Power Up for Peak Performance
Wonder which foods build muscle, boost stamina and help your body recover after exertion? Superfoods, for one, thanks to their uniquely potent nutritional profiles. Superfoods are abundant in five key nutrients that are critical for a strong, active body: protein, sugar, adaptogens, antioxidants and minerals.
As the building blocks of life, protein grows, repairs and maintains our muscle fibers—which is particularly important after we’ve stretched and exerted them during a workout. Plant-based protein is a critical component of many Boto superfoods.
Resiliency Builders (aka “adaptogens”)
Adaptogens get their name from their ability to assess your body and bring balance in the ways you need it most. They support a healthy adrenal system, regulating your hormonal responses to stress. Maca, a superfood from the Peruvian Andes, is revered for its strong adaptogenic qualities and a key ingredient in many of our products.
Sugar (yes, really)
Naturally occurring sugars offer quick, easy-to-digest energy, perfect for a pre-workout boost. Unlike cane and other refined sugars, they come from real whole foods—including fruits, maple syrup and honey—and retain valuable trace vitamins and minerals. All of Boto’ superfruits, including Mulberries, Goji Berries and Goldenberries, in addition to our Power Snacks and Superfood+ Bars, contain energizing natural sugars.
Antioxidants & Minerals
Post-workout, foods with antioxidants and minerals, like Maqui, Acai and Cacao are key in helping your body repair and rebuild. Antioxidants support cellular and tissue health and prevent chronic disease by combating unstable molecules called free radicals. In addition, they reduce inflammation and fatigue and repair tissue damage after a workout.
Minerals aid in the formation of cells and tissues, particularly red blood cells, nerve tissues, muscles, bones and teeth. They also help maintain muscle agility and relaxation. Electrolytes, which are great to drink after a workout, are a type of mineral that specifically supports hydration and muscle function.
By fueling strong with superfoods, you give your body the support it needs to perform at its best for you.
Food is energy. You want to be running on the highest quality possible each and every day.
Energy in the body is produced by an interwoven system, relying on protein, fiber, essential fatty acids and carbohydrates to collectively convert into fuel. Quick fixes like coffee work too, but the sudden crash is never far behind. Superfoods like Chia, Hemp, Maqui, Cashews, Goji Berries you in the balanced way that only real, whole food can.
Protein is an essential part of nutrition, second only to water. It grows, repairs and maintains muscles, organs, hair, eyes, skin and nails. Protein also helps form key molecules like antibodies, hormones and red blood cells. While we can’t feel these amazing building blocks repairing our systems, we can feel the fullness and stability that comes from eating protein-rich foods like Cashews, Hemp Seeds and our Essential Blends.
A feeling of satiation and balanced energy also comes from eating foods packed with fiber, an essential nutrient only found in plants. By stabilizing blood sugar levels, fiber helps to prevent energy crashes associated with caffeine or sugar. Fiber’s other magical property? It eliminates the waste that is leftover after our bodies absorb the nutrients in our food, keeping our systems running smoothly.
Essential Fatty Acids
As much as we experience energy physically, our brains also feel active and attentive or distracted and sluggish. That’s why a final vital component to balanced energy is essential fatty acids, which support cognitive health. Found abundantly in Hemp and Chia, these fatty acids are not generated by our body and must be obtained from our food.
Eating whole foods and superfoods with protein, fiber and essential fatty acids—especially with breakfast—is a smart and easy way to give your body the balanced energy it needs to live each day to the fullest.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Beauty is only skin deep.” In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth, as what happens well below our skin has a direct impact on what is expressed externally. Protein, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and good old-fashioned H2O are paramount in producing clear and glowing skin, shiny and resilient hair, and strong, healthy nails.
Hair, skin, eyes and nails are largely made of protein, which explains why proteins are considered the “building blocks of life.” One specific type, called collagen, binds together the cells in our bodies and is responsible for skin elasticity. It also strengthens our blood vessels, bones and teeth. Eating enough protein is one way to directly support the health of our external bodies.
Antioxidants are big-time beauty boosters. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are produced from food and environmental toxins, and cause damage to our tissues and cells. Prematurely aging skin is a direct result of free radical damage, so eating antioxidant-rich foods means investing in the long-term health of your skin. Vitamin E, resveratrol and Vitamin C are all superfood antioxidants that boost collagen production and combat free radicals. They are abundant in Maqui, Acai, Pomegranate, Mulberries and Goldenberries.
Essential Fatty Acids
While fats have recently gotten a bad rap, our bodies actually need healthy fats to thrive. Essential fatty acids, which we can only get from the food we eat, are particularly important. They build healthy cell membranes, which keep skin and tissues youthful. Studies have shown that they also help reduce skin inflammation and acne. Both Hemp and Chia are fantastic sources of plant-based essential fatty acids.
By supporting your diet with potent superfoods full of protein, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, your body will show you on the outside the vibrant health you’re generating on the inside.
Become a Lean, Mean, Clean Machine
While many of us think of cleansing and detoxing as restrictive routines we may undertake once in a while to “reset,” our bodies actually cleanse and detoxify 24/7. Eating whole foods and superfoods rich in fiber, antioxidants and chlorophyll is a surefire way to ready your detoxification system to do its best each day.
Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that our bodies cannot digest, which is what makes it so helpful. Soluble fiber soaks up water and other fluids, helping us feel fuller longer and “vacuuming up” toxins in our system. Insoluble fiber helps bind and bulk up the material the insoluble fiber has collected, preparing it to be flushed out of our bodies. Found exclusively in plants, fiber is abundant in Chia, Hemp and Maqui Powder.
Antioxidants are fighters: they take on free radicals from food-based and environmental toxins that damage tissues and cells. They also aid in detoxifying and keeping our skin healthy. Did you know that while sweat primarily regulates temperature, toxins are released at the same time? Superfoods have some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in any known food and can be easily (and deliciously) obtained from many of our superfoods, including Maqui Powder, Mulberries, Goldenberries, Pomegranate Powder, Goji Berries and Acai Powder.
Chlorophyll, the molecule that makes plants green, is a cleansing champion. It neutralizes toxins and free radicals by turning them into minerals, and also helps to flush heavy metals, such as mercury, out of the body. The potent nutrients in chlorophyll also support healthy liver function and build oxygen-rich blood, which are both paramount in detoxification processes.
When it comes to cleansing and detoxifying, what you eat is just as important as what you don’t. By regularly consuming foods rich in fiber, antioxidants and chlorophyll, you’ll help your body maintain the smooth functioning and vibrant health it’s set up to achieve.