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.
The easiest way to fight muscle soreness after an intense leg workout is to pop a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), but people who don’t want to get into the habit of popping pills for short-term relief can choose natural options to help ease pain. When time allows, relax in a hot bath well after heavy training to increase circulation and help dispose of metabolic wastes. Massage also eases soreness and decreases inflammation to increase muscle recovery immediately after training (not immediately after your workout) session. Both these natural alternatives depend on your schedule, but if you can find the time your muscles will thank you. Supplementing with D-ribose before and/or after exercise may also help speed recovery by energising your muscles. As well, calcium and magnesium supplements act as mild muscle relaxants and help prevent muscle cramps.