Health and Fitness
Keith Danks with Arbonne
Health and Fitness
Keith Danks with Arbonne
Healthy Alternative to Gatorade
Let’s face it Gatorade is everywhere. It is marketed so heavily with college sports, pro sports, and weekend warrior activities that it has become synonymous with recharging the body during and after workouts. However, is it truly good for you? After all you are exercising because it is good for you so you should be fueling and refueling your body with items that are also good for you.
In addition, as all of us with children have experienced, our children constantly ask us for this mysterious fluid that we know so little about even after reading the label.
So what is in Gatorade?
Basic Gatorade (fruit punch flavor) contains the following per serving – 21 grams of simple sugar, 160mgs of sodium, and 45mgs of potassium. Insignificant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and other substances. Then of course you have the infamous red dye 40. Don’t forget the 80 calories per 8 ounces of calories for those of you that are counting. Lastly, no mention of the water source. So one could wonder where the water comes from. Is it spring water, filtered, or straight out of the tap.
Gatorade G2 (glacier freeze flavor) contains the following per serving - 7 grams of simple sugar, 160mgs of sodium, and 45mgs of potassium. It has the same insignificant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and other substances. This time rather than red dye 40 it has blue dye 1. The calories have been reduced to 30. Again, no mention of the water source. So basically G2 is Gatorade with less simple sugar.
Now let’s compare that to a more healthy choice for the keeping the body hydrated. This supplement can be used before, during and after a workout to rehydrate and recharge our bodies.
This supplement contains the following per serving - 6 grams of sugar from organic evaporated cane juice and rice syrup. It contains 210mgs of sodium, 100 mgs of potassium. It contains 1000IUs of vitamin A, 200gs of vitamin C, and 90mgs of calcium. In addition, this supplement includes 15mgs of vitamin E, 15mgs of Phosphorus, 40mgs of magnesium, and 310mgs of chloride. Finally, this supplement includes a combined 189mgs of Ginseng, Turmeric and Cayenne. So it not only rehydrates and replaces lost nutrients but it also provides herbs (ginseng ad turmeric) that have been found to increase focus and concentration, and Cayenne has been found to increase metabolism which results in more calories burned. Speaking of calories this supplement contains only 25 calories. It DOES NOT contain artificial dyes and colors.
As a final plus, this supplement comes in a small packet that you mix with the liquid of your choice. I choose to mix it with spring water. The key is I control the largest element in my rehydration supplement. The water source! Can you control the water source of Gatorade, I think not.
This supplement comes from a company called Arbonne International. A company that prides itself on all ingredients being pure, safe and beneficial. Using all natural and organic when available. More information on this product can be found and purchased at keithdanks.arbonne.com .
I don't just write about this product, I use it on a daily basis. I use it while running the trails behind Chestnut Bend in Franklin, TN and while doing outdoor CrossFit at Percy Warner Park in Franklin, TN.
Happy exercising and stay healthy.
BSCG Approved L-Arginine For Athletes
For those of us that are weekend warriors or just people who like to push a little harder during exercise, we often find ourselves short of breath and wondering if we can push through that last quarter mile, run that last sprint, bike up that last hill, or do that last round at cross fit. We hit the wall and wonder, what if I had just a little more energy. What if I could finish my activity without stopping to take a few breaths and then finish. How much better would my time have been, would I have done a personal best?
I do cross fit 3 times a week at CrossFit MT , Franklin, TN. When I do a routine that includes doing as many rounds as possible in a given time I always say to myself if I could just get my breath I could do another round. My muscles are fatigued and just will not go on without more oxygen.
When I run my favorite 3 mile trail in Franklin, TN., I encounter the same hill in the same place at 2.5 miles every time. Imagine that it never moves, just taunts me every time. I always wonder, will I slow down going up it or will I have the oxygen.
We run short of breath because our muscles are demanding oxygen that our red blood cells must obtain from our lungs and transport to our muscles as rapidly and efficiently as possible. The faster and more efficient this transfer of oxygen the better our muscles work and the longer we can continue the activity without reaching the point of failure.
There are lots of lab made products out there that can be purchased that will promote this effect. Most of them have the name nitrous or a derivative of the word nitrous in them. I have tried some of them and they do give me a sudden rush along with making me feel buzzed or odd, and often dizzy. But are they good for me? Do they harm the body long term? There is also a widely used product called L-Arginine. I have tried this product also. It absolutely gives me the ability to run the extra mile or do the extra set that I want to perform. But once again this product is made in a lab. So is it good for me? Does it harm my body? I have been looking for a product that would allow me to go on that is organic and derived from a natural substance.
Now there is one. Arbonne International has just released a clean, green, plant based, naturally derived product inspired by nature that provides 3000 mg of L-Arginine in it that provides a clear second burst when needing oxygen to finish up the activity I am doing. It also provides Ginseng, Turmeric and Cayenne which all provide either focus or fat burning benefits. When we are exhausted we all need help to focus and one of the reasons I exercise is to burn fat. After all I am 52 and still go strong. Simple to use. Mix with 8- 16 fl. oz. of water. Drink before or during exercise, or both. Try different ways, find out what works best for you. Then be the best you can be. Do the extra set, run the extra mile and bike the last hill full speed.
This product is BSCG certified. Banded Substance Control Group. This means that it is certified for use by NCAA athletes, Olympians and Crossfit. If it’s good for them it’s good for me.
This product is called phytosport – prepare and endure. It can be found, researched and purchased at keithdanks.arbonne.com . Take a look, research it yourself here. They you try it and see the results.
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