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Exercise Synergy

Looking for an energy boost? By popular demand, many workout supplements are riddled with heavy doses of caffeine, sugar, and artificial stimulants. Unfortunately, it is your health that pays the surcharge on this superficial excitement. Rather than bogging the body down with foreign substances that may bind to or even oppose your brain receptors, we suggest an easier, more natural possibility for powering-up.

Water. Plain water could lift you from lethargy to lively. Researchers from the University of Connecticut found that nearly insensible water loss (approximately 2 percent) depresses mood and impairs concentration in healthy women. Proper hydration will fight fatigue and provide a natural way to reboot. To tease your taste buds, add WME to an alkalizing glass of IsaWATER. The combination is sure to cause craving for hydrating. Whether you’re joining a pick-up game, battling against summer sun, or fending off a noon time nap-balanced vitamins, minerals, and a natural shot of water are sure to activate your energy.

No competitive athletes are likely to advise against carbohydrate. The primary fuel source for the brain, the blood cells, and the muscle, carbohydrates promote focus, aerobic activity, and muscle strength. Keeping your workout from short circuiting-the body stores carbohydrates for easy access when we need them most.

Glycogen (the storage form of sugar) is found mostly in the muscle and liver. When muscle and liver glycogen is depleted (perhaps during distance running), the fatigue will set in and the body will slow down. The questions are: what sugar and what dosage is most effective for your workout? What will replenish your glycogen the fastest? What will give you fuel without spiking your blood sugar?

Fructose has spent a long time out of the lime light, but this plant-based sugar is ideal to replenish liver and muscle glycogen. Researchers at the Nestle Researcher Institute found that a beverage with fructose will replenish liver glycogen more efficiently than glucose. Whether there is an hour between rounds, or a night between races, optimal performance follows an optimal strategy for recovery.

Adding on to glycogen, fructose has also been confirmed as a low-glycemic sugar. Metabolized a little differently than glucose, fructose is less likely to surge into the blood stream, and more likely to restock energy stores. Avoiding sugar spikes enables you to sustain high levels of energy without crashing later. Isagenix WME has 7 grams of natural fructose to sustain exercise, replenish glycogen, and balance blood sugar. Isn’t that sweet!

In addition to being the poster-child for antioxidant vitamins, vitamin C is a star for sustaining a workout. Exercise is hard, that is the point. But it does not have to feel that way. As you may have heard, Vitamin C supplements make exercise more enjoyable, they undo the feelings of difficulty. How can this be?

Researchers at Arizona State University found that supplementing vitamin C reduces heart rate and the perceived burden of strenuous exercise. For many, physical activity is a discipline. Conquering the mind, morphing the perception of exertion to enjoyment, can play part in the physically gratifying process. In this perhaps strange reaction, Vitamin C serves as a catalyst. Confirmed by the research, vitamin C lowers perception of effort, allowing you to go the same distance while the mental anguish takes a hike.