Shall I listen to the bodybuilding magazines that push products from supplement companies that are making ridiculous claims with their products that are loaded with ingredients that are not healthy for you?
Or……. shall I do something that is going to help me recover and is actually healthy and good for me?
We choose to take stuff that is healthy for us rather than consume a bunch of ingredients that have a bunch of side effects.
What are some of these ingredients that we do not think are a good idea to take? :
Corn sugars such as maltodextrin and high fructose corn syrup for starters. Do a google search and read for hours about the potential problems caused and how controversial this is. Even more so now, you will find that there is an even bigger controversy about corn products in general because of the large percentage of GMO (genetically modified) sources used from corn. Read and make your own choice, but I can tell you that I don’t recommend them for my top athletes or my children for that matter.
Next on the list would be artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), Sucralose (Splenda), Acesulfame K etc..
Here is another category that whole books have been written on so you can do your own research. I will tell you this, there are over 900 published studies on the health hazards of aspartame. There is a concern that acesulfame K is a potential carcinogen and we can go on for days about sucralose, such as how it reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50%, or that is can cause depression, migraines, bloating and rashes to name a few.
The next time you decide to use a recovery or energy drink, take a look at the ingredients and you may find that you quickly change your mind about what you decide to put in your body.
Here is a link to a blog we posted so athletes could look at their products and see the potential side effects from the artificial sweeteners in them.
So what do we do instead? What is the healthy alternative?
We make our own shake that is extremely beneficial for:
Immune system support
Here it is:
1. 2 cups of ice water
2. 2 scoops of Whey Isolate (from XCAP)
3. 1 scoop of 4Ever Greens (from XCAP)
4. 1 gram of NAC (N-acetly-l-cysteine)
5. 5 – 15 grams of L-glutamine
6. ¼ – ½ cup blueberries (organic)
7. ¼ – ½ cup unsweetened pomegranate juice