Tricks of the trade

Who ever said that all you need is a good pair of runners?

Here are some of the latest and greatest ‘aids’ I’ve been using to take care of my body, keeping it in tip top running shape! Everything described below (with the exception of Epsom salt) was recommended by hubby’s dietician, Debbie Allen from Health on Earth, who is a long distance runner herself.

1. Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate crystals)

According to the Epsom Salt Council, soaking in an Epsom bath increases the body’s magnesium levels and in turn “Flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain.”

2. Calcium Magnesium

Calcium: To maintain bone strength and assist in muscle growth;
Magnesium: To improve energy metabolism (production), thereby increasing endurance.
While calcium affects muscle contractions, magnesium balances that by relaxing the muscles.

3. Whey Protein Drink Mix

The science of whey: Wikipedia

Basically, used to accelerate muscle development and aid in recovery.

4. Endurlyte Vitamin-Mineral Supplement

A combination of vitamins and minerals for electrolyte and energy levels. (Like Gatorade without the unnecessary additives.)

5. Naka Nutri-Flex
(aka THE MOST DISGUSTING THING YOU’LL EVER TASTE! Worse than Buckley’s!)

From the website:

… contains Glucosamine Sulfate to help maintain moisture in the cartilage to lubricate joints and slow degeneration, amino acid rich hydrolyzed gelatin to strengthen and rebuild joint cartilage, natural pain releiver Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) and anti-inflammatory ingredients Bromelain, Turmeric and Devil’s Claw.

I swear, I used to be low meaintenance…

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