dec
2011
#bikeschool: Win a Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket

Hey #bikeschool classmates, here’s your chance to pick up an incredible Elite Barrier cycling jacket from Pearl Izumi.  It’s available in both Men’s and Women’s sizes, comes in seven different color options, and is described as: Wind-proof and water resistant, this comfortable and breathable Barrier Jacket provides lightweight, packable protection from a wide range of...
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Loving the BITE: Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

01
Dec
2011
Loving the BITE: Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Green, yellow, orange, or red?  This is the question when picking out a bell pepper.  In terms of nutrition, it does make a difference.   As cyclists, we want all the antioxidants, phytochemicals, and health-promoting whole food components we can get.  Choose the wrong one and you’ll get a lot of awesome nutrients.  Choose...
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Why Pro Cyclists Should Read This Blog

30
Nov
2011
Why Pro Cyclists Should Read This Blog

We don’t specialize in cycling races, cycling technology, or cycling training…so why should a Pro Cyclist be a loyal reader of Loving the Bike?  Or why should any cyclist, for that matter? In a word, Lifestyle.  Other than the fact that all of us cyclists (whether you’re pro, bmx, commuter, road, recumbent, amateur, mtb,...
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#bikeschool: MET SineThesis Review

29
Nov
2011
#bikeschool: MET SineThesis Review

After the recent article here at LovingTheBike regarding the cleaning of your cycle helmet, I realised that I’d had my one and only bike helmet for about 5 years and maybe I was due for an upgrade. I used lots of reasons in my head to justify a new helmet but essentially it was...
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The Cycling Life with Ryan van Duzer and Nick Albini

28
Nov
2011
The Cycling Life with Ryan van Duzer and Nick Albini

I was very fortunate (and Thankful) to spend three days with a couple incredible guys who are currently cycling their way across the United States.  I’ve been online buddies with Ryan van Duzer for over a year now and have enjoyed following his amazing adventures.  I watched the Out of the Wild television series...
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Make it Happen Monday: Definition of Success

28
Nov
2011
Make it Happen Monday: Definition of Success

Do you have a personal definition for success? You know, a way of measuring if you’re achieving all you strive to be in life or if you’re making the kind of impact you want to leave on our World. There are countless definitions for success out there, but my favorite has always been this...
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Healthy Salad Dressing

26
Nov
2011

I like to have salad dressing with my dinner salad, but would like to know what is the best choice. Maybe you’ve been extra good and you’re eating large salads at dinner, paired with a healthy protein.  This is GREAT! – unless you’re adding a lot of regular-calorie dressing to your large salad.  ...
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What is a Big Ride?

25
Nov
2011
What is a <em>Big Ride</em>?

I was talking to a friend of mine last night and he asked what plans I had for today.  I said we didn’t have too much planned, but part of my day would definitely include a big ride.  Then he asked me an interesting question….“What exactly is a big ride?” I know that I’ve...
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Thanksgiving with Duzer and Nick

24
Nov
2011

If you don’t already know about Ryan Van Duzer, I suggest you check this guy out.  He’s a “super charged, life lovin’, bike ridin’, bean eatin’, goofball with a passion for adventure and saving the world.” This righteous dude is everything Loving the Bike is about.  He’s currently cycling across the US with Nick Albini...
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Loving the BITE: Green Detox Super Smoothie

24
Nov
2011
Loving the BITE: Green Detox Super Smoothie

So, your Thanksgiving menu’s set.  But what about the day after? We suggest our after-Thanksgiving-back-on-track Green Detox Super Smoothie.  Why?  Simply because most people don’t wake up feeling super great the day after Thanksgiving.  Even though they had good intentions for healthy Thanksgiving eating, and they actually feel like they did pretty well (this...
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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean ”lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.

Answer:

Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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Please send us your questions for our Expert Sports Nutritionist, Kelli Jennings to “Ask the Sports Nutritionist“. Kelli Jennings is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for healthy eating, wellness, & sports nutrition. For more information go to www.apexnutritionllc.com.

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