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  • 5 Amazing Benefits of Chia Seeds

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    Chia seeds have been cultivated for centuries. The Maya and Aztec civilizations knew of their benefits more than 5,000 years ago, and today, medical professionals and nutritionists are gaining a better understanding of the specific benefits of chia seeds. If you have never tried chia seeds for yourself, here are just some of the great things you may be missing out on:

    • Amazing nutrition. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, calcium, protein, antioxidants, and even Omega-3 fatty acids. Many people struggle to obtain the Omega-3s that they need on a daily basis, because the nutrient is most commonly found in fish. As far as fiber is concerned, just one serving of chia contains 41 percent of your daily recommendation!
    • Peak performance. Chia seeds will provide you with a natural, much-needed energy boost, and can also improve your athletic performance. They also work for appetite control, which means that you can eat less and still feel satisfied.
    • Low cost. Chia seeds are extremely inexpensive, especially when compared to other commercialized superfoods that promise the same benefits (and don't always deliver). A single ounce of chia packs enough of a punch to get you through the entire day.
    • Versatility. There are numerous ways to enjoy chia seeds. Add them to liquids, grind them into a gel, sprinkle them over your favorite foods or eat them by themselves. It's entirely up to you.
    • Great taste. Chia seeds are not only good for you. They taste delicious! And you can use them in baked goods, sprinkle them over your oatmeal or yogurt, or add them to your favorite smoothie. Chia gel drinks, such as Chia Surge, are also extremely delicious, and offer all of the amazing benefits of chia.

    If you have yet to experience the wonders of chia, try it for yourself. As you can see, the benefits of chia seeds are numerous, and you can start reaping the rewards right now. Just remember, chia seeds—like all superfoods—work best as part of a balanced diet, and not as a substitute for healthy eating. So make sure to get plenty of other veggies, fruits and lean protein.

  • The Top 7 Benefits of Chia Energy Gel

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    Chia energy gel has become extremely popular in recent years, but it's not a new phenomenon. In fact, civilizations have been harnessing the power of chia energy gel for centuries. The Aztec and Mayan civilizations consumed chia as a staple food, and the word “Chia” even comes from the Mayan language, and means “Strength.”

    Here are just some of the benefits that you can enjoy from consuming chia energy gel:

    1. Increased energy. Well that one seems obvious from the name, but it's true. Are you tired of feeling lethargic in the middle of the day? Instead of turning to drugs like caffeine, consider taking advantage of the natural energy-boosting properties of chia.
    2. Improved performance. Chia was used by Aztec warriors in battle more than 5,000 years ago, because they understood what it could do for their peak performance. If you plan to run the marathon, work out at the gym or just play basketball at your local park, chia energy gel can give you the natural boost you need.
    3. Improved metabolism. Chia gel is known to cause a reaction in the stomach, dramatically slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.
    4. Electrolyte balance. Electrolytes are essential to regulating myocardial and neurological function, oxygen delivery, fluid balance and more. If you have a water-electrolyte imbalance, it can have serious health ramifications. Chia energy gel is extremely useful for balancing your electrolytes.
    5. Appetite control. Chia energy gel is low in calories, but can keep you feeling satisfied for hours. Though not a weight loss supplement in itself, it can make a great hunger-reducing supplement for people trying to lose weight.
    6. Omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the body, but most of us aren't getting nearly enough of them. Unless you can afford to eat nutritious fish every day, you may be deficient as well. Chia energy gel is filled with Omega-3s.
    7. Antioxidants. Chia is one of the most antioxidant-rich superfoods known to man, and antioxidants fight cancer. Consume chia energy gel every day to maintain your own health and well being.

    Now that you understand some of the key benefits of chia energy gel, try it for yourself. Products like Chia Surge are not only delicious, but they can get you through the day with all the nutrients that nature intended.

  • Bikes, Trains, and Chia Seeds

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    By Milena Glusac
    Saturday afternoon around 4:20pm I heard the clip cop of cycling shoes making their way up my stone steps. The knock on the door followed and I knew automatically that Thoryn had arrived safely from his ride from Los Angeles.
    I opened the door and was greeted by Thoryn who is holding an empty Chia Surge Endurance Gel wrapper. He was grinning from ear to ear as he pointed to his GPS watch that read, “99.92”- the exact miles he rode from Long Beach to Cardiff.
    “Come in you crazy,” I told him, “Let’s get you some Vitalyte. I want to hear all about the ride!”
    Thoryn gave me the low down. “It was pretty easy, I just took the 101 highway the whole way. It was nice and overcast. The only major hiccup was that my bike seat fell off with ten miles to go.” The trials and tribulations of Ironman training.
    His race was a little less than four weeks away. Both Thoryn and his mom -also known as Lavamom because of all of her Ironman Hawaii finishes- are going to race the Wales Ironman. After the race, Thoryn will spend a few weeks in London for the UK premier of his band’s (Rage Area) video. The band’s album entitled “Venice Dubtronica” will also be making it’s UK premier.
    I pointed Thoryn to the bathroom so he could shower. Jill my roommate had come into the room by this point and was laughing at the scene: a carbon fiber triathlon bike, a helmet, bike shoes, and a few empty Chia Surge wrappers. Essentially, my living room had become the triathlete graveyard.
    As Thoryn re entered the room, he could tell Jill was laughing at the casualties. “That’s nothing,” he said, “Tomorrow I have a twenty mile run.”
    My friend grabbed his keys, iPhone, and wallet and we ran out the door so he wouldn't miss the train.
    I guess given that I have friends who race Ironman triathlons, I should never be surprised when they call to tell me that they're going to cycle to my house -and they arrive six hours later. That’s what I love about being in the endurance community: the sport brings friends together and makes life fun, by way of bikes, trains, and chia seeds.
  • Introducing Eric Silberman, Our Newest Brand Ambassador

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    By Eric Cito Silberman

    It's 105F (40.5C) in Sacramento CA at the Gold River Racquet Club. I am playing the quarterfinals of the Little Mo West Regionals Tennis Tournament.  This tournament includes players that qualified from Southern and Northern California, Southwest, Pacific-North, and Hawaii.

    The top 4 players from this tournament qualify for the Little Mo Nationals on October 2012 to be held in Texas. Therefore, if I lose this match I am out. The travel from San Diego, CA to Sacramento includes air tickets, hotel, rental car, food, tournament registration, etc. My parents always tell me to focus on performance vs. winning, but I know this can’t be cheap. So the pressure is on if I think about it or not.

    The first set alone was 2 hours long. This is the longest match I have played so far on my 3 years of tennis experience. As a 10 years old player, I don’t get to play matches that long. Most of the matches I have played at this point were 2 hours long max, and not under 105F and high humidity. At the end, I held my ground and won the match. I am qualified for the Little Mo Nationals!!

    For this match alone, I drank 4 litters (135 Oz) of water with my favorite sport drink Vitalyte Orange. I like the Orange vs. other flavors. Once and a while we switch to Lemon so I can really feel and appreciate the Orange taste better when we go back to it. I know that the electrolytes I got from Vitalyte helped me on this battle, and the good taste just makes it easier to drink.

    screen-shot-2012-09-10-at-105134-pmI am sure this is the first of many more long tennis matches to come as I move to play 12s in Southern California, Nationally, and in junior international tournaments to come.

    Thanks so much and I'm proud to be a Vitalyte Brand Ambassador!

    Eric Silberman

  • Save A Little Room For Some Chia

    45407_421773428230_6303869_nI’m a busy woman myself. I work full-time, manage to train for endurance events, maintain my social schedule and time with my family. At the end of the day, how does a busy girl stay sane? Besides reaching for your favorite “skinny” version of the 5 o’clock cocktail, I have my top three ways to keep you calm and cool while still looking great in the latest edition of your Lululemon pants.
    1. Give yourself 30 each day-That can be thirty minutes dedicated to a walk, your favorite book or your favorite Starbucks blend. Spending that time with yourself is like telling the world, “Hey I value myself!” You get time to get back to that space where there is nothing but you and your version of quiet. I do this when I run or go to the gym.  I grab my Chia Surge gel, my Vitalyte and my headphones and I’m out the door. No Mac laptop can catch me, I leave all conference calls in the dust and well, that cute boy that my mom insists I date and give a chance because he “comes from such a good family” gets a busy signal when he calls.
    2. Margin-I read the book Stress Less by Dr. Don Colbert. In the book, Dr. Colbert says that his most stressed and sick clients were those that were the busiest and did not leave enough “margin” in their lives.  By that he meant time in-between events. Here at Vitalyte Sports Nutrition, we support an active, healthy lifestyle. Healthy includes leaving room to recover from strenuous events. Tennis players take a 90 second break in between odd games. Football has time-outs and basketball is famous for their half-times. So take time outs through out your life, your training and your day. Not only will little breaks insure that you don’t have to take a major sabbatical to recharge your batteries properly, but they also allow you time to shift your focus to other aspects of your life that might need attention. So go take that vacation, that 20 minute nap or that weekend off.
    3. Chose healthy-We are constantly presented with choices. Usually those choices include things that add to our health or things that detract from our health. Learning to identify those things that don’t make us feel good is vital to being able to living a healthy lifestyle. At Vitalyte, we have chosen to create products free from artificial sweeteners and preservatives. We made a choice for health. By choosing products such as Chia Surge Endurance Gel and the new Chia Essentials Bar, you are adding to your health. So next time you go to the store, pick whole grains, organic produce and anti-biotic free meats. Add to your health and realize that you do have a choice.
    Good luck with your balancing all that you have on your plate. I guarantee if you take off the french fries and substitute them with some chia seeds, you will feel a whole lot better. Click Here to buy our Chia Surge endurance gel.
  • What I Eat Before a Race

    screen-shot-2012-08-15-at-91322-pmBy Laura Conley

    Laura's eating routine before a 10K or half marathon race is just that...a ROUTINE!

    I eat exactly half a cup of cheerios cereal with half a cup of Honey bunches of Oats with 2tbs cottage cheese and peach yogurt mixed with milk.  I also slice up one banana on top and strawberries or peaches if they are in season.  Then I have a cup of black coffee and a cup of green tea along with it.

    About an hour before my race I drink Tri-phase and load my pockets with chia surge.  Now I know many people want the benefits of Chia, but don't know how to consume it during a race... Chia energy gel is by far the BEST way to eat on the run.  The gel is not very thick so it goes down easily and doesn't choke you like some thick gummy candy. The best part is that it absorbs rapidly with without stomach discomfort. With this pre-race meal and during race nutrition, I am set to run my best and win!!!

  • Welcome Our Newest Brand Ambassador: Jeff Foy

    brand-ambassador-jeff-foyHello Vitalyte fans,

    I’m proud to say I’m a new Brand Ambassador for Vitalyte. My name is Jeff Foy I’m a firefighter in San Diego, triathlete and the founder of the non profit endurance team: TEAM CAL FIRE and co-founder of SDC-FEST (San Diego County Firefighters Endurance Sports Team) -yes we know that is a long name FEST works great for us.

    Growing up in Tennessee playing golf since age 3, soccer and tennis since age 5 and all kinds of outdoor activities, I have been an athlete all my life. I played these sports competitively through college. I later went on to become a golf pro but left the golf industry to become a firefighter. A couple years after becoming a firefighter I began boxing for charity.  On top of all these activities I’ve always participated in any sport at any time. But I never spent much time on nutritional supplements.

    After an injury from boxing I was told if I kept at it, I could kiss my career goodbye. That was a no brainer so I needed to find a new outlet for all my energy. A cousin of mine participates in triathlons in Texas and had been trying to get me to do one for years. I decided to give it a “tri” and I was hooked. I began doing triathlons in 2009 (Newport Beach was my first). I try and race 4 to 7 times each year.

    Last year my fire department decided to switch to a better electrolyte replacement product. Vitalyte was the solution. I was using it casually at work and knew it worked but didn’t know all the science behind it. I was later introduced to Milena from Vitalyte and I learned much more about their products including Chia surge.

    I began using all the products and I was hooked. I haven’t had the chance to race this year. My wife and I are expecting our 2nd daughter any day now but I’m hoping to support my team at Mission Bay (Mission Bay and Wildflower are my favorite races). I can’t wait to see how Vitalyte will improve my performance at during a race.

    I know that at Vitalyte has improved my ability to train for work and sport, and I can’t wait to see how it helps me advance and make some new PR’s.

    Looking forward to sharing my life and Vitalyte tales with you all,

    Jeff

  • Where Was My Chia 10 Years Ago?

    image-6Ten years ago I ran the New York Marathon. Because I was in the elite field, my own personal water bottles were placed on a special table at every 5k mark of the race. There were 20 bottles on the table, each bottle belonging to an athlete. It was customary the day before the race to gather in the elite athlete hospitality suite for a version of World Class Athletes Arts and Crafts 101.

    The coordinator of the marathon would bring into the suite a huge plastic box filled with markers, colored tape, ribbons, pipe cleaners and all the other goods you would find in a kindergarten classroom. The top marathoners in the world would then gather around and decorate their water bottles. Not only was it a fun break from the media tension and pre-race nerves, but it served a functional purpose by making it easier for each runner to identify their uniquely designed bottle when they would be blazing by the water table at 5:35-5:45 mile pace.

    I don’t know what each person put in their bottle...some electrolyte solution perhaps or even the old standby that legendary marathoner Grete Waitz used, defizzed Coke. I knew I would need more calories than sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium mixed with sugar could offer. Don’t get me wrong, my body would desperately need the firing power of the electrolytes but what would get me through the 26.2 would be fuel. So I wrapped several chewable candies in tinfoil and tapped them to the side of my bottle that was draped in bows and blue and black tape (to match the colors of my racing attire of course). Everyone wondered what in the heck was in the tiny packages. At each five kilometer mark, I would down my drink and then unwrap my candy and chomp away as I whizzed through the five boroughs.

    I wound up finishing 9th overall. Not bad. My little concoction worked quite well. Everyone wondered why I didn’t just take one of the gels offered along the course. My stomach would not let me. The hard to digest, prepackaged gut killers did not like me and vice versa. It wasn’t until a few months ago when the CEO of Vitalyte tossed me one of those oh-so-recognizable gel packs. “Oh no I said. We aren’t friends, gel and I.” “This is different,” he said. “Try it on your next run and let me know what you think.” Reluctantly I tucked the pink gel pack in my shorts the next morning and headed out for a run. “I promised him I would try it,” I reluctantly told myself, as my stomach braced itself for the onslaught.

    First of all, I noticed the taste of the Chia Surge Gel was different than any other gel product I had tried. I continued running and to my surprise and delight, I felt great. No gurgling, sloshing or nausea. In fact I felt really good and had more energy that usual. “I think this Chia Surge has got it going on,” I said to myself. When the CEO, Evan asked me the next day how I liked it, I told him how surprised I was. We all knew that chia seeds were the new 'it' superfood, but that paired with the other amazing ingredients in Chia Surge Endurance Gel, all I could say was, “Where was this ten years ago?”

    Now, my energy levels are awesome on my runs. I take a Chia Surge half way through a 5-6 mile run and on a longer run that is between 10-12 miles, I take one at mile 3 and one at mile 7. Who would’ve known how a little chia could go such a long way.

  • Surge it Up with Chia Surge

    As the CEO of an international Sports Nutrition Company that focuses on promoting healthy active lifestyles, I am use to getting a myriad of unique questions wherever I go. Those questions range from very simple things like “How do I lose weight” to the sometimes odd one like “Will Vitalyte prevent chaffing in my groin?”

    “Why am I not as sore” is one question a good friend of mine recently asked a couple days after a Fitness Rangers Boot Camp workout. The Fitness Rangers Boot Camp is an hour of high intensity interval training combining weights, the TRX and an ever increasing incline on a fast moving treadmill. The result is a total body weight and cardio blast that leaves even the fittest of gym rats struggling to keep up.

    Chia Surge Gel Optimizes Your Workout

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    My friend and I were fortunate to pop a Chia Surge before the workout began. The Palatinose, Beta Alanine and whole seed chia in Chia Surge really does give you a quick boost of energy and allow you to push harder and longer. The result is a better workout, which in turn leads to better results. In addition, the lactic acid buffering benefits of beta Alanine make for a much quicker recovery, allowing you to get back in the gym sooner.

    Chia Surge is a great tasting addition to any workout regimen and the results make the easy to carry pouch a must have for those looking for the most out of every workout or competition.

    Go to http://www.vitalyte.com/products/energy-gel.html and check out what Chia Surge Gel can do for you and let it change your life for the better!

  • A Chia Intervention.

    screen-shot-2012-08-07-at-84038-pmYou glance over your monthly on-line bank statement.  It was a great Sunday morning until you almost choked on your Starbucks half-caff, non-fat, sugar-free chai latte.  “Three hundred and eighty-two dollars on race entry fees this month?”  Your weekend hobby is now draining your Vegas fund, never mind the fact that you are so sore from yesterday’s “mud run” that you can’t even think of being able to do next week’s half-marathon.

    It seems you’ve been so wrapped up in the latest destination marathon and setting your alarm to meet your cycling group for the Sunday long-ride that you haven’t had the time or resources to actually take care of your nutritional needs.  You are neglecting your nutritional needs probably- without even knowing it.  Your breakfast is a bagel on the go.  Lunch is a time luxury you often can’t afford with your busy work schedule, so you grab whatever is lurking on the community table in the break room: a half-eaten bag of chips or a donut or two from yesterday’s sales meeting.  Dinner is on the fly as you transition from your evening swim to picking up your pup at doggie daycare.

    You need a major intervention.

    Yep, racer’s anonymous would do you and your piggy bank some good.  Time to shift your perspective from racing to living a healthy lifestyle.  After all, isn’t that what being active is all about-about living a healthy lifestyle?  With revolutionary products like Chia Surge Endurance Gel, you don’t have to compromise your nutrition anymore.  Fuel yourself for life and have the energy you want.  After all, your training and exercise program should enhance your health, not detract from it.

    So next time you are walking past the vending machine on the second floor of your office building, instead of listening to the Snicker’s bar calling your name, take a detour to www.vitalyte.com and read about the amazing benefits of chia.

    That’s right...you deserve a Chia Intervention.  It will do you and your Vegas funds wonders.  Hmmmm...I wonder if chia seeds can help with hangovers?

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