Herbalife Spotlight: Liftoffs! The Answer To Afternoon Crashes!

Yes, my favorite of them all that comes in a diversified group of flavors.  I recall being back in the south in Thailand where pre-workouts were obsolete.  Going to the gym without energy is a great way for your workout to fail before it even begins.

Thankfully, my friend from Australia sent me three boxes of it from Melbourne to Nakhon Si Thammarat and BOY! Were these the difference makers!

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What’s so great about this is the incredible about of B Vitamins you get just in one tablet. These vitamins help the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. They also help form red blood cells. You can also get B vitamins from proteins such as fish, meat, eggs, and dairy products. Leafy green vegetables, beans, and peas also have B vitamins.

Vitamin B Deficiency?

Not getting enough of certain B vitamins can cause diseases. A lack of B12 or B6 can cause anemia.

When to take it.

In my opinion, when you’re in need of a desperate boost.  Most Asian countries live on rice; therefore, there’s a good chance you’ll have a high carb lunch in the middle of the day, which will end up putting you to sleep within 30 minutes.  Am I right? Try me.

Dropping a tablet into a water when you’re getting drowsy is my suggestion.  Does this give you an amazing amount of energy before a workout? Unfortunately, no.  On the other hand, you can just take this as you go, by a water and watch it dissolve for a few minutes before consumption.  On top of that, this is actually healthy compared to the massive amounts of caffeine stuff into pre workouts.  Try it out!

Top 10 Potassium-Rich Foods

Look at Potassium as a hydration tool for your body.  Without it, your body would suffer from catastrophic dehydration and severe headaches.  It’s also the third most important mineral in keeping the organs of the body functioning properly.

The current recommended dietary intake for male and female adults is 4,700 milligrams of potassium per day.

What foods are rich in potassium? There are a lot of potassium-rich foods to choose from to meet your daily requirement. This list includes some of the highest potassium-rich foods.

1) Avocado

Avocado is definitely one of my favorite potassium-rich foods. A 2013 study published in the Nutrition Journal revealed epidemiological data from 2001 to 2008 that describes the effects of avocado consumption on metabolic disease risk factors.  Look at the variety of ways the avocado could be used in salad (chicken & avocado salad), guacamole, and even using them on sandwiches.  Also, best “good” fat out there.  Hop to it!

2) Acorn squash
26% DV

Acorn squash is a vegetable source of potassium that really should be more popular than it is because it also contains high levels of antioxidants. This type of antioxidant is well-known for helping prevent and fight various types of cancer, including skin, breast, lung and prostate cancer.  Honestly, would I eat squash with avocado being above? Probably not, but it’s an option for those of you out there who aren’t fans of the green.

3) Spinach
1 cup cooked = 21% DV

There’s a reason why spinach was the cartoon character Popeye’s power food of choice, and it’s not because of his biceps being massively big, either.  Not only is spinach a potassium-rich food, scientific research has shown that spinach contains plant chloroplast glycoglycerolipids, which are believed to act as cancer fighting agents. I thought spinach use to be disgusting, but if you eat it with a sandwich, just like avocado, you can’t even taste it.  I started eating spinach with sandwiches after my tenure in down-under.

4) Sweet potato
1 large potato = 24% DV

Sweet potatoes are a potassium-rich food that contain a higher density of nutrients than white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also high in beta-carotene vitamin C and vitamin B6.  Plus sweet potatoes have been shown in scientific animal research to exhibit anti-ulcer activity and are likely helpful in the successful treatment of peptic ulcers.

5) Wild-caught salmon

1/2 fillet = 21% DV

In addition to potassium as well as other vitamins, minerals and protein, wild-caught salmon is loaded with health-promoting omega 3 fatty-acids The benefits of these essential fatty acids include decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke while also helping reduce symptoms of depression, high blood pressure, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and chronic skin ailments like eczema.

 

6) Pomegranate
1 whole: 19% DV

Pomegranate seeds and its juice are awesome fruit sources of potassium. They’re also loaded with fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K amongst other nutrients. Also, pomegranate juice has also been found to be the healthiest fruit juice in the world.

7) Coconut Water
1 cup: 17% DV

Looking for more potassium-rich foods that come in liquid form? Coconut water, without sugar, is a beverage option that is high in electrolytes like potassium, but not too high in sugar or calories.

 

8) Banana
1 large banana: 18% DV

Bananas are the absolute best, but it’s high in sugars and carbs. That’s why I recommend bananas as a quick source of energy before a workout or a post-workout nutrient-rich recovery food to help repair muscle and balance water retention. Exercising, especially an intense workout, is one of the major ways that your potassium levels can get drained so that’s why it’s crucial to consume potassium-rich foods like bananas.

My Favorite Energy Booster – Herbalife’s Green Tea Concentrate

The afternoon crashes on Saturday and Sunday during heavy teaching workloads could be catastrophic, particularly if a student finds me completely disengaged.

These were the times 3 years ago when I consumed copious amounts of fatty-filled KFC chicken during my short breaks instead of eating a salad + avocado for good fat.

So, when I first fathomed the fact that Herbalife had a Bangkok branch, I knew I needed to buy some Herbal Tea, regardless of the flavor.

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Aside from looking at all the ingredients and it having no non-gm ingredients, this is my ultimate booster.  This has helped me tremendously.

For instance, I went running a hefty 5 miles two mornings ago before traveling to Bangkok to meet some colleagues, my eyes were completely dried out and I was struggling with energy.  Thankfully I packed a bottle of raspberry-green tea of this and one small teaspoon later, the amount of energy it gave me was incredible.

Most people have mid-afternoon crashes.  Why? When your is in the catabolic stage and you consume carbohydrates whereas you can burn them off, you get groggy, tired, and simply put – sleepy.  Instead, eating almonds, avocado and even probiotics could help you fight off the crashes.

Myself, however, will enjoy a nice glass of this because as good as it tastes, it just never gets old.

That’s my Herbalife product spotlight.  Find something, a plan of some sort, and stick with it.  Have something handy in case you’re dealing with the mid-afternoon fatigue and blahhhh.