In the past decade, research has been showing more and more that clean food and clean ingredients are the ideal choice of nutrients to get the most out of training. Often times, when cut with fillers or over-processed ingredients, the quality of your nutrition and benefits you receive from it decrease.
What makes food clean?
Typically, any food that is as close as possible to its natural form can be considered clean fueling. Some would also argue that foods which are minimally processed, refined, or handled are also clean fueling, but purists would disagree.
Does that mean that the rest of it isn’t clean?
No, but it does mean that the rest of the food you’re taking in isn’t entirely food. Some ingredients in these other foods wouldn’t be consumed as a single ingredient and sometimes wouldn’t be classified as food on their own.
How does eating clean help strengthen your training?
Plain and simple, your body is a machine and it needs fuel to run. The higher quality fuel (or food) is going to be uncut, unrefined, unmodified, and as close to the original source as possible. This way your body only has to focus on processing and digesting foods and ingredients that enable it to run strong and efficient.
When products include chemicals or processed ingredients that are meant to benefit the food (ex: longer shelf life, better flavor, brighter color, cheaper production, etc.) and not you, you may not be getting the full benefits of the nutrition when you need it most. You may feel your body slow down or experience more discomfort in comparison to when you train with clean nutrition.
What does Skratch Labs have to say?
The best way to rehydrate is to replace exactly what you’ve lost in your sweat. Many sports drinks don’t contain enough electrolytes to rehydrate and have more sugar than is needed for optimal performance. Excess ingredients can make people sick when they drink too much of it.
Dr. Allen Lim, Skratch Labs Founder, had this to say about why he developed Skratch Labs’ Exercise Hydration Mix:
“Almost ten years ago, I started tinkering with sports-drinks for the pro cyclists I cared for because they complained that the taste and makeup of conventional sports-drinks made them sick. The drinks were just too sweet, didn’t have an electrolyte profile that actually matched what they lost in their sweat, and were filled with excess ingredients without a functional role. After a long day of consuming these neon colored sports-drinks, guts would be destroyed and taste buds nuked from flavoring agents that were way too strong, that didn’t have a clean finish, and that never tasted natural. This combination of “gut rot” and “flavor fatigue” was a performance bottleneck. What we needed was something light and clean that actually worked.”
Without the fruit, citric acid and sugar, Skratch Labs’ Exercise Hydration Mix tastes just like sweat. But with a little bit of fruit, citric acid, and sugar, Skratch Labs’ Exercise Hydration Mix tastes clean and light.
If you are sweating a lot and need to rehydrate but you don’t want excessive ingredients, give their Hydration Mix a try. And now it’s available in Strawberry flavor here at Performance Bicycle. With 2x the amount of electrolytes as traditional sports drinks and a full strawberry in every serving, we think that you’ll be able to taste the difference.
Changing your nutrition for training doesn’t have to happen over night, but we think if you start adding more clean ingredients and foods to your training, that you’ll see a huge difference in how you feel and how your body responds to training.