The Benefits of Natural Pre Workout Drinks
A pre workout routine cannot be ignored because it is puts your body in the best possible state to perform. Typically, it involves consuming some form of supplement or pre workout drink. The goal is to provide enough energy that enables you to improve your performance in terms of endurance, speed or strength.
Yet for all the pre-workout drinks available in the market today, most may actually prove to do you more harm than good in the long run. Switching to natural pre workout drinks is the safe and more beneficial alternative, and in this article we explore some of the benefits of making this change.
Natural sourced caffeine vs. synthetic caffeine anhydrous
Caffeine is a stimulant that is a favorite for many for its ability to improve focus and boost energy levels. Some of the natural sources of caffeine include yerba mate, guarana berries, cocoa beans and kola nuts. Synthetic caffeine anhydrous is a manufactured type of caffeine, available in concentrated form.
The reason why naturally sourced caffeine is better than synthetic caffeine is simple. In its solitary concentrated form, synthetic caffeine is not found in nature and has nothing else to contribute to your overall health. In fact, long-term consumption of caffeine anhydrous has been linked to increase risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In contrast, naturally sourced caffeine brings so much more to the body in the form of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins from plant sources that keep the body healthy in many ways.
Naturally sweetened drinks vs. sweeteners with artificial flavors and colors
A sweet pre workout drink is easy to consume, and a joy to look forward to. But just like with caffeine, there are natural and artificial sweeteners. Natural sweeteners include stevia, monk fruit, and yacon syrup among many more. Even sweet fruits are natural sweeteners. The best thing about natural sweeteners is that they come with a host of nutrients as well. Antioxidants, minerals, fiber and more are often part of the package, and your body benefits greatly from them.
In contrast, there also exist artificial flavors and sweeteners that are manufactured and made to taste like natural sweeteners. While some artificial sweeteners like Sucralose are tolerated in small daily amounts (below 300mg daily) others such as Aspartame and Acesulfame Potassium (commonly used is pre-workout drinks) are often classified as carcinogenic. It is definitely safer and healthier for you to go for natural sweeteners instead.
Common ingredients for a natural pre workout drink
This is the root section of the beet plant with an earthy flavor. Having a beet pre workout is an excellent addition because
- It is a good source of fiber for long lasting energy.
- In beets, nitric oxide is abundant. It boosts your stamina, allowing you to go the extra mile in a workout.
- It keeps the brain healthy by improving blood flow to it.
A lot of citrus fruits contain vitamin C, and it is a great pre workout drink addition because
- It is loaded with antioxidants that reduce disease risk by strengthening the immune system.
- It regulates blood pressure.
- It keeps your brain healthy, improving focus and preserving memory.
Yerba mate is a plant that is often included in drinks for a myriad of benefits. For instance
- It is loaded with antioxidants that reduce the risk of developing diseases, lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation.
- It can improve your immune system, protecting against infections.
- It speeds up your metabolism, allowing you to burn fat faster.
Get the right start to your regular workout routine with natural pre workout drinks. Enjoy not just the extra boost in performance, but also the added benefits and nutrients that they bring as well.
About the Author
Joanne Tull, former Fitness America, Fitness Canada and Fitness Universe finalist. Joanne is a Co-Founder of Nutrology, the naturally based sports nutrition company that has innovated clean label nutritional products used by thousands of athletes, including elites in the NFL, MLB, NHL and Professional Boxing. Having appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports and TSN after finishing a storied athletic career as a state champion, collegiate and national level gymnast. Joanne’s common sense approach to nutrition will educate and motivate people on how to live a healthy lifestyle while balancing career, kids and fitness goals.