Thoughts on CBD

In January of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed cannabidiol (CBD) from its list of banned substances.  Immediately, my phone and email blew up!  Athletes were asking whether they should start taking CBD and how they should use it.

Now, a year and a half later, questions are still swirling around the utility and legality of CBD.  It is a common question I receive, and one that has now arrived in the Podium Q&A mailbox.  So, here we go…

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Kevin Sprouse
Multivitamins

I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines.  “Multivitamins Shown to be Useless.”  “Multivitamins Demonstrate No Health Benefit.”  Perhaps you’ve had a friend tell you that multivitamins only serve to give you “expensive urine”, as you’ll just pee out the vitamins you take in supplemental form.  Well, all that is true!  But like anything else, those statements require a bit of context.

Medical research studies have suggested that simply taking a daily multivitamin will not prevent heart disease.  It also will not prevent cancer, most likely, nor dementia.  And the vast majority of multivitamins on the market are cheap, poorly absorbed, and do get excreted from the body without every playing any role in metabolic processes.

So why is it that I recommend a multivitamin to a large number of my patients, both athletes and non-athletes alike?

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Hydration: For Health and Performance

As the weather starts to heat up, questions keep popping up around hydration.  This is a great topic to address for our first Q&A of 2019.  However, rather than look at each individual question, I’m going to post an article which addresses all of it.  What is the best way to stay hydrated through the day?  Is 8 glasses of water enough?  How much should I drink when exercising?  Do I need extra salt or electrolytes? 

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Kevin Sprouse
Blog & Email

As many of you know, this year has led to some big changes for me and my medical practice.  I have taken the opportunity to move temporarily to Europe in order to work more closely with some of my athletes there.  It’s a bit of a sabbatical from my office practice at Podium, but I will be returning to Podium late in 2019 or early 2020.  In the meantime though, I am focusing on caring for a handful of professional athletes, in multiple sports, located in both the US and Europe.  Additionally, it’s provided a chance for my family and me to experience a different pace of life in Spain.  The cultural education for our kids is already proving invaluable…and a lot of fun!

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Jet Lag

I was recently interviewed for an article about jet lag. This is something that athletes and business travelers deal with regularly, and it can have a massive negative impact on performance. There are things you can do to mitigate the effect of travel...

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Sports Science: For Athletes and Non-athletes Alike

I love the science of sports and performance.  Closely following the constantly-evolving body of literature on the topic is a vocational interest of mine, but I’ve been asked how pertinent this is to “the rest of us”.  For people like me, who are far from elite in our athletic pursuits, is this information worthwhile?  What about for the sedentary; should they be interested in the science of human performance when it comes to informing their health behaviors?  I would say, resoundingly, YES!  Let me tell you why.

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Kevin Sprouse