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Restricting Sodium – A Good Idea?


Sodium is a great mineral that helps to regulate overall balance of vitamins and minerals present in your body. It is a very common misconception that sodium directly leads to bloating. Sodium should be controlled not cut out. Especially when you are low on carbs, as it is responsible for muscle fullness and strong muscle contractions. Being low on carbs stops your muscles drawing fluid into the muscles, and you need sodium to help you keep hydrated. Going too long without it eventually leads to dehydration. Sodium does make you hold water, but when you are training for a contest, doing cardio, tanning and posing, you are losing an enormous amount of sodium in your sweat and urine. This should be replaced through dietary sodium or you will experience cramping, weakness and low blood pressure. Sodium is only your enemy about 24-36 hours away from your show.


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Cramping


Most people suffer from leg cramps during the night at one time or another and bodybuilders who train hard often experience calf cramps. In rare cases cramps are linked to underlying health conditions, but they are generally harmless. When you find yourself suffering from a leg cramp, try to relieve the pain by flexing your foot upward and massaging the muscle, or if possible walk it off. To help prevent cramps in the first place, always ensure you do a warm-up and cool-down before and after your workout. Also drink plenty of fluids to ensure you are not dehydrated, have a cold shower or bath after your workout, and/or stretch the muscles in your legs for a few minutes each night before going bed.