As fall approaches many of us make a commitment to shake off the lazy days of summer by spending more time in the gym, on the court, or running the trail. While we always support a re-dedication to fitness, don’t forget that recovery is often the “forgotten” component of a truly effective workout. See if your typical post workout routine includes kicking off your sneakers, grabbing your favorite adult beverage and falling asleep to some early season football, you’re probably not reaping all the workout rewards you could. It’s important within thirty minutes of completing cardio or strength training to intake both carbohydrates and protein. The carbohydrates will help replenish your glycogen stores and the protein will get to work fast repairing muscle. That’s why we created Complete Recovery. Packed with amino acids, the building blocks of protein, and a long-chain carbohydrate source to refuel effectively, this recovery sports drink will have you back at your best in no time. So next time you walk in the door and head for the refrigerator, mix up Complete Recovery before nap time sets in.
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Vitalyte’s electrolyte replacement drink formula contains the perfect combination of glucose and electrolytes
Welcome aboard the newest member of Team Vitalyte, Beau Treyz. Beau is a pro tennis player who is currently ranked number 1502 in the ATP World Rankings. The Florida resident graduated from the University of Nebraska where he was crowned the 2014 Big Ten Doubles Champion after his win at the conference finals. While a Cornhusker, Beau started his podcast, “What Do You Get?” The standout doubles player started the podcast because he wanted athletes to be seen in a new light, focusing on the person and not just their athletic accomplishments. The show has featured greats including Rich Gannon, former NFL MVP and Andrew White III from the Cleveland Cavaliers. There is a new show each week and listening in is a fantastic way to keep up with Beau’s tennis career and travels all while getting to learn some interesting facts about your favorite athletes. Vitalyte is excited to be Beau’s electrolyte replacement drink of choice.
If you are a tennis fan then you know there’s nothing better than summer tennis! It means lots of round robin tournaments at your club, tennis camp for the kids and of course the build up to the US Open. All of the fun also means higher temperatures will definitely be noticeable on the court! When the mercury starts to rise, you need effective hydration. That’s where Vitalyte comes in. Our electrolyte replacement drink mix powder is the ideal way to make sure you are at your best. Packed with essential electrolytes, the RDA of vitamin C and made with nothing artificial, Vitalyte’s isotonic formula was created to re-hydrate you quickly and effectively. Trusted by many of the top tennis players in the world, Vitalyte will help you keep playing at your best.
Remember the last day of school before summer break started? It was usually a half-day, recess was long and you couldn’t wait until vacation began! Ninety days of pure joy were right around the corner. No homework, no school lunches and no math class! For a ten year old, there is nothing better. At Vitalyte we celebrate the long days of summer sun. While most others though are dipping their toes in sandy surf, we are busy at our headquarters working to make sure our thirsty customers get their electrolyte replacement drink when they need it most-when it’s warm outside and summer activities are keeping everyone busy! See Vitalyte is a family friendly sports beverage that contains nothing artificial and is low in sugar and sodium. Plus it tastes great. So while the kids are celebrating catching lightening bugs, you can feel confident you are giving them a drink that will keep their energy going and the smiles lasting. Happy summer from all of us at Vitalyte!
Better Hydration from an Electrolyte Sports Drink
School is out and that means a few things: Summer vacation, late sunsets and rising temps! While all of us at Vitalyte love nothing more than dipping our toes in the sand on a Saturday, we know that fun summer activities usually involve warm weather. That means we all need to be conscious of making sure our hydration levels are in tip top shape! Cutting back on things that have a dehydrating effect on the body such as caffeine and alcohol and increasing water intake and your intake of fresh fruits and veggies is a good start to a better hydration program. But if you really want to be at your best and combat that summer sun with a vengeance, an electrolyte sports drink is a must. Packed with essential electrolytes, free from anything artificial, and made with non GMO ingredients, Vitalyte is a refreshing way to make sure your hydration tanks are topped off! Plus, the easy on the go stick packs are a convenient way to ensure you can have hydration on hand at all times. So when the sun burns a little brighter and the boys of summer take the field for a double-header, make sure Vitalyte is in your purse, bag or pocket. We want you to enjoy a safe summer. Stay healthy, stay hydrate, drink Vitalyte!
Vitalyte brand ambassadors have been at it again, tearing up the road and serving up smashes on the tennis court. And our electrolyte replacement drink has helped fuel them to success. Patricia Barrett used the Surf City Marathon as a “tune up” run for her upcoming birthday run. Yes while most of us celebrate with friends over a glass of wine to ring in another birthday, this Southern California grandmother runs. She will run 55 miles to celebrate her 55th birthday! Pat, run a few miles for us and we will be there at the finish with some Vitalyte to help you rehydrate.
Fourteen year old Spencer Brachman uses Vitalyte to stay hydrated on the tennis court. While Spencer just fell short of making the junior US National Team, he has had plenty of other victories to be very proud of this spring. Spencer likes Vitalyte so much he shares it with his peers at tournament by giving them samples of the product. Thanks Spencer for passing along the good word.
When professional triathlete Anna Buster isn’t putting in a hard 1500 meters in the pool or finishing a 50 mile bike ride, you can find her in the photography studio. Professional athlete and professional photographer, this Russian native stays very busy and very active. Vitalyte is proud to help Anna keep up herself on the road and behind the lens. The San Diego based camera wiz had a strong finish at the Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside and is preparing for her next triathlon.
Stay healthy, stay hydrated, drink Vitalyte!
As an athlete, at some point you might get injured - it’s just part of the game. Maybe it’s just a nagging pain that you work through, or worst case scenario, it keeps you on the sidelines for a while. No matter what the injury is, though, it likely comes with a lot of questions about the best way to treat it. That’s why we have teamed up with our good friends at BodyHelix.com to answer some of your injury-related questions. They are experts in injury management and prevention and in today’s post, Thomas Parker, MD, addresses a question that we have all asked at one time or another: Which is best for my injury – ice or heat? Thanks to our friends at BodyHelix.com, we have the answers you are looking for.
Physicians sometimes recommend ice for injuries and at other times tell you to keep an injury warm. How do you know what is the right treatment for you? “It is important to first pay attention to observations that you have made about your own injuries in order to make some sense of it,” says Parker. “These observations can direct your own injury management.”
The basic rule of thumb when trying to decipher between ice and heat:
New, Acute Injuries = Ice
Chronic Injuries, Muscles = Heat
ICE FOR ACUTE INJURIES :
Acute injuries occur suddenly when playing or exercising. Sprained ankles, strained backs, and fractured hands are acute injuries. Signs of an acute injury include:
- Sudden, severe pain
- Painful weight bearing
- Elbow, wrist, hand or finger tenderness
- Abnormal joint movement
If you have ever sprained your ankle or wrist, you suffered an acute injury and likely noticed some swelling and increased pain during the initial few days after the injury. Another observation of an acute injury is that your pain seemed to intensify first thing in the morning. This is because you have been inactive during rest and sleep, and the first activity of the day is likely to be the most painful. This “first activity of the day pain” is a good way to measure your recovery progress, as it should be diminishing over time as the body repairs itself. An increase in morning pain, however, can be due to overuse on the day before.
Traditional acute injury management is Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE). During the acute injury phase, ice helps to control the swelling. “It is impossible to know whether the reduction in pain is related to a direct effect of the ice or the reduction in swelling,” says Parker. “But in either case, pain is reduced.” In addition, athletes who play hurt, either with an acute injury or with a chronic problem, often apply ice after activity because it reduces the swelling and the pain. “One thing to note,” Parker adds, “is that ice causes reduced blood flow and it may not be the best management for tissues that have a rich blood supply such as hamstring, thigh or calf muscles. Tendons and ligaments, though, do not have a rich blood supply so controlling the swelling likely outweighs the undesirable effect of reduced blood supply.”
In addition to ice, you should also consider a compression sleeve or compression wrap as a form of acute injury management to help control swelling.
Types of Ice Treatment Include:
Take care when using ice and cold packs from a deep freeze, as they can cause ice burns quickly if used without care and proper protection.
- Ice pack
- Gel pack
- Frozen vegetables
HEAT FOR CHRONIC INJURIES
Chronic injuries are those that did not follow a pattern of expected improvement and seem to worsen or fail to improve. Signs of a chronic injury include:
- Pain with use
- Pain with exercise
- Dull ache with rest
Heat increases blood flow and allows tissues to loosen up. Athletes who have arthritis or other chronic conditions know that if they keep their injuries warm, they have less pain both with daily activities and during exercise. “Our muscles, tendons and ligaments are somewhat similar to a rubber band in terms of stretch and elasticity,” says Parker. “Imagine putting a rubber band in the freezer and then pulling on the frozen band. Of course - the elasticity is gone. Then, put the rubber band in warm water and pull again. The elasticity will have returned with the warmth.” This example illustrates the importance of “warming up” before explosive activities and sports.
Heat treatments should be used for chronic conditions to help relax and loosen tissues and to stimulate blood flow to the area. This increase in blood flow supplies oxygen and nutrients to reduce pain in joints and relaxes sore muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The warmth also decreases muscle spasms and can increase range of motion. Body Helix compression sleeves and wraps provide both warmth and support for injury management of chronic conditions.
Types of heat treatment include:
The heat should be warm, not too hot, and should be maintained at a consistent temperature, if possible.
- Electric or microwavable heating pad
- Hot water bottle
- Gel packs
- Hot water baths
In summary, ice is useful with acute injury and with exacerbation of a chronic injury such as one that might be experienced by an athlete who plays injured. Warmth is useful to loosen up joints with activity following inactivity or with injury rehabilitation to tissues with a rich blood supply, such as muscles.
Please contact your physician to know which course of treatment is best for you. If you have any questions about how Body Helix compression products can help in the recovery of your injury, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
About the Author: Thomas E. Parker, MD, Chief Science Officer of Body Helix, is a retired physician, with a practice specialty of Internal Medicine. He attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Parker received the distinction of “Top Doctor” in Charlotte Magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2008, Parker became involved in Body Helix as a founding member and Chief Science Officer with the responsibility of overseeing product development, safety and guiding marketing materials to reflect scientifically accurate claims.
See Why Vitalyte is his “go to” Electrolyte Drink for Tennis
Indian Wells Tennis Gardens served as the site of one of the “grand slams” of junior tennis this past weekend. The Easter Bowl is one of the most prestigious tournaments a junior player can qualify for. Vitalyte Brand Ambassador Spencer Brachman was one of the top 64 players in the country invited to play on the famous tennis grounds. This 15 year old from New Jersey took an impressive fourth place finish in the doubles! According to Spencer, Vitalyte is his “go to” electrolyte drink for tennis. He sees and feels the benefit of the isotonic sports beverage, so he even handed out some samples to his peers. Stay tuned as this emerging player heads to Orlando next week to try out for Team USA. Good luck Spencer!
Vitalyte Pre Workout Formula for Serious Athletes
You’ve heard your mother say a million times over, “You are what you eat.” And although we know those words stung your ears we hate to tell you, your mom was right. The quality of fuel you put in your body directly impacts your performance. But did you also know the time you refuel also determines how much your body benefits from good nutrition? So when mom also used to yell, “Don’t skip breakfast,” she knew what she was talking about. See an active body needs a steady supply of nutrients. Skipping meals, eating processed foods and eating too many large meals all affect your body’s metabolism and ultimately you overall state of health. And if you are a serious athlete and you miss getting a good pre-workout fuel in, chances are your performance won’t be what it could be. Just ask Vitalyte brand ambassador Pat Barrett. Pat has always been a fan of our electrolyte replacement drink, but she recently starting using our Tri Phase pre workout drink for endurance athletes. And this four time Ironman finisher and grandmother couldn’t be happier! “I added Tri Phase Endurance to my fueling plan about three weeks ago. My split times have become more consistent, even as the runs have gotten longer. The best description I can give is that Tri Phase provides sustained performance throughout my workout.” So if you are a serious athlete like Pat who juggles work, life and sport, our pre workout formula is a great addition to your fueling routine. Oh and don’t forget to call your mom and tell her she was right!
At Vitalyte one thing we love about mom's is the encouragement they provide. Those famous words, "You can be whatever you want to be!" Or even, "You can do whatever you put your mind to!" We thought a lot about those sayings when we were thinking about our brand identity. After many hours around the think tank and countless of mom's homemade cookies, we finally came up with what we felt embodied our brand, our ideal, our lifestyle. What Vitalyte are you? Are you the weekend warrior who just feels out of sorts if Sunday goes by without a few miles run on the pavement? Or are you the busy on the go young working adult who squeezes in a six am yoga class before your hour long commute? Whether it's cardio that calls to you or you crave the calm, we have a Vitalyte for you. So what do electrolyte replacement drinks have to do with getting to the office on time? Well we feel that you can't be the best you in this world if you aren't properly hydrated. Science knows that a properly hydrated body is better equipped to handle stress, has quicker motor skills and sharper mental functioning as compared to a body that is dehydrated. So next time you roll your eyes at your mom when she asks, "When you are going to have children already.?" You can calmly smile and say, "I love you mom. Remember that time you told me I could be doctor if I wanted to?"