Enhancing Athletic Performance and Recovery
Adequate hydration is essential for everyone’s health. Let’s face it, studies show that most of us are chronically dehydrated (Lacey et al., 2019). Individuals who are concerned with athletic performance and recovery should be especially focused on adequate hydration and replenishing fluids, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants after exercise. A state of dehydration adversely affects the body’s ability to respond to the physical demands of exercise.
Dehydration also results in diminished endurance and increases the susceptibility to muscle injuries. (Judge et al., 2021). Bonilla et al. (2020) discuss rehydration as the first goal of the essential 4 R’s to adequate recovery after exercise. Athletes can also benefit from antioxidants and amino acids. Glutathione is a powerful amino acid that improves muscular strength, energy (Kumar et al., 2021) and enables the body to fight off inflammatory responses (Histov). Pizzorono (2014) notes the importance of glutathione is combatting post-exercise fatigue.
Furthermore, studies have demonstrated glutathione is important for ongoing health and a longer life span (Pizzorono, 2014).
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