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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 a 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 coloring 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 respiration. 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.

  • I'm a Tri Phase Mom

    When I was approached to write a quick blog post discussing my experience with Mother's Day around the corner and my being a mom and all, I can't tell you how different my mom life is now, compared to a mere 12 months ago. I'm a Tri Phase Mom and this is my story.

    My name is Karen and as I said, just over a year ago, I was a new mom trying to get back into the real world groove after having my second baby. Anyway, I was never what I'd call 'athletic' before. I mean, sure I'd walk with my friends on the weekends, flutter around the occasional aerobic class, try my hand at the sporadic jog - but I didn't know what it meant to push myself - so I never did. I was a pretty healthy eater and it wasn't like I didn't move during the day.  Still though, after my daughter was born I couldn't help but feel like I was in something of a fog. My life was not my own for the first time - and even though this was my second child - it felt different this time around.

    I confided in a workout buff but wildly compassionate friend of mine and the rest really, is history. I started working out with her three days a week. We took Tri Phase before our workouts - and in all honesty, at that point, I was just following suit. I drank the good tasting watermelon flavored water, ate what she told me to, and worked out harder than I ever have because well, she yelled at me until I did... in a nice, encouraging way of course. :)

    After a few weeks, I felt empowered. I started working out on my own, pushing through workouts I didn't think I was capable of, and feeling better than I had in years. It was then that I bought my own jar of tri phase endurance and took a look at the ingredients, calorie counts, etc. Now, I'm telling you this because my gut reaction was probably what yours is. 100 calories per serving? You've got to be kidding me. That basically means I have to run another mile to work off this drink before I even start doing anything. Mind you, I had never questioned it before and in fact, had lost 15 lbs by this point, but this social stigma hit me like a ton of bricks to the face. Women don't need extra calories - never drink them - watch them closely - eat lettuce - the socially constructed list goes on...

    Being the rational mind that I am though, I stepped back from my gut reaction and decided to do something different for a change: educate myself and boy am I glad I did.

    Tri Phase is what the experts call insulinemic, meaning that it is a prolonged energy source allows women (and men) to work out longer and burn more fat over extended periods of time. It first uses your fat as fuel, as opposed to depleting your glycogen stores, which, you guessed it, means you can say goodbye to that fat. Beyond that, the amino acid profile of tri-phase, includes beta Alanine, which buffers lactic acid. What that means that basically, your body is recovering while you're exercising, which in turn, decreases your soreness the next day. This, ladies and gents, means you can get back to the gym the very next day - and not blame your skipped sesh on the booty pain from all those lunges.

    All in all, you get more out of your workout, you feel better, more accomplished, and subsequently, you're inspired to get back to it and do it all again. Yes it's 100 calories per serving, but it seems like a small price to pay for the 500 more you burn, the miles that fly by, the competition you crush, the life you lead. Am I right ladies? Nowadays, I'm a proud half marathon finisher - 2 hours 15 minutes mind you- and tri phase addict. It helps me be the woman I have always dreamed of being. On top of it all, I've lost 26 pounds and can honestly say I feel better than I ever have... inside - which is what matters.... and the outside part isn't half bad either.

    Cheers to my watermelon drink - I could not have done it without you.

    Karen

  • What To Do & What NOT To Do a Week Out From Your Race

    screen-shot-2012-03-26-at-95815-pmOkay so it is a week out from your big race.  You've trained.  You've woken up at God awful hours to meet your running group for the Sunday long run.  You have sweated in places you didn’t even think had sweat glands!  You have put in your dues and now it is time to cash in.

    So make sure all that hard work pays off and you make the most of your training and race day.

    I had a friend who once taught me something invaluable.  She would always say, “First, do no harm.”  That is the stance you need to take the week before a race.  It is NOT time to try that new supercharged, extra cushioned, gel-infused running shoe. It is NOT time to try that new Thai restaurant down the street where every dish on the menu has five out of five chili’s next to it to indicate it’s heat level.  And it is definitely NOT time to tell your sister you’d love nothing more than to take her six year old twins to Disneyland for the day.  No, no and definitely no.

    Ok, so what CAN you do the week before your big race?  Here are my top five.

    1. Taper- Your mileage should be decreased by 25% of your average weekly mileage the week before a race.  You still need to run, but make your runs easy.  The goal is to get out, get the blood pumping and stay loose.  So no racing in your workouts.  Go light and enjoy.
    2. 4852159395_no_beer_answer_1_xlargeHydrate-Let me emphasize this.  Hydrate with a non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated source of liquid.  Vitalyte is my beverage of choice (duh).  Not only does it have the perfect balance of electrolytes to make sure my body gets the right minerals, but it also uses glucose as it’s carbohydrate source.  The glucose actually is the carrier that allows the body to absorb the electrolytes.  Glucose works, hops and barley do not. Embroider that on a pillow.
    3. Eat-Believe it or not people forget to eat when it gets near race day or they get nervous so they don’t eat as much as usual.  I’m not saying go to the nearest Schezuan Buffet and become intimate with the Kung Pao Chicken.  I am saying though stick to easily digestible and nourishing foods that will sustain you.  Things like oatmeal with berries for breakfast or a protein smoothie a few hours before your run will keep you super charged for your weekend race.  Also, don’t forget your Tri Phase.  I couldn't dream about running without it.
    4. Relax-Yep, the hay is in the barn so to speak.  All your work has been done so enjoy this time and take a moment to reward yourself.  Get a light massage or a facial.  Take some time to read a book or whatever relaxes you.  Make sure to get plenty of rest and let those around you know that you need some extra down-time.  Ask your family for their support in creating a restful environment.
    5. screen-shot-2012-03-26-at-95914-pmCelebrate-After the race!  Make sure to spend some time in the beer garden or getting together with your friends (cheers to the hops!).  After all, running is something to enjoy and celebrated with your friends and family.  Take the time to celebrate your hard work!

    Good luck to you all (and myself...) and hope to see you all at the Hollywood Half Marathon next weekend!

  • The Tri-Phase Affair, Part 3

    So recently, I have been talking about Vitalyte’s new product – Tri-Phase Endurance. An awesome new addition to the Vitalyte team of products, Tri-Phase Endurance is formulated to provide sustained energy and focus, fight free radicals, replenish electrolytes and accelerate recovery. Since I am an out-of-shape, ex-runner who wants to get her endurance groove back, I am totally stoked about this product. It’s called Tri-Phase, because it’s a three stage drink. I’ve already discussed the first two stages, which just to remind you, have made me fall head over heels for the product. Stage one gives you mental focus and sustained energy. Stage two provides increased endurance and decreased muscle fatigue. That brings us now to stage three….

    Stage three is all the stuff that has made Vitalyte famous – electrolyte replacement and advanced muscle repair. The advanced electrolyte blend is the same high-performance mix Vitalyte is known for. Electrolytes are needed to keep your neurotransmitters firing and reach your maximum performance potential. Yes, for my sad, can-only-run-a-mile body, that’s exactly what I need. It is also known that extreme exercise increases free radical damage in your body. What you need to combat this are antioxidants. Tri-Phase Endurance contains Selenium, which boosts Glatathione, the “master anitoxidant” and one of the most powerful free radical scavengers available to your body.

    What’s awesome is that you take Tri-Phase Endurance 30 minutes prior to a workout or competition and after that, you are set. I’m not that worried anymore about pushing myself through those miles. I’ve got my best wingman here to help. Thank you Vitalyte. You rock my world.

  • Introducing...Vitalyte Tri-Phase Endurance!!

    We at Vitalyte have been actively engaged in keeping you healthy, nourished and hydrated now for a long time and we are proud to announce our first new product since Vitalyte began 40 years ago! Vitalyte Tri-Phase Endurance is formulated for maximum effectiveness for serious athletes. All of the ingredients, flavors, colors and sweeteners are 100% natural. This ground-breaking, healthy sports drink is formulated to provide sustained energy, cognitive focus, stimulate recovery, fight free radicals, and replenish and re-balance the electrolytes you lose in extreme athletics.

    Vitalyte Tri-Phase Endurance is a refreshing sports drink that uses a combination of Vitamins B6 and B12 for sustained energy and mental focus. Natural Crystalline Fructose and Maltodextrin are fast-acting carbohydrates that provide immediate energy, while Palatinose™, a patented endurance carbohydrate, provides sustained energy to get you through the last mile.

    This amazing sports drink also contains Branched Chain Amino Acids and CarnoSyn™ Beta-Alanine, which provide muscles with needed amino acids, help speed recovery and buffer lactic acid. The advanced electrolyte blend is the same high-performance mix Vitalyte is known for and these electrolytes are needed to keep your neurotransmitters firing and reach your maximum performance potential. Lastly it’s important to know that extreme exercise increases free radical damage in your body. Vitalyte Tri-Phase Endurance contains Selenium to boost Glutathione, the “master antioxidant” and one of the most powerful free radical fighters in your body.

    An amazing new sports nutrition drink, Vitalyte Tri-Phase Endurance is the complete performance product for the modern athlete. It's the best product of its kind on the market right now. You will love it, we're sure of it.

  • Tri-Phase Endurance, You Had Me At Hello

    Out for a run the other day with my asthmatic boyfriend who, said to say, can now woop my ass. I don’t know what happened to me. I used to be able to run miles with ease. But now that I’m out of practice, I can barely go two miles without keeling over, gasping for air. Yeah I know. Go ahead and laugh. But with work and school and other various obligations that have caught up with me these past couple of years, I haven’t really had a ton of time to devote to building up my endurance. That, ladies and gentlemen, is going to change.

    Vitalyte’s got this really amazing new product coming out soon. It’s called Tri-Phase Endurance and I’m told it’s what I need to drink to help me get through those first two miles and on to the other five. So why is it so great, you ask? Simply put, Tri-Phase Endurance is formulated to provide sustained energy and cognitive focus, all while fighting free radicals, replenishing the electrolytes you lose in extreme athletics and rapidly accelerating recovery. Yep, three stages all in one drink.

    So, let’s talk about stage one first. Stage One is for mental focus and sustained energy. Yeah, I need that. I need that a lot. Tell me more. The sustained energy and mental focus comes from a combo of Vitamins B6 and B12 (a couple of my faves), and fast and slow acting carbohydrates – Crystalline Fructose, Maltodextrin and Palatinose™. Crystalline Fructose and Maltodextrin are fast acting carbohydrates that provide immediate energy – yes, much better than a quad shot venti caramel macchiato. Palatinose™ is a patented endurance carbohydrate that provides the sustained energy you need to keep you pumping through to the last mile.

    You know Tri-Phase, even at just stage one of three you’ve already got me falling for you. Stay tuned readers and I’ll give you a little taste of the other things that make this drink so awesome.

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