Tag: athletic performance

Do athletes who go gluten free perform better than those who don’t?

Do athletes who go gluten free perform better than those who don’t? Gluten, found in wheat has gotten a bad rap of the past few years, so many people decided to go gluten free.   While for some of us who are intolerance or allergic to wheat, staying away is a good thing. For others, there may not be any benefit at all, and some of the foods may actually upset your stomach. For more information on myths vs. facts on gluten, read this former post and Consumer Reports article here. From the point of view of the athlete, certain foods Read More »

Does the weight of a running shoe affect its performance?

Does the weight of a running shoe affect its performance? I found this article on the Barefoot Running Society boards that I believe would interest most runners. It has always been assumed that lighter shoes are better for running, or are they. Apparently, they are to a point, since cushioning and shock absorption and the ability to provide bounce helps us run better without using more energy. This year, Adidas came out with a line is shoes that were light, had a cushioning material that provided a huge amount of bounce with shock absorption with the idea that you can Read More »

Does giving up gluten give athletes an edge in performance? The Washington Post looks into the science of this idea.

Does giving up gluten give athletes an edge in performance? The Washington Post looks into the science of this idea. A few years ago, the gluten free diet was virtually unheard of, yet now it seems to be a national obsession. Is the problem gluten, the wheat, or something else? Gluten has been found to be one of the foods that help initiate inflammation in the body. Others, while not the norm stay away because of celiac disease, which is a severe gluten intolerance. The Washington Post looks into the theories, the science and more. Check this out here Many Read More »