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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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  • 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?

  • Chia: A Superfood

    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 Equal Healthy Living

    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!

  • The Many Benefits of Chia

    The Many Health Benefits of Chia

    The word “Chia” is derived from the Mayan word for strength, because the Mayans and Aztecs fully understood the power that one can derive from these amazing seeds. Quite often, manufacturers and sellers will drastically overstate the health benefits associated with a seed or supplement, but the benefits of chia are backed up by science as well as history.

    In the early Aztec and Mayan empires, people knew there was something special about chia. These seeds, which come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, comprised one of four essential grains used as part of everyday consumption, and were also incorporated into medicines and used by Aztec warriors as a source of strength and vitality.

    Fast-forward more than 5,000 years, and scientists are coming to prove what the Aztecs and Mayans knew all along: Chia is an amazing nutrient source. For starters, chia seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than fatty acids. These fats are essential for human health, but most people do not get enough of them. Chia seeds are also so rich in antioxidants that the seeds can be stored for extremely long periods of time without becoming rancid.

    But omega-3's and antioxidants are just the tip of the iceberg. Chia is also very rich in fiber, as well as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous and zinc. It can enhance the nutritional value of other food when used as an additive, and with its nut-like flavor, it can enhance the taste of your favorite foods as well.

    For these reasons and more, chia is being heralded as a “superfood.” You may have heard a lot about other superfoods like blueberries, broccoli, spinach and salmon, and these foods are all great, but many of them contain only a subset of the vast array of nutrients that you will find in chia. For instance, blueberries—like chia—contain phytonutrients and antioxidants, but they lack the omega-3 fatty acids. With its diverse selection of nutrients, vitamins and essential fats, chia is arguably the perfect food.

    Chia can be consumed in many ways. The grain is completely beneficial on its own, and unlike flax, you can derive its benefits without grinding the seeds. You can also use chia as a food additive or as a liquid. Unlike most seeds, you can even find chia in gel form, which is extremely beneficial in its own right. The gel causes a reaction in the stomach, drastically slowing the conversion process of carbohydrates into sugar. Chia gel can also help to balance your electrolytes.

    Like the Aztecs and the Mayans who lived centuries ago, you can enhance your own health and vitality by incorporating chia into your everyday diet. Whether you want to increase your energy or just ensure that you get those essential vitamins and nutrients every day, chia can set you on the right path.  Check out our Chia gel, Chia Surge.

  • 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.

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