Pre-Workout: Amino Energy Review

You guys don’t know, but two days ago had to be the most terrifying moment of my life.  After sucking down two cups of coffee (1pm and 4pm), I decided to “test” out my new pre-workout, Amino Energy, at 6pm.

Yeah.  Bonehead move.  There was no effects at the moment, but I while I was walking to my bus stop after work, I got super lightheaded.  Why? Maybe too much of a surplus in caffeine.

I tried sleeping around 9:30, and everytime I closed my eyes and went into a stage of sleep before I actually fell asleep, everything felt like it was moving and I would get a jolt of warm energy from my elbows to my hands.  This ensued to 11pm, 1am, 3am….I had enough.  I was down near on a 24-hour stint and I headed to the clinic to get some medication to fall asleep.  Disclaimer: do this only during worse case scenarios…never on a regular basis because these drugs are terrible and they can affect your kidney.

I went to sleep around 4:30 am, woke up once to call in sick, and slept again until 11:30 am.  I felt so groggy and completely fatigue, but it was because of the excess caffeine.

Judgement Day

So, I was scared when I woke up.  I looked at my pre-workout and it looked at me.  I said, “should I, “and ‘it’ said, “should.”  I took only a half-a-scoop and off I went to the gym.  Now, there were no tingling effects or anything, but what I felt was an extreme amount of focus.  In this class had 4 other women and a guy.  The women I like to call “fair-weather” because some days they say good morning, other days they completely ignore you.  Didn’t matter, but it was motivation on top of the focus.

When the workout started, I was zoned it COMPLETELY.  This reminded me of the day I took Jack 3D back in 2012 and my energy was bouncing off the walls.  I didn’t give up once.  I kept it rolling for a full hour, which is unheard of.  Even during breaks, I kneeled and remained focus….normally I would chat it up or try throwing some conversation gambits out there for bait (lol).

Now, is this as good as Stimul, my absolute favorite pre-workout? Well, Stimul never gave me insomnia.  All will tell later on tonight if I can sleep or not.

Nonetheless, the ingredients, reviews and everything I saw online made me purchase this two days ago, and it surely didn’t disappoint.

  • Strength – Check
  • Quality – Check
  • Consistency – Check

 

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.