Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Dehydration: Causes and Remedies

Dehydration remediesDehydration occurs when the body loses essential fluids, including salts and minerals. There is a myth associated with dehydration that it is primarily caused by heat. Heat does contribute to dehydration, but it is not the main source. One can get dehydrated even in cool conditions. This is because cold air is dryer than hot air and the dryness is what causes dehydration. So, you can get even more dehydrated in cold weather. By compounding the low temperature and low humidity with altitude you can lose 2 quarts an hour without even realizing that you have. However, there are other factors that commonly can lead to dehydration. They are air conditioning, antihistamines, decongestants, caffeine and alcohol. When dehydration occurs due to these external factors, you will experience symptoms like impaired mental acuity, slower decision making ability, forgetfulness, transposing terms, inefficiency at work, recreational activities, stiff aching muscles and headache. These effects start showing up even before you feel thirsty. Mental processes let you recognize that you are thirsty. A lot of people override their thirst reflex, as they are too busy with their day to day chores. An Ironman Triathlon Champion Scott Tinley said, “You’ve got to keep thinkin’ drinkin’!”

Air conditioning: We have often noticed that water drips off air conditioners. Have you ever wondered why this happens? When the outside air circulates through an air conditioner and is cooled, moisture is lost and the amount of water vapor in the air decreases. Additionally the cool air also takes away the moisture from your lungs as you breathe. We experience this in dry humid areas and hot conditions but not in cooler regions. The relative humidity drops 50-70% as the air is cooled. The same is true of cold winter air; it holds far less moisture than warm air, another reason people catch cold during the winter, it is not just the cold weather. Also, people often fall sick after flight journeys. This happens because you lose a lot of fluids as a result of air conditioning and low air pressure, further causing cold or flu. Try our Natural Lemonade Vitalyte Sticks . These energy sticks are made with essential electrolytes in the proper ratios, Vitalyte’s isotonic formula replenishes lost electrolytes incredibly fast. Vitalyte electrolyte drink mix is not only advanced hydration, but also a great barrier against oxidative stress brought on by physical activity.

replenish electrolytes easily

Replenish electrolytes easily

Antihistamines and decongestants: Both work by dehydrating the cells and can have a profound effect on mental acuity. This is why airline pilots are not permitted to use them less than eight hours before flying. Don’t you wish that this requirement applied to surgeons and others in such decision-intensive jobs? This can also affect the performance of athletes, especially ones who depend upon fast reactions like tennis or handball. Have you noticed how many more errors are made in the final innings of a baseball game or the last quarter of a football game? This happens as a result of fatigue caused by dehydration. What is needed is a hydrating drink mix that will replace electrolytes to provide athletes with an edge. One such replacement drink mix is Fruit Punch Vitalyte Sticks.  Made with fruit punch flavor, these sticks will provide you with the hydration required to perform your best.

Caffeine is a diuretic causing you to lose fluids via the kidneys, more fluids than you have in that cup of coffee or soft drink. Recent studies indicate that people who drink more caffeine may have built up a tolerance and may not lose as much of what they drink as less frequent users. Another study indicates that these “heavy drinkers” may be chronically dehydrated and, therefore, can’t lose much more fluid. Alcohol is also causes you to lose more fluid than you drink, more than caffeine because it is an anti-antidiuretic. It suppresses the anti-diuretic hormone required to reduce blood pressure by acting on kidneys and blood vessels. Read more. What can be more dangerous is the systemic loss of fluids. Alcohol also pulls water directly from the tissues, especially affecting the stomach, liver and brain and ultimately damaging these organs. Our Electrolyte Replacement products had not been IN the market long before we at VITALYTE™ started getting testimonials about how effective it is in alleviating the effects of hangovers. We at VITALYTE™ believe that health is wealth and working out is not merely a physical activity but a means to restore your life. Keep yourself hydrated by avoiding these factors that contribute to dehydration or, if you can’t avoid them, anticipate the need to stay hydrated by drinking enough VITALYTE . When you know you’re going to be losing fluids, like when you’re taking a trip, going skiing, summiting a 14’er or having one too many on a Saturday night… and remember Scott Tinley’s advice: “You’ve got to keep thinkin’ drinkin’!”

photo credit: pintrest

Not Your Typical Runner

Berea Thompson — Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

Each race we host along the Huntington Beach bike trail teaches me something about running, and the HB Ocean Run on May 17th did once again!

If you looked at the crowd of 50 people standing on the beach that day, you would have thought maybe they were meeting for a beach clean up, or possibly a group book club, or maybe some sort of AA support group (they actually host these meetings down by Beach Blvd), but you probably wouldn’t have thought they were all athletes about to run their hearts out for a 5k, 10k 15k, or a half-marathon! That’s because they didn’t look like societies “stero-typical” runner.

Before getting into the racing scene (running in local non-profit 5k fundraiser, joining the craziness at big Rock ‘n Roll Marathons and then eventually hosting my own races) I would have told someone a typical runner is a single 22 year old that’s super tall, a model of fitness, geared up in Nike DriFIT, and prances like a gazelle when running (and their hair flowing all the same). But I would have been totally wrong!

If you look at national survey data by runningusa.org they found the typical female runner is married of the age 39, 5’5”, 140 lb and motivated to run in order to stay in shape. The typical male runner is married of the age 44, 5’10”, 174 lb and also motivated to run in order to stay in shape. Although their favorite running apparel is Nike, I had everything else wrong!

I’m glad my stereotypical view of a runner was wrong! I see every age, race, size, and shape at our races and I love it, because running is for everyone! The fastest 5k runner at the Ocean Run was a 66 year old man. The second fastest half marathon runner was a 45 year old woman. And the 10k neck and neck race to the finish was between two men well above their 20’s :)

All you need to do to be a runner is to strap on a pair of shoes and hit the pavement. It doesn’t matter the distance you go or the speed you travel as long as you are out there giving it your all and enjoying every minute. Besides, with Vitalytes greatest Electrolyte Drink you will feel just like that gazelle runner!

How Healthy Electrolyte Drinks Can Boost Your Performance

healthy-electrolyte-drinksYou have probably heard a lot about so-called “electrolyte drinks,” but what exactly do they do? And more importantly, how can you separate the healthy electrolyte drinks from the less nutritional varieties? When it comes to electrolyte drinks, it’s very important to read labels and ensure that you know what you’re getting.

What are Electrolyte Drinks Anyway?

An electrolyte drink, or electrolyte replacement drink, is a beverage that allows you to replace the important nutrients lost through physical activity and sweating. If you want to get extremely technical about it, electrolytes are substances that give ions when dissolved in water, and are separated into acids, bases and salts. But all you really need to understand is that your body requires certain electrolytes, such as sodium, chlorine, calcium, potassium, phosphate and magnesium.

Electrolyte drinks contain these important ingredients, and when you drink them during or after a period of physical activity, your body is better able to maintain healthy electrolyte levels. Since your body loses electrolytes—especially sodium and potassium—through sweat, this is extremely important.

Why are Electrolytes So Important?

Electrolytes help to regulate essential body functions like nerve reaction, heartbeat and muscle function. As your electrolytes are depleted, you become vulnerable to weakness, muscle spasms, convulsions and even nervous system disorders. That’s why it’s so important to maintain healthy electrolyte levels in order to boost your performance, stay at the top of your game and –most importantly—maintain your optimal health.

How to Find Healthy Electrolyte Drinks

As previously emphasized, not all electrolyte drinks are created equal. When comparing electrolyte drinks, the first thing to consider is the amount of sugar present. Some electrolyte drinks contain 20 grams of sugar or more. Look for low sugar varieties, and avoid drinks that are high in calories. In the long run, these refreshments will cause more harm than good.

Additionally, look for electrolyte drinks that use natural ingredients. Avoid artificial ingredients and preservatives as much as possible, and always read labels carefully before making a purchase. The ingredients list should be dominated by real electrolytes, like sodium bicarbonate, calcium citrate and beta carotene, as well as natural flavors.

Find the Best Healthy Electrolyte Drinks at Vitalyte

If you would like to try a truly superior, specially-formulated healthy electrolyte drink today, check out our full line of products today. At Vitaltye, we take quality very seriously, and we go to great lengths to provide a truly superior class of sports energy drinks.

The Best Electrolyte Replacement Products for 2013

electrolyte-drinks-for-2013The New Year is upon us, and there is no better time to get serious about improving your health. There are plenty of great ways to stay in shape, whether you’re a sports enthusiast, bicycle lover or marathon fanatic. The key is to just get out there and be active every single day, and while you’re sweating away those calories, you’re going to need a truly superior electrolyte drink to keep you going.

But not all electrolyte replacement products are the same. Some are loaded with sugar and artificial flavors, and will only provide you with temporary relief before the sudden crash hits. That’s why it’s so important to read labels and choose carefully. At Vitalyte, we continuously dedicate ourselves to improving and perfecting the electrolyte replacement formula, and we believe strongly that electrolyte replacement products should conform to a higher standard.

Take, for instance, our Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Solution. Available in five delicious flavors, our electrolyte replacement kilo jars are loaded with essential electrolytes like potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and chloride. Our electrolyte drinks also contain healthy vitamins and minerals, and are low in sugar.

These products will help you to restore the electrolytes lost through sweat while you engage in rigorous activities, thus ensuring that you remain at peak performance and avoid common injuries associated with physical exertion. But healthy electrolyte drinks aren’t just ideal for use during periods of physical activity. Electrolyte replenishment is also highly recommended when you’re struggling with illness or battling a hangover. And Vitalyte kilo jars are always delicious and low in calories.

If you still aren’t sure, consider the value. A single jar of our Fruit Punch, Natural Lemonade or Cool Citrus can make up to 5 gallons of liquid. Just add water, stir and go. A 20-ounce bottle of sugary Gatorade can run you more than $2.00, but you can enjoy a full 5 gallons of our flavorsome electrolyte drink for only $16.99. The value is unbeatable, and you may quickly find yourself hooked. If you would like to sample our products before making a large purchase, check out our Stick Packs and find your ultimate flavor.

Vitalyte is revolutionizing the world of sports drinks, and if you’re looking for the best electrolyte replacement products for 2013, you have come to the right place. The New Year promises great things, and Vitalyte has just the replenishment you need to complement your active lifestyle. Shop today.

How to Find Drinks with Electrolytes Online

electrolyte-drinks-onlineIf you’re less than satisfied with the so-called electrolyte drinks that line supermarket and convenience store shelves, you aren’t alone. In our increasingly health-conscious society, more and more people are growing wise to the fact that many of these sports drinks are nothing more than sugary fruit juices, loaded with artificial flavors and devoid of essential nutrients.

Perhaps your disenfranchisement with common commercial sports drinks has led you to search the Internet for something more substantial. At Vitalyte, we understand, and we have gone to great lengths to create superior electrolyte drinks for that very reason.

The Rundown on Electrolytes

Any electrolyte drink will provide you with certain nutrients. Electrolytes are just ionized solutions like phosphate, calcium, bicarbonate, potassium, chloride and sodium, which your body needs in order to function properly. During periods of rigorous activity, your body loses electrolytes and fluids through sweat, and must then recover those lost nutrients. An electrolyte deficiency can be dangerous, and electrolyte drinks allow you to restore the electrolytes lost.

What’s Wrong with Supermarket Sports Drinks Anyway?

Popular commercial sports drinks do contain important electrolytes, but they also contain a lot of ingredients that you don’t need, such as excess sugar and artificial ingredients. They’re not all bad, but you need to read the labels carefully before buying. If you can’t pronounce—let alone understand—the ingredients, keep shopping. Also notice the amount of sugar and calories. For best results, stick with drinks that contain 10 grams of sugar or less, and under 50 calories. Empty calories and excess sugars will ultimately do you more harm than good.

Find Drinks with Electrolytes Online

One of the great things about the Internet is that it enables you to look far beyond your local supermarket shelves and compare superior products. Vitalyte is emerging as a 21st century leader in sports drinks, because our products are specially formulated to give you the maximum benefit without any needless filler. Our electrolyte replacement solutions are loaded with healthy vitamins, minerals and natural ingredients, and best of all, they taste delicious!

Shop Today

If you’d like to try one of our irresistible electrolyte replacement solutions today, check out our full line of products:

http://www.vitalyte.com/products/electrolyte-replacement.html

But we don’t just sell online. You can also click here to find a handy list of local retailers in your area. Get the best from Vitalyte, and give your best athletic performance every time!

Page 1 of 812345...Last »