Water and sports drinks have been the go-to drinks for workouts. But, are there other options now? With innovations of glycogen products, athletes do have more options.
Glycogen is already in our bodies as our glucose storage system. When we eat, the unused carbohydrates are stored as glycogen. Later, when the body’s blood sugar levels drop, the glycogen is broken down to glucose that is used to fuel the body.
What Is Our Alternative Fuel Source?
When you work out intensely for more than an hour, your body may run out of the carbohydrates and glucose that it needs to move forward. Typically, athletes will hydrate with sports drinks, but are there other options? Yes!
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Guest Blogger: Michael Brown, MD, Orthopedic/Sports Medicine
Athletes, like soccer player Jenna Thomas, cower at the mention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Depending on how badly it’s torn, the injury can put an athlete out for an entire season—even Tom Brady had to sit out a season in 2008 because of his ACL injury. Your ACL is one of four ligaments that work to stabilize the knee and is essential in starting to run, turning and stopping quickly. With that said, it’s easy to image that if that ligament fails then things can go wrong quickly.
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Guest Blogger: Lawrence Rhein, MD, Chief of the Division of Neonatology, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center
Many new parents are often shocked when the time comes to bring their newborn baby home. They can’t believe that the hospital is going to entrust them with such a tiny little human, and oftentimes, they feel incapable of meeting the needs of their new “boss.”
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It’s 7 am, and you just packed yet another PB&J with an apple for your child’s lunch. Maybe tomorrow, you’ll really be adventurous and add some marshmallow fluff. Whoa … slow down … let’s not get too crazy. There’s always bologna.
Join the conversation. Don’t look now, but school will be back in session before you know it. We want you to share with each other what you plan on packing in your kids’ lunch bags. Your ideas may help another parent get out of a rut and maybe inspire kids to try something new.
For inspiration, check out this previous post on lunchbox snacks your kids won’t give away.