Recently, a client came in telling me he was having leg cramping. He was adament that he wasn't going to stop eating his two to three bananas every day! I had to explain that bananas are loaded with potassium, which is good, btw. But our cells, under a microscope, look similar to a little fried egg. There's the outer "white" and there's a "yolk", essentially, a circle within a circle to put it very plainly.
There is a functioning gate in the cell known as the sodium/potassium gate. Overloading on potassium makes the gate stay open to long leading to dehydration of the cell, overdosing on sodium makes the gate close too long leading to inflammation or bloating of the cell. Result: upset of essential electrolytes leading to erratic neuro-muscular behavior.
It's critical for us to maintain balance in our nutrients and not succumb to food addictions or overeating which will completely overtax and upset our metabolic functioning. There's so much to choose from!
Also, remember that our receptors will attract glucose/sugars first before other nutrients leaving us to excrete other good things we may be ingesting at the same time. When making a protein shake, try not to make it a smoothie with fruit, as your receptors will go for the sugars first, proteins dead last.
Fruits and other carbs are great after aerobic (cardio) as that promotes greater ATP production for the next day's anaerobic (weight) workout.
Muscles need clean proteins to help manufacture and heal after anaerobic (weight) workout. Best ingested in no less than 15 minutes.
Smoothies=carbs=cardio=increased ATP (energy source)
Proteins=Amino Acids=Resistance Training=Recovery
Any questions? I'm here for you!
Have a healthy day! Steph