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Beet the Bonk with Beet Crystals

Beet the Bonk with Beet Crystals
Preparing to run Canada’s largest road race for the first time in 25 years, I put Salus Red Beet Crystals (US/CA) to the test in training, feeling less fatigued when I used them. I wanted to know the science behind why it works, to be sure it wasn’t my imagination. Here are the questions I asked, and what I discovered: Why the excitement over beet juice, beet crystals, and beets? Beets have a unique mix of nutrients and attributes that line up to h...

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Grandma’s tips for staying happy and athletic at any age

Grandma’s tips for staying happy and athletic at any age
How often do you joke that you’re getting old and out of shape? Do you expect heart function, breathing ability, and muscle strength to decline? Many of us do. Instead, we could stay open minded. Since expectations may influence behavior, I invite you to challenge those beliefs, and your health outcomes. Many older athletes, known as masters athletes, are showing us what’s possible. According to a 2002 study, maximum heart rate and VO2max (breathi...

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Feel The Power of Beets!

Feel The Power of Beets!
Beets have an undeniable hearty and healthy appearance. Their rich, deep-red color is unmatched as are their wide range of health benefits. Traditionally, they were considered blood builders. Eastern Europeans would customarily eat beets in their borscht and women used them to prevent pregnancy-induced anemia and birth defects due to the unique combination of iron, vitamin C, and folate. Since blood carries oxygen and nutrients, it affects every pa...

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Athlete Spotlight - Damian Stoy

Photo Credit: Lindsey Hintz New this year to the Flora ambassador team is Damian Stoy. He's the owner and founder of Wholistic Running which offers professional coaching with an emphasis on injury-free running and holistic nutrition. Here is his athlete spotlight. "As you know, I'm a passionate vegan athlete and the vegan market is exploding. Flora is the premier company able to bring plant-based products to all types of athletes. I'm such a huge f...

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Athlete Spotlight - Heather "Anish" Anderson

Photo credit: Adam Walker New this year to the Flora ambassador team is Anish Hikes (Heather Anderson). She has set the self-supported FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and the Arizona Trail. She's kind of our hero. You can learn more about her in the athlete spotlight below. Full Name: Heather Anderson Nickname: Anish Birthday: 7/11/1981 Age I am: 35 Age I feel: Ageless My occupation: Personal Trainer and Public Speaker What...

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Athlete Spotlight - Sage Canaday

“Ever since I have started using Flora Udo’s Oil (US/CA) I have felt more sustained energy levels throughout the course of the day. Whether I’m running up a 14,000 foot mountain or going out for a long trail run, I’ve found that my energy levels remain more constant and that I’m able to perform at a higher level for hours on end.” – Sage Canaday Name: Sage Canaday Nickname: Cobber Birthday: 11/14/1985 Age I am: 30 Age I feel: 20 My occupation: Pro...

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Athlete Spotlight - Krissy Moehl

Perhaps, no one has seen quite the range of courses as Flora ambassador, Krissy Moehl. She appreciates the opportunities to see the world through the lens of running and is thankful for the miles her body continues to let her cover. In addition to running races and traveling, she is an ambassador for Patagonia, Vasque Footwear, Pro-Tec Athletics, and Julbo. She is the race director for the Chuckanut 50k, coaches athletes, and launched her first boo...

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Team Flora at the Color Run 5k

Flora’s Lynden staff had the opportunity to participate in The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour on August 21st. Therefore, quite a few employees, as well as some of their family members, dressed up in colorful ensembles and were ready to toe the line on that beautiful, sunny morning. “The Color Run, the world’s first COLOR 5k™ event, was founded in March 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to part...

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Flora Athlete Spotlight: Ellie Greenwood

Ellie is a Brit and Canadian, working as an online running coach for Sharman Ultra and currently residing in North Vancouver, BC. She took up running in her early 20s and in the past 15 years has run over 60 marathons and ultramarathons both on road and trail. Her career highlights include 2 x IAU World 100k champion, 2 x Western States 100 mile champion, and Comrades 89k champion. Ellie holds numerous course records including Western States 100 ...

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Baobites to Boost Recovery!

Written by Flora Ambassador, Sage Canaday. Photo Credit: Sandi Nypaver Sage is an elite mountain ultra-trail runner and road marathoner runner. He is a 3-time winner of the Speedgoat 50km, a 2-time US Olympic Trials Qualifier in the marathon (2:16 personal best), and he placed 16th at the Boston Marathon in 2015. He lives in Boulder, CO with his girlfriend Sandi and thrives on a plant-based diet. Everyone wants to know “The Secret” when it comes ...

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Rob Krar - Athlete Spotlight

Rob Krar - Photo Credit: Ken Etzel Flora Ambassador, Rob Krar, shares some fun facts with us for this month's athlete spotlight. Rob has been a Flora ambassador for several years now and has seen much success in his trail running adventures. Some notable first place finishes include: Western States 100 miler, The Canyons Endurance Run 100k, Bootlegger 50k, Run Rabbit Run 100 miler, Leadville 100 miler, UROC 100k, and the Leona Divide 50 miler. A pr...

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Maximize your Summer Fun

Ready to step things up this summer? Warm summer days, filled with long daylight hours, set the perfect stage for outdoor activities, whether it’s a game of backyard bocce, a tennis match in a neighborhood court, or a multi-day hike in the wilderness. But while the mild weather tempts high numbers of people outdoors, it also brings with it some challenges. Crossing the line that separates summer fun from muscle cramping, heat stroke, and dehydratio...

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