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  • Tales from the Wave ... A Chia Surge Story

    What's up ladies and germs. Josh here. I know what most of you are thinking - I'm a marathon runner/triathlete/sprinter/body screen-shot-2012-05-30-at-70958-pmbuilder/insert bad ass sport here - what can this grom teach me? That my friends is why I'm here - to enlighten you and open your eyes to the wild wonder of chia surge and how it can help you kick butt - no matter your sport of choice.

    I started surfing when I was a kid and basically haven't stopped since. It's not seen as an endurance sport - shock gasp - but let me tell you, when you're out there for 4 hours day in day out, let me tell you, endurance plays a roll. I got hurt a few months back and had to lay off the waves for a while and when I finally got back out there - I was truly surprised at how slowly my body seemed to respond. I was exhausted in a fraction of the time I used to be and I won't lie to you - I was beyond frustrated.

    After having lunch with a good friend of mine - who happens to be a die hard cyclist and a huge Vitalyte advocate, he threw some of this stuff called Chia Surge my way and told me to take it before hitting the waves the next day. Aside from not thinking about Chia in any other form than the pets of yesteryear, I had never taken anything to keep my body going while surfing or doing anything really. Regardless, I was desperate so I tried it.

    I'm not a believer in this type of thing and honestly, aside from thinking twice that I coincidentally had an awesome day the day I took chia surge - I wasn't convinced. Two days later, I went out again - sans surge - and was horribly tired and even more frustrated. The third time - this time with chia - I became a believer.

    This stuff is all natural and kicks in immediately. You feel it enhancing the natural awesomeness you were born to share and that's what I'm looking for. Be it on the road, in the gym, or tearing up the waves, Chia Surge is my new thing and you should probably give it a whirl.

    To the surf and seeds,

    Josh

  • Consuming Chia Seeds for Weight Loss

    Chia comes from the Mayan word for “strength,” and the Mayans certainly knew what they were talking about. Chia seeds were a staple crop of the Aztec and Mayan empires more than 5,000 years ago, and scientists today are starting to uncover just how many amazing nutritional benefits these tasty seeds have. Chia is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, electrolytes, antioxidants, vitamins and even protein. Plus, chia seeds’ calories will hardly make a dent in your daily caloric intake. Few superfoods offer so many benefits.

    Regardless of your individual health goals, chia can make an excellent addition to your diet. The nutrients can promote overall nutrition, the protein can aid in physical fitness and improve your recovery time, and research shows that chia consumption may even offer certain benefits to individuals trying to lose weight.

    If you’re trying or struggling to lose a few pounds or even a substantial amount of weight, you may want to consider adding chia seeds to your healthy diet. It is believed that ancient Aztec warriors devoured chia seeds because of the energy and endurance they provide, and that same energy boost can give you the stamina you need to get the most from your exercise routine.

    Chia seeds can also aid your weight loss efforts for other reasons. For instance, there are a number of foods, energy drinks and supplements on the market that promise to raise your energy level, but very few of them have as few calories as chia, and even fewer provide the same essential nutrients. Chia gel can naturally improve your energy level and get your heart pumping without filling your body with empty calories. The benefits are astounding.

    Furthermore, chia absorbs up to 12 times its own weight, so it can work wonders if you have an overactive appetite. Even just an ounce of chia can reduce your caloric intake and help lower the energy density of the foods you eat, in addition to doubling the amount of fiber you receive, according to the Dr. Oz blog. In fact, just once ounce of chia contains more than 40 percent of your daily fiber recommendation, and fiber is the ideal nutrient for satisfying hunger.

    Any weight loss effort is difficult, and should include a combination of daily exercise and good nutrition. While chia is not a weight loss supplement, it does contain enough beneficial nutrients to help you meet your health and weight loss goals. Even small amounts of chia can go a long way in promoting good health, so try incorporating it into your lifestyle today.

  • Chia Seeds FAQs

    What is Chia?

    Chia is an edible seed that comes from the Salvia hispanica plant, which commonly grows in southern Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows that chia seeds were a staple crop of the Aztec and Mayan empires as long ago as 3500 B.C. The Spanish conquistadors outlawed the cultivation of chia due to its connection to Aztec religion, and the grain faded into obscurity. In recent years, chia has enjoyed a popular resurgence as scientists have discovered amazing health benefits associated with it.

    What are the Chia Seeds Nutrition Facts?

    Chia is one of the ultimate superfoods. A single ounce of chia contains 42 percent of your daily recommended fiber, and more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. It also contains very healthy doses of electrolytes, antioxidants, and even protein. In fact, chia is a complete protein source, containing all of the essential amino acids, and it contains 3 times more calcium than skim milk.

    What are the Benefits of Chia Seeds?

    Thanks to its myriad nutrients, chia offers a wide variety of health benefits. Chia consumption can help you to meet many of your daily nutrient requirements, and the fiber can help you to keep your appetite under control. The ancient Aztec warriors consumed chia for the energy and endurance that it provides, and you can experience the same energy boost by consuming chia seeds yourself. The ample calcium can help prevent bone disorders like osteoporosis. Chia also promotes heart health and beautiful skin, hair and nails.

    How Do I Consume Chia Seeds?

    You have many options when it comes to chia. You can eat the seeds by themselves or add them to your food or drink, and still derive all of the nutritional benefits. There are chia seed foods, chia seed drinks, chia seed oils and even chia seed bars. Other superfoods, like flax seeds, must be ground up, but chia seeds are beneficial no matter how you consume them. You can even consume chia as a gel, which offers many benefits of its own. Researchers have also found that chia seeds gel has the ability to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar. Vitalyte's Chia Surge energy gel is a great example of an effective use of chia.

    What are the Benefits of Chia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds?

    Flax seeds are very nutritious as well, but they do not hold a candle to chia seeds. For instance, flax seeds must be ground up in order for their nutrients to be digestible.  By contrast, you do not need to grind up chia seeds in order to obtain the nutritional benefits. Also, chia has much higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants than flax does, and is more nutrient-dense.

    What are Chia Seeds' Side Effects?

    Chia has many nutritional benefits and very few side effects. If you are taking blood thinners, you may want to speak with your doctor before adding chia to your diet, simply because omega-3 fatty acids can thin the blood. Also, the high fiber content may leave some people feeling slightly bloated. You will find though, that the benefits far outweigh the side effects.

  • My name is Jamie Brown. I am a Triathlete, AMPUTEE, and DIABETIC.

    Learning to be an endurance athlete with diabetes has always been tough.

    Constantly checking blood sugar has always made me think of an appropriate sports cliché: "NEVER GETTING TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW" will help you be successful. Well, I really have to live that lifestyle.

    Over the past year since I started my journey in this sport, I have been constantly looking for easy hydration and in race products to keep my training strong and races stronger. Since I started using Vitalyte products, I really have seen an increase in my ability to push my own limits... and I'm not just saying that.

    I'm currently training for 2 major races in May. The ITU triathlon in San Diego May 12 and The Paratriathlon National Championships in Austin Texas MAY 29. I have been using Tri-phase endurance, which has totally amped up my energy levels over all. I've been training in Escondido, CA in an attempt to replicate the heat I may encounter in some of my races. On my longer runs, I've been loving Chia-Surge to keep my calories up without feeling full at all. Beyond that,  the electrolyte replacement sticks have kept me hydrated and cool on some of the hotter (90+) days, allowing me to go for over an hour on hilly terrain! I'm more than excited to be a Vitalyte Brand Ambassador so keep an eye out for my blog posts in the months to come! Thank you to Vitalyte for your amazing products!!

  • A new way to find energy when you need it most

    Nutrition has always been an important component of athletic performance, but only recently have superfoods like chia been utilized in concentrated doses to deliver targeted nutrients to athletes. Chia, known widely as the popular novelty household plant grown to resemble hair on clay heads, is now gaining momentum as a premium nutritional supplement. In fact, it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in commercial use.

    "Chia seeds were a staple of the ancient Aztec diets. Now they are used in many areas of the world for general health and weight loss. As a potent source of many important nutrients, vitamins and minerals, Chia really is a one-of-a-kind superfood. Chia is great for everyone, including competitive athletes. There are many amazing health benefits of chia seeds," says Evan DeMarco, CEO of Vitalyte Sports Nutrition.

    Using an innovative blend of amino acids, beta alanine and the hydration-boosting superfood chia, professional sports nutritionists at Vitalyte Sports Nutrition have created Chia Surge, a revolutionary energy gel designed to provide maximum nutrients at critical points when athletes need them most. The first commercial chia-based energy gel in the world, it improves athletic performance by boosting energy, buffering lactic acid and speeding recovery.

    Chia contains more than eight times the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, and is extremely high in protein, both essential to healthy muscle function. Rich in dietary fiber, chia also contains essential minerals such as phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium. Chia seeds also slow down the rate at which carbs are digested, converted to sugar and then delivered to the body, which makes them an especially amazing nutritional addition for diabetics. Everyone though, can benefit from adding a healthy dose of chia to their diet.

    Modern medical science has shown time and again that proper nutrition is a vital component of injury prevention for athletes, especially when participating in strenuous events such as marathons or triathlons. Nutrient-dense, easily digestible foods are the fastest and most effective way to deliver energy on the spot.

    "We are incredibly excited to be launching this groundbreaking product," says DeMarco. "Chia represents one of the greatest superfoods on the planet and we are very proud to be innovators in this field."

    Vitalyte's Chia Surge delivers critical nutrients and energy in the form of an energy gel, designed for use by athletes in need of fuel at critical moments during performance. Boiling nutrition down to a science and discovering the virtues of chia has improved the safety of athletes who may risk dehydration, low salt, bloating or low blood sugar during endurance events. These serious conditions usually result from the over- or under-consumption of water which upsets the balance of electrolytes, replenishing calories with foods that are not easily digestible, or don't replenish enough calories for sustained energy.

    "Chia seeds slow down the rate at which carbohydrates are digested and then assimilated into the body," says DeMarco. "Because they absorb up to 10 times their weight in water, they create a time release system of steady sustained energy instead of immediate spikes in blood sugar. When you combine chia with palatinose like we did in Chia Surge, along with beta alanine and branched chain amino acids, you have an amazing gel that tastes great, buffers lactic acid to improve performance, and delivers energy to hungry muscles for extended periods of time. And at only 75 calories per pack, Chia Surge is the perfect addition to any exercise plan, regardless of duration or intensity."

    Many athletes are now using highly developed nutrition systems to improve their performance and decrease the risk of injury or dehydration during races. It is expected that with the "all-natural" movement in full swing, superfoods like chia will take center stage in the world of supplements and nutritional breakthroughs. Chia Surge is available for purchase on Vitalyte's website, www.Vitalyte.com, and at outdoor specialty store REI

  • The Things I Can't Run Without

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    There are a few things I absolutely love in life and it I thought I should share them with you. Some are definitely running related. Some, you might argue, are not. But to me they all play an important role in my life. Running is an important piece that makes a beautiful life for me. So here are a few things that help make my training life beautiful as I prepare for the Hollywood Half Marathon this April. Enjoy and let me know what makes your life beautiful.

    i Heart Radio-Music brings rhythm to life and tells a story and there is no better website to deliver it than i Heart Radio. Hearts are my favorite symbol of all time and this site definitely lives up to the red life-giving insignia it bears. Not only can you create play stations that match your mood or lifestyle, you can download the app and bring mobile melody everywhere you go. I am especially a fan of the 80’s Station and anything Bon Jovi. First thing I do after I open my blinds in the morning and walk upstairs, is to put on my i Heart Radio. Makes my day more beautiful.

    Jaybird Headphones-When I met Craig Hansen at the Surf City Marathon and he introduced me to these AMAZING (did I say amazing) headphones, I wanted to dub him a God to athletic music enthusiasts everywhere. Craig showed me how the bluetooth wireless headphones stay in place during even the most intense workouts. And guess what? They are sweat proof. I don’t know about you, but I was tired of making trip after trip to the Apple Store for another pair of the flimsy white headphones that short out after a few long runs. Craig you are a saint, and the fact that these wireless headphones come with a lifetime warranty, you are now exalted to Emperor Supreme of all that is musical and electronical. So get a pair. That is all I can say.

    My iPhone-Ok so you are probably sick of hearing me mention my iPhone in so many of my blogs, but honestly this pocket computer is my lifeline. It is genius. Even if I drop a call (I actually blame AT&T for shoddy service), I still love this phone with my entire being. It’s more reliable than the boyfriend that forgets every anniversary and much more comprehensive than any “match” you will find on a dating site. Yes I am in love with my iPhone. My apps-Facebook, eBay, Talking Larry...the list goes on and on. I will put a heart shaped emoticon on this one to book mark it for you!

    Dagoba Roseberry Dark Chocolate-Chocoholics known and unknown step aside and take notice. This is elixir of the Cocoa Gods in its purest form. Not only does Dagoba utilize organic ingredients, but as their self-proclaimed title of “The Art of Chocolate Alchemy” infers, they do it with the utmost prestige and perfection. Plus the company is on a mission to benefit people and the planet. So to that I saw, take another square and indulge. You deserve it.

    Amusant Pink Moscato-Ok I have been known to pour a glass or three of this California pink bubbly after a workout around 1:00 in the afternoon. A cold crystal glass-full is heaven on earth for me. The handcrafted bubbly is by far my favorite and paired with a few squares of the Dagoba mentioned above...well that’s my idea of a perfect date!

    Vitalyte-Ok you knew I wasn’t going to write a blog about things that bring beauty to my training without talking about Vitalyte. We all know that our electrolyte replacement is by far the best in the business. But did you know that our revolutionary Chia Surge Endurance Gel just hit the market in a big way. Yep, running junkies and endurance gurus, your answers to the all dreaded bonk, crash and depletion are over thanks to our amazing research and development teams at Vitalyte Sports Nutrition. I need to bring these guys some Dagoba Roseberry Chocolate and Amusant Pink Moscato to thank them for brining my blood sugar out of the depths of extinction. How they do it, only the endurance God’s know. But they do it with only the highest quality ingredients and attention to detail. So thanks guys for fueling me through 13.1. The party is on its way.

  • Nature's Secret: Chia Seeds

    Chia Seeds are tiny black and white seeds that used to be a staple food in Aztec and Mayan times. They are now experiencing a surge in popularity due to their wonderful health benefits.  I recently read up on them to find out what all this hype was about.  I found out they are tiny miracles of nutrition in a micro-seed!  Now every time I take a Chia Surge Gel made by Vitalyte, I think about how they’re benefitting my body and mind! Chia Seeds.

    Chia seeds are indeed a superfood!  Just to list a few of the comparisons, they have:

    • 2x the amount of protein of any grains
    • 3x the amount of antioxidants of blueberries
    • 5x more calcium than milk
    • 2x the amount of potassium in a banana
    • 3x the iron of spinach

    Chia seeds are also loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and have trace amounts of boron, which is an essential mineral to help transfer calcium to the bones.  Now I don’t think I’d be able to eat ALL of that on a run!  So it’s pretty cool to be able to get all that nutrition at once from some little chia seeds in an Energy Gel! Actually, that is my favorite quality of CHIA Surge; it doesn’t upset my stomach or cause any gastro-intestinal distress!  Most anything eaten during exercise will give me stomach cramps, however Chia surge is absorbed so quickly that I don’t feel any stomach discomfort ever!!! It’s such a relief!  Just pure energy and high quality nutrition on the run.  I’m so happy to finally have such a wonderful solution for my running energy needs!

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