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Bonk-Proof Fueling

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 3/20/2018
Bonk-Proof Fueling
Every endurance athlete has "bonked," or "hit the wall" at some point. 30 years ago, scientists believed that extreme fatigue, or bonking, was a result of lactic acid build up. However, research has shown that the causes of fatigue are more complex. There is general agreement that fatigue has two components: a muscle component and a brain component. The question is whether they act in concert or independently.

Nature's Sports Drink

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 2/14/2018
Nature's Sports Drink

In spite of the many research advancements that have expanded our understanding of how hydration and nutrition enhances exercise performance, water is still the basis of all sports nutrition. Without our sophisticated sweat mechanism for cooling, heat generated by muscles would quickly raise our body temperature to near fatal levels. Small decreases in the body’s fluid levels can dramatically decrease exercise performance. That’s why any discussion of sports nutrition and exercise performance must begin with water. And that is why PacificHealth Laboratories has launched a corporate initiative to protect and expand clean water sources.

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY: WHY EXERCISE MAY REDUCE DEPRESSION

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 9/25/2017

NUMEROUS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN that the incidence of depression is higher in the elderly.  It has been suggested that this pattern is associated with serotonin, a brain chemical that influences mood and...  

ARE TWO PROTEINS BETTER THAN ONE?

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 9/7/2017

IN THE LAST DECADE sports scientists have made great strides in understanding how muscles work during exercise, how muscles recover, and the primary causes of fatigue. A result of this research has been the development of... 

5 WAYS TO PREVENT GI PROBLEMS FROM RUINING YOUR NEXT TRIATHLON

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 8/29/2017

Up to 70% of triathletes experience GI problems during a triathlon.  The symptoms can cause mild discomfort or be so debilitating the triathlete has to withdraw. The reason GI distress is so common in triathlons is that, during intense exercise, 80% of the... 

CAN YOU IMPROVE POWER-TO-WEIGHT RATIO THROUGH CRASH DIETING?

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 8/22/2017

EVERY SERIOUS CYCLIST RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE of improving their power-to-weight ratio.  A high power-to-weight ratio can translate into a significantly faster finishing time.  There are two ways to improve power-to-weight ratio.  One is...