Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Ultra Essentials: Supplements via Max Muscle
Where would I be without my nutritionist Matt Showalter? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ok - that was hyperbolic, but I never would have finished the snowshoe 100...and maybe I would have passed out in a snowbank...and THEN I'd be dead, maybe. Anyway - Matt's nutritional and supplement wisdom is important!
If I could, I'd be like the Tour de France racers who spend their nights hooked up to IV's getting pumped full of fluids, calories, vitamins, and other important stuff.
Because the human body can only absorb so much stuff naturally. And riding your bike they way they do day after day in the world's hardest race, is well, not natural. It's not possible to do what they do at the speed that they do it 100% 'naturally'. (Now, let's leave the whole doping question out of this discussion. What I'm talking about is LEGAL.)
Well, there were no IV's for me to plug into during my 100 mile snowshoe. Which, arguably is not a natural thing for a human body to do.
Training the way I do wasn't really a requisite of our hunter-gatherer ancestry whose genes I carry. My digestive track can only process so many nutrients and break it into supporting proteins, carbs, and amino acids so fast. (Disclaimer: Nutritionists like Matt are rolling their eyes at all the technical stuff I'm getting wrong and my over simplifications.) I need my 'foodstuff' delivered in the most effective way.
Fact: I can't get the nutrients I need from eating food alone.
I need suppements. Pills and magic concotions of fluids that get my dying muscles as much 'stuff' as they need to keep me alive when working out for 48 hours.
I will follow up with some of my favorite vitamins and supplements in another post. For now, ask Matt. He knows his stuff, and whatever it is you are trying to do - he'll get you there.