ATC 223: Spit Out That Gum, Recovery From Overtraining, Healthy Mindset to Body Shape, and More

November 25, 2016


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  • Do you chew gum while you’re training/racing? You may want to think twice about that habit and ditch the “artificial junk”
    • Typical sugar free gum ingredients: Sorbitol, Gum Base, Glycerol, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Aspartame, Mannitol, Acesulfame K, Soy Lecithin, Xylitol, Colors (Beta-Carotene, Blue 1 Lake), BHT (to Maintain Freshness).
    • Artificial sweeteners may induce glucose intolerance.
    • More from Chris Kresser on harms of artificial sweeteners here.
  • Ultrarunner who pushed too far, went too hard and is now suffering from overtraining syndrome. How to get past it? How to recover?
    • Tip: Don’t put a time limit on your recovery from OTS.
  • Coach wants advice on a female athlete who’s making the transition from being a Crossfitter with poor endurance to an Ironman athlete.
    • Body type, size and shape…
    • How coaches can help promote healthy body image…
    • Using MAF…
    • Improving diet…
  • But, really, with MAF how many miles/hours per week to improve?
  • If you go over MAF once a week when you’re feeling good and want to let it rip, does that really negate everything else? Is it all or nothing with MAF?
  • Former collegiate distance runner trying to make a mark on the road race circuit is having hydration, kidney and health issues; needs advice.
    • Super-saturation of minerals and acid salts in your urine, such as calcium and uric acid, can crystallize and form solid masses. This can happen if you don’t drink enough fluids,
    • Oxalate discussion on recent SN with Ben
    • Also: lower sugar and refined carbs; track hydration, 2 L a day minimum; aim for light yellow urine; lower caffeine; consider magnesium, B6 and a full health check to find underlying cause with a doctor or qualified practitioner.

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