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Blonyx Beta Alanine Supplement Review

This is a review of Blonyx Beta Alanine supplement for increased performance and better recovery from muscle soreness.

Blonyx Beta Alanine

Overall Rating: 4-stars

About:

BETA-Alanine is a clean and simple supplement that will increase muscular endurance during short to mid-range, high intensity training. It is ideal for athletes wanting to squeeze a few extra reps out of a 10+ rep set or a few more meters / calories from their short interval sprints.

High intensity training causes a build-up of lactic acid in the muscle. This results in a burning sensation in the muscle, a loss of power and eventually fatigue.

In muscle cells, BETA-Alanine is combined with the amino acid histidine to create carnosine. Carnosine buffers lactic acid build-up slowing the onset of fatigue.

BETA-Alanine is a modified version of the amino acid alanine. It can be made in the liver and is then transported via the blood to the muscle cells for carnosine production.

We need to top up the BETA-Alanine we make by getting it in the diet. BETA-Alanine is found in foods like meat and fish.

Research shows that supplementing the diet with an additional 6g/day BETA-Alanine increases muscle carnosine levels resulting in an increase in muscular endurance from acid buffering.

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Beta Alanine performance benefits:

-enhances rowing performance at shorter distances (500-2000m)

-improves cycling capacity and sprint performance

-extends time to exhaustion when training at high intensity for short bouts (up to 5 mins)

-can increase power output when doing high intensity interval training like Airdyne sprints

-when doing strength based training, BETA-Alanine increases the volume of training (number of reps), an athlete is capable of achieving

-may also be an antioxidant and have other health benefits

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The Science

-When training at high intensity, we rely on anaerobic metabolism to provide energy.
A byproduct of this is lactic acid which, if intensity is high enough, will build up in the muscle cells

-It is widely thought that the pH changes caused by lactic acid build up causes muscle fatigue.
-Increased carnosine levels in the muscle through BETA-Alanine supplementation therefore slows the onset of fatigue
 

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My Experience

Ever since I first started lifting weight and regularly doing Crossfit, I’ve found that my nutrition is ultra important in order for me to recover properly and not feeling endlessly sore through weeks + months of consistent training.

When training volume and intensity are high, I think many people assume they can afford to eat a bunch of junk because they are “burning a lot of it off,” when in reality, you’re body’s need for clean fuel is even more prevalent when you’re going hard.

For me, when I’m fueling my body up well through macro-balanced nutrition and good supplementation, I feel like I have superpowers, especially during exercise.

Regularly taking this Blonyx Beta Alanine before workouts, I can definitely tell a difference in my ability to perform. Not only do I have a surge of energy, but I feel like I can do more reps and last longer at a high level of performing. I can definitely feeling the science working. That lactic acid build up fee

I like how portable the little container is, it’s super easy to throw into my lunch or gym bag.

Something noteable to mention (while not necessarily a bad thing) is the tingly feeling on my skin that I get when I take beta-alanine. It feels like light touches all over. It’s a little strange, but it doesn’t hurt at all. It generally adds to that energetic feeling that this supplement provides.

This brand is making a big splash in the Crossfit world, as I’ve been many athletes trying it out and incorporating this product into their routine. It’s definitely worth looking into if you’re looking for a little extra edge on your workouts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video Review: Betalain Performance Supplement

This is a review of Betalain, a natural sports performance supplement.

About Pure Betalain

WHAT ARE BETALAINS?

Betalains are natural phytonutrients found primarily in:

While the betalain phytonutrient is found naturally in beets, cacti and other flowers, betalains are bound and attached to sugar molecules within the plant matrix, making it nearly impossible for your body to metabolize it effectively.

We discovered that when betalains are unleashed from their naturally bound state, endurance athletes can properly absorb and metabolize them to improve endurance, speed and recovery.

HOW BETALAIN™ BOOSTS SPEED & ENDURANCE

MORE OXYGEN GETS TO WHERE IT’S NEEDED

Betalains enhance the body’s natural production of an important hormone, Erythropoietin (EPO), during exercise. 
Elevated levels of EPO in the blood means:
 

THE RESEARCH

 

 Check out the full study conducted by University of California Davis

HOW BETALAIN™ IMPROVES RECOVERY

NEUTRALIZING HOCL MEANS LESS MUSCLE DAMAGE

Betalains have the ability to naturally reduce the damage caused by HOCL (hypochlorous acid), a chemical produced by our body in response to muscle activity.

Less HOCL in your bloodstream means:

 

THE RESEARCH

Check out the full study conducted on Triathletes

HOW OUR PRODUCT IS DIFFERENT


 

While the betalain phytonutrient is found naturally in beets, cacti and other flowers, betalains are bound and attached to sugar molecules within the plant matrix, making it nearly impossible for your body to absorb and metabolise them effectively.

Our products contains betalains unleashed from their naturally bound state, so that endurance athletes can properly metabolize it and improve endurance, speed and recovery. It is produced with the highest of quality standards and contains no commodity ingredients, no sugars and no nitrates.

Just proven results.

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My Experience:

Teatulia Organic Tea Review: January Edition

This is a review of Teatulia organic teas.

Teatulia Organic Tea

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Teatulia:

“We are delighted to introduce our range of twenty organic Teatulia teas, each offering a unique flavor profile, with one or more that will satisfy every palate.

Our totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

SINGLE-GARDEN DIRECT

All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic tea garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity.

MORE ORGANIC THAN ORGANIC

Teatulia’s mission is to sustain the land and the people while producing top-quality organic tea.

Established on virgin soil and grown following Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” method, Teatulia is the only tea garden in Bangladesh to be USDA certified organic and the only garden we know of that has approached tea cultivation this way.

At Teatulia we:

Do virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.

Develop the soil with cover crops and mulch

Utilize water bodies & herbal shade trees to restore the eco-balance to the area

Use only natural pest & weed controls

Nourish the land with bio-fertilizers

Protect wildlife

Process the tea in bio-gas plants

SUSTAINABLE

Yes, it’s Organic. But that’s just the beginning. Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary and very different from what any other tea-grower is doing (to our knowledge). In the Teatulia gardens, we have implemented “natural farming” practices espoused by the Japanese Master Masanobu Fukuoka, resulting in a closed-loop eco and social system. We use no pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation in the cultivation of our teas – we trust mother nature to establish the perfect balance. Consequently, eight years since its inception, our “virgin” garden, developed on fallow land, is now a thriving ecosystem teeming with once endangered Flora and Fauna.”

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My Experience:

You guys, I’m pretty hyped on tea right now. So, here’s another Teatulia experience I’d like to share with you. I’m thankful to be an ambassador for this brand (just a fancy way of saying–I genuinely love what they are doing and want more people to know about them).

Here’s what makes this teas different and why you would look to them to ramp up your health:

Neem:

Teeth + Gum Health + Overall Cleansing

Detoxing and cleansing are two words that we’ve all heard at some point. They are crucial to overall health because a clean body is a thriving body. A body that accrued a toxic build up will experience slacking performance across the board. This can manifest itself in poor sleep, low energy, issues with integumentary system (hair + skin + nails), moodiness and chronic illness. The upside is that if you regularly perform detoxifying + cleansing protocols (like drinking this tea), you can prevent a lot of that and calibrate your body to be a beaming conglomerate of bumping energy.

Tulsi:

Adaptogen (Helps body cope with stress)

Stressors surround us every. single. day. What we CAN control is how beefy we make our immune response + body’s resiliency in order to deal with this stress. Pretty cool that we can put things into our body that help diminish the negative effects of stress.

Black Tea

Brain Function + Memory

Commonly and anciently (sure, that’s a word), black tea is used as the base for brewing kombucha, a fermented + naturally effervescent tea that aids digestions and boasts probiotics and gut-healing benefits.

Black tea is neat because it ramps up + stimulates brain function and contains half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee. This makes it the perfect compliment to that morning cup of coffee (think: mid-day tea break!)

Drinking these teas makes me feel: Naturally energized + balanced + detoxified + clean inside + ready to perform + peppy. Yep. Gimme mo-of-that!

Their instagram account is my particular favorite; you can find them @teatuliateas!

Use the code runonorganic for 25% off your entire purchase at Teatulia.com

Schwartz Bioresearch Review

This is a review of Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotic, Phytoceramides and L-Carnitine Tartrate.

Schwartz Bioresearch

Overall Rating: 3-stars

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Phytoceramides

About:

“Each one of our premium formulas is created by a team of highly experienced professionals to ensure the greatest benefits are achieved.

Key Health & Beauty Benefits

Our superior Phytoceramides with Biotin act by replacing the skin’s lost Ceramides. They add essential elements into the skin to combat the natural effects of time which, if untreated, eventually results in aged skin. Phytoceramides may also stimulate the body to synthesize collagen – its primary function is to plump up the skin and maintain its natural elasticity for supple, radiant and youthful skin.

Natural and Allergen Free

Using only the latest technologies we are able to develop products free of GMOs, allergens, and other harmful additives.”

Probiotic (40 Billion CFU)

About:

“Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotic 40 Billion CFU’s is a powerful blend of 4 scientifically studied Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus strains and 40 billion colony forming units (CFU’s).

High Quality Strains to Guarantee Potency until Expiration

We guarantee high-quality, shelf stable probiotic strains which maintain at least 10 billions CFU until expiration date and survive harsh stomach acids to reach the intestinal tract where they exert their greatest benefits. Most probiotics have weak strains that don’t survive the shipping and storing processes, let alone stomach acids and bile. Some manufactures are even offering probiotics with a coating full of chemicals so the weak strains won’t die in the stomach. We are some of the very few who can guarantee potency until expiration date, the strength of our probiotic lies in the high quality strains we work with, not in artificial coatings.

Made Only with Natural Ingredients

Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotics are Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. Our supplement is FREE of lactose, soy, wheat, nuts, iron, sugar, chemicals and artificial colors.

Each Lot is Extensively Tested 

The potency, purity and content of each batch of probiotics are extensively analyzed by professionals before its release. The ingredients in our products are 100% natural, and we use no binders or fillers of any sort.

Long Shelf Life & No Refrigeration Necessary

Our high-quality probiotic supplement is shelf stable and doesn’t need refrigeration; and it has a guaranteed shelf life of 18 months from the date of manufacture.”

L-Carnitine Tartrate

About:

“Doctor Formulated L-Carnitine Tartrate for Heart and Muscle Health

Schwartz Bioresearch L-Carnitine Tartrate 1000mg is superior from all others. Carnitine burns fat, promotes cardiovascular health, speeds up muscle recovery and boosts physical performance. Our supplement is designed to deliver definite results.

Excellent Results

The use of our L-Carnitine Tartrate will cut down the recovery time between high intensity exercises, boost cellular energy and burn fat, constituting an infallible fat burning combo. High levels of muscle L-Carnitine decrease lactic acid production, aiding in fast muscle recovery.”

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My Experience:

I just completely geek out over the entire process of putting good things into my body. Along with that comes a lot of troubleshooting in terms of helping my body become balanced (hormones, sleep patterns, etc.).

Schwartz Bioresearch is a brand I had yet to hear about, but I am intrigued by what they are doing. Here are my general thoughts about supplementing with specific vitamins + minerals + compounds to achieve a desired goal:

  1. There is a space for it.
  2. Nothing makes up for a nutrient dense diet packed with a lot of organic, raw foods.
  3. Long term balance will be achieved through habitual dietary changes, but can be expedited in the short term with supplements that target specific deficits.

Basically, I view the Phytoceramides and L-Carnitine Tartrate products (naturally occurring substances and amino acids in the body) as a way to specifically target the resiliency of my integumentary system (hair + skin + nails) and aid my exercise recovery + optimize cellular metabolism. Short version, I’d look to improve my skin + hair + maximize power output + burn more body fat + perform better by taking these.

I don’t think that taking a supplement like this is something I could get behind all the time, but I think the timing of this post is appropriate.

Let’s be really real. Most of overdid it a bit over the holidays. Even if we made a few paleo desserts + meals and kept it mostly clean, it likely varied from the everyday grind that normally keeps us functioning at a high level. Because of that time we enjoyed, it’s going to take a bit more momentum + more gusto to get that train rolling just as fast.

A time like this is when I’d integrate these supplements. L-Carnitine Tartrate to ramp up my workouts and recover faster, the Probiotic to help my gut proliferate good bacteria and Phytoceramides to strengthen my drier-than-usual winter hair and keep my skin vibrant.

I wish the probiotic contained a few more strands in it, making it more of a complete probiotic supplement. Overall, I felt pretty happy with how these products performed, as they’ve helped catapult me into the New Year. My skin and hair both feel noticeably healthy and I’m feeling closer to being my normal self after struggling with an upper back injury for several months now. I know these supplements played a role in that.

A finishing note about the product quality–I’m itching to learn more about the sourcing and development of these products, I’m not completely sure how they are in regards to being non-GMO + organic. It appears that Schwartz Bioresearch is committed to creating products that are “vegetarian and free of gluten, lactose, soy, wheat, nuts, iron, sugar, chemicals and artificial colors.” (at least their probiotic is listed that way), which is encouraging.

I have noticed that delineating and comprehending the quality of a supplement starts to get trickier the further away from whole food based it becomes. The more isolated it becomes, the tougher it is to be sure of the origin. Make sense?

I enjoyed giving these products a try. Feel free to check out the Schwartz Bioresearch website and see if they are a good fit for you.

 

Ellie Fitness Apparel: New Picks!

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Ellie

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Ellie:

“At Ellie, we are driven by our love for fashion and fitness to create high quality activewear for the modern woman. We launch limited edition collections every month so that the Ellie woman is always staying inspired and on-trend. At Ellie we know women like to have options so we offer two ways for you to purchase Ellie pieces. You can order pieces individually on our site or join our Fit Fashionista Club monthly subscription and let us help you discover a new outfit once a month.

We create unique, stylish pieces that you can wear when you’re working out or out on the town. Ellie apparel is designed to complement every part of your routine. Whether it’s a unique top for pre and post workout, moisture wicking pieces for intense routines, or accessories to accent your outfit, we have you covered at Ellie.

You can expect only top-quality materials and technology in Ellie gear. We have a range of fabrics that are moisture wicking, 4- way stretch, UV protected, and breathable. Our industry recognized designers spend hours creating activewear that is high quality and fashion forward.

We invite you to experience and enjoy Ellie!”

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Flex Appeal Capri

About:

  • If you’ve got it, flex it. These frisky mid-caf capris make an impression with a booty-enhancing contour line, fun navy stipe pattern and convenient features like UPF50+ protection and a hidden key pocket.
  • Fabric Content: Body: 88% Nylon, 12% Spandex
  • Fabric Care:
  • Machine wash cold with like colors. No bleach, no softener. Tumble dry low if needed. Use a teaspoon of salt to keep color fabulous.

Beach Bound Bra

About:

  • Dare to bare that bronzed skin with ultimate confidence. This edgy, fun bra is perfect for a run or volleyball on the sand. Soft, double-layered fabric provides comfortable support at the rib along with a flirty cutout design.
  • Fabric Content:
  • Body: 90% Supplex, 10% Spandex
  • Body: 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex
  • Lining: 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex
  • Fabric Care: Machine wash cold with like colors. No bleach, no softener. Tumble dry low if needed. Use a teaspoon of salt to keep color fabulous.

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My Thoughts:

When I first saw these pants on the Ellie website, I thought “Oooooo!” There is something about the stripes, the fact that they’re navy instead of black. I just love the pattern of them. They’re very comfortable and I see them as great pants for lifting, doing some light running and during other fitness ventures. I don’t see them as being high performance enough and having a fabric substantial enough to last several years of heavy mileage via running. They tend to wiggle down a tiny bit, gradually during strenuous exercise for me.

The look of this sports bra is likely my favorite that I’ve ever owned. I love pieces that are set apart by their unique detailing. This bra is best suited for lifting, yoga, hiking and lighter forms of exercise that aren’t high impact. It’s not highly supportive (I am a 34 DD bra size). However, I still see it getting tons of wear during the summer on walks, hikes, gardening, etc.

The quality of Ellie apparel is pretty good, but not as high performance as it gets. I enjoy having these fun pieces in my wardrobe and they get a lot of use as my everyday casual wear more than my long runs or sweaty workouts.