Are Pre-Workout Powders Healthy For You?

“I want to start working out, should I buy a pre-workout?”



This is one of the most frequently asked questions when someone is venturing into the fitness realm.


You hear it everywhere, everyone takes it, but is it really necessary?


If you’re not quite sure, we don’t blame you.


The fancy shaker bottles with colorful water seems like something you shouldn’t go without when entering a gym...well- because everyone is drinking it right before their workout, right?


True. 


However, it is completely normal to have concerns like what exactly does a pre-workout do and does it really affect your workout?


“Are pre-workouts healthy?” 


“Is it necessary for me to take one?” 


“What are the different types?” 


“Which one is right for me?” 


All of these questions are quite common and it is okay to ask about it because you need to know what you’re putting into your body and how it affects you.


Now, here’s the main question at hand- is pre-workout good for you?


In all honesty, probably not


Here’s why…


Most pre-workouts are synthetically made and are going to be filled with artificial colors, flavors and all kinds of sweeteners to counteract the horribly bitter taste that is associated with the main ingredients that are in your generic pre-workouts.


Therefore, you can conclude that no a pre-workout is not healthy for your body.


As a general rule, if you can’t find the whole ingredient list in your pantry or on a grocery shelf it probably shouldn’t be going into your body. 


When you are first beginning on your weight loss or fitness journey you are going to start searching for that certain “edge” in order to reach your results faster, and this is very common and nothing to be ashamed of- it happens


A very common approach for some added energy would be to throw a pre-workout in before your daily exercise. If you struggle to get motivated to hit the gym or get out on the street for your daily run after you worked a 10 hour shift and sat in 2 hours of traffic, just to come home to the house that your husband didn’t clean...then a pre-workout is probably  for you. But if you’re simply looking for one because everyone else is drinking it, you probably don’t really need one.


Three Reasons Why People Take Pre-Workout:


  1. You need extra energy to get you through your workout. 

  1. You are looking for the added components in pre-workouts that can help make your workout more effective

  1. Jessica from spin class told you it’s the best thing ever and you just have to try it. 


Whatever your reasons may be for looking into taking pre workouts, they aren’t always a bad choice and can definitely be an asset to your health as well as your fitness journey. 


However, how do you know which pre-workout is best for you? 


Well there’s a lot of factors that go into choosing the right pre-workout for you, but here is our tip that we think you should really consider when walking down the pre-workout aisle at your local supplement store...


Keep in mind- The majority of pre-workouts have large amounts of stimulants in them which would explain the uncomfortable tingling feeling that comes from beta alanine or the shaking and heart palpitations that come along with the 150-500mg of caffeine in your typical pre-workout powders. So if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you’d probably want to stay away from pre-workouts. As always, ask your physician before taking a new supplement.


Instead of reaching for a pre-workout next time, consider a look at natural food sources that promote energy via nitric oxide production. 


Just a refresher, nitric oxide is an amazing molecule that we actually produce in our blood vessels. Once we make it, it makes sure we have good blood circulation by stimulating our veins and arteries. With enough nitric oxide production, we can experience the following benefits:


  • Increased energy
  • Better brain function
  • More focus
  • Enhanced physical endurance for workouts
  • Healthy Blood Pressure
  • Healthy Heart

So why wouldn’t we want to promote healthy nitric oxide production in our bodies each and every day? Let’s dig deeper into nature’s pharmacy to see what foods promote nitric oxide.


Let’s start with our absolute favorite- BEETS

Beets are our number one choice when looking for an energy boost when we need it. It’s chock-full of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy heart and energy levels. However, there are many more plants that promote nitric oxide production, with bonus benefits. 


Here are our top 5 picks:


1. Beets- the crowned superstar of nitric oxide production. Beets boost stamina to boost performance, improves blood flow, helps lower blood pressure and improves liver function. However, eat them raw, because nitrates do get destroyed in cooking.

2. Leafy Greens- dark leafy green vegetables tend to be among the highest in natural nitrates. Our favorites are kale, spinach, celery, watercress and endives.

3. Cilantro and Parsley- Herbs are a very rich source of nitrates and phytonutrients know to support digestion and detox. 

4. Spirulina- this superfood is loaded with healthy nitrates and plant-based protein. Spirulina is rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as chlorophyll and nitric oxide-producing amino acid L-arginine. 

5. Citrus Fruits- high in Vitamins C like oranges, lemons and grapefruit are rich in nitric oxide and phytonutrients that promote immune health, energy and detox.


When consuming these amazing nitric oxide foods, pairing it with a good source of plant-based protein ensures that our bodies also receive the amino acids that promote nitric oxide production. Plant-based proteins and beets would therefore be the powerful 1-2 punch that a pre-workout simply can’t compete with.


Our solution to a healthier alternative to caffeine packed synthetic pre-workout powders…


Revive Beets + Roots!


Try something that is 100% Organic, made from REAL whole foods and has no added chemicals that can harm your overall health.


Revive Beets + Roots contains naturally occurring energy from beets, which helps your body create more Nitric Oxide which will then increase blood flow and oxygen flow throughout your body causing your body to react with sustainable energy simply from beets!


Starring right alongside beets are nitric-oxide producing green superstar kale and cold-pressed lemon juice. They are paired with turmeric, ginger and coffee bean extract which results in a powerful superfood combo that comes together as a nitric oxide powerhouse.


Not only will Revive Beets + Roots assist you in energy but it can help motivate you to get your workout in every day! On top of getting in an amazing workout session, you’re also boosting your immunity from superfoods like ginger and turmeric...it’s a win-win!



If you’d like to ditch those synthetic pre-workouts that aren’t really helping your health or your performance in the gym, then grab your jar of Revive Beets + Roots


Trust us- you won’t be disappointed!


Clean and natural energy plus an immunity boost to create an overall healthier version of yourself sounds like a great deal!


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