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Utah Rock Climbing

Jackie Hueftle — Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

I recently celebrated my 32nd birthday. This birthday was special for me in a few ways, perhaps mostly because now I have been climbing for half my life. As noted in my previous post I began climbing around my 16th birthday. Since then climbing has become the center around which my life revolves.

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In the end of March I flew to Las Vegas to meet up with my boyfriend Chris and attend the Red Rocks Rendezvous. In this annual event pro climbers teach clinics on all aspects ofclimbing, and Chris was scheduled to teach several bouldering clinics. Even though I live in dry Colorado, the Vegas desert is even drier and more demanding and I was grateful I’d packed some Vitalyte to keep me hydrated when we went bouldering and taught clinics in Calico Basin.

From Vegas we headed to Zion National Park in Utah. Zion is a dramatic and beautiful canyon full of stunning red sandstone walls that seem to reach to the sky. I’d never been to Zion and I wanted to see something new for my birthday so we drove out there and explored the canyon before spending a the night in the very full campground with some friendly Coloradans who offered to share their site with us.

The next day was cold and windy with a prediction of rain or snow so we bid adieu to our new friends and drove out the other end of Zion toward Bryce Canyon National Park.

IMG_9511I grew up reading Edward Abbey novels and though I’ve spent time around Moab, Lake Powell, and Indian Creek, I’d never actually seen the rest of Southern Utah that I’ve read so much about. Bryce Canyon’s first overlook is the stunning Bryce Amphitheater (PIC), and were it a bit warmer we would have liked to explore it. As it was we decided to continue on and took the scenic Highway 12 north and east toward Capital Reef National Park.

There’s a lot of beautiful land in Utah and the rock formations in and out of the parks were extraordinary. We saw petroglyphs, pictographs, ancient and still-operating ranches, rivers, and lots and lots of crazy rock formations. As climbers, there was potential everywhere. As travelers, we were glad to have Vitalyte to drink because it’s easy to get dehydrated on long car rides and Vitalyte is a quick and tasty way to get yourself back on the right side of hydration.

IMG_9489Finally we ended up in the mountains where we had a somewhat scary drive through a snowstorm on a muddy ranch road and found some great camping and climbing high above the valley floor. We enjoyed a few days of complete isolation in which we saw nobody and didn’t even have cell service as we explored the boulders. The weather was mixed, with several snowstorms blowing through and blue skies in between. The wind was taxing on the middle day, and in the afternoon we were forced to retreat to the car where we ate soup and drank Vitalyte as an afternoon snack to help us recover from the harsh conditions. The last day in the mountains was the worst weather-wise, and instead of staying the night and risking getting suck on the muddy road again we packed up during a dry spell and bailed to the nearest burger stand. From there we drove to a camp spot we know, low and dry, and then the next morning home to Boulder. All in all it was a great birthday week. I saw lots of new things, did some climbing, and had a nice vacation from work and from my cell phone. Now I’m back home and back at work, but I can’t wait for my next adventure!

Hydrating Enough?

Cielo Acosta – Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

I am passionate about hydration, that’s the best way to describe it.  I spent 8 1/2 years as a Seattle bike messenger before I was a runner and firefighter which accustomed me to what I think of as my steam engine metabolism. I need a near constant intake of water along with quality foods, primarily heathy carbs or I become tired and run down. I feel I have to be constantly throwing fuel into my fire otherwise my body grinds to a halt, however if I am hydrating and eating well I can expect high extended performance which is what I aim for. I like my fluids, I need my fluids, I am sensitive to my body’s need to be adequately hydrated and water is my beverage of choice. Unfortunately water isn’t always enough.

It disturbs me to hear studies say up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated but I believe it. I see an increase in coffee consumption and soda consumption both of which can be dehydrating. People believe since they are drinking fluids they must be hydrating themselves when really it is the opposite. I’ve talked to people who seldom drink water at all.
The human body is about 60% water. What happens when you aren’t meeting your hydration needs? A host of problems. Our bodies need water to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients, in addition it detoxifies the liver and kidneys. Lack of water can contribute to an array of medical issues, like fatigue, joint pain, weight gain, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, kidney disease and so on.

The commonly used recommendation of 8 8oz glasses doesn’t hold true for everyone but it is a good place to start. Everybody has different activity levels, sizes and shapes which influence hydration needs. Keeping track of your intake for a week can be a good start. Sometimes people think they are drinking more than they actually are so keeping a hydration diary can be great for obtaining an awareness of where you are.

I am constantly evaluating and reassessing my hydration needs. I was thrilled to be selected as a brand ambassador for Vitalyte, a company that produces sports nutrition products with ingredients more natural than what you find in other company’s products. I appreciate the lack of artificial colorings and corn syrup and it works. When I compete and work I do so most often in my fire gear. The gear adds 50 pounds and is very insulating. I loose a lot of water through sweat when wearing my gear due to activity and heat stress. I need more than water to keep hydrated and balanced. That’s why when I was first introduced to Vitalyte’s electrolyte replacement powder I jumped on it. It can easily be added to hydration packs and water bottles and is quickly absorbed. I did a marathon last year in full fire gear with SCBA pack and suffered from mild hyponatremia which is a sodium imbalance, I was drinking mostly water and not enough electrolytes, it was a very uncomfortable and scary experience and took a couple days in bed and lots of pediatric electrolyte replacement beverage to get my system back in balance. I realized then I couldn’t drink plain water in my gear events. Now I pack my bottles and hydration pack with Vitalyte, the last marathon in my gear I felt great.

Today I did the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, a fundraising event for Leukemia and Lymphoma, I climbed 69 floors of stairs in full fire gear on air from my SCBA in 18:59. I not only lost water through sweat but through respirations. I drank about 34 oz of water with Vitalyte electrolyte replacement powder and 17 oz of water with the tri-phase enduarance before my climb. I notice a reduction in muscular fatigue when I use Vitalyte products and I feel hydrated, I don’t get the water panic I used to get when I was drinking just water because my body is getting the electrolytes it needs.

Hydration can be a tricky thing to figure out because it is so individual but for me Vitalyte’s products make it easier and keep me healthier so I can do the things I want to do.

The Dangers of DMAA

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This recent segment on Rock Center with Brian Williams explored the possibility that DMAA, a so called natural stimulant derived from geraniums and used in the pre-workout product Jackd3d, was to blame for the young soldier’s death. The FDA warns that DMAA is not safe and has sent repeated letters to food manufacturers requesting that they reformulate their products or pull them from the shelves. The FDA says this about DMAA:

The ingredient, DMAA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine.

In addition, the FDA has received reports of 86 deaths or illnesses associated with the consumption of products containing DMAA. Due largely in part to the reports surrounding DMAA, none of this comes as breaking news for most people who purchase supplements. What is most disturbing to me in the beginning was the general lack of concern that consumers and retailers had about products containing DMAA. Shortly after watching the segment I was interrupted by a phone call from one of Vitalyte’s professional tennis players asking me to rush ship him a box of Vitalyte products for an upcoming tournament.

“I can’t make it through a tournament without your stuff,” the player said. Then it hit me. Athletes are creatures of habit and they love results. In spite of all the warnings, an athlete will continue to take something if they feel it gives them a leg up in competition. Why else would someone take steroids?

Day in and day out the Vitalyte team works relentlessly to bring safe and effective products to the marketplace. By bringing together some of the best scientific minds in the business, by tirelessly researching all aspects of new product development, by being diligent in seeking out the best functional raw ingredients, we have successfully launched some of the greatest sports and lifestyle nutrition products in the market.

So in an effort to encourage athletes of all levels to stay away from DMAA and tri a product that with similar results without the risk, I am offering 25% off all Tri-Phase Stick Packs. USE CODE TRI25 for 25% off all Tri Phase products through May 16, 2013.


Why It’s So Important to Choose an All-Natural Sports Drink

all-natural-sports-drinkStores are filled with all types of sports drinks, often adorned with flashy pictures of physically fit athletes jogging or cycling, a glorious sunset shown in the distance. But that’s all marketing hype. The fact is, most popular sports drinks aren’t worth the plastic that holds them. Loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, these products are just sugary fruit juices that do little—if anything—to promote athletic endurance or overall health.

Choosing a Better Sports Drink

That’s not to say that all sports drinks should automatically be avoided. After all, sports drinks can offer real benefits, at least when the right ingredients are present. The trick is to find a good, all-natural sports drink, containing the kinds of essential ingredients that allow you to achieve the optimal athletic benefit without compromising your health. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a good, all natural sports drink in your local market, so you sometimes have to shop around or look online.

What to Look For in an All Natural Sports Drink

The key is to avoid artificial ingredients. These include artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors. Such ingredients offer no nutritional value to your body, and can actually hinder your athletic performance. That’s why it’s so important to choose a sports drink with natural ingredients, including essential vitamins and minerals.

Other Considerations

“All-natural” is a great start, but it isn’t the full equation. When reading the label on a sports drink product, always check the amount of sugar, sodium and carbohydrates. Sports drinks with high levels of these ingredients can hinder your athletic performance and gradually impair your health. When choosing an all-natural sports drink, try to stick with low sugar, low sodium varieties, containing less than 10 percent of your daily recommended carbohydrates.

Choose the Best All Natural Sports Drink

At Vitalyte, our experts have spent years crafting and perfecting the ultimate all-natural sports drinks. Our Tri-Phase Endurance and Complete Recovery contain all of the natural ingredients that you need to remain at peak performance. With healthy amounts of electrolytes to keep your body replenished, and vitamins like D, B6 and B12 to keep your body adequately nourished, you can drink with the utmost confidence and assurance. Best of all, these products contain very little sugar.

Check out our products today and experience what it means to have a delicious, nutritious sports drink, far superior to your supermarket varieties. Your body will thank you.

What to Look For in a Sports Drink

sports-drinkSports drinks come in all shapes, sizes and even colors, but when you’re strolling down the aisle at your local market in search of the perfect athletic replenishment, how can you sift through all of the flashy labels and bold health promises, and actually choose the ideal product for you? When choosing a sports drink, there are a few key things you need to look out for:

Electrolytes: You’ve heard the term “electrolyte replacement” at one time or another. Electrolytes are chemical substances, found in your body, that are essential to the metabolism of your cells. When you engage in rigorous activities and start to sweat, your body loses electrolytes, and that’s why electrolyte replacement is so important. A sports drink with electrolytes can help you to stay charged even when you’re working at peak performance. When shopping for sports drinks, this should be your number 1 consideration.

Sugar content: Even when a sports drink promises to supply you with electrolytes, vitamins and a wealth of other important nutrients, it may still be bad for your health. Sports drinks high in sugar can deplete your of your energy, fill you with empty calories and contribute over time to a variety of different health problems. Americans consume way too much sugar, and this overconsumption has contributed to a seemingly unstoppable obesity epidemic. Avoid sports drinks with a high sugar content.

Artificial ingredients: Along with sugar, you need to look out for artificial ingredients. In addition to being nutritionally unsound, artificial ingredients offer no value to your body. That’s why our Vitalyte products are made using the finest natural ingredients, ensuring optimal absorption and the maximum nutritional value to your body.

Other factors: Nutrition expert Mitzi Dulan advises that a sports drink should contain no more than 8 percent carbohydrates, no more than 80 calories and no more than 170mg of sodium. Vitalyte Complete Recovery contains only 50 calories, 39mg of sodium and 4 percent of your daily recommended carbohydrates.

Looking for a better quality sports drink? Vitalyte was created because founder Bill Gookin realized that the sports drinks on the market were sorely lacking in terms of nutritional benefit and in terms of what they could offer to athletes, and Bill believes that athletes deserve a better option for their performance needs. Shop Vitalyte today and enjoy all of the electrolyte replacement benefits in the form of a refreshing, delicious sports drink.

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