Summer Sports Series Part 1: Morning Runs, Afternoon jogs, 5K's and Marathons

Summer Sports Series Part 1: Morning Runs, Afternoon jogs, 5K’s and Marathons


Summer is here, and it’s time to lace up those running shoes and hit the dirt or pavement! Whether you’re an avid runner or just getting started, it’s essential to maintain optimal health and maximize your performance. Did you know that intense physical activity like running can deplete vital nutrients in your body?

In this four-part blog series, we’ll explore popular summer sports and how they can impact your nutrient levels. Today, let’s dive into the world of running/jogging and discuss which key nutrients you need to keep your body fueled and functioning at its best.


For runners, maintaining proper electrolyte balance is essential for optimal performance and overall well-being. Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electric charge in the body and play vital roles in regulating fluid balance, nerve function, and muscle contraction.

During running, especially in hot and humid conditions or during intense workouts, you perspire to cool your body down. Sweat contains electrolytes, primarily sodium, potassium, and magnesium, among others. These electrolytes are lost through sweat, and if not adequately replenished, it can lead to imbalances and potential adverse effects.

  1. Sodium: Sodium is the primary electrolyte lost through sweat. It plays a crucial role in fluid balance, nerve signaling, and muscle function. Insufficient sodium levels can lead to hyponatremia (low blood sodium), which may cause muscle cramps, weakness, nausea, confusion, and in severe cases, it can be life-threatening.
  2. Potassium: Potassium is involved in nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction, including the heart muscle. Adequate potassium levels are necessary to prevent muscle cramps, maintain proper heart rhythm, and support overall muscle function.
  3. Magnesium: Magnesium contributes to energy production, muscle relaxation, and the formation of strong bones. Inadequate magnesium levels can lead to muscle cramps, fatigue, and decreased exercise performance.

To maintain electrolyte balance during running, it is important for runners to replenish electrolytes through proper hydration and diet. Here are some strategies:

  1. Hydration: Drink fluids that contain electrolytes, such as sports drinks or electrolyte-enhanced water, before, during, and after running. This helps replenish both fluids and electrolytes lost through sweat.
  2. Balanced Diet: Consume a well-balanced diet that includes foods rich in electrolytes. Sodium can be obtained from sources like salted foods or electrolyte drinks. Potassium-rich foods include bananas, oranges, potatoes, and leafy greens. Magnesium can be found in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes.
  3. Electrolyte Supplements: In certain situations, such as prolonged intense exercise or when running in extreme conditions, electrolyte supplements may be beneficial. These supplements come in various forms like tablets, powders, or gels, and can provide a convenient way to replenish electrolytes during or after runs.

Remember that individual electrolyte needs can vary depending on factors like sweat rate, duration of exercise, and environmental conditions. It’s important to listen to your body, stay adequately hydrated, and adjust electrolyte intake accordingly to support your running performance and recovery.


B vitamins:

B vitamins are crucial for energy production and red blood cell formation, making them particularly important for long-distance runners. During extended periods of intense exercise, the body’s demand for energy increases, and the stores of B vitamins can become depleted. This depletion can result in decreased energy levels and compromised performance.

  1. Energy Production: B vitamins, including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), and B12 (cobalamin), play key roles in converting carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into usable energy. These vitamins act as coenzymes, facilitating various metabolic reactions involved in energy production. Insufficient B vitamin levels can hinder the efficiency of energy metabolism, leading to fatigue and decreased endurance during long-distance running.
  2. Red Blood Cell Formation: Vitamin B9 (folate or folic acid) and vitamin B12 are critical for the synthesis of red blood cells, which transport oxygen to the muscles and organs. Inadequate levels of these vitamins can impair red blood cell production and result in reduced oxygen-carrying capacity. This can lead to decreased aerobic performance, endurance, and recovery for long-distance runners.

To ensure optimal B vitamin status and support performance in long-distance running, the following steps can be taken:

  1. Balanced Diet: Consume a well-rounded diet that includes foods rich in B vitamins. Good sources include whole grains, legumes, leafy greens, lean meats, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Including a variety of these foods can help maintain sufficient B vitamin levels.
  2. B-Complex Supplements: In cases where dietary intake may be inadequate or additional support is needed, B-complex supplements can be considered. These supplements typically contain a combination of B vitamins, providing an easy way to fill any nutritional gaps. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian before starting any new supplements.
  3. Monitoring and Testing: Regular monitoring of B vitamin levels through blood tests can help assess any deficiencies or imbalances. If deficiencies are detected, targeted supplementation or dietary modifications can be recommended.

By ensuring adequate B vitamin intake, long-distance runners can support optimal energy production, red blood cell formation, and overall performance, ultimately enhancing their endurance and running capabilities.Vitamin C:

Running is a vigorous exercise that subjects the body to repetitive impact, placing significant stress on joints and muscles. This stress can lead to wear and tear, inflammation, and potential injuries for runners. However, vitamin C plays a vital role in supporting the body’s response to this stress and promoting post-run recovery.

  1. Collagen Synthesis: Collagen is a key structural protein that forms the foundation of connective tissues in the body, including tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen, as it acts as a cofactor for enzymes involved in collagen production. Adequate vitamin C levels ensure the production of strong and resilient collagen fibers, providing structural support and maintaining the integrity of connective tissues.
  2. Joint Health: Running places significant stress on the joints, especially the knees, hips, and ankles. Over time, this repetitive impact can lead to joint discomfort, inflammation, and the potential for conditions like osteoarthritis. Vitamin C supports joint health by promoting the formation and maintenance of healthy cartilage, the protective tissue that cushions the joints. By enhancing collagen synthesis, vitamin C helps to preserve joint integrity and reduce the risk of joint-related injuries and degenerative conditions.
  3. Muscle Recovery: Intense running sessions can cause micro-tears in muscle fibers, resulting in muscle soreness and fatigue. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in post-run recovery by facilitating the repair and regeneration of muscle tissues. Collagen, formed with the help of vitamin C, provides the framework for new muscle tissue formation, aiding in the healing process and reducing muscle damage. This enables runners to recover faster, reduce muscle soreness, and enhance overall muscle performance for subsequent runs.

To optimize the benefits of vitamin C for runners, consider the following strategies:

  1. Adequate Intake: Consume a well-balanced diet that includes vitamin C-rich foods such as citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, peppers, leafy greens, and broccoli. Aim for the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which is around 75-90 mg for adults, but it may vary depending on individual needs and circumstances.
  2. Timing: Ensure consistent vitamin C intake throughout the day, as the body doesn’t store it for extended periods. Distribute vitamin C-rich foods or supplements across meals to maintain a steady supply for collagen synthesis and recovery.
  3. Combination with Other Nutrients: Vitamin C works synergistically with other nutrients, such as vitamin E and zinc, in supporting collagen synthesis and recovery. Consider consuming a well-rounded diet that includes these nutrients or consult a healthcare professional for appropriate supplementation recommendations.

By recognizing the importance of vitamin C in collagen synthesis and post-run recovery, runners can support joint health, minimize the risk of injuries, and enhance their overall running performance.

By receiving targeted IV nutrient therapy, you can replenish the depleted nutrients more efficiently, support your performance, and promote faster recovery.

Intravenous administration allows for direct delivery of nutrients to your bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system and ensuring maximum absorption. 

Stay tuned for our next email, where we’ll discuss how swimming can impact nutrient levels in your body and how IV nutrient therapy can help you stay on top of your game.

Until then, enjoy your summer!