We've all heard how Vitamin D is important for us and typically associate it with getting lots of sunlight, and has been known as the "sunshine vitamin" but there's more to this beneficial nutrient than meets the eye. Now that we're heading into winter, you may not be outdoors as much, so you'll need to get your Vitamin D from food sources and supplements. Let's learn more about why it's important to be nutritious for swimmers and how to make sure you are getting enough in your diet. How does Vitamin D work? Put simply, once Vitamin...
As we live in a social media world where we don't and aren't truly able to "disconnect," studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk of depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Yet this is not all we deal with daily, beyond these factors, most of us are dealing with the demands of school, work, family, or a combination of everything. To combat the stresses of these factors, and cope with the anxiety and fatigue that can sometimes come with this lifestyle, many people use adaptogens to effectively manage their health and well-being. So let's...
Today we’re talking to Tim Shead, the guy who started it all here at Ultima. Tim, who was inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2014, has set over 43 Masters World Records. We’ll find out about how he got his start in the swimming world, what led him to explore nutrition and start the Ultima business, and why the Ultima 1 shake is “not just another protein shake”. Tim, tell us about your swimming career and how your story began. Well, my brother was a top swimmer in the U.S. and I just kind of tagged along...
With all of the fad diets, training tips and random suggestions from gym salespeople, it's hard to know what nutrition tips work best for swimmers. Here are a few that will help you get back into tip top shape for your next meet. 1. Always hydrate yourself Water is your best bet when it comes to hydration and hitting your performance goals. Not only can water be used to hydrate throughout the day, it can be whipped up with your favorite protein powder for an on-the-go snack. It’s worth stating that you should be reading labels on vitamin-infused waters, flavored waters and energy...
It's no mystery that water is beneficial to our health. The majority of our bodies are made up of water since this critical component regulates body temperature, lubricates your joints, helps with digestion, along with many other metabolic processes. If you’re not properly hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level. But how important is hydration for swimmers and will it really impact your overall athletic performance? Why is water important for athletes? Water is used for countless metabolic processes, many of which affect recovery. From muscle repair to protein synthesis to nutrient absorption, water and hydration levels play a huge...
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