Episode #158: How To Conquer The Toughest Sport On Earth.

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In this August 10, 2011 free audio episodeHow to conquer the toughest sport on earth, Shaklee nutrition supplements, choosing the right energy bar, is Gatorade good for anything, can athletes have a low carb diet, overcoming open water swim fear, how hot does oil get when you fry eggs, shin splints and the effect of going low carb.

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Featured Topic: How To Conquer The Toughest Sport On Earth.

This episode's interview is with Renegade Triathlon Psychology coach Stephen Ladd (pictured right), who recently wrote How To Train Your Brain for Life, Workout & Sports Success and has taken a somewhat unorthodox path to becoming one of most sought after gurus in the world when it comes to training your brain for peak performance. His formal education in the States included undergraduate studies in psychology, religion, and philosophy, and Graduate studies in Comparative Religions. He then ventured outside of the US to experience the cultures and mind practices of Southeast Asia and Japan.

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Michal has a call in question about Shaklee nutrition products: My wife just received a gift of a bunch of different Shaklee products. 2 of these products which I snagged are their “physique recovery shake” and “perform hydration drink”. Do you know much about these 2 products? Are they safe?

Tony asks: I've a query about snacks; You advocate Larabars, which I like, however I've spotted Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Gluten Free bars which are substantially lower in sugar when compared with the Larabar; 6g vs 19g. Obviously the sugary ingredients in Larabars are mainly dates and sugar is listed on the Nature Valley product, so which in your opinion is a better bet to grab in the convenience store for a quick energy pick me up?

Alan asks: I just listened to your pod the other day talking about smoke points of oils and had a practical question. I use olive oil or coconut oil to fry up eggs every morning. i have no idea how hot the oil gets or how i would find out. should i be concerned or cook at a mid range temp on my stove instead of higher? any general suggestions or guidelines?

Matthew asks: I just listened to the Podcast about electrolytes/sports drinks/water. The conclusions about electrolytes are amazing,though that doesn't change the fact about sugars and nutrition during exercise. Yes electrolytes aren't needed in sports drinks, but does that mean that sport drink formulas have to be re-vamped? Do the electrolytes do anything for the absorption/breakdown of say the malodextrin in Heed or simple sugars of Gatorade?

durianrider asks: besides obese fad diet followers that believe you can be in great shape as an athlete on 400-600calories of carbs a day, do you know any REAL athletes that ONLY eat 400-600cals of carbs per day? Are you trying to tell us that you can restore glycogen on 400-600cals of carbs a day and eat lots of fat and protein AND recover in 24hours? lol! You need to playback the Doug Graham interview and learn some basic human physiology.

Ed asks: love to do triathlon, but I'm afraid of swimming in the ocean or lake. I swim an 1hour, twice a week in a pool that is 12ft deep, can you help me, or give me some idea's of what to do, to overcome my fear.

Cody asks: Every time I run, (mainly to stay in shape and train for basketball) I experience shin pain. Im not quite positive it is shin splints though, it starts almost instantly when I start my run, and never really gets worse, its a mild pain but enough to get me to stop running way sooner then I should be stopping. But the weird thing is when I play football and basketball or any other activity that involves me running, I dont get this pain which is what makes me question rather or not its is shinsplints. So to sum it all up when I run its unavoidable (for the past year and a half) but anything else it never happens.

Chris asks: Hi Ben, in the past, you've recommended avoiding all sugars and starches for those active people looking to finally achieve that 6-pack, and who are already fairly lean. My question is about what to eat while avoiding sugars and starches. But what would the diet of an active person look like without sugar and starches, and how long would that person need to do that? My other concern is energy levels and motivation to workout, motivation suffering the most when I feel out of energy. Will trying to look good affect my ability to train my body?  I also mentioned I experimented with severe carb restriction a few times (veggies only carb source), and always experience equalibrium loss within a few days until I started eating carbs again. What's the deal with that?

Finally, listener Ashley calls in about the Triathlon Dominator.

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  1. Regarding my follow-up question to Tim Noakes:

    If sodium chloride enhances fluid absorption, will an athlete need to
    drink more fluid than they are accustomed to if they eliminate sports drink
    and switch to plain water + gels?

    Ben

    Dear Ben,

    When you ingest a solution the body adds its own salt from the pancreas
    via the bile duct. As a result solutions of Gatorade or water have the
    same salt content when they pass into the small intestine. It is the
    glucose content that increases the RATE of absorption. But the rate
    even of water absorption is much higher than anyone ingests during
    exercise. So it really does not matter what it contains – as long as it
    is water it will be absorbed more quickly than you need.

    This more rapid absorption story is another of the Gatorade myths than
    has no practical importance.

    They have blinded everyone with a false science.

    Sincerely,

    Tim

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