I’ll answer the 1st question by first outlining the key ingredients of each and their essential benefits. The second question I will answer by providing my recommendations and then provide you an inside look at how my PGA players are utilizing the LivPur Hydration and Recovery during tournament weeks.
LivPur is a complete hydration, combining the ideal ratio of electrolytes, vitamins, glucose and amino acids to effectively rehydrate your body. Our science based formula enables your body to absorb the essential nutrients up to 2-3x faster then other hydration products.
Why are there Amino Acids in LivPur’s hydration?Current research is now showing that the addition of amino acids to a hydration fluid can significantly enhance the absorption and retention of fluid over that of even an electrolyte drink.
Hydrate Key Ingredients
Amino Acids - LivPur Hydrate includes 3.4 grams of Amino Acids including the 9 essential AA’s and 3 Branched Chain Amino Acids ( Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine).
Amino Acids have been extensively researched on enhancing muscle support, fat loss, athletic performance and reduction of post exercise fatigue among other health benefits.
These 9 essential amino acids must come from diet and/or supplementation, since the body cannot make them. Athletes and active lifestyle people have been using the 3 BCAA’s for quite some time, as they skip the normal digestive process and quickly become available in the muscle to be used as energy but also to aid in muscle repair, building and recovery.
It’s crucial to consistently feed the muscles with amino’s during your sporting event or workout. I never understood why do we wait til after competing or exercising that we replenish the muscles. BCAA’s also act as hydration supplements. They were found to rehydrate cells better then an electrolyte-carbohydrate or flavored water beverage after suffering about a 2% loss of body water.
Due to Amino Acids powerful health benefits mentioned above, it was impossible to even consider leaving them out of the Hydration formula.
Electrolytes - For proper hydration, we need both replenishment of fluids plus essential electrolytes, including sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and more.
Vitamin C - In one stick pack, feel the benefits of 1.5x the amount of vitamin C in an orange for support for your bones, cartilage, and immune system.
Vitamin B6 and B12 - B6 and B12 are the best B vitamins for energy. Methylated B12 specifically helps convert fat and protein to energy, while B6 supports muscle repair, sustained energy and aids in brain and nerve function.
Highly Branched Cyclic Cluster Dextrin - Cluster Dextrin is a great source of carbohydrates that provides energy while exercising. It is a game changer in the field of carbohydrate based sports drinks. It provides a sustained release of energy without causing a sudden spike in blood sugar and large insulin response. It passes through your stomach faster then other carbohydrate supplements making it more readily available for your body to burn as energy.
Clinical data reveals Cyclic Dextrin lowers blood markers for stress hormones after exhaustive exercise compared to other carbohydrate sources.
- Dextrose Monohydrate (Glucose) When rehydrating you must have sodium, it’s a key ingredient.
What is the problem?
The problem is, Sodium alone has a hard time getting through the small intestine.
Solution? Add Glucose. Clinical Literature shows that Glucose helps sodium get through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. It’s called the Sodium-Glucose Transport. We’ve added just enough Glucose to allow this to happen. Now that Glucose has allowed Sodium to enter the bloodstream, it opens the gate for water, zinc, potassium and magnesium to get through for rehydration to occur faster.
The hydration companies that market/advertise sugar free hydration products are missing the boat on this effective rehydration process.
When we talk about recovery, the question we ask is what are we recovering from? The obvious answer is Stress! Stress is an inevitable and necessary part of life, but chronic stress on the body is not healthy, nor is it natural.
Chronic stress can be brought on by traffic, insomnia, toxic relationships, demanding jobs, unhealthy diets, pervasive social media and exercise. This unrelenting stress can take a heavy toll on our nervous, endocrine and immune systems. Chronic stress can cause to worsen the symptoms of about any health symptoms.
Doctor’s offices are crowded with people who are trying to deal with stress related health issues such as: anxiety, depression, heart disease, obesity, depression etc. Medications and Sedatives are being prescribed more than ever in the history of our society. These medications come with even more serious side effects such as addiction and other serious behavioral and health problems.
People are searching for alternatives to help them combat mental/physical/emotional fatigue, reduce muscle soreness and enhance the immune system.
Athletes are pushing themselves harder than ever before while at the same time trying to avoid the dreaded “overtraining syndrome”which includes symptoms like chronic pain, insomnia, sickness, decreased performance.
When I think of “Recovery”, I think of stress reduction and minimizing all of the physiological harm that comes with long term stress that I mentioned above. With today’s fast paced society and with athlete’s pushing themselves harder than ever before. Finding the right formula for LivPur’s recovery was a big priority for me.
Recovery Key Ingredients
Enter Adaptogenic herbs- Stress fighting Adaptogenic herbs have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Adaptogenic herbs are getting attention in sports. These ancient herbs grow in some of the harshest climates in the world. The remarkable resilience of the herb is passed on. Strength, stress reduction, endurance and immune building are all key benefits that Adaptogens offer.
Adaptogens improve athletic performance and contribute to long term health benefits. Exercise supplements often have side effects, such as irritability, sleep disruption or shakiness. As time goes with continued use of these supplements your body becomes immune and needs stronger doses. Usage of Adaptogen herbs benefit increase the more you take them. There are dozens of Adaptogens, but in my experience I chose these Adaptogen herbs for LivPur Recovery that are particularly well suited for athlete recovery process.
Rhodiola Extract - Also known as a “golden root” that has been used throughout history in traditional Chinese medicine as an Adaptogen herb to enhance mental and physical endurance. Rhodiola has been studied extensively. This herb has anti-fatigue, anti-stress, anti-hypoxic, anti-oxidant and immune enhancing benefits.
Rhodiola supports the function of the adrenal glands and enhance a healthy response to physical, emotional and mental stress by supporting levels and other stress related hormones that are increased due to exercise. This will be helpful for calming your body when your nervous system goes into “fight or flight” mode due to everyday stressors. One of the more popular uses of Rhodiola is for increasing your RBC count and lowering oxidative damage. Increased RBC’s carry more oxygen to muscles can dramatically improve athlete’s performance and delay fatigue.
Astralagus - A herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Has antioxidant properties that inhibit free radicals production which damages cells, immune boosting, reduce inflammation and prevents fatigue.
Tart Cherry - Tart Cherry is becoming the go to recovery drink after exercise. Tart cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and are packed with anti-inflammatory properties. Running, biking and lifting..no matter what your fitness routine is, tart cherry is great for relieving muscle soreness.
What do tart cherries have to do with muscle recovery? Inflammation, muscle damage, and oxidative stress are the cause of pain and soreness after exercise. Tart Cherries contain anti-inflammatories properties and have been shown to help with all 3 causes of muscle pain.
Branched Chain Amino Acids BCAAs - (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine) are the building block of protein, which means drinking LivPur Recovery will replenish that protein lost in strenuous exercise, and promote energy so you can push yourself longer and harder while supporting lean muscle growth.
Studies have shown that BCAA’s may help reduce the fatigue you feel during exercise by reducing the production of Serotonin in your brain. When competing or exercising at a high level or for long durations muscle will start to breakdown and continue until the body is given a signal to start the recovery process.
Our goal at LivPur is to receive this recovery signal as soon as possible during training or competition. The sooner you switch from breaking down to building up, the better you optimally repair and recover. LivPur Recovery provides the essential nutrient, BCAA Leucine that provides this signal.
LivPur Product Recommendations
Hydration Recommendations - My recommendation is to drink 1–2 stick packs of LivPur Hydrate per day with 500 mL water when not exercising.
When exercising, you should use additional hydration strategies. It’s important to begin the hydration process before water/electrolytes are lost. This “pre-hydration” helps ensure you are hydrated and within the normal plasma electrolyte levels.
Our general recommendation is to drink LivPur Hydrate with 500 mL water 30 minutes before exercise.
During exercise, fluid and electrolyte replacement is the goal. This prevents excessive dehydration and electrolyte loss that will decrease performance and cause muscle strength and endurance to be lessened. A general guideline is to consume 250 mL water mixed with LivPur Hydrate every 30 minutes during intense exercise. (Remember that this amount will depend on body size, temperature of the exercise environment, and intensity of the training).
PGA Tour LivPur Hydration Schedule - Heat, humidity and sun exposure is what golfers deal with daily on the PGA Tour. Typically, they are on the course 5-6 hours a day. Hydration is extremely important.
Pre-Hydration always begins the night before with LivPur Hydration to get the essential nutrients into the cells.
- 1st Hydration starts about 1.5 hours before their tee time, during gym warm ups which carries into their range warm up.
- 2nd LivPur Hydration stick pack going into the back 9.
- 3rd LivPur Hydration is stacked with LivPur Recovery post round.
“Hydration is not just about drinking water, it’s about replenishing your cells with essential nutrients.”
Recovery Recommendations - You can take LivPur Recovery any time of day, especially if have been under some stress. But, for best results, we recommend taking your Recovery stick pack with 500 mL water right after your workout or competition.
- PGA Tour LivPur Recovery Schedule - The daily stressors the players undergo during tournament weeks is very high which takes its toll during the long season. External stress: travel, change in time zones, different hotels, lack of sleep, sun exposure, heat, humidity, heckling fans. Internal stress: performance under pressure, internal expectations. (This can also be applied to everyone especially those who travel a lot)
- 1st LivPur Recovery stick pack is taken after practice round or competition round. Usually stacked with a Hydration stick pack.
- 2nd Recovery stick pack is taken after dinner.
I have worked with athletes and active individuals in a clinical setting and traveled with professional athletes for 20 years. People want results with their hard work. Nothing is more frustrating then putting in the time and not reaping the rewards. Proper Nutrition is critical in achieving these results.