Hydration Important During Cooler Spring Days

May 3, 2016 by Kathleen Sullivan

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Dehydration can occur in virtually every physical activity scenario. It does not have to be hot outside. You can become dehydrated cycling, golfing, exercise walking or running on a cool spring day.

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluids through sweating than it takes in. The consequences of mild dehydration include muscle fatigue, loss of coordination and decreased energy or athletic performance.

Hydration is required before, during and after exercise. Athletes are advised to begin exercise well hydrated and replace fluids during exercise to promote adequate hydration. Additionally, rehydrate after exercise by drinking enough fluid to replace fluids lost during exercise.

Sports drinks provide hydration, but not all sports drinks are healthy. Perform 100 is the next generation of sports nutrition. Perform 100 is a performance and recovery supplement that provides hydration, while also protecting joints and tissues. Perform 100 improves performance and energy with 25g collagen protein and BCAAs. Take Perform 100 before, during and after workouts for maximum benefits and hydration.

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Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles

Yep, popsicles! We know it’s a little early, but with the warm weather spreading across the country, we could not resist. Who doesn’t love a naturally good for you and delicious popsicle?! Whatever combination of Perform 100 and fruit you choose, you are getting a protein packed, vitamin rich popsicle! At about 35 calories each, Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles are a healthy low calorie treat. We used a Crate and Barrel popsicle making kit. But these could easily be made in paper cups with wooden sticks or even an ice cube tray.

Make a shaker cup of your preferred Perform 100 flavor, we used the cherry flavor. Pour the drink into the popsicle molds you are using and place them in the freezer. After about an hour, add your fruit and the popsicle sticks. You might have to gently smash through the top layer of ice. For our popsicles we added blueberries. Wait for the popsicles to come to a hard freeze, unmold and enjoy!

Let your imagination be your guide with your own Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles – Cherry-Lime Perform 100 with blackberries would be a great combination, Perform 100 Lemonade with stawberry pieces, Perform 100 Peach-Mango with raspberries….

Bring on summer!

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Perform 100 – the Details!

Perform 100 is our energy and recovery supplement. It is a unique sports supplement because it is made from healthy ingredients. As athletes, we were searching for a healthy sports supplement for ourselves and our families. We knew the amazing benefits of pasture raised hydrolyzed collagen. There had to be a way to turn the health benefits of collagen protein into a sports supplement, and that is how Perform 100 began.
The final product has 25 grams of pure, clean, Peptan collagen protein, 7 grams of BCAA in a 2:1:1 ratio and 5 grams of L-glutamine. One scoop has 20 amino acids, including 100% of the daily allowance of the 9 essential amino acids. Perform 100 is formulated to provide all the health benefits of rapidly absorbed Peptan Hydrolyzed Collagen with the instant energy, muscle building and recovery properties of the essential amino acids. Perform 100 is three great supplements in one; our formula replaces the need for pre, during and post work out supplements.
We also made sure to avoid ingredients that don’t provide a benefit. Perform 100 does not contain caffeine, creatine, whey or gluten. We have less than 1 gram of sugar per serving. Perform 100 provides ingredients your body needs to Perform 100% at your chosen activity; golf, cycling, crossfit, weightlifting, running, walking and training.
We are really proud of our great new flavors! We came up with flavor combinations that provide great variety; our Peach-Mango is perfect for exotic taste buds. We also have Cherry-Lime, Cherry, Grape and Lemonade. Looking for a sport recovery drink that is 100% natural? Then Natural with a Hint of Citrus is for you. All of our delicious flavors have around 125 calories per serving.
Perform 100: Protein Essentials to Recover, Focus, Optimize & Rebuild Muscle with 100% of daily essential amino acids. It’s a Paleo Superfood!

 

We are Excited to Sponsor the Climb Out of the Darkness Expedition 2015

Climb Out of the Darkness Expedition

The COTD team on Summit #1!                                                                                              Photo: the COTD Facebook Page

Protein Essentials is very excited to be one of the sponsors of the Climb Out of the Darkness Expedition. This incredible expedition, organized by seven extremely ambitious climbers, is a 10 week long feat in which the team hopes to summit the 54 peaks of the Colorado Fourteeners. With the goal of bringing awareness to mental health, this brave team of seven hopes that through their difficult climbs they can rally support and attention to their cause. As the team’s Media and Outreach coordinator, Seth Pooler, explained to Protein Essentials, mental illness affects us all, whether personally, or through family and friends.

Last Monday the COTD expedition kicked off, and the team summited their first peak, Quandary Peak. This first peak, at an elevation of 14,265ft, gives a preview of the exciting climbs to come for the COTD team. As of Friday June 12th, the team had summited 8 peaks, making their first week of climbing a great start towards reaching their goal of all 54 peaks.

The Protein Essentials team is thrilled to sponsor the Climb Out Of the Darkness Expedition, and can’t wait to hear about the group’s many summits to come. Follow the COTD team’s progress on their blog and click here to find out how you can support mental health awareness. Also be sure to like the COTD Facebook page for all the team’s updates!

Top Five Beverages that Taste Great with Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen

Photo: Molly Wagener ©

Photo: Molly Wagener ©

So you have purchased Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen and you are on your way to healthier and rejuvenated skin, stronger bones, improved connective tissue and muscle growth, but you have hit a road block. With the bag of Protein Essentials collagen in one hand and the scooper in the other, you think to yourself, “What do I put this in?”. Fret no longer, here at Protein Essentials we have been busy determining the top 5 beverages that taste amazing with Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen.

1. Coffee

For many, the day does not and can not begin until a fresh batch of joe has been brewed and consumed. Fortunately, your morning roast is the perfect beverage to add Protein Essentials hydrolyzed collagen. The bold flavors of your cup of joe will blend with the unflavored collagen, providing you with the morning jolt you need as well as the many benefits of a paleo superfood.

2. Emergen-C

Woke up feeling run down or with a case of the sniffles? Have no fear, Emergen-C mixed with Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen or even our Perform 100 recovery supplement make amazing cold fighting teams, giving you a much needed immune system boost while also combating joint and muscle pain.

3. Smoothie

Nothing beats a perfectly blended smoothie with naturally sweet and nutrient rich fruits. Give your smoothie a protein punch by adding Protein Essentials hydrolyzed collagen. With an abundance of smoothie recipes to satisfy any mood, it’s easy to mix up your morning smoothie ritual. You can find delicious smoothie recipes from Katy’s Kitchen on our website.

4. Tea

Looking for a beverage that is both warm and relaxing? Tea is a great option as it is chock full of beneficial herbs, it contains a bit of caffeine to kick start your day, and it fights free radicals. The variety of tea flavors available make it an exceptionally versatile beverage for adding collagen protein.

5. Gatorade

If you’re an athlete, replenishing electrolytes is key to building muscle and staying hydrated. Gatorade is not only a great source of the potassium and sodium you need to combat dehydration, but it also contains a balance of carbs that aid muscle recovery. The benefits of Gatorade can be further enhanced by adding Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen or our Perform 100 recovery powder. This powerful combo will keep you hydrated while simultaneously promoting connective tissue health and alleviating muscle and joint pain.

How do you take your Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen? Hit us up on facebook or twitter and let’s keep this list growing!

Following a Gluten-Free or Paleo diet? Beware of Whey

For those suffering from gluten intolerance or following a paleo diet, finding the right food can be challenging. Many foods which appear to be gluten free, like gum, salad dressing, toothpaste and soy sauce, have sneaky additives derived from gluten. Protein supplements are no exception.

Whey Protein is one of the most popular supplements for athletes and the health conscious alike. It’s been proven to help people achieve quick muscle gains and speed up recovery. However, by using whey you might be unknowingly sacrificing your gluten free diet.

In its natural form whey, which comes from dairy, is completely gluten free. Unfortunately, as the whey is processed, many brands add gluten. “Glutamine” is the sneaky name for the most commonly used gluten additive. Other words to look out for on whey labels are starch, malt sugar, wheat, barley, rye, caramel color, dextrin, and maltodextrin (1). Cross-contamination is also something to be cautious of, as whey manufacturers may process wheat products at their facilities. Carefully reviewing the product’s label can help you determine if the product is safe for your consumption.

Fortunately, there is a great alternative to whey protein. At Protein Essentials, our products are gluten and dairy free, meaning you can still get the muscle gains and health benefits you want, without sacrificing your gluten free or paleo diet. Unlike whey protein which is derived from milk, collagen is the main protein found in the connective tissue of animals, making it an excellent hypoallergenic protein supplement. Make the switch to Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen today, after all it’s A Paleo Superfood™.

Purchase Protein Essentials Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen here:

http://www.proteinessentials.com/#!product-page/cjfw/a2326e73-3d5a-385f-fb21-d38493b9550e

Purchase Protein Essentials Perform 100- Energy & Recovery Supplement (Complete with 9 Essential Amino Acids) here:

http://www.proteinessentials.com/#!product-page/cjfw/c22e67d2-cab6-65e8-2d6d-8db78001eee4

Purchase Protein Essentials Pasture Raised Beef Gelatin here:

http://www.proteinessentials.com/#!product-page/cjfw/a3814586-5736-a1fa-dd2c-a05894461ce1

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Sources:

1) http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/whey-powder-contain-gluten-11739.html

Why Hydrolyzed Collagen is whey Better

If you go to the store looking for a protein powder, you will find entire shelves full of whey protein. While whey is a popular name in protein right now, there is a new product on the market with all the benefits of whey and more. This product is called Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen. What is Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen, and why is it superior to whey protein? We give you the run down.

First things first, what is whey protein and what is hydrolyzed collagen?

Whey protein:

Composition-

  • beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, bovine serum albumin, immunoglobins

So what is it?

  • There are two proteins in milk; casein and whey. The two can be separated, leaving just the whey protein.
  •  Whey is a complete protein with 20 amino acids, 9 of which are essential amino acids (the amino acids your body doesn’t produce).

3 Types:

  • Whey protein concentrate: low fat, low carbohydrates, protein levels vary
  • Whey protein isolate: no fat, no lactose (filtration leaves 15%, ion-exchange leaves 5%), typically 90% protein
  • Whey protein hydroslate: requires less digestion

Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen:

Composition-

  • Porcine Collagen Peptides, Bovine Collagen, Fish Collagen Peptides

So what is it?

  • Collagen represents 30% of animal protein matter. It is a key protein for joint, skin, bone and cartilage health.
  • Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen are type 1 Collagen Peptides, containing over 97% protein. It is easily digested, and includes 18 amino-acids, 7 of which are essential amino acids.
  • Made from enzymatic hydrolysis of native collagen

What’s the Difference?

The Ingredients:

  • Whey comes from dairy, which means it can cause digestive issues, stomach cramps, nausea, fatigue and headaches in those with lactose intolerance.
  • In its natural form, whey is gluten free, however many whey products add “glutamine peptides” which is hydrolyzed wheat protein. This makes whey a bad option for gluten free and paleo diets.
  • Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is a non-allergenic, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, kosher, and paleo protein supplement.

Digestion:

  • Since Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is hydrolyzed, it is highly digestible and quickly absorbed meaning faster recovery. With hydrolyzed collagen, up to 90% of the protein is absorbed.
  • Hydrolyzed whey is very expensive and bitter. The more common, non-hydrolyzed whey contains just 25%-40% protein, while Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen contains 97% protein and is rapidly absorbed.
  • Hydrolyzed collagen can be digested safely by people with dairy and gluten intolerance.

The Bottom Line:

  • Both hydrolyzed Collagen and whey have been proven to increase blood levels of essential amino acids, stimulating the production of muscle protein. However, Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is absorbed faster than whey, producing a better recovery.
  • Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and kosher, so you don’t have to worry about unpleasant digestive issues or sacrifice your diet.
  • Studies have shown hydrolyzed collagen not only promotes muscle regeneration, but also stimulates bone tissue formation, reduces the cartilage degrading effects of osteoarthritis, lessens joint pain, improves skin appearance and decreases wrinkles, and improves athletic performance.
  • If you are looking for a protein powder with all the essential amino acids, Protein Essentials Perform 100 is a collagen based sports recovery supplement that has all 9.

Learn more about the many reasons Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is whey better here:

www.peptan.com

Make the switch to hydrolyzed collagen today:

www.proteinessentials.com

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sources:

http://www.peptan.com

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263371.php

http://www.gnolls.org/3066/your-whey-protein-and-whey-isolate-may-not-be-gluten-free-beware-glutamine-peptides/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/529699-the-difference-between-hydrolyzed-whey-protein-and-regular-whey-protein/

The Spring Green Refresher

The Spring season is a time to revitalize and refresh. Why not get the feeling of Spring each day with this delicious smoothie?  Here’s a smoothie straight from Katy’s Kitchen. It has a light sweet flavor that bursts with energy and gives you all the healthy benefits of Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen. Even my teenager raved about this drink! Here’s how to make it for yourself:

Here’s What You’ll Need:

 1  cup almond milk

 15 green grapes

 1/2 orange

 Zest of 1 orange

 Handful of organic baby Kale

 1 Scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

 6 ice cubes

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Add the ingredients except the Collagen and ice cubes to a powerful blender. Turn the blender to medium speed and let it mix for about 15 seconds. Turn off the blender and add the Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen plus two ice cubes. Turn the blender to a higher setting and let it mix until the ice cubes are crushed. Turn of the blender and add two more ice cubes and repeat until all ice cubes are completely crushed.

Pour the smoothie into a tall glass and enjoy.

Makes about 20 ounces and contains approximately 100 Calories per 8 ounces.