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Review: The Sports Drink For Us All – Alley-Oop by Youthtopia

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Many of us wanted to “Be like Mike” when Gatorade came on the scene. The scientifically-created sports drink to replenish athletes while they perform their magic transcended sports and quickly became a drink for the masses.

The only thing is…most people aren’t elite athletes and even on most days, are not typically performing extreme high-intensity exercises or playing sports that Gatorade, Powerade and the likes, were designed for. It’s great if you plan on climbing to the top of Camelback mountain, playing ball for hours on end at the gym, or are preparing to compete in a Crossfit competition. But the average American doesn’t NEED the excess sugar and salt, even if they are healthy and active.The average serving of Gatorade contains over 20 grams of sugar. But the entire bottle of gatorade is 32 ounces, so that equates to 56 grams of sugar. Imagine just sipping on it at your desk and not exercising at all, or a child drinking Gatorade on a regular basis. That’s a problem.

Meet the Alley-Oop beverage, created by Dr. Brenda Jones, M.D., and her late husband, the founders of Youthtopia. Together with partner and minority owner Ronald Fuqua, they decided to create the change they wanted to see.

“…We played a lot of tennis, and the only healthy beverage was water, but then you didn’t get all the essentials you needed from water. We didn’t really get into Gatorade and Powerade because they had so much sugar…We started looking around and there was nothing other than diet beverages…so that’s where the concept started,” said Dr. Jones.

This product differentiates itself from others on the market because of its low sugar content and ingredients. It is also diabetic-friendly.

“Our present Alley-Oop is in a powdered form with just 5-7 grams of sugar per 16-20 oz. of water and averages out to about 28 calories, compared to Gatorade which has over 20 grams of sugar or more per serving.

We add in all of the nutrients you need like salt, potassium, vitamins, etc. Our beverage is non-GMO, gluten free, and caffeine free, contains no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. So, everything is pretty much all natural except for the addition of a small amount of sucralose for taste.”

As a former practicing Ophthalmologist for three decades, we asked Dr. Jones, who regularly served patients with high heart disease, obesity, lung cancer and were survivors of strokes, if these conditions which affect African-Americans so heavily, have an affect on eye health. “Yes, especially as it relates to diabetes, hypertension, stroke and cancer. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss among working-aged people and the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans.”

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OUR TAKE:

We got the chance to try out the three flavors of Alley-Oop for ourselves and here’s what we thought.

FLAVORS:
Straw-Mango (most popular)
Slam Punch
Citrus Grind

The Straw-Mango and Slam Punch flavors were as good as could have expected. With just 7g of sugar per serving, the flavor was great. Alley-Oop also has just 7g carbs and 28 calories per serving. They were especially good closer to frozen and a little slushy. Citrus Grind was our least favorite, because we expected a sweeter flavor just like the other two, but it was lot more sour/tangy. However, Dr. Jones let us know that this is a flavor preferred by more men, possibly because it resembles more of the lemon-lime gatorade flavor. This is not a flavor we would purchase, but we think it’s worth giving all three a try.

OVERALL:

We give Alley-Oop beverage 4 out of 5 star ranking. We would like to see more flavors and more purchase availability, which we can imagine will continue to expand as the brand continues to expand.

Alley-Oop can be purchased at Youthtopiabev.com

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Your Guide To Shopping For Produce

Find out what produce you should definitely buy organic, and what is okay to buy conventionally

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It seems to be getting harder and harder to know what is being sold to us at the grocery store. We know that the beautiful, shiny produce is the most affordable but probably contains the highest amounts of wax, pesticides and other chemicals. However, organic can be a bit pricey and possibly unavailable, depending on where you have access to shop.

Did you know that the USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples it analyzed? The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

See what happens when you pour hot water on conventional apples. The chemicals literally melt! It’s important that we buy organic and if we cannot, at least wash our produce prior to consuming (Video: Laurline Eldemire Lawrence via Facebook):

Check out the most recent list of produce that you should preferably buy organic, known as the ‘Dirty Dozen,’ and which produce is safe to purchase conventionally, known as the ‘Clean Fifteen.’ While you may not find every produce item you like to eat on these lists, this is a great start!

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Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen. Credit: EWG

Read the full report here:

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Drink Your Way to Fat Loss

Let’s start with water and its importance to fat loss……notice I say “Fat Loss” because I view it differently than “weight loss”. Eliminate carbohydrates, fast, go on a juice diet, detox, cleanse or drink some sort of weight loss shake and inevitably you will lose weight. However, you generally will gain it back…and if you are super unlucky…plus some!

On average, I would say that prior to my lifestyle change, I was lucky to finish a bottle of water a day. I didn’t think about drinking and I consumed most of my liquids in the form of tea or coffee during the day as I was never a soda drinker.

If you want to lose FAT, here are a few reasons water is so important to your success.

1. Appetite Control – Water is an appetite suppressant which means that drinking enough of it ensures that when you do feel hungry you really need something to eat. Drinking a lot of water helps to keep hunger at bay!

2. Toxins – Water clears toxins and helps fats pass through your system before they can be stored. Water helps any substance your body doesn’t need exit safely and aids in transporting the necessary nutrients throughout your body.

3. Kidney function – The kidneys require water to carry out their duty of processing waste products efficiently. When the kidneys don’t have enough water, the liver comes to aid. Part of the liver’s responsibilities is to take your stored fat and turn it into energy you can use. Therefore, by not drinking enough water you are slowing down the speed at which the liver can do it’s work. Drink more water and let the liver turn your FAT into ENERGY!

FIT TIP-Drink 8 oz or 1 glass of water every hour at work. One 8 hour shift meets the average daily requirement of 8 glasses (64 oz) a day.

4. Hormones – As you start to cut the amount of food you are taking in as most people do when they are trying to lose weight the body senses this lack of calories. From an evolutionary perspective, whenever there was a lack of food there was also a lack of water. By consuming enough water, you tell the body there is “No Emergency” and that it is safe to let go of the fat rather than hoard it.

5. Hydrated Muscles – Muscles that are hydrated are stronger which leads to better workouts, more muscle growth and ultimately increases your metabolism. Muscles burn more calories just by their mere existence!

DRINK UP!

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@iamnayfit – 5 Tips to Make Your #BodyGoals A Reality and Getting Results In 28-Day Challenge

Ilen Bell, MS, CSCS, Co-Founder of Black Fitness Today

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What is the #Ri28 challenge?

The 28 day challenge was made when we put together all of the elements needed to lower your body fat percentage quickly and efficiently.  The combination of reducing carb intake and increase activity on a daily basis is key to fat loss.

What can people expect over 28 days?

Clients can look forward to a no stress program. No gym membership is needed , no gym equipment is required. All you need is $39 and a device to watch the workout on.

Who is the #Ri28 challenge for?

This challenge is for anyone who wants to tighten and tone. This a great way to spice up your normal cardio routine with high intensity interval training.

Why should people join the challenge?Anyone wanting for feel better and look their best should join the #Ri28 family. 2017 is coming to an end and it’s time for bring in the new year feeling and looking  like the best version of YOU!

What are your Five Tips to Make #BodyGoals A Reality?

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