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What are Dietary Nitrates and Why Do They Really Matter?

Nitrates are naturally-occurring, inorganic compounds found in our soil, water, and air.

Recently, a rapidly-growing body of research has shown that nitrates are critical to our health and performance. That’s why dietary nitrates—the nitrates found in the food we eat—have become a hot topic, especially among performance-oriented athletes. Red beets, in particular, have received a great deal of attention because of their high nitrate content and resulting ability to improve both cardiovascular health and athletic performance results.  

Dietary nitrates make your heart and muscles more efficient.

When we consume adequate amounts of dietary nitrates, our body converts them into a short-lived gas called nitric oxide. One of nitric oxide’s primary roles is to regulate the delivery of oxygen to the muscles. It does this by relaxing and opening the blood vessels, subsequently improving blood flow. Better blood flow not only translates into lower blood pressure, but into a decreased demand on your heart and skeletal muscles.

Additional research has shown that dietary nitrates can reduce the oxygen cost of exercise, improving the function of our energy-producing mitochondria.

The bottom line? Your heart and muscles can do more work with less perceived effort when your body is powered by an organic, high-nitrate supplement like Pure Clean Powder!...

Find Out Your True Biological Age with this Cool New Assessment?

Ok here we go.

This is the first in a series of emails about our new and updated Core 4 Nutrition formulas, protocols and assessments. If you missed the overview mailing, you can catch up;here. Today's mailing is about a special offer on a cool new saliva telomere assessment from Titanovo Labs.

If you could performjust one lab assessment yearlyto track your overall health and well-being, this is the one! Ihighly recommendthat you take advantage of this great offer so you can determine yourbiological ageand then use the information to optimize your current lifestyle, training and nutritional protocols. Everyone in my family is going to do it, even my 23 and 21 your kids!  Read on to learn more or order one or more now and save 30% off the regular pricing. Don't wait as the offer to Core 4 from Titanovo is only through August 1st. 

Here's more info on the assessment and the important reasons for doing it. 

If You Can Not Measure Something, You Can Not Improve It.

I recently had lunch with an old friend and wanted to share a portion of our conversation which illustrates the critical importance of the underlying, Core 4 philosophy: 

Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.

At some point during our lunch, my friend informed me that she was taking a high-priced, network marketing supplement that had received hundreds of testimonials. Intrigued by the "rave reviews," she decided to give the product a try.

When I asked about her results, she admitted that she "really hadn't noticed much" for the $450.00 she had spent in the past three months. Still, she was "sticking with it" because of all the positive reviews she had read. Then she asked for some advice--how much longer should she continue to take it? I told her that the absence of noticeable benefits shouldn't necessarily be a reason to stop; improving cellular health with nutritional supplements can take time. For me, it was the lack of accountability or measurability that was a far greater concern...

What Your Doctor Does Not Know

How well does your body transport oxygen from your lungs to your muscles? Does it digest proteins and utilize carbohydrates as effectively as it should? Has your athletic performance started to decline? Do you frequently feel fatigued or have difficulty recovering from physical or mental stress?    
Posing any one of these questions to your doctor might get you a standard, serum chemistry profile as a general screen to rule out disease.  And while insights from this type of laboratory testing can be helpful, they don’t provide any direct or relevant information about the basic, physiological processes that drive your potential for health. 
At Core 4 Nutrition, determining the connection between your biological well-being and your functional performance capacity is our specialty.  Through the use of a series of unique assessments—all performed at home with a simple finger stick, saliva, or urine sample—it’s possible to identify and restore your body’s most essential nutrient needs.
I have been asked a number of times, “What’s so special about the Core 4 assessments? Can’t I just do a few extra tests the next time I go to my doctor?”  

There are a number of practical reasons why going to your doctor will not provide you with the information—or plan of action—that you need. 
First and foremost, the Core 4 assessments are sourced from independent, specialty laboratories that are not considered “standard” within the realm of traditional medicine. Not only are these assessments unavailable to most physicians, few are educated enough to even interpret their results. Evaluating the cellular health and performance needs of a fit, healthy, and motivated person is something that most doctors do not have the time, inclination, or experience to do....

Assess Yourself for Optimal Performance.

If you're a dedicated athlete who works hard to become fitter, faster and stronger, it's important to realize that solid and lasting performance gains need to happen from the "inside out."  While external performance analysis—V02 max and lactate threshold tests—can be useful, they don’t provide any useful insight into the physiological processes at work inside an athlete’s body; into the internal mechanisms responsible for those hard-earned, end results.

Ask yourself the following questions:

How well does your body transport oxygen from the lungs to your muscles?  Does it digest proteins and utilize carbohydrates as effectively as it should?
Has your performance started to decline or hit an immovable plateau? Do you have difficulty recovering after a hard effort?  What is your body trying to tell you?

There’s no need to guess.  Measuring and evaluating your body’s physiological performance potential can be done easily and inexpensively, in the comfort and convenience of your own home, with the series of laboratory-based assessments made available by Core 4 Nutrition.... 

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