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Sep 25, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Mary Lucero Owner of End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC and co-host Tony Prangner Jr of bOpit SNM Podcast Network discuss the importance of mineral nutrients for athletes, and suggest ways to ensure that your athlete is replacing more than 3 electrolytes.

As Football and other fall sports move into full season, it is good  to consider the nutritional demands these activities place on student athletes and their families.  You just can’t run hard, jump hard, pump iron, sweat hard and travel hard without depleting nutrients. 

  • Athletes and the moms and dads who rush around getting them to practice rely far too much on fast food.
  • Sending athletes to the courts and fields puts tremendous stress on their bodies, speeds up their metabolism, and increases their need for good nutrition.
  • One popular sports drink label shows 34 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce bottle and only contains three (3) “electrolytes” three mineral nutrients, Na, K, and P.  The version that has no sugar uses sucralose, a completely synthetic sweetener.
  • Sugar dehydrates us.  It is used in laboratory experiments to induce drought stress.   
  • Fresh melons grown in healthy soil are a better source of electrolytes than any sports drink on the market.
  • Sports drinks that lack minerals like magnesium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, fail to replenish the minerals that help us convert cellular energy to ATP through glycolysis and cellular respiration.
  • Sports drinks that lack the copper and zinc cannot help us produce antioxidant enzymes that prevent damage from free radicals produced during hard workouts and injuries.
  • Good nutrition can improve athletic performance, reduce the risk of injury, and even speed up recovery time when injury does occur.
  • If fresh melons grown on healthy soils are not an option at your next game, consider drinking Rebound.  Contact your YGY Extension Team member for details.

For more information about End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC visit their website You can also contact Dr. Mary Lucero via email