Vitalyte Sports Nutrition Blog

  • Tales from the Field

    From Brand Ambassador Jeff Foy: During an intense 6 week training program, Vitalyte really helped keep me properly hydrated during the daily physical and mental demands of my job.

  • Vitalyte + Soccer = <3

    My daughter really loves drinking Grape Vitalyte during her soccer games. She has even started to drink Tri-Phase pre game and we have noticed her ability to play with more energy especially when she plays all 4 quarters.
    She even scored 19 goals last season!
  • Laura Conley - Back in the Saddle


    Laura Conley is back in the saddle and training up a storm. She took a minor spill a few weeks back but she's back and going harder than ever.

  • Memorial Day Recovery Plan


    The long weekend has come and gone - how are you feeling? Get  in a final training run for the Rock n Roll? Maybe a 90 minute hot yoga class? What about a killer boxing class? Or maybe.... you drank just a little too much. It happens to the best of us.

    Insert Complete Recoverythe first recovery formula designed specifically to address glycogen and electrolyte depletion, muscle and tissue damage, joint damage and oxidative stress. By using a patented list of ingredients, including the amazing free radical scavenging Superoxide Dismutase and Beta Alanine, Complete Recovery works faster and more efficiently than any other product out there.

    In a nut shell, it will make you feel better now... and tomorrow morning so you're ready and set to get back at it as soon as the sun rises again.

    Sweat on and prosper.

  • Vitalyte's Chia Surge Featured in Women's Running Magazine

    Just released in this month's edition of Women's Running Magazine and our very own Chia Surge Energy Gel is the 'Most Tummy Friendly'.

    Add best tasting and most functional and you have a energy powerhouse to get you through your workouts without the stomach distress of all the other garbage out there.

  • Brand Ambassador News Update: Soren Thompson

    I placed 7th at the Monal Epee World Cup, which is one of the best US results in history.  The result improved my world ranking to #11.  I was drinking Vitalyte all day and it helped me compete at my best, of course!

  • Chia Seeds Side Effects

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    Chia seeds are not just for making clay pots look like green-haired replicas of dogs, cows and SpongeBob.  Chia seeds are an amazing source of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. In fact, chia seeds have been cultivated for centuries, used to treat illnesses and medical conditions around the world. Let’s dispel some of the mystery behind these super-seeds.

    Chia seeds contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which are known to naturally reduce blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure or are currently taking a medication to lower your blood pressure, see your doctor before adding chia seeds to your diet. He may recommend you consume smaller portions or you may be able to substitute the chia for one of your medications, allowing you to lower your blood pressure in a more healthy and natural way.

    Very few studies have shown to cause negative side effects as a result of the consumption of chia seeds. Some research has linked chia consumption to excess gas, loose stools and cramping in the digestive system, but these side effects were likely caused by the dramatic increase in the level of fiber being consumed. This initial discomfort can result from increasing your fiber intake from any source. Because chia seeds are very high in fiber you should consider starting with smaller servings and building up to a full serving to avoid shocking your system.

    To get the best from your chia seeds, buy certified organic 100% pure seeds. You can reap amazing health benefits from these tiny seeds. Thanks to the high dietary fiber and omega-3s, as well as many other healthful nutrients, chia seeds are used to treat conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Chia seeds also contain high levels of omega-6, which your body cannot make on its own. This helps with cell growth, regulation of certain body processes, and contributes to great skin, hair and nails. You’ll also find that chia seeds improve muscle function and increase strength and endurance.

    Another amazing attribute of these tiny seeds is their capacity to absorb ten times their weight in liquid, which means you get lots of nutrients in a small package. The low calorie package then expands, making you feel full and requiring less to fill you up. If you haven’t tried chia seeds before, eat a small portion then wait for a few minutes to see if you are full.

    Thanks to its ability to improve endurance and stamina, chia is a great replacement alternative for athletes or other hard working people.  At Vitalyte, we offer a delicious chia gel which provides all of the benefits of chia seeds in a highly potent form. Try our Chia Surge High Endurance Performance Gel today, and see what you have been missing.

  • The Dangers of DMAA


    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.

  • Are Chia Seeds a Superfood?

    chia-energy-gelCenturies ago, chia seeds were a staple of Mayan and Aztec diets. Other cultures all over the world also noticed the many benefits and added chia seeds to their regimens. Chia seeds were prohibited from being farmed after the Spanish conquest of Latin America, so the presence of the chia in the Americas became scarce. Today, doctors and nutritionists seeking out ways to provide American diets with the health benefits and nutrients that are lacking have rediscovered this amazing seed.

    So are chia seeds a superfood? Chia seeds are considered a superfood because of the highly concentrated levels of powerful nutrients that are packed into such a small package. First, the low calorie chia seed can absorb up to ten times its weight in liquid. So as you consume small amounts of chia seeds, they expand in your stomach, allowing you to feel fuller.

    Packed into these small seeds are high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. Higher levels per serving even than the amount you’ll find in salmon or a bran muffin, respectively. The complex carbohydrate provides increased energy and releases the needed nutrients over an extended period of time to keep you feeling awake and alert. Their nutrients also improve muscle function and increase stamina and endurance, making the chia seed the perfect addition to sports drinks, energy bars and other health and nutrition focused products.

    Chia seeds have been known to provide powerful nutrients to help lower blood pressure, improve conditions such as diabetes, and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. They contain omega-6, which helps with cell growth and the regulation of some body processes. Omega-6s are important because your body cannot make this important nutrient on its own. In addition to fiber and omega fatty acids, you will also benefit from the calcium, protein and antioxidants served up in a portion of chia seeds.

    Chia seeds do not have to be ground up, chopped, cooked, or altered in any way for you to derive the benefits. However you prefer to consume this amazing superfood, you will reap the nutritional rewards.

    There have been no known allergies directly caused by chia seeds, but some similar symptoms have presented themselves in people who have an allergy to mustard seed. Talk to your doctor first if you wish to add them to your regimen.

    Thanks to its ability to improve endurance and stamina, chia is a great replacement alternative for athletes or other hard working people.  So whether you are working out or just working, Visit Vitalyte today and try Chia Surge High Endurance Performance Gel. Available in raspberry and orange-pineapple, these single-serving energy gels will give you the natural fuel you need to improve your performance in the office or on the court.

  • The Best Sources of Electrolytes, From Vegetables to Vitalyte

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    Do you ever feel sluggish in the hours after a rigorous workout, or after a night out on the town? If so, there may be more than exhaustion, dehydration, or a hangover to blame. You may also suffer from an electrolyte imbalance—something you can’t cure by resting or gulping gimmicky sports drinks. This may sound like your mother speaking, but to cure an electrolyte imbalance, you need to take in the right nutrients. Vitalyte’s Electrolyte Replacement Formula has everything you need.

    Great Sources of Electrolytes

    Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that are found in blood and other body fluids. When you sweat or excrete fluid in other ways, your electrolyte levels decrease. To replenish them, it’s best to ingest foods and liquids that contain a high level of magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium and other electrolytes, such as:

    Spinach – Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, lettuce and kale are great sources of magnesium. They’re also low calorie, so you can eat them in large quantities without fretting about your waistline. If you’re low on magnesium, the vegetable section of your local grocer should be your next destination.

    Peanut Butter – Part of peanut butter’s great taste comes from sodium. The salt it contains enhances the mellow flavor of the butter. But the sodium benefits more than your taste buds. By increasing fluid retention, it helps you recover from strenuous workouts, or lazy sauna sessions where you sweat a river.

    Trail Mix – Trail mix that contains dried bananas and raisins is packed with the electrolyte potassium. Because trail mix tends to be naturally sugary, try to stick with the recommended serving size; and avoid mixes that contain fattening ingredients like candied pineapple, M&Ms and yogurt-covered anything.

    Milk – The American diet is heavy on dairy products, so most of us needn’t worry about getting enough calcium. If dairy products agree with your digestive system, then have fun chowing down on a round of baked Brie or an aged slice of Roquefort. The French diet is heavy on dairy products, too.

    Vitalyte – Vitalyte electrolyte replacement drink is the ultimate solution for curing an electrolyte imbalance fast. Ideal for people who have food sensitivities, or who need a convenient solution for electrolyte replacement, Vitalyte contains delicious natural ingredients, and has less sugar than competing brands.

    Maintaining a Healthy Balance

    Health experts recommend maintaining an electrolyte-rich diet to keep your electrolyte levels high. But if you routinely perform strenuous exercise or engage in other strenuous activities, you may need an extra infusion of electrolytes to stay healthy. Vitalyte electrolyte replacement drink is a great solution.

    Vitalyte is also a great option for lactose intolerant individuals, who can’t get their supply of calcium from dairy products, and people with food allergies that prevent them from eating electrolyte rich fruits or vegetables. Regardless of why you need an electrolyte boost, delicious Vitalyte drink mix is a healthy way to get it. Try our delicious Electrolyte Replacement Formula today.

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