Athletes are always looking for that competitive edge. For example, some swimmers shave their entire bodies; many runners swear by carbo-loading; jockeys are known to fast before races; extreme behaviors become run-of-the-mill—all in pursuit of heightened performance and victory. One performance enhancer that is drawing more attention from elite athletes is perfectly legal: caffeine.
Caffeine has always been the perennial best friend of high school and college students—whether as a wake-me-up or a means to stay awake while cramming for exams. Triathletes and distance runners have used caffeine as an energy booster for decades, but in more recent years, those involved in short-burst sports are also taking advantage of this stimulant.
Natural sources of caffeine include seeds, leaves, nuts and berries. In Kenzen Ten4® Energy Drink Mix, there are 80 mg per serving of natural caffeine from organic matcha green tea. The caffeine in organic matcha green tea not only may help boost energy, but it also may create a calm type of awareness. In other words, organic matcha green may well provide you with a pick-me-up feeling without the jitteriness that caffeine from other sources may cause. The natural caffeine in organic matcha green tea binds to the naturally occurring phytonutrients to slow down the absorption of the stimulant, giving it a slow release effect, resulting in up to six hours of enhanced alertness or physical performance.
The truth of the matter is, eating right is not only easy to do, but many of the foods that are best for us, are simply delicious. It’s a win-win.
The easiest way to make sure we’re eating right is to cook the food ourselves. This automatically decreases the amount of “convenience” food, which is often processed—meaning the actual nutrients have long been “refined” out of it. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. No need for rich sauces and time-consuming baked goods. A quick sauté of fresh vegetables and grilling lean cuts of meat, fish and other sea food is delicious and satisfying, without adding “empty” calories.
Many real foods are actually very convenient and good for us, because they can be eaten raw, contain antioxidants and minerals, and are nutrient-dense. For example:
- Kiwi is believed to contain properties that help to lower blood pressure as well as to prevent disease.
- Green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach, watercress, pea sprouts, yam leaves and chard are known to be low in calories, high in calcium and fiber—lending the benefits of cleaning the digestive system and promoting bone health.
- Red and yellow fruits and vegetables are believed to be high in lutein, a naturally occurring carotenoid known as an antioxidant with blue light absorption abilities. Blue light helps increase the growth rate of healbe high in lutein, a naturally occurring carotenoid known as an antioxidant with blue light absorption abilities. Blue light helps increase the growth rate of healthy cells, prevent eye disease and clogging of the arteries. Choose delicious and colorful squash, carrots, bell peppers, and once again, green and leafy vegetables.
- Apples and citrus fruits contain pectin, a type of fiber believed to help lower cholesterol as well as to stimulate digestion.
- Onions are thought to fight cancer and bone loss.
- Garlic is believed to boost the immune system.
Eating delicious food and being positive lifestyle role models go hand in hand. It’s great for our families and friends. NikkenWellness nutrition makes eating right, easy.