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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits? January 26, 2010

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If you follow sports nutrition at all, or even if you read fitness magazines, you see tons of potions and formulas (i.e. energy drinks and recovery drinks) aimed at improving your performance in one way or another. Then there are a plethora of herbs and vitamins and whatever supplements designed to make you super healthy.

At a price!

So I thought it was funny to find out about a very popular home remedy for just about every ailment… apple cider vinegar!

Yep, this cheap liquid found in most every grocery store will cure nearly everything! Well, maybe, but obviously I don’t know yet.

If you look here, you see apple cider vinegar (usually shortened to ACV) will possibly help:

allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout. One reader reported that a shot of ACV saved him from going to the emergency room for heart pain. Apple Cider Vinegar also breaks down fat and is widely used to lose weight. It has also been reported that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water has high blood pressure under control in two weeks!

Omega Nutrition ACV is looking good after a few reviews, so I will look for it at the store next time. Then if I can just convince myself to try it! 🙂

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Fish Oil to Aid Recovery and Soreness April 8, 2009

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I had heard a number of reasons to take fish oil supplements or eat cold water fatty fish like Alaskan wild red salmon. And I do eat salmon sometimes. And on rare occasion I’ll get anchovies on my pizza.

But I never seriously considered fish oil until reading about how Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. I realized this after reading about Recoup90 at CoachLevi.com. This is a new, highly-concentrated Omega 3 pill.

It seems overpriced so I probably won’t buy it. But if fish oil can reduce inflammation and therefore speed my msucles’ recovery, I’m all over it. I might get a good brand like Carlson’s that’s not too expensive but still good quality.

Woo hoo, I’ll be able to workout every single day and not get sore!! Not really, but that would be cool.

Increase Muscle Mass With Ghrelin Mimetic December 7, 2008

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Want to boost your human growth hormone (HGH) levels and build muscle mass?

Then try ghrelin mimetic, a substance shown to stimulate production of growth hormone in seniors.

A small study of 65 people ages 60-81 shows promise, although the question is, is this useful for younger athletes?

I’m betting ghrelin mimetic would be a banned substance for one reason or another, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more info. (Right now I don’t know if you can even buy this as a supplement.)

My top 10 favorite energy bars, gels, and drinks October 16, 2008

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As an amateur triathlete, I’m not stuck with one brand of sponsor’s energy bar, so I get to try whatever I want, and drink as I please. No one asked, but what the heck – here are some of my fave foods and drinks – energy bars, energy gels, sports drinks, whatever.

10. PowerBar

No list is complete without the original energy bar. This is a great bar for racing of all sorts, with a decent taste and plenty of carbs for quick energy. It’s not the healthiest, best tasting, or most glamorous bar, but the ads say Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps are both Powerbar users, so you can’t go wrong with these. (Powerbar review.)

9. Lara Bar

I don’t use these while racing or training since I prefer to savor the flavor – but they’re so good I couldn’t leave them off the list. Based on dates and nuts (with no added sugar or artificial ingredients,) Lara bars taste great and are as healthy as you can get from an energy bar. (Lara bar review.)

8. Accelerade

I’m not sure if I believe the hype about consuming carbs and protein in a 4:1 ratio while training will make a big difference, but at the very least, Accelerade is a good way to get a ton of calories, easy. The taste isn’t very good, mainly due to the thick, yucky texture, but you get used to it. The blue raspberry and orange flavors aren’t bad though. (Accelerade review.)

7. Endurolytes

I usually don’t need these, but these electrolyte pills from Hammer Nutrition are a God send on hot days. If I swallow a few of these before an intense tri in mid-summer heat, cramps magically disappear. (Endurolytes review.)

6. Hammer Gel

Also from Hammer is a sweet energy gel. Hammer gel packs are big and bulky, but they fit in a bento box, and they have so many good flavors, it’s worth it. Pick out a neat flavor and try it! (Hammer gel review.)

5. Endurox R4

When it comes to recovery, Endurox R4 is the #1 choice. I use plain whey protein powder more often, and chocolate milk is rumored to be just as good, but this is neat stuff. Try it if you need a convenient recovery drink. (Endurox R4 review.)

4. Solo GI Bar

The best energy bar these days is the Solo bar. It tastes great, is pretty healthy, and is used by quite a few pro triathletes. Did I mention it tastes great? (SoLo GI bar review.)

3. Gatorade Endurance

There’s one simple reason to drink Gatorade endurance – it’s the drink of choice to be served along the race course (at big events.) Might as well get used to it. It tastes pretty good though, and it has the necessary electrolytes to keep you going strong. (Gatorade Endurance drink review.)

2. GU Energy Gel

Slightly more convenient than Hammer gel (and still pretty good tasting) is GU gel. It’s probably the most widely known gel, and makes my top-priority list of race food. Carry one for that extra little boost at the end of a sprint tri. (GU gel review.)

1. Clif Shot Bloks

Coolest thing out there – Clif shot bloks, which are like an energy gel but taste like a gummy candy. Easily the best tasting and most fun to eat supplement in stores! I’m addicted to these and probably use them on all my training rides and runs. (Clif shot bloks review.)

Best Weight Gain Supplements July 10, 2008

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Many skinny guys undoubtedly wish to build up weight in the form of muscles and not fat. For those wanting to gain weight and muscle use weight gain supplements to accomplish their goal. Supplements come in different varieties and flavours which includes tablets, syrups and powders etc. All these supplements commonly consist of protein but of different types and in different ways. Proteins are mostly preferred for body building because they consist of amino acids.

Protein is most popular among all the weight gainers because the body absorbs it very fast. Therefore people get results before too long. Egg protein is also very popular for weight gaining because it is easily consumed and is completely dairy-free. Apart from this protein family some other weight gain supplements are also available which can be mixed with bananas and milk for some tasty weight gainer.

The most nutritious among all these supplements is Glutamine. It generally comes in powder flavour which is mixed with water or pored in the form of shakes for easy drinking.

Creatine is another weight gainer supplement commonly used by most bodybuilders as it has scientifically been proven to be effective in muscle development. It is a natural productive acid which resides inside our body and provides us with more energy. Therefore consuming it in large amount provides a huge amount of energy and stamina which helps for those heavy workouts. It also helps for mental fitness and makes brain functioning more finely tuned.

Some meal replacement products are also available which helps for quick weight gain. Normally these supplements are in liquid or tablet forms which can be taken easily. Meal replacement products generally consist of vitamins and nutrition’s and a large amount of antioxidants which makes blood circulation faster and is helpful for those who lack the time to consume the necessary caloric intake for each day.

It is necessary to have these weight gain supplements on the doctor’s advice only as they may create some unexpected side effects. It’s a good idea to collect information about what supplements you are taking and any differences they are making so you can track progress.

FRS energy system ingredients May 7, 2008

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After seeing the possible dangers of having caffeine in FRS, i thought i’d go ahead and look into the FRS energy system ingredients.

Everything is healthy, and the caffeine content is quite low, but just in case you are interested, here are the FRS energy system ingredients:

FRS Healthy Energy Chews: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Quercetin, Ascorbic Acid, Camauba Wax, Corn Starch, Glycerin, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid Carrageenan, Green Tea Extract, Ciacinamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Caffeine, Sucralose, Calcium Lilicate, Yellow 6 Lake, Vitamine A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Cyanocobalamin.

FRS Healthy Energy Powder: Polydextrose, Citric Acid, gum Arabic, Natural Flavors, Quercetin, Ascorbic Acid, DL-Apha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Green Trea extract, Acesulfame Potassium, Calcium Silicate, Caffeine, Sucralose, Niacinamide(B3), Panax Ginseng Extract, Locust Bean Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride(B6), Gingko Biloba Extract, Riboflavin(B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride(B1), FD&C Blue #2, Cyanocobalamin(B12).

FRS all natural concentrate: Water, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Orange Juice Concentrate, Inulin, Citric Acid, Natural Orange Flavors, Quercetin, Ascorbic Acid, Gum Arabic, Locust Bean Gum, Green Tea Extract, Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E) Caffeine, Niacinamide(B3), Natrual Lemon Flavor, Beta Carotene (for color), Pyridoxine Hydrochlloride(B6), Thiamin Hydrochloride(B1), Riboflavin(B2), Cyanocobalamin(B12).

FRS low cal can: Water, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Inulin, Boysenberry Concentrate, Blueberry Concentrate, Red Grape Concentrate, Quercetin, Natural Berry Flavor, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Gum Arabic, Locust Bean Gum, Green Tea Extract, Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Natural Blueberry Flavor, Sucralose, Caffeine, Niacinamide(B3), Natural Lemon Flavor, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride(B6), Thiamin Hydrochloride (B1), Riboflavin(B2), Cyanocobalamin(B12), Red #40.

As you can see, FRS is not your typical herbal energy drink. It’s much better. Hopefully that helps.

Whole Lotta Energy Drink Reviews! April 15, 2008

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If you thought you knew energy drinks, prepare to be amazed… this is the biggest collection of energy drink reviews i’ve eever seen!

I had not a freakin clue that there were so many! but way too much high fructose corn syrup and other junk!

I could care less what anyone thinks of Monster’s taste or Red Bull’s aftertaste, as I’m in it for healthy energy drinks (like ACT and FRS) so in that case I read coachlevi.com, but if you want to learn about every single energy drink, check that out.

although there is an up-and-coming healthy energy drink blog I’ve seen around these parts (i.e. wordpress.com.)

p.s. rumor has it that TdF champ Lance Armstrong uses FRS! but sounds like FRS is good so why not.

Forget Gatorade, Lance uses FRS Energy Drink March 8, 2008

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My normal drinks used to consist of Gatorade, Powerade, Accelerade, GU2O, and water. But now I might have to add in a new antioxidant drink called FRS Healthy Energy. It’s used by none other than Lance Armstrong (daily) to stay healthy and in shape.

As important as it is to hydrate on the bike, you can gain (or lose) a lot of health benefits based on your typical drink of choice. Water is good, soda is bad, and FRS is great.

I found the info ‘on the down low’ at the following page:

All about Lance Armstrong using FRS.

newsflash – coach levi writes about Lance and FRS too, after the FRS press release.

Other notes:
I’m thinking this is a good time to submit my site to a directory or something like Health Directory Add URL. I would like more people to read my healthy ramblings.

Energy Bar That Tastes Like a Candy Bar? January 3, 2008

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I can’t report on these yet, but I was reading CoachLevi.com earlier today and there’s a test of Detour energy bars on there.

They supposedly taste like candy bars, so I’ll be looking for some!! 😀

Perhaps I can find more info in the various weight loss forums I visit.

Eat All You Want And Still Lose Weight! December 4, 2007

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While we’re talking about supplements, take a look at Akavar. I was drawn in by the “Eat All You Want And Still Lose Weight!” claim.

Here’s an explanation:

As Akävar™-20/50 restricts your caloric intake to below your normal daily caloric consumption, you literally pull excess fat from all over your body, including your waist, hips, thighs and buttocks (the body’s natural fat storage sites)… leaving your body thinner, trimmer and sexier than you ever thought possible.

They have some research to back it up too. It’s all on this Akavar page.

More thoughts on Diet Pills
All these diet pills and Rapid Weight Loss Pills sure sound amazing. But what weight loss commercial doesn’t make their product sound like an amazing solution? 🙂