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If at first you dont succeed, High High again....

okay, very punny.

But seriously.

I was excited to try iKOR as a supplement.

 

At the behest of my wife, I have been listening and reading about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and CBD. For those unfamiliar, Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits...I know, you read cannabis and thought 'pot' or marijuana.

While you're not entierly wrong, CBD is not the 'high' enducing portion of marijuana.  That's THC.

For more information on THAT, use google.

 

I was excited about Ikor specifically, becuase it is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing hemp extract (CBD.) The idea was that consuming CBD oil would protect mybody from the stresses of training (i did 3 world major marathons, 2 century bike rides, a half marthon and balanced work and my family....) improve recovery from intense efforts and maintaining a positive mental state....the wonder drug?

 

If THAT sounds good, use code "BibRave20" good for 20% off.

Expires on 12/31/18

 

Okay, onto my experience.

I began taking iKOR twice daily.

I would take 5 pumps in the morning and 5 pumps in the evening for a total of 10 pumps per day.

I used the product, as directed, for 7 days.

I did not notice my stress levels or sleeping patterns change during this time.

I did notice my stool was a bit softer..... TMI?

After the 7th day, I stopped using the product for 3 days.

I didn't notice any differences in how I felt.

 

I did however come down with a nasty virus which layed me up for the last 23 days..

any way.

I'm going to give it another go and see if anything changes now that I'm not knocking on death's door.

 

Everybody's experience will be different and the links below will guide you to some of my fellow BRP's and you can read their expereinces.

 


#IKORBR so far #BibChat

Sooooooo.

I'm not convinced. 

Yet..

 

1st don't get this stuff on your tongue; it tastes awful!

2nd; I don't feel a whole  lot differently t.

 

Granted indont suffer from chronic pain or have an injury. Put I thought I would sleep better and feel less pain than without it.

I am still hopeful though.


#IKORBR #BibChat

iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD; protecting your body from the stresses of training, improving recovery from intense efforts and maintaining a positive mental state. Ultra-refined, with liposomal encapsulation technology, iKOR is the most bio-available product you can get. We are confident that we offer the highest quality, most effective CBD product available.

 

 

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis sativa L plant. CBD is commonly extracted from industrial hemp plants.

 

Are Hemp and Marijauna the same thing?

No.

Hemp and marijuana are essentially different cultivars of the same plant, Cannabis sativa L. While marijuana is a form of cannabis that has been bred to concentrate high levels of the psychoactive compound THC, Hemp is a version of Cannabis that is grown primarily for its fiber and is used in clothing, paper, biofuels, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and foods.

 

Will CBD get you high?

No.

CBD has no psychoactive effect on humans.

 

 

-Ultra-Refined, Bioavailable Organic Hemp Oil

-Liposomal Encapsulation Technology for faster absorption

-5mg of Bioavailable Hemp Extract per Serving, (60 Servings per bottle)

-Natural Citrus Flavor Non Isolated or Synthetic Cannabinoid

300mg Hemp Extract


#NOWGetFit #NowBR Reviews are in

The formal stuff:

The following statement are comprised of my opinion. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Disclaimer: I received Samples of BCAA Big 6 - 1 Grape and 1 Watermelon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

 

About the product:

BCAA Big 6 is an advanced caffeine-free sports supplement formulated to support exercise endurance and recovery from intense workouts. BCAA Big 6 features branched-chained amino acids (BCAAs) to support muscle retention and recovery, and betaine to help maintain fluid balance during exercise. BCAA Big 6 also has taurine, which can further support endurance. BCAA Big 6 includes L-coralline and L-glutamine to complement this formula. Natural color variation may occur in this product. (https://www.nowfoods.com/sports-nutrition/bcaa-big-6-grape-flavor-powder)

 

My take:

I chose to be a part of this test because I am a firm believer in the restorative nature of food. Now, before you stop reading because this is a supplement and not ‘food’ hear me out.

In dietary science, “essential” means that your body cannot make it, and you must consume it to survive. Since these essential amino acids cannot be made by the body; they must come from food or supplements.

 

For those of you that know me, you know I work almost 7 days a week and about 12 hours each day. I do not have the time to measure a 13 oz porterhouse steak, grill it and eat it after a run….nor would I want to. I can meal prep and bring lunch to work, but even that only meets a segment of that I need nutritionally...Sometime you need something different. That being said; I love the versatility of the BCAA Big 6.

 

 

This is not a meal replacement but rather something I can use if i want to supplement my workout, or even something other than water. I also like to ensure I have enough protein to support immunity...read more in the nerd section below.

 

I have used the powder for pre, post, and during exercise and while I didn’t feel a magical boost of energy...I also DIDN’T feel the effects of negative gastro-intestinal feedback.

 

Being easy on the tummy is a huge win for anyone who is running or biking (or lifting…. ) and doesn't want to deal with cramping or bloating. This was refreshing and it tasted good.

 

My favorite application for this was to mix it with some green tea and crushed ice. Mixing the watermelon and brewed green tea, sweetened the tea without adding gobs of sugar.

To further drive home the usefulness of this product, my kids loved the taste of the grape. They typically ask if they can have what I have, and I don't have any qualms about sharing this with them.

 

Summary:

It’s important to find a brand you can trust, because many products marketed for sports/sports nutrition may have artificial ingredients, caffeine and adulterants. So bottom line is, I trust NOW® Sports to support my active diet. Get some now and try for yourself. If you want to try BCAA Big 6, too?! You’re in luck! Use code 20NOWBCAA on Amazon.com for 20% off both varieties of BCAA Big 6 https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A1G65M39SCQHX5

 

For the nerd in you…the 9 essential amino acids are:

histidine lysine phenylalanine isoleucine methionine threonine leucine valine tryptophan

 

Of these 9, BCAA Big 6 contains L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine

As a side note; Leucine is what stimulates muscle protein synthesis (www.aminoacidsguide.com/Leu.html)

 

Reduce fatigue during exercise:

Higher levels of BCAAs help limit the entry of tryptophan into your brain. Your body uses tryptophan to make serotonin, which may contribute to exercise fatigue (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29069229)

Reduce muscle damage and soreness: BCAAs may relieve soreness caused by the strain and inflammation of exercise (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28934166)

Promote muscle building after exercise: BCAAs stimulate the synthesis of protein in your muscles and suppress the breakdown of muscle protein (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23343671)

Provide a source of energy during prolonged exercise: When glucose, your muscles’ main energy source, becomes low, BCAAs can serve as a source of energy (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29570613)

Support immunity: Strenuous exercise can result in reduced immunity, which may be due to a decrease in the amino acid glutamine, a fuel for immune cells. BCAAs can be converted into glutamine in muscles (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29570613)

Gatorade’s Endurance Formula Powder is surprisingly light tasting.

I've used this powder for endurance training and competition a few times (started before Berlin and through Chicago.)

I was happy with how I held up in Chicago between consuming more frequently and starting slower; but I wasn't impressed until my 85 mile bike ride last weekend.

The powder really mixed well and really kept me hydrated an not wanting a while lot through the ride.

It wasn't as tart or sweet as the premixed (ready to drink product) and it didnt have that dry washed out taste which sometimes happens when ypu use too much water.

 

Each single serve packet has 300mg of sodium and 140mg of potassium per serving which will replenish electrolytes for sustained hydration, and 22g of carbohydrates quickly absorb into the bloodstream.

 

What impressed me most is I was able to consume #GEnduranceBR without causing GI distress.

It takes proper nutrition

Why is Your Food SO Much More Important Than Your Exercise?

Why I'm excited

Branched Chain Amino Acids are essential amino acids that serve as the building blocks of protein, which helps to fuel your muscles during workout and can also help support muscle recovery post-workout. They’re called essential because the body doesn’t make them on its own, so you need to supplement or get from them from your diet.

Failing to prepare is preparation to fail

 Disclaimer: I received the products below of #GatoradeEndurance to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews

 

1 canister Endurance Formula

1 caddy of Energy Gels

1 caddy of Energy Chews

1 caddy of Carb Energy Drink

1 squeeze bottle

 

the most basic rule of marathoning: Don't try anything new on race day.

 

Don't try anything new on race day

The most obvious interpretation of the rule and it may (or may not) seem to be common sense--don't wear shoes you bought at the expo the night before the race, at the race.

But, what some people dont consider until race number 3, is fuel.

 

My GI tract is not easily upset by on course nutritional supplements to the extent where I am naseous on course (I can't say the day after is a walk in the park...but that's a different story.)

What I can say, especially the more in tuned with my body I get, the more I can see how performance is impacted (or enhanced) by the symetry between my training fuel and on course nutrition.

If you have never taken a GU, Honey Stinger or other similar energy gel with you during your training runs, do not take whatever they are handing out on the day of the race.

 

That advise is not absolute; but worth considering.  If you did not bring anything with you on your trianing runs and you need something during the race, take it!

 

Similarly, if you've never eaten a bagel and cream cheese before a training run, don't do that the morning of the marathon either...


Detach Product Review

Hydrate AND Activate with Detach Coconut+. A light citrus flavor drink:lemon: using clean, plant-based ingredients:herb: and a micro-blend of protein proven to elevate your training:muscle:. They call the product Detach Coconut+ as it expands on the hydration benefits of coconut water, but really only has a subtle coconut flavor

Disclaimer: I received 6 bottles of Detach to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews

Protein...its more than just a buzzword

Low Fat

Studies show that eating less fat means less fat on your body. Each serving of Vi-Shape® shake mix has 1 gram of fat.

Low Sodium

Each serving of shake mix has only 75 mg of sodium per serving. A diet low in sodium is important for a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Low Sugar

At less than 1 gram of sugar per serving of shake mix, Vi-Shape® shake mix helps support your weight loss goals.

Gluten Free

Each serving of shake mix is gluten-free, to help support a variety of nutrition lifestyles.

When should I carb up.....

Interview with Günther Weidlinge Content taken from the Runtastic Blog

Does carboloading really work?
“The importance of filling up on glycogen prior to an extended endurance race is beyond dispute. However, the term carboloading is used excessively nowadays. One thing’s for sure: Athletes need to provide their bodies with energy for a great performance. Besides vitamins, minerals, proteins and fat, endurance athletes need to make sure they get enough carbs.”

“Real carboloading requires you to first  empty your glycogen stores completely. This means you don’t get to eat any carbs (no bread, no potatoes, no pasta,…) while continuing with your training. That first phase takes 4 to 5 days. This takes a whole lot of willpower. Then, you shift to a diet based almost exclusively on carbohydrates for the following 5 days or so. This way, you can fill and overfill your glycogen stores to provide the body with an abundance of energy for the following competition. Every runner must decide for themselves whether they want to try this or not. I’ve never done this – and I’ve never had a problem with my energy supply during a marathon or an extended training run by simply following a balanced diet.”

 

Günther Weidlinger is an Olympian turned Certified Sports Manager. He has participated in the Olympic Games 4 times and currently holds 8 Austrian records for the 1500 m to the marathon.

 

Is Sleep More Important Than Exercise? What the Science Says

Content taken from the Runtastic Blog

Are you the kind of person who likes to do bodyweight training in the morning to get moving? Or go running first thing on an empty stomach? Then we salute you! But maybe you are the type of person who likes to press the snooze button and enjoy a few more minutes in your cozy bed. Pretty soon the question becomes sleep or exercise – which one is more important?

Studies show that sleep helps your body regenerate

Seven to nine hours of sleep per night: this is the number recommended by experts of the National Institutes of Health to ensure long-term health. But the fact is that most Americans get far too little sleep and exercise.
And yet adequate sleep is absolutely essential. It maintains your mental and physical health, helps your body regenerate and strengthens your immune system. If we were to judge based on this aspect alone, we would have to say that sleep is more important than exercise

Lack of sleep encourages weight gain

 

Did you know that too little sleep can cause weight gain? Experts have found that inadequate sleep can increase the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin. This can lead to cravings for unhealthy, fatty foods. A vicious cycle! These kinds of foods make you feel sluggish and, in turn, less motivated to exercise.
Another study has shown that people who sleep less than seven hours per night tend to exercise less than those who get more shuteye.

Thanks Tina Ornezeder for this article.  Tina is a passionate Runtastic editor, loves avocados & yoga and is very curious. She likes to discover new trends and report on them.