Blood

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As athletes, it is important that we keep our bodies in the best condition possible. During high training blocks it is normal to feel a bit fatigued. In order to make sure the body is recovering properly and you are training and racing with the healthiest engine possible it is crucial that you monitor your blood values. I recently saw Garrett Rock at 51Speedshop. Most of my levels were normal thankfully. Surprisingly, the only supplements I take are First Endurance MultiV (3 a day) and OptygenHP (4 a day). The important things I immediately focused on were the potassium + sodium+ magnesium [electrolytes to avoid cramping, race/training breakdowns in hot weather], Iron + Ferratin [to monitor any anemia], Cortisol[to monitor how well i am handling the stress of training], Vitamin D [to lower risk of stress fractures, muscle injuries, or weak immune system], and B12 [nervous system regulation].

The BUN/Creatinine is high most likely from dehydration. The CK level is high and that is normal in athletes with a high workload.

 My magnesium could be a little higher so I will add magnesium upon Garret’s suggestion.

 

“I typically like to see magnesium a bit higher if you have races this season in hot, humid environments. Such conditions deplete magnesium and as the level drops, it pulls potassium with it. It is a very slow micronutrient to replete, so once levels dip, it takes a while to get them back. In the long haul of a season, this can produce problems. One of my theories behind some of the major Kona breakdowns that have been deemed problems with potassium is that potassium is really a symptom, not the problem. That an athlete’s magnesium levels dropped through the season, then see a rapid drop in the hot, humid Kona climate, resulting in potassium dropping secondary to magnesium. Research following big efforts in hot, humid environments show it can take 4-6 months to get levels back up. I would supplement magnesium if you have races in hot, humid environments this year. Do a week of a higher dose (600-800 depending on how you tolerate it) of magnesium aspartate, then take 400mg/day during the season”- Garret Rock 

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