As I’ve moved forward in my journey towards wellness, I have become increasingly concerned with what I’m putting into my body. Sure, I’ve done the easy things – I’ve cut out fast food for the most part, stopped drinking soda pop, and found healthy substitutes for junk food.
As time has gone on, though, I’ve really gotten into the habit of reading lists of ingredients before I consume things. Unless I’m eating at a restaurant, I have made a habit out of not consuming anything unless I can get a general sense of what’s in it. (This has made for a few awkward moments at social gatherings when folks have handed me boxed food or beverages and I have instantly started scanning the ingredients right in front of them!) As a general rule, I tend to stay away from items that have ingredient lists whose lengths rival War and Peace or items that contain a tremendous amount of artificial sweeteners.
Earlier in the year, I started taking a look at the type of hydration and fuel that I was using during my training. I figured that there was no point in spending several hours running and training each week in order to improve my health if I was going to consume a plethora of harmful substances in order to have the energy to do so.
When I scanned the ingredient list of the sports drinks that I had been consuming over the past few years, I was dismayed. In an effort to minimize my calorie intake, I had been consuming a great deal of zero-calorie sports drinks. After doing some reading, I learned that many of these beverages had sucralose, which is an artificial sweetener that can potentially affect the body’s insulin levels and that caused leukemia in mice in a scientific study. No thanks! When I took a look at the lists of traditional sports drinks, I noticed that the second ingredient on the list was often “Liquid Sugar” or “Sugar”. Unbelievable! If I’m going to limit consumption of my beloved Mike and Ikes to holidays, what’s the point of drinking sugar?
I started to look around for a healthier option that would allow me to hydrate properly before and after workouts without compromising my health and long-term wellness in the process. When the folks over at Ignite Naturals reached out to me earlier in the year and asked if I wanted to try a sample, I thought that I may have found what I wanted. Their initial email to me clearly stated that their product consisted of 100% plant-based electrolytes, which was exactly what I had in mind!
Over the course of my training for the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon, I made a habit of consuming one packet of Ignite Naturals’ IN Refresh product in my pre-run water before every long run. I loved the great taste and variety of flavors, and I also felt that it did a great job of fully hydrating me for a long period of time as my runs grew longer and longer. Most importantly, though, I loved the fact that IN Refresh didn’t contain any chemicals or artificial sweeteners.
When Ignite Naturals approached me about joining Team Ignite in April, I was thrilled. The opportunity to come on board with a company who is focused on providing products that don’t contain any artificial sweeteners, fillers, GMOs, or processed sugars was too good to pass up!
Since April, I’ve consumed IN Refresh before every long run or race, and I’ve been extraordinarily pleased with the results. IN Refresh has helped carry me to several new PRs over the past few months, and I know that it’ll help me stay hydrated during the brutal summer months as I prepare to set a new marathon PR at the 2014 Towpath Marathon.
Best of all, I don’t have to worry about the long-term effects on my body when I consume IN Refresh. Their 100% plant-based products don’t contain anything that I’ll regret putting into my body! Check out how IN Refresh compares to some commonly used hydration products in the chart below, which comes to us courtesy of Ignite Naturals’ Indiegogo campaign (which I’ll talk about in the near future!):
In addition to IN Refresh, Ignite Naturals also offers a variety of other products for your exercise and fitness needs. Check out their website to learn more about all of their product lines! I am looking forward to checking out some of their Reload Energy Gels as my marathon training long runs get longer.
Are you interested in trying out Ignite Naturals’ great products? If you are, please feel free to use my Team Ignite discount code – IN00330 – in order to save 10% off your order. I encourage you to check out their great line of products!
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