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Sunshine Delight

Posted: August 13, 2014 in health/nutrition

Sunshine Delight!

I have talked recently about juicing and some of the benefits I believe we can get from it. Well this morning my wife knocked it out of the park with an awesome juice we are calling Sunshine Delight. We love putting together different combinations of veggies and fruit to get our juice on. Sometimes they are great, sometimes not so much. Today was a great day! So here it is

1/2 pineapple

1 cucumber

2 oranges

1 apple

1 lemon

1 yellow pepper

This yielded about 32 ounces of juice awesomeness! If you are new to juicing or a veteran juicer this is one you need to add to your recipe book. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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Some of you know I have been plagued with calf cramps quite consistently and I might add inconveniently, for some time.  I know I don’t have my nutrition dialed in well, nor do I stretch appropriately before and after…pause collective criticism…ok I get it.  But how do I solve the problem?

Researching and asking some questions I got plenty of advice…all good and sound I might add.  Because at this point I am willing to try anything short of bloodletting with leaches.  I received advice on using pickle juice before, after or during the races, ingesting mustard when cramps were evident.  Stretching was a common theme, “Do you do it, if not, why?”  Calf exercises were another suggestion to supplement my training.  I will say I have huge calves, not bragging, just a fact, and I have always found it hard to out work them.

Reading last night in, “The art and science of Low Carbohydrate Performance.” by Jeff S. Volek and Stephen D. Phinney, I came across an interesting blurb concerning magnesium.  I will share a bit of info here and maybe some of you might be able to comment on it.  I will paraphrase some of what was said.  Most doctors or coaches will tell you cramping has to do with 1) dehydration 2)not enough potassium, or 3)not enough calcium.  Only a few will attribute cramping to magnesium problem.

Magnesium calms muscles…heart, nerves, and the brain.  Low magnesium levels can cause these organs to get “twitchy”.  Stress on a twitchy muscle causes cramps. If a muscle cramps you stop using it, brain cramps you get a seizure, heart cramps you die.  The last two are rare but muscle cramps…well we know are painfully common.

Making frequent cramps stop is the first order of business.  Cramps are a prime indicator that there is MAG deficiency.

How do we stop them…the docs go on to say utilizing a 20 day regimen of a slow-release magnesium pill 3 times a day for 20 days is a prime way to start alleviating this issue.  They claim most people plagued with cramps see a reduction or elimination within two weeks.  They suggest repeating the routine one more time if cramps return at a later date then continue with a daily supplementation of 1 pill routinely to stave off the cramps indefinitely.

I don’t know if it works…but along with some other suggestions I am going to put it to the test and will report back with my results.

Thanks for reading and good luck

Jeffrey “Previously Fat Guy”