This one is for all you gym rats who are always seeking the next miracle drug that will light your fuse to blast off before a workout.
There was a period of my life when I used to ensure that I consumed at least 150 grams of protein a day and zealously believed my chest would deflate if I didn’t drink creatine within an hour of completing my workout.
The unnatural, natural progression was to consider pre-workout supplements to provide a little extra oomph. I had learned that the benefits of nitric oxide include the following: increased memory, regulation of blood pressure, reduced inflammation as well as increased endurance and strength. The only issue was, I was directed by the drug-saturated fitness industry into seeking chemical boosters rather than that which the earth provides.
After being programmed by bodybuilding magazines, I was sent off to the aisles of my local supplement store in search of a box of powder to help me push out just one more rep of deadlifts and increase my tempo on the treadmill that extra .1 so that I could finally achieve under 7 minute miles.
I walked out of the shop 70 dollars poorer and with a plastic container that appeared as if it may contain a nuclear weapon. What this imposing bottle really enclosed was 48 ingredients, in which all but 5 were unpronounceable to everybody except men and woman wearing long white coats. A few of the components were actually followed by copyright signs! The one ingredient I did not find was nitric oxide, even though the name of the product strongly suggested that it provided it. I did recognize Caffeine Anhydrous, or at least the first word, and know today that each serving of this concoction actually contains 200 mg of caffeine. This shot of chemical coffee along with the placebo effect is what really fueled my workout for the next few weeks.
Yes, for 20 or 30 days, I was full of enthusiasm in the gym, until my strong desire to believe and the increased caffeine intake began to lose its effect. Reality came knocking on my door when one day I neglected to drink my pink power powder and actually had a far more energized workout than I had for months prior. I nixed the stuff and, years later, the half-finished bottle still takes up space in my closet.
As I progressed towards a more natural and holistic lifestyle, blue green algae began to take the place of protein powders and I found ways tonaturally increase my body’s creatine production by consuming ample amounts of arginine glycine and methionine from nuts, oats, seeds, spinach and spirulina. As for a nitric oxide booster, I stumbled upon that quite unintentionally.
I now drink a lot of juice! I mix and match all arrangements in search of my super juice the taste of which will surpass all other combinations and proportions of any other juice ever discovered by man! When I find it you’ll know. I love juices unmixed as well. I drink pure pineapple, ginger and kale and am certain I have tasted every produce on its own. When I first drank beet solo, the experience was altering. The taste was pleasing, for sure, but what really set me off was the blast of energy I felt after consuming it.
I had plans with a friend to ride my bike from my home in Queens to a gym in midtown, work out my arms and core and then get down with some hot yoga before riding back home. Even for me, this was on the top end of my daily exercise spectrum and normally I would have felt fatigue creep in somewhere before the closing gong. But on that day, I felt invigorated and energized even well after I returned home.
Upon researching the validity of my experience, I found a ton of creditable data to support my pre workout revelation with a heavy emphasis on (nitric oxide. As it turns out, beets are an excellent natural source of nitrate, the very boost I was searching for in expensive, laboratory formulated products. Beets also contain a wealth of vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants.
I suggest all who are seeking to invest in any type of workout supplement to look towards the earth before looking towards science. My final food thought: Dietary supplements are not required to be tested by the FDA, don’t ask me why…
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