A while back, I listed off a few podcasts that I enjoy as well as a few that y'all recommended (HERE). Well, I had backed off on listening to most running-related podcasts because frankly, all those podcasts were depressing me. Just a constant reminder that I CAN'T RUN. It's been 45 days, folks.
Well, I'm back to listening because I'm thinking my calf is doing better and I'm HOPING (praying) that I get the green light to start (walk)jogging soon - or at least get clearance to ellipticize. That's ALMOST running, right?
Anyway, last night on Ben Greenfield Fitness, I heard an interesting interview with a South African expert on hydration, Dr. Tim Noakes. Dr. Noakes claimed that the fitness drink industry has taken hold of our minds and brainwashed us all into thinking we will collapse without their products. The interview included an interesting summary of research on hydration in athletes, dating from pre-1950's to the present. In his decades of study, Dr. Noakes claims there is not a single study that indicates that we should be taking salt/sodium supplements during endurance events.
Whoa! Say what? He even went to far as to say that there is NO research that shows that we need to be drinking enough fluids during events that we minimize weight loss. Instead, he recommends only drinking for thirst and that weight loss is expected and perfectly fine.
For an interesting listen, check out this interview in Ben's Episode #157: The Death of Gatorade – Should You Stop Using Electrolytes During Exercise?
I guess no more excuses for potato chips now?