Despite the huge photo of me in a national magazine attached to this post, it does have relevance to fitness and the content on my site because my site isn’t about my personal achievements. In April, I was approached with a unique opportunity to participate in a photo shoot for Propel ® Zero that would be published in national magazines from now until the end of the year. No big deal….I kid. I’m very honored and feel blessed to have had such an opportunity come about and at the perfect time in my career. Things happen for a reason and I’m a firm believer in that. Look for this ad in the July/August issues of Men’s Journal and Sports Illustrated amongst others that will also be in print in the near future.
Now, onto the more relevant topic of discussion…hydration.
Propel ® Zero is making a push to promote their product line again amongst the many other flavored fitness waters that are also on the market by offering a ZERO calorie flavored water that features water soluble B and C vitamins, fat soluble Vitamin E, and minerals that also promote hydration. It’s a nice change of pace from drinking flavorless bottled water. From my experience, most people have a hard enough time staying hydrated on their own because they tend to forget or opt to reach for something else more dense in calories but with no potential health or performance benefits. Water is crucial to thermoregulation of the body to keep you from overheating much like the cooling system of automobiles. Since our body weight is comprised from 45% to 70% water, fluid losses of even 1% can be detrimental to core temperature during exercise. Dropping below that in the 3% to 5% of body weight range can result in cardiovascular strain and impaired ability to dissipate heat. [1,2]
So here’s the breakdown of Propel ® Zero and most importantly WHY this may be beneficial to you in comparison with regular water. From here you can make your own informed decisions:
- Vitamin C is found in an abundance of fruits & vegetables and promotes healthy cell development, wound healing, and resistance to infections. It also serves as an antioxidant and goes well with Vitamin E. Vitamin C is necessary for the conversion of inactive form of folic acid to the active form. It also makes iron available for hemoglobin synthesis.
- Vitamin E also serves as an antioxidant that is found in many sources of fats, nuts, and grains. It may serve benefit to neurology, blood flow, and general metabolic maintenance.
- Pantothenic Acid (vitamins B5) can be found in just about every food source and aids in normal growth and development.
- Vitamin B6 also known as pyridoxine is a coenzyme for protein metabolism, nervous system functioning, and immune system functioning. It is also involved in the synthesis of hormones and red blood cells. B6 can be found in many sources throughout the diet.
- Vitamin B12 also known as cobalamin is found predominantly in meat & seafood sources, is vital for blood formation, and a maintaining a healthy nervous system.
- Niacin is a coenzyme for carbohydrate, protein, fat metabolism, and supports proper nervous system functioning. High intakes can lower elevated cholesterol. Niacin can be found in soy products, whey protein, beef, peanut products, sunflower seeds and fortified cereals.
- Calcium is a mineral essential for developing and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. It assists in blood clotting, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and may also reduce the risk of preeclampsia in pregnant women. Calcium can be abundantly found in dairy sources, dark leafy greens, and fortified drinks and foods.
Propel ® Zero is available in nine light and crisp flavors – Berry, Black Cherry, Blueberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Lime, Grape, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemon, Mandarin Orange and Peach.
Propel ® Zero powder is also available in individual, convenient sticks to add to your bottled waters. Flavors include Berry, Cherry Lime, Citrus Punch, Grape, Lemon, Lemonade, Kiwi Strawberry and Raspberry Lemonade. Lemonade, Citrus Punch, and Cherry Lime are each enhanced with Calcium. Personally, I enjoy drinking the Berry, Lemon, Kiwi Strawberry, and Cherry Lime (powder) flavors but I’m still looking for the other flavors in stores. They can be found at most major grocery chains in either the water isle or next to the sports drinks.
- Epstein,Y. and L.E. Armstrong. Fluid-electrolyte balance during labor and exercise: Concepts and misconceptions. Int J Sport Nutr 9:1-12.1999.
- Greenleaf, J.E. and M.H. Harrison. Water and electrolytes. In: Nutrition and Aerobic Exercise, D.K. Layman, ed.Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. 1986. pp. 107-124.
- Reimers, Kristin, PhD. “Nutritional Factors in Health and Performance.” Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. By Thomas R. Baechle and Roger W. Earle. 3rd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2008. 215-19. Print.