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Ask Kaley // What Should I Expect with my Athletic Greens?

Author: Kaley Todd, RDN

First off, I just want to say congratulations on taking the next step toward managing your health!  

As you probably know, your health is your most important asset. A healthy body means more than just resisting illnesses. It means being able to be present and active in the many wonderful things life has to offer. 

You should be proud of the decision to make our Ultimate Daily part of your routine, and we hope you look forward to the many benefits it can bring.

Back To Basics

Whenever you’re considering ways to keep your body healthy, you should ALWAYS start with nutrition. 

Why? 

Because nutrition is a key foundation of every cell of your body. Nutrients impact your skin, hair, muscles, organs, bones, digestion, immune system, and ultimately, your ability to fight disease.  

This makes obtaining the right balance of nutrients essential to ensuring the body is working optimally. And nutritional deficiencies can have a serious impact on one’s health.  

In a perfect world, people would get their nutrients from food and consume multiple servings of fruits and vegetables each day. However, the reality is, this rarely happens. 

Even worse, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get the nutrients we need given today’s typical diets, food availability, busy schedules, and nutrient-depleted soil.  

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2 billion people worldwide are affected by deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. These deficiencies are called ‘hidden hunger’. 

Sadly, in many cases these deficiencies have nothing to do with the amount of food one consumes. A study published in Nature concluded that the current consumption of tasty, yet unhealthy foods is leading to a generation of malnourished people – a growing problem in many first-world countries.

This isn’t without serious repercussions. A study published in The Lancet in May 2019 reported that poor diet is the leading risk factor for deaths in the majority of countries in the world. They found that diets are a larger determinant of ill health than either tobacco or high blood pressure.

And nutrition isn’t just important for our own well-being. It can have a series impact on future generations.

  • WHO reports that anemia affects over 613 million women of reproductive age worldwide and contributes significantly to maternal deaths.  Half of these cases are estimated to be a result of dietary deficiencies of iron, vitamin B12 and/or folic acid.  Such deficiencies can increase the risk of stillbirth, maternal and infant deaths, early child and maternal mortality and low birth weight of newborns, as well as anemia and poor growth and development in young children.  It can also impair adult physical work capacity. 

The Good News

There are many small, healthy changes one can make that lead to big results. Starting Athletic Greens is one proactive measure to help achieve better health and can offer extra nutritional support

The purpose of Athletic Greens is not to be a substitute for nutrient-rich foods and healthy lifestyle, but to be a partner alongside a well-balanced diet. Because even those eating a healthy, well-balanced diet may still fall short of needed nutrients. 

Athletic Greens helps bridge nutrient gaps and provides an easy, just-in-case form of health insurance in a variety of ways.  

Your Greens

Athletic Greens is the most robust supplement available today. Studies suggest that we get maximum health benefits from eating a wide variety of nutrient powerhouses. That’s why Athletic Greens is made up of 75 vitamins, minerals and whole-food sourced ingredients.

We understand that health is dynamic. So we created a comprehensive formula that helps you adapt as your daily needs change due to stress, sleep patterns, or an imperfect diet.

Your Greens provide digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics to help restore and maintain a healthy gut. It’s packed with antioxidants and superfoods, which can also help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and aging. 

In addition to containing superfoods like spinach leaf powder and goji fruit extract, Athletic Greens also has a variety of other components that are “super” even though they may not be labeled as a superfood.  

There are also Adaptogens in your Athletic Greens.  These are a special class of herbs which may help the body to respond to stress and anxiety.  For instance, rhodiola rosea may improve endurance. A couple other powerful herbs are astragalus and ashwaganda which are known to enhance immunity. 

Because each person is different, everyone’s experience with Athletic Greens may vary slightly. The length of time before you feel a tangible benefit will depend on various factors. 

Individual nutrient needs, and current nutritional status can impact the initial experience of starting Athletic Greens. As the body begins to regulate and replenish depleted nutrients, it is also possible that some may briefly experience headaches or other side effects. 

Here are some (of the many) positive impacts you may notice within the first months of starting Athletic Greens: 

Increased Energy Levels 

  • B vitamins help convert dietary energy into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the form of energy that your body uses. The need for them is increased by stress, unhealthy dietary practices, illness, and demanding travel schedules.  The body does not store B vitamins well.  Thus obtaining adequate amounts of B vitamins daily is essential and can positively impact your energy levels. 
  • CoQ10 is another nutrient that your body’s cells require to produce energy.  If the body does not have sufficient CoQ10, your body can easily feel and stay fatigued.   
  • Alpha lipoic acid helps our cells convert glucose into energy. Alpha lipoic acid production decreases as we age, which means getting more via a supplement may help with energy, as well as healthy aging. 
  • Ashwagandha is a herb known as an adaptogen that is thought to increase energy by enhancing your body’s resilience to physical and mental stress. In addition to improving mental fatigue and stress, research also suggests ashwagandha can alleviate fatigue associated with exercise. 
  • Rhodiola is another adaptogen that research has suggested may be helpful for alleviating physical and mental fatigue.
  • Beet powder contains a high amount of nitrate, which produces nitric oxide in the body.  Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow and oxygen delivery  — allowing the body to produce energy more efficiently, particularly when exercising.  Studies have suggested that beetroot powder may increase the amount of time it takes for athletes to get tired during exercise.
  • Probiotics and digestive enzymes, which can improve gut health and digestion. Proper digestion can help improve nutrient intake thus improving energy levels, resulting in feeling less sluggish. 

Better Digestion

  • Athletic Greens contains digestive enzymes in the form of bromelain from pineapple and papain from papaya. These enzymes help break down protein and aid in digestion.  
  • Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus acidophilus are probiotics that can help promote a healthy gut, improve digestion and promote nutrient absorption. In addition, the prebiotic inulin feeds the probiotics and promotes the growth of good bacteria. 
  • Insufficiencies of certain micronutrients can impact digestion.  Obtaining adequate intake of vitamins and minerals can result in improved digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients. 

Improved Sleep:

  • Many people find they cut back on caffeine after they start on Athletic Greens.  Reduction of caffeine can ultimately help to improve sleep.  
  • Magnesium is an essential nutrient that evidence is showing can help support a good night rest.  Magnesium is thought to play an essential role in the sleep–wake cycles in the body. Research has suggested magnesium supplementation may increase sleep time, quality, and serum melatonin concentration, and decreased Insomnia. 
  • Studies have shown that Ashwagandha is a natural compound with sleep-inducing potential.  It has been found to improve quantity and quality of sleep. 
  • Zinc may be involved in the regulation of sleep.  Research has reported that dietary zinc may help improve the quality of sleep. 

Decreased Stress on the Body:

  • Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that has been used in India for thousands of years that may help us tolerate stress and relieve anxiety.  Studies have found Ashwagandha to significantly lower perceived stress and cortisol levels.
  • Eleuthero root and rhodiola are also adaptogens that may also help in decreasing stress on the body.
  • Micronutrients – particularly vitamins C, B6, B12, folate, zinc, copper and selenium – can help support the body when confronted with stress.

Motivation to improve other areas of your life

  • Starting health habits can lead to developing additional improvements in one’s life.  Having more energy and feeling better not only can help with sleep, but can motivate people to make good food choices, increase exercising and engage in positive psychological outlets like meditation. 

As you embark on this journey, remember that achieving optimal wellness is a lifelong endeavor and not a quick, temporary fix.  

Consistency is key.  

Our diets, activities and environment can change daily.  Taking adequate nutrients regularly is essential to supporting our physical and mental well-being, no matter what life may throw at us. 

We at Athletic Greens are excited to support you in your quest for health and wellness.  

Welcome!

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