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Take the Ultimate Athlete Challenge

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At Vitalyte, we believe in complete nutrition for your mind, body and spirit. While we do our best to encourage fulfillment of the mind and spirit, the wellbeing of your body is truly our mission. Our entire product line caters to what we like to call the ‘modern athlete’. We consider that anyone engaging in physical activity and living a healthy lifestyle – ranging from a pro football player or marathon runner, to a busy parent, yogi, or an extreme hiker.

We want everyone to bring their best game to whatever it is they do best. As a result of this mission, we strive to fuel your body before, during and even after a workout, thereby giving you what you need to preform at your best and annihilate competition in every way, shape and form.

This 4 step process includes:

1. Pre: a pre workout drink called Tri Phase Endurance, designed to make you feel like a million bucks during your workout.

2. During: an electrolyte replacement beverage to replenish the vital balance in your system that depletes during physical activity

3. During: the first whole seed chia (yes like the pet) gel to market designed to keep you fueled and going strong through endurance training.

4. After: a complete recovery beverage intended to buffer lactic acid, thereby helping your muscles recover faster, preventing soreness and prepping you to do it all over again… tomorrow.

The icing on the metaphorical cake is that all of our products are all natural, don’t contain caffeine, won’t upset your stomach, and are scientifically designed to do their job on a cellular level. We challenge you to try the Ultimate Athlete Challenge with the Ultimate Athlete Package. Try it to see, feel and live the difference.

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Are You the Ultimate Athlete?

Yes you are.

At Vitalyte we wholeheartedly believe in empowering any and everyone to feel great, be amazing, and live an extraordinary life. As such we came up with the concept of the Modern Athlete. This athlete is a soccer mom, a marathon runner, a yogi, a volleyball player, a walker, you name it. This athlete is anyone who strives to be healthy and does their best to live an active life and here’s where we come in. We’ve spend many a moon in the lab to craft products that empower you to live the life you want to live and that has resulted in, you guessed it, the Ultimate Athlete Package.

Complete with our original electrolyte replacement formula, tri phase endurance – or pre workout fuel, chia surge gel – the only whole seed chia gel on the market complete with palatanose and beta alanine, and complete recovery – our amazing recovery drink – you’ve never experienced a workout strategy like this. This system will make you better – plain and simple as that. Feel free to read up on or ask more questions about any of the products in this revolutionary cornucopia of endurance, hydration, stamina and strength but know this: the products in this system are awesome… so if you’re not ready to be awesome, steer clear. Jus’ saying.

In love, being awesome, and annihilating competition of any sort,

Captain Vitalyte

Chia Surge: 90s House Pet or Modern Superfood?

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So you want to get the skinny on Chia Surge eh? I don’t blame you. When I first heard about the newest Vitalye product, I was skeptical to say the least. Why would I want to consume an awkwardly grassy 90s house-pet trend, I asked myself. The answer proved quite a bit less trendy than I expected.

Chia seeds are a super food that have been around for, well, forever. Chia was considered as important as maize by the Aztecs in the 16th century - see? -right away the 90s pop jams start to dissipate. You may have heard of chia usage from Born to Run, a wildly popular book about the Mexican Barefoot Runners, otherwise known as the Tarahumara, who consumed Chia seeds as fuel for their distance runs. Anyway, Vitalyte saw the value in this superfood and decided to do something about it.

The science behind this seeded gel is unlike anything else on the market…. but seriously, it’s the world’s first and only whole seed chia gel. Complete with Chia seeds and Palatinose for prolonged energy and muscle fuel along with Beta Alanine and BCAA’s to buffer lactic acid and improve muscle performance, this gel is not at all like the others.

Most chia surge converts, we’re finding, are one of two types: Chia Nuts or Gel Addicts. Since this is a no brainer for the chia nuts, we’ll focus on the later: the gel obsessors. Why Chia Surge you ask? You know that feeling when someone hands you a coffee or chocolate flavored gel or Gu at mile 8 of your half? Mile 20 of your century? That awkward, gag-inducing choke down of literal gu that you do because you have to? Because there’s no other option? You know that crash that drops you down to the point of no return a mere 45 minutes after taking it.. and then you have to take another in order to function and finish? Yea… we were over that.

Chia Surge is a light, textured formula that’s not too sweet and much smoother than other gels on the market. It kicks into your system 8-10 minutes after consumption and gradually builds you up for two hours – sans crash-  thereby keeping you energized and loving life throughout your workout.

The long and the short of it is that Chia Surge is one of a kind, comes in two flavors: Raspberry and Pineapple Orange- and is worth your while. So turn up those throw back jams, put on those moon shoes and suck in a Chia Surge – you’ll be dancing, running, jumping, and rocking out till the break of dawn.

In love and Chia

Captain Vitalyte

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When to Workout: Morning, Noon or Night

By Captain Vitalyte

I’ve often heard that starting your day with a workout is the way to go…and I get that. It kick starts your metabolism, burns more because you have yet to eat much and, it starts your day off on the right track. But what really is the right time of day to work out… or is there one? Some people are just not morning people and even those who are, I would imagine, still have a rough time getting up on occasion. Further, I can get up for a light jog or a yoga class in the early morning hours, but a butt kicking bootcamp or a gnarly set of sprints? I just don’t think my body is ready for that before the sun’s up. That said here are some pros and cons of early am workouts you might find interesting.

Mornings
Pros:
• The majority of people who exercise consistently do so early in the day. It is easier to form the exercise habit through morning exercise.
• Fewer distractions and schedule interruptions.
• Can make time for exercise by getting up a bit earlier.
• Raises your heart rate and metabolism to burn more calories earlier in the day.
• Gives a feeling of physical energy for hours.
• Improves your mental acuity for hours.
• Cooler temperatures in summer.
• Air pollution is lowest in the morning.
• The body adjusts to your exercise time, so if you are training for a morning sports event, train in the morning.

Cons:
• Body temperature is at its lowest 1-3 hours before awakening, making morning a time of naturally lower energy and blood flow.
• Cold, stiff muscles may be more prone to injury – be sure to warm up well before doing a higher intensity workout, and do gentle stretching.
• If you do not enjoy morning exercise, you won’t easily form a habit by choosing a morning workout time.
• Because body temperature and hormones are higher in late afternoon, you probably get the same or better calorie-burning effects later in the day.

Noon
Pros:
• Can make a habit to walk and exercise at lunch time and break time.
• Can use a walking and exercise partner at work, school, or in your neighborhood.
• Body temperature and hormone levels are higher than first thing in the morning.
• Can help regulate the amount of food you feel like eating for lunch, can help you avoid break-time snacking.
• Improves blood flow to the brain so you are sharper in the afternoon.
• Stress relief from work, school, or home stresses.

Cons:
• Time limits may not allow you to get in a full workout – any amount is good, but best if you can walk for 30-60 minutes or more at a stretch
• Distractions and other commitments make keep you from walking and exercising at the appointed times.
• Research shows that lung function is worst at noon.

After work
Pros:
• For most people, body temperature and hormone levels peak at 6 pm. Exercising 3 hours before or after the peak will give your your best workout for both endurance and building muscle.
• Research shows lung function is best at 4-5 pm.
• Muscles are warm and flexible.
• Perceived exertion is lowest – how hard you feel yourself to be working at exercise. So you may be able to work out harder or faster by doing so in the afternoon.
• Can help regulate the amount of food you feel like eating for dinner.
• Stress relief after a day at work, school, or home.

Cons:
• Distractions and other commitments make keep you from walking and exercising at the appointed times.

Evening
Pros:
• For most people, body temperature and hormone levels peak at 6 pm. Exercising 3 hours before or after the peak will give your your best workout for both endurance and building muscle.
• Muscles are warm and flexible.
• Perceived exertion is low – how hard you feel yourself to be working at exercise. So you may be able to work out harder or faster.
• Can help regulate the amount of food you feel like eating for dinner.
• Stress relief after a day at work, school, or home.

Cons:
• Distractions and other commitments make keep you from walking and exercising at the appointed times.
• Need to allow one to three hours to wind down after walking or exercise to be able to fall asleep.

As you can tell…there are perks and downfalls to them all so I guess the long and the short of it is find out what works for you and stick to it. Here’s to working it out.

In curls, sprints and downward facing dogs in the morning, noon and night

Captain Vitalyte

Quinoa. Superfood Extraordinaire.

By Captain Vitalyte

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I like to think of myself as a pretty healthy eater. I bring my lunch to work, stray away from fast food, try to think of food as fuel for my body.. you get the gist. Everyone talked about Quinoa and I’ve been feeling left out in that I don’t cook it. Sure, I eat it; I actually really like it, but something in me has made me nervous about making it. Well, nervous no more…I’m going to do it. Before I do though, here are some fun facts and recipes I’ve found in preparation for my Quino-a-dventure.

In the words of the Wiki, Quinoa is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.

Now that you know that integral nugget of knowledge, I’m excited to report that Quinoa can be consumed at all times of the day in many shapes, flavors and forms. That said, here’s a great breakfast Quinoa recipe where you cook the quinoa in apple juice and milk, gradually stirring in cinnamon and dried fruit, topped off with yogurt. Sounds like a super food to me.

If you’re looking for a side dish or salad or even a bed upon which your main dish can perch, here’s a red quinoa with spring herb tabuleh recipe that is a whopping $1.25 per serving (a solid perk). Another one I found is a lovely fruity, summery twist called the Superfood Salad complete with strawberries and blueberries, sunflower seeds and beets..now you know why it’s called superfood. Finally one that might very well be my first project is a summery quinoa salad with summer squash and black beans. Until my cooking challenge comes to fruition…enjoy the aforementioned ways to rock your quinoa right.

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