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Hey guys,

I took up running last year, have been doing P90x for a little longer. I have a goal of running a 50 mile race in August. Since I am spending more and more time out in the sun sweating I have been using an electrolyte supplement.
What is the view on such additions to the raw diet?

I'm very new the the raw diet and 80-10-10 but liking it so far!


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I think young coconut water should take care of that nicely
I'm not sure we are on the same page. I will be running four to ten hours in a day, in the sun. Eating a smoothie isn't exactly optimal here :) although a natural diet is a big part of the equation.
Coconut water is too expensive to drink by the gallons a couple of times a week although it may be perfect for the race days. A training day would cost me $50 in coconut water alone :-D
On this diet your body will become more efficient at conserving sodium. Get in touch with durianrider. He'll give you excellent advise.
Thanks, I'll poke him for an answer :)
And I'm not suggesting that people here aren't correct in their answers. I'm just drying to dig for a satisfactory answer. I need to know the how and why to accept anything (annoying!).
Check Michael Arnstein's page.

You won't need to drink coconut water by the gallons. Not that much required. On a long training day, I might use just one - 12 to 16 ounces. I'll also soak either dates or raisins overnight and use that water. In my last 50k, I used a mixture of coconut water with the water from soaking raisins. 2 cocunuts and about 16 ounces of the raisin water. I didn't end up using all of that during the race. That and 1 bottle of water was all the nutrition and water necessary. For a 50 miler, just more of the same. For my last Ironman, I ate a bunch of bananas on the bike (from the aid stations), with juiced grapes and juiced celery in my bottles. During the marathon, I grabbed a handfull of grapes at each aid station. Plenty of water too. That's it.

During training, I typically stash some bananas somewhere and just use water. Personally, I don't pay a lot of attention to electrolytes, potassium, etc. Just eat & drink. Don't get hungry or thirsty. It works. The problem with all of the available "research" on athletic supplementation is that most (if not all) of it was done from the point of a view of a cooked, high salt, high protein diet. That doesn't really apply here. One thing you'll find on an LFRV diet is that your body temperature will run lower than "normal". Mine is typically in the 95 degree range. Gives you a little extra range before your body heats up like others do. Just one of the many benefits.

Good luck on the 50. Which one is it?
Celery juice and coconut water are both really high in sodium and other electrolytes.



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