Water Soluble Vitamins
Did you know, fat soluble vitamins ingested in food can last in the system up to 30 days. Water soluble vitamins on the other hand, deplete DAILY. This means if YOU want to PERFORM, then you need to make them a part of your daily life! Water soluble vitamins play an important role in a number of body functions critical to ongoing performance. We prefer to get our water soluble vitamins in whole foods that are organic, fresh, as local as possible, and grown/fed/maintained with care to the environment as well as the plant or animal (there are practices we are fans of that increase soil and environment health, which we'll post on this in the next week).
Here is a shortlist of some important water soluble vitamins and their functions and sources that we like to use:
Vitamin B group: An ENDLESS list of functions including major input into metabolism and converting food to energy. Great sources include, beef, beef and other wild/pasteured animal liver, quality whole grains, brewers yeast and leafy greens.
Vitamin C: Plays an important part in immune system support, it's an antioxidant, helps heal wounds/bones/teeth/skin, it fights cancer and helps fight viral and bacterial infections. It can be found in black currant, citrus fruits, melons, dandelion, cabbage, broccoli, and strawberries.
Vitamin P: It's important for us as it helps the absorption of vitamin C, helps with circulation and lowers cholesterol levels. Get some of it in citrus fruits, celery, garlic, red onion, green tea.
Choline: This one helps metabolism function, helps transport fats from the liver, improves memory functions and other brain functions, also assists in relieving chronic inflammation. Choline is available in egg yolk (pasteured), nuts, fruit, liver, quality butter and flax seed.
Inositol: We understand it to balance certain chemicals in the body, helping with mental clarity and stability, and having a balancing effect on emotional states. Source inositol in bananas, grapefruit, leafy greens, red beans and cabbage.
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid: It's a Great antioxidant, balances protein levels, improves metabolism and builds red blood cells. Found in mushrooms, spinach, eggs and liver (eggs and liver both from pasteured sources).
Red Hippo Athlete blend comes from a desire to make the building blocks for health and performance (such as water soluble vitamins) more attainable in the desired time window after your session.