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Gluten
Lactose
Soy
Vegetarians
Vegans

 

CHONDRO GLUCO

 

- V - V -
MAGNESIUM 2000 AA

 

- - - V V
MAGNESIUM INSTANT STICK

 

- - - V V
MULTIMAX

 

- - - V V
VIT C SPORT

 

- V - V V
DEFENDOR

 

- V - - -
RIBES

 

- - - V V
HIGH PROTEIN SHAKE VANILLA

 

- V V V -
PROTEIN SPORT BAR COCO&VANILLA

 

V V V V -
FULL TRAINING COMPLEX SHAKE CHOCO

 

V - V V V
CREATINE 3000

 

- - - - -
HMB 1000

 

- V - V -
ISOTONIC

 

- - - V V
SPORT HYDRO TABS

 

- - - V V
IRON AA 125

 

- - - - -
CARNITINE 1000

 

- - - V V
BETA ALANINE SLOW RELEASE

 

- - - V V
COENZYME Q10

 

- - - V -
Arginine 1000

 

- - - V V
CITRAX

 

- - - V V
ENERGY GELS

 

- - - V V
ENERGY SPORT BAR

 

V - V V V
NATURAL SPORT BAR

 

V V V V -
CARBO-GY

 

- - - V V
ENERGY BOOST

 

- - - V V
MANPOWER

 

- - V - -
LADYPOWER

 

V - - - -
RECOVERY SHAKE

 

V V V V -
RECOVERY SPORT BAR

 

V V V V -
BCAA - - V V -

A muscle can only function optimally when its pH value is around 7. But during intensive exercise, lactic acid forms in the muscle, which splits into lactate and H+ ions. These H+ ions cause the pH value in the muscle to drop, which has a negative effect on performance. It goes without saying that the more intensively we train, the more H+ ions are formed and the faster the pH value in the muscle will drop. If the pH value drops below 6.5, then the muscle will quickly lose the ability to contract, and thus its power, and the symptoms of acidification may appear, including stiffness, a feeling of tension in the muscles,... The body has pH buffers in the muscles in order to combat this acidification. Simply put, these buffers neutralise the H+ ions, thus preventing the drop in pH in the muscle. Carnosine is a muscular buffer that, in addition to beta-alanine, also contains histidine. Histidine is in plentiful supply in our bodies, but beta-alanine can be used up in certain circumstances. For this reason, it is important to consume enough beta-alanine, because it is beta-alanine that will determine how much carnosine will be synthesised.

Beta-Alanine Slow Release is a product from Etixx that provides the body with sufficient beta-alanine and therefore ensures that pH values in the muscles do not drop as quickly, thus helping to prevent low pH values and delaying the onset of acidification.

Beta-Alanine should be taken as a course, over an 8 week time period.  The basic treatment consists of 2 x 2 tablets per day. After this course, you can stop taking the supplement for a few weeks, and then perhaps start taking a top-up dose for a maximum of 4 weeks, whereby 1 tablet per day is enough.

As an athlete, you can only perform at your best if your body is functioning optimally. And our bodies can only function optimally when they get the nutrients that our cells really need. Fuel, building material, protective nutrients and hydration are 4 essential components that an athlete needs for this. If an athlete neglects 1 of these components, then his or her performance will suffer. The fuel and building materials are considered macronutrients; these are carbohydrate, fat and protein. Protective nutrients are the micronutrients that contain vitamins and minerals. Hydration obviously refers to liquids.

A healthy diet  for a trained athlete consists of a much higher intake of macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, fat), micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace elements), and fluids than that of a non-athlete. This explains the need for sports nutrition and supplements. The sports nutrition and healthy basic diet that you require depend on the type of sport and your personal goals.

You can only exert physical effort when your body/muscles are getting enough fuel. This is logical, since physical effort requires muscular work, which is only possible when there is sufficient energy for our muscles to function. You could compare this to a car with an empty petrol tank. The car won’t get very far, and neither will an athlete if he or she has not filled up with enough fuel before or during activity. Carbohydrates (sugars) are the best source for delivering fuel and generating muscular work. Fats are also capable of supplying energy, and have the advantage of being able to supply more energy than carbohydrates. 1 gram of fat contains 9 kcal, while 1 gram of carbohydrate only contains 4 kcal. But fats suffer the disadvantage of not being viable as a fuel in every sporting scenario. An athlete can only use fat as an energy source if several requirements are met:

  1. Firstly, there must be sufficient oxygen supply to burn fat. Research has shown that the effective burning of fat requires that the heart rate does not exceed 60-70 per cent of the maximum heart rate.
  2. Carnitine is an important compound that is required for burning fat. Without carnitine, an athlete will burn fat less effectively. This is important information for vegetarians, since animal products are rich in carnitine.
  3. An athlete who is less well trained in the use of fat as an energy source will have trouble using fat when exerting effort. Training after fasting is the best way to train your body to use fat for energy. During training after fasting, our bodies are forced to use fats instead of carbohydrates. In doing so, the body produces fat burning enzymes that we need to convert fat into glucose. During a competition, an athlete who does not have these enzymes will have more trouble burning fat and will only be able to use carbohydrates.

It is important that athletes consume sufficient building materials to help build up cells. A muscle consists of thousands of cells, which can be damaged by exercise. This damage must be repaired in order to prevent muscle degradation and facilitate muscle growth. Fat and protein are important sources of building materials, and are therefore essential for athletes.

In general, athletes require more protective nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals. Due to overworking and excess fertilisation, our agricultural land has been degraded, so that fruit and vegetables now contain less vitamins and minerals than roughly 50 years ago. This lower level of vitamins and minerals, combined with lower consumption of fruit and vegetables in general, means that athletes have to pay extra attention to consuming sufficient fruit and vegetables in their diets. Variety is also very important here.

Our level of performance is directly proportional to our loss of moisture. With this in mind, it is important that we pay enough attention to hydration. Drinking enough before, during and after exercise is of crucial importance to preventing dehydration and loss of performance.

In an isotonic drink, the concentration of dissolved particles (electrolytes and carbohydrates) per 100 ml of sports drink is approximately the same as in the blood. Because of this concentration, the fluid can be absorbed into the body faster compared to a hypertonic energy sports drink. So, the drink supplies a lot of fluid, as well as energy. An example of an isotonic sports drink is Etixx Isotonic.

In a hypertonic drink, the concentration of dissolved particles per 100 ml of sports drink is higher than in the blood. These sports drinks have the highest osmotic pressure. The moisture in hypertonic sports drinks is absorbed slower than water. The purpose of these sports drinks is not hydration, but rather the supplementation of lost energy. An example of a hypertonic sports drink is Etixx Carbo-Gy.