EVERYONE should read this:
Great, thorough read. Thanks.
"If less blood is getting to your digestive tract, what does this mean for nutrient absorption? Remember how water is passively diffused and relies on the bloodstream to keep those molecules flowing away from the gut? If that slows down, suddenly the body can no longer establish a strong gradient (since those molecules that were previously being actively carried into the bloodstream then swept away are now just sitting there), and water just ends up sitting in the gut as a buffer."
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Yeah, really good information in there. Helps you to understand what is really going on.
This is has always been important, but more so when taking supplements and caffeine.
Fantastic article, Alex.
It furthers my believe that people who drastically reduce sodium intake in the hopes they'll lose some water weight and "look more shredded" are actually being counter-productive because of co-transportation. Also, after reading this, it brings a question to mind:
Is drinking products like Gatorade and other mineral rich liquids close to pointless WHILE performing a taxing physical task since blood flow is reduced in the digestive system, therefor making water sit in the gut as you mentioned a lot? Is the answer to pre-hydrate with these products?
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