Super “D”

Super “D”

By Karlyn Grimes, MS RD LDN CSSD
Retained Medical Adviser

Sleep, train, eat, work, repeat…. You follow a rigorous schedule making it critical to support each and every body part so you are game day after day, week after week… and you know the rest. Vitamin D, once primarily known for its intimate relationship with calcium to promote bone health, is now seen as a multitasking, super vitamin with many hypothesized benefits. Actually, vitamin D is more than just a vitamin – it is a neuroregulatory steroid hormone that influences thousands of genes, and researchers have identified receptors all over the body. Investigators are currently scrambling to shed light on vitamin D’s multitasking functions, especially since many Americans have suboptimal vitamin D levels. Let’s take a look at what we know now. Hint: Vitamin D may be an athletes best friend so don’t forget your daily dose of Klean-D!

Reinforce Like An Athlete

If you only focus on calcium to bolster your bone health, you may be missing the boat. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. You can consume all the calcium you want, but if you skimp on vitamin D, calcium can’t get into the body to do its job. Adequate vitamin D will keep your bones happy into your later years.
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Klean Up Your Gut

Klean Up Your Gut

By Karlyn Grimes, MS RD LDN CSSD
Retained Medical Adviser

This is a news alert!! Bacteria are on the rise with 100 trillion microbes (aka bacteria) taking up residence in your intestine right here, right now. This is 10 times more than the number of cells in the human body and 14,000 times in excess of our world population. So what are these little guys and gals up to? Good question. Fortunately, we generally have a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our gut also known as the gut microbiome. We feed them and they help us produce essential vitamins, absorb minerals more efficiently, keep our waistline trim, avoid nasty bacteria looking for trouble, synthesize more lactase enzymes so we can break down milk sugar, support healthy cholesterol levels, support our immune system, 70% of which resides in our gut, and provide numerous other benefits that researchers are learning about everyday.

The bottom line is that we want bacteria to flourish in our gut, but the “good” bacteria must dominate if we want to enjoy all these wonderful benefits. Continue reading …

Great “Whey’s” To Incorporate Klean Isolate Into Your Day

Great “Whey’s” To Incorporate Klean Isolate Into Your Day

By Karlyn Grimes, MS RD LDN CSSD
Retained Medical Adviser

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Klean Isolate: A “Whey” Better Protein
Klean offers one of the purest proteins out there: WHEY ISOLATE. It’s clean and “fast-acting” so your body gets an immediate surge of all the essential amino acids required for superior muscle growth and repair, and stabilization of blood sugar levels. Klean Isolate also provides those ingredients required for creation of a fleet of enzymes, hormones, antibodies and other substances that will support your sport. And even though whey protein isolate is derived from milk, after the extraction process the remaining protein is virtually free of fat and carbohydrate (including lactose), and has no added artificial flavorings or sweeteners. Perfect for athletes always on the go in work and play, those who want to boost their protein intake without calorie overload, or for individuals who’s stomachs do somersaults in the presence of dairy. What’s more, Klean Isolate’s flavorless make-up is perfect for adding “pure” protein to smoothies and your favorite foods.

The Ideal “Whey” to Use Klean Isolate
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Protein for Athletes

Protein for Athletes

Skeletal muscle holds nearly 60% of the total body protein in humans. Increased protein breakdown and decreased protein synthesis is commonly seen during strenuous activity and exercise, while protein building occurs during the recovery period.   However, the rate of protein turnover is dependent upon the type of exercise performed.  For example, endurance exercise, defined by training 10 hours or more per week, induces different levels of protein degradation as opposed to resistance/strength training exercise.   Athletes want to be in positive protein (nitrogen) balance and this state has been reached at a protein intake of at least 1.2 g/kg per day bases on clinical experiments in various types of athletes. 1

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Balázs Csőke on 2013 IM Kona

Balázs Csőke on 2013 IM Kona

Featuring Balazs Csoke, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

Q: How early did you arrive to Kona to get adjusted? What are the weeks prior like? Does your training or nutrition change much?
A: I arrived in Kona two weeks before the race. This gave me enough time to get settled in, get my body adjusted to the time difference and a chance to familiarize myself with the course. I pretty much did the same training I’ve been doing the whole year and using the Klean Athlete products as a part of my daily routine worked so well for me there was no need to change anything for Kona. Using these products played a major role in toe to the line at the World Championship.

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Electrolyte Balance

Electrolyte Balance: An Overlooked Key to Sustained Athletic Endurance and Performance

 

By Stephen Clouthier, DC

While there is ongoing debate about how much electrolyte support athletes need there is NO DEBATE that electrolyte balance is a key factor in sustaining athletic performance and maintaining proper fluid levels within the body.  I find most athletes I work with don’t really want to worry about electrolytes.  They (electrolytes) are like the pesky little details of training and exercise that most of us would like to ignore.  The problem is that electrolytes are the cement that holds the bricks together in the training wall.  If this electrolyte mortar is not present the wall quickly breaks down or becomes unstable.

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Supporting the Immune System

Probiotics: The Key to Supporting the Immune System in Athletes

By Dr. Stephen Clouthier, DC

Following Ironman Texas 2012, my friends and I, for a period of weeks, recapped “the good, the bad and the ugly” of the race experience.  There were many who were describing the various trips to the “porta potties” along the run course.  Many blamed the warm lake water and its’ prolific bacterial flora for their frequent stops.  One friend even described visiting all of the potties at least once on the run course.  As I listened to the stories, I felt sheepish, as I had not needed to make a “visit” even once for gastrointestinal distress during the race.

I started to ask this question in my head, “If we all swam in the same water, why didn’t we all have GI distress on the run?”  I am not a scientist but my thought immediately turned to what the condition of my “GI distressed” friends’ gut flora and immune system were prior to the race.

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Core Nutrition

The Solid Athletic Performance is Built on the Foundation of Core Nutrition

By Dr. Stephen Clouthier, D.C.

The foundation of exceptional athletic performance is not what you drink or eat just prior to, during or after your workout or competition. Yes you heard me right! You are probably thinking that I have already lost my nutritional marbles. I can only make this statement after working with numerous elite professional, amateur, college, high school and competitive age group athletes in my practice for the past 15 years. The statement can be made because I have experienced the demand of my nutritional supplementation needs, training for three full Ironman, two half ironman, numerous shorter triathlons, as well as, three open marathons and 4 half marathons over the past two and a half years.

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