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  • Dehydration: Causes and Remedies

    Dehydration remediesDehydration occurs when the body loses essential fluids, including salts and minerals. There is a myth associated with dehydration that it is primarily caused by heat. Heat does contribute to dehydration, but it is not the main source. One can get dehydrated even in cool conditions. This is because cold air is dryer than hot air and the dryness is what causes dehydration. So, you can get even more dehydrated in cold weather. By compounding the low temperature and low humidity with altitude you can lose 2 quarts an hour without even realizing that you have. However, there are other factors that commonly can lead to dehydration. They are air conditioning, antihistamines, decongestants, caffeine and alcohol. When dehydration occurs due to these external factors, you will experience symptoms like impaired mental acuity, slower decision making ability, forgetfulness, transposing terms, inefficiency at work, recreational activities, stiff aching muscles and headache. These effects start showing up even before you feel thirsty. Mental processes let you recognize that you are thirsty. A lot of people override their thirst reflex, as they are too busy with their day to day chores. An Ironman Triathlon Champion Scott Tinley said, “You’ve got to keep thinkin’ drinkin’!”

    Air conditioning: We have often noticed that water drips off air conditioners. Have you ever wondered why this happens? When the outside air circulates through an air conditioner and is cooled, moisture is lost and the amount of water vapor in the air decreases. Additionally the cool air also takes away the moisture from your lungs as you breathe. We experience this in dry humid areas and hot conditions but not in cooler regions. The relative humidity drops 50-70% as the air is cooled. The same is true of cold winter air; it holds far less moisture than warm air, another reason people catch cold during the winter, it is not just the cold weather. Also, people often fall sick after flight journeys. This happens because you lose a lot of fluids as a result of air conditioning and low air pressure, further causing cold or flu. Try our Natural Lemonade Vitalyte Sticks . These energy sticks are made with essential electrolytes in the proper ratios, Vitalyte's isotonic formula replenishes lost electrolytes incredibly fast. Vitalyte electrolyte drink mix is not only advanced hydration, but also a great barrier against oxidative stress brought on by physical activity.

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    Antihistamines and decongestants: Both work by dehydrating the cells and can have a profound effect on mental acuity. This is why airline pilots are not permitted to use them less than eight hours before flying. Don’t you wish that this requirement applied to surgeons and others in such decision-intensive jobs? This can also affect the performance of athletes, especially ones who depend upon fast reactions like tennis or handball. Have you noticed how many more errors are made in the final innings of a baseball game or the last quarter of a football game? This happens as a result of fatigue caused by dehydration. What is needed is a hydrating drink mix that will replace electrolytes to provide athletes with an edge. One such replacement drink mix is Fruit Punch Vitalyte Sticks.  Made with fruit punch flavor, these sticks will provide you with the hydration required to perform your best.

    Caffeine is a diuretic causing you to lose fluids via the kidneys, more fluids than you have in that cup of coffee or soft drink. Recent studies indicate that people who drink more caffeine may have built up a tolerance and may not lose as much of what they drink as less frequent users. Another study indicates that these “heavy drinkers” may be chronically dehydrated and, therefore, can’t lose much more fluid. Alcohol is also causes you to lose more fluid than you drink, more than caffeine because it is an anti-antidiuretic. It suppresses the anti-diuretic hormone required to reduce blood pressure by acting on kidneys and blood vessels. Read more. What can be more dangerous is the systemic loss of fluids. Alcohol also pulls water directly from the tissues, especially affecting the stomach, liver and brain and ultimately damaging these organs. Our Electrolyte Replacement products had not been IN the market long before we at VITALYTE™ started getting testimonials about how effective it is in alleviating the effects of hangovers. We at VITALYTE™ believe that health is wealth and working out is not merely a physical activity but a means to restore your life. Keep yourself hydrated by avoiding these factors that contribute to dehydration or, if you can’t avoid them, anticipate the need to stay hydrated by drinking enough VITALYTE . When you know you’re going to be losing fluids, like when you’re taking a trip, going skiing, summiting a 14’er or having one too many on a Saturday night... and remember Scott Tinley’s advice: “You’ve got to keep thinkin’ drinkin’!”

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  • The Truth about Coconut Water

    There’s no denying that coconut water is buzzed about as a healthy hydration drink, but do the facts stack up to the hype surrounding coconut water? We did some research to find out.

     

    ·         Rumor: It is nature’s sport drink.

    o   During a hard workout, you sweat out sodium and potassium, but coconut water only replaces enough potassium and falls short when it comes to sodium. Down a Vitalyte drink post-workout and you will replenish sodium and potassium.

    ·         Rumor: Coconut water can speed up your metabolism.

    o   Fact: There is no research supporting this claim.

    ·         Rumor: Coconut water makes you look younger.

    o   Fact: Although it contains plant hormones called cytokinins, which have been known to slow the aging process in plants and fruit flies, the jury is still out on humans.

    Now that the myths surrounding coconut water have been debunked you have a few more reasons to choose Vitalyte!

  • Quinoa. Superfood Extraordinaire.

    By Captain Vitalyte

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    I like to think of myself as a pretty healthy eater. I bring my lunch to work, stray away from fast food, try to think of food as fuel for my body.. you get the gist. Everyone talked about Quinoa and I've been feeling left out in that I don't cook it. Sure, I eat it; I actually really like it, but something in me has made me nervous about making it. Well, nervous no more...I'm going to do it. Before I do though, here are some fun facts and recipes I've found in preparation for my Quino-a-dventure.

    In the words of the Wiki, Quinoa is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.

    Now that you know that integral nugget of knowledge, I'm excited to report that Quinoa can be consumed at all times of the day in many shapes, flavors and forms. That said, here's a great breakfast Quinoa recipe where you cook the quinoa in apple juice and milk, gradually stirring in cinnamon and dried fruit, topped off with yogurt. Sounds like a super food to me.

    If you're looking for a side dish or salad or even a bed upon which your main dish can perch, here's a red quinoa with spring herb tabuleh recipe that is a whopping $1.25 per serving (a solid perk). Another one I found is a lovely fruity, summery twist called the Superfood Salad complete with strawberries and blueberries, sunflower seeds and beets..now you know why it's called superfood. Finally one that might very well be my first project is a summery quinoa salad with summer squash and black beans. Until my cooking challenge comes to fruition...enjoy the aforementioned ways to rock your quinoa right.

  • Have your Breakfast and Eat it Too

    By Captain Vitalyte

    My mom hated breakfast. As a kid, I was conditioned to believe that breakfast foods were unhealthy and consisted of unnecessary calories. Breakfast was just an extra calorie dense meal and did not play a role in my life. Now I'm grown up and boy was she wrong.

    I'm a health conscious eater, generally being aware of my calorie intake, always opting for the grainy, wheaty pasta/bread and consuming a solid amount of veggies and h2o each day. I abstain from deep fried foods, go easy on the dressing and try to look at food as fuel for my body.

    That being said, I've struggled with finding the right things to eat for breakfast that work into both my schedule and my taste-buds and thought I'd enlighten you with my findings. I've only just begun so I'll keep you updated as I find new and fabulous things to keep your mornings exciting, flavorful and healthy.

    Fig recipe- Breakfast IdeaThese Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Waffles With Figs (190 calories, 9 g fat per 2 waffles) are awesome. Flax delivers heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats while the Figs enlighten the taste buds with a dash of sweet! Just pop them in the toaster and off you go!

    Trader Joe's Sprouted Bread topped with a sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese and red bell peppers. I know this might sound like a non breakfast combo but I'm addicted. While I'm getting ready in the morning I grab a slice of sprouted bread (ie bread that is made from whole grains that have been allowed to sprout). I top it with a dried off marinated bell pepper (from a jar also found at TJ's) and a dash of the crumbled goat cheese. I pop this puppy into the toaster oven and continue my morning regimen. When it's ready it's like a healthy breakfast pizza, chalk full of grains, color and just a bit of richness from the cheese to make getting out of bed seem like a good thing. Other healthy food options include topping it with 1 scrambled egg, to make it a bit more breakfast-like, avocado or even a chopped date for added sweetness.

    SmoothiesSmoothies. Smoothies get a bad rap in that they're labor intensive...that is until you start making them. They're super easy if you get into the habit and are a great way to get some fruits and even....veggies in the morning. To make the process smoother as you shuffle around half asleep, prep your blender in the evening. Gather the things you want in your smoothie concoction the night before and put the blender in the fridge as you plug in the base. Then, in the morning add your liquids, fruits and even a handful of spinach (you won't taste it I promise) and witness the whirl. I'll even mess around with a Vitalyte blended concoction for the hot summer months- could be a great pre or post workout delight.

    That's all I have in my routine right now so give them or something like them a try! Remember, refuel your body so that it can function. Feed that fire and inspire those internal wheels to turn. The earlier your metabolism starts kicking, the better. Enjoy my  recommendations and let me know what you think!

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  • Mother Knew Best - Eating Like a Kid Again

    Happy Monday Vitalyte friends! I did some thinking over the weekend and I came to realize that, frankly, I eat terribly. As a 26 year old, who’s on the go all the time, occasionally living paycheck to paycheck and who, to be quite honest, fears her own cooking, my eating habits are not the best. In fact I usually expect a weekly lecture from my mother asking me if I’m eating well and reminding me to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables everyday. But what can I say? I don’t have the time nor the desire to grocery shop or cook. Usually I grab a granola bar for breakfast or skip it altogether, I eat out almost every lunch and my dinners usually consist of cheese and crackers or a frozen pizza.

    Let’s compare this to when I was 10. At that age, my mom cooked for me. She always made sure I had three complete meals a day – healthy, balanced meals – and that I had snacks in between. I always got enough protein, fruits and vegetables. I never overdosed on sugar. Never touched alcohol. And certainly never went near coffee. No wonder I had so much energy.

    So why have I let myself succumb to the vices I am a prisoner of now? Convenience, laziness, heck, maybe even a tinge of rebellion have caused me to change my eating habits so drastically from when I was a kid. Well I say, the bunk stops here. No more excuses. I am going to start changing my consumption habits not for any dietary, weight-loss reasons, but simply because I want to feel better. They say you are what you eat, so I have got to stop putting garbage into my body. My mother never let me do it when I was a kid; she knew better, And now I know better too. I am going to make a conscious effort to grocery shop for healthy foods, not just what is convenient. I am going to conquer my fear of cooking and try new recipes. And I am going to try to kick my caffeine habit (this last one may be the hardest). There are so many other healthy energy drinks that I can try for energy instead.... hmmm like Vitalyte maybe?

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