As many know exercise is important if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, it is necessary if you want to be healthy (any type). Once people have gained the discipline to exercise it becomes easier to add it into part of our daily regimen. Exercise is easy once you get the hang of it. When you exercise though you breakdown muscle tissue. If you give it a thought, as humans we find it easier to do things that break things and ourselves down, we find it difficult to build things and ourselves up, but once we do take the initiative to build things or ourselves up we accomplish a lot. Work smart and hard, do not just work hard. Because you can work hard and not make, any progress.
Yes, this is a recovery blog. I want to share information that I have found recently and have been using it myself. To help you with your recovery process.
Now we are coming into the summer months, and vitamin D will not be a problem for all of us (up this in the colder months). When the weather gets warmer, we sweat more and what we sweat out is salt and minerals, which are essential to many functions in the body if not all, so it is not just for your muscle contractions. Salts are important for your adrenals, thyroid, stomach acid, etc. Most Americans now are salt deficient with high carbohydrate diets (which cause over-inflammation) in the form of grains and high-fructose corn syrup. Dr. James Dinicolantonio with his research has found that salt deficiency can cause:
-adrenal fatigue, so we are constantly depleting our sympathetic system, this may be you if you feel exhausted all the time.
-thyroid dysfunction, which causes hypothyroidism from iodine deficiency, the thyroid controls your metabolism, so if you have hypothyroidism your body will store fat, and you will be insulin resistant.
-low acid levels in the stomach, which is vital for breaking down food and helping nutrients to be easily absorbed by the body through the stomach and intestines.
There are many more things that salt deficiency can lead to; if you want to know more, I would recommend looking up Dr. James Dinicolantonio and his book The Salt Fix. According to Dr. James Dinicolantinio you lose about 1 teaspoon of salt per hour of exercise. Therefore, if you want to try something after you read this blog, try to take in about 4tsp of salt per day and salt your food. This may make a big difference for most of you.
Here are a few interviews: