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Leucine: the most important building block for your muscles

Whoever wants to optimise their muscle building as much as possible will need to do more than just train hard and eat enough high-quality proteins.

Which sports drink is best for you?

‘Energy drink’, ‘sports drink’, ‘electrolyte drink’, or ‘isotonic thirst-quencher’… these are just some of the names in the massive profusion of sports drinks on the market today.

What does a Deceuninck-Quick Step rider eat during the Tour de France?

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Magnesium supplements: necessary or not?

An absolute ‘must have’ for every athlete or just marketing without scientific proof?

Antioxidants: Friend or foe? – Part 2

Do you go to the gym several times a week to get yourself a ‘summerbody’? And are you considering taking antioxidants to support your training sessions?

Eat breakfast, perform better

You’ll often see it claimed on TV and in newspaper headlines that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Beat the lactic acid with beta-alanine

Burning muscles as a result of the accumulation of lactic acid: a phenomenon that is experienced by many athletes and is one of their greatest frustrations.

Omega-3 fatty acids: a medicine to live longer and improve athletic performance?

Omega-3 is a group of unsaturated fatty acids, which includes the EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) fatty acids.

Prevent injuries, use collagen

Sooner or later, despite proper warming up, stretching, and cooling down, every athlete will experience a muscle or joint injury.

Intermittent fasting: the latest secret to sustainable weight loss?

Being overweight and obesity is a growing problem in society. The associated health issues have led to more and more people looking for effective ways to lose weight.

Caffeine improves athletic performance, but only when used strategically

Almost everyone consumes a little caffeine each day whether it be coffee, tea, soft drink or chocolate. Without a doubt, this makes it the most well-known, cheapest and most easily available performance-enhancing substance.

Sleep yourself strong!

Build muscle while you sleep or at least prevent muscle breakdown: while this may sound like an impossible dream to many people, in recent years it has become increasingly clear that this is actually possible.

Spreading protein throughout the day: how much and when?

Research shows that the muscles need to be supplied with nutrients multiple times during the day (i.e. amino acids from protein) for optimal muscle growth and recovery.

How much protein do I need to build muscle?

It is familiar to anyone who ever visits a gym: protein is extremely popular in sports/fitness. Whether this is to stimulate muscle building or to enhance muscle recovery, various kinds of high-protein products are often staples in the daily diet.

Stimulate your brain and postpone tiredness: carbohydrates during exertion

It is widely known that sufficient carbohydrates are very important in every type of sport.

Creatine: enhances performance, but for whom?

In the last decade, the use of dietary supplements has increased significantly among athletes at all levels. Creatine is one of the best-known and most-used supplements.

Vitamin D: Is the winter sun enough?

That vitamin D is different from many other vitamins, is known to many.

High-carb mouthwash: improved performance by deceiving the brain

It’s been known for some time now that carbohydrates should be consumed during prolonged exercise (exceeding 60 minutes) to achieve high-intensity performance.

Is it OK to drink a beer after exercise?

A cold beer after a football match or a glass of wine after a leg in the Tour de France. This is how both amateurs and athletes regularly reward themselves after intensive exercise.

Antioxidants: Friend or foe? - Part 1

During exercise, many so-called 'oxygen free radicals' are produced in the mitochondria, the 'power plants' in the muscles.

What does the ideal isotonic sports drink contain?

Depletion of carbohydrate stores in the body and dehydration are the two main causes of fatigue in endurance exercise.

Sports nutrition works – if your stomach and intestines are trained for it.

It has been known for decades that carbohydrate ingestion is crucial for endurance performance.