Healthy Lifestyle Nutrition

Why is Protein Important in my Diet?

Protein is one of the three macronutrients that is necessary to include in your daily diet. Despite recommendations from different FAD diets, you need all three macronutrients in order to maintain your health, energy, and fitness goals. Eliminating any of the three macronutrients puts you at risk for nutrient deficiencies and illnesses. 

What is the purpose of protein in my diet?

Protein has several important roles in our body. It helps you build muscle and helps you recover. It also helps repair your muscles and keeps you well nourished. 

How do I incorporate protein in my diet?

Not all protein is created equal. One easy tip when choosing a protein is to choose lean protein over breaded or fried. It is also best to limit red meat to once or twice a week. Although red meat serves as an excellent source of protein and iron, it is also high in saturated fat which can lead to high cholesterol. Another tip is to incorporate fish 2-3 times per week. Fish is a great source of lean protein and certain fish like salmon and tuna can provide omega-3. Omega-3 helps to raise the good cholesterol, HDL. 

It is also important to incorporate plant based meals when possible. One way to add plant based protein into your diet is with CF(Protein)®. CF(Protein)® has 13 grams of protein from pea protein. Pea protein contains all nine essential amino acids. It is easily digestible and has a pleasant taste and texture. Additionally, it is a good source of iron and other nutrients. Unlike other protein powders like whey, pea protein is not a derivative of milk so it can be consumed by those with allergies or following a specialty diet (vegan, vegetarian, paleo, etc.).

How much protein should I be eating?

The amount of protein you need is different based on many factors including, age, weight, height, activity level, among other things. To find out how much protein you need, we recommend speaking to your doctor or a trained professional. 

What are the recommended uses for CF(Protein)®?

CF(Protein)® is an excellent product to consume regardless of whether or not you have a surgery on the calendar. A rich source of plant-based protein, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds, this nutrient-dense drink provides a concentrated dose of healthy ingredients to fuel your day.

Some ingredient highlights include:

  1. Plant Protein: Our plant-based protein is easily digested, with yellow-pea protein contributing a significant dose of amino acids that promote muscle recovery and repair.
  2. Complex Carbohydrates: Complex carbohydrates derived from fruits allow CF(Protein)® to deliver a rich energy source without the use of cheap, low-quality additives and simple sugars found in most protein drinks.
  3. Healthy Fats: Functional fats from chia seed oil provides a healthy dose of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to help minimize inflammation and saturate the body with healthy fats.
  4. Electrolytes: Coconut water is an excellent source of essential hydration, supplying minerals and electrolytes to recover and revitalize from surgery, sports, or summer heat.

While CF(Protein)® is a great on-the-go snack or mealtime supplement for anyone, it may be particularly useful in supporting the nutritional status of certain people. 

At CF Nutrition, we recommend consuming 1-2 bottles of CF(Protein)® daily if you are:

  • An athlete (or particularly active individual)
  • Underweight or malnourished
  • Elderly
  • Recovering from illness or injury
  • Preparing for or recovering from surgery
  • Following a liquid diet
  • Traveling

For more information on CF(Protein)® and a complete list of ingredients and nutrition, please click here.

So what are you waiting for, get the best on the go protein now. Visit our website to purchase. 

Featured Posts Nutrition Pediatrics

The Kids Are Back To School- Stay Healthy With CF Nutrition

Summer is coming to a close and most of our kids are already heading back to school! This means we need to take extra measures to keep our families healthy and hydrated! Today we share our top tips to stay healthy and highlight what products can help support wellness for your entire family and take a little of the hard work for you!

Stock Up on CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+

CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ is the perfect on-the-go immune support beverage to pack in your child’s lunch box. It does not have excess amounts of sugar, unethically sourced ingredients, harmful additives, or anything else that can compromise your health and wellness. As the busy back-to-school season begins, CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ can help you and your family get the vitamins and minerals you need but may not otherwise consume on a regular basis. 

Immunity drinks, then, are a great supplemental solution and help you ensure your child consumes the daily intake of vitamins and minerals a properly functioning immune system requires, without having to force them to shovel down steamed broccoli in the coveted few minutes they have in between the end of the school day and the start of baseball practice. 

The great thing about CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ is it actually tastes good! We know that kids are not going to drink something that doesn’t taste good. CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+  has medical grade ingredients without the medicinal taste or chalky texture. It comes in three highly reviewed flavors- Orange, Aloha Blend, and Kiwi Strawberry. 

 Get Your Healthy Fats in With CF(Protein)®

 CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ isn’t the only CF Nutrition product that is a great addition to your child’s lunch box. CF(Protein)® is another kid friendly beverage that can be consumed as an on-the-go snack. Our plant based protein drink comes in an 8 ounce bottle and is an excellent addition to ensure a well-rounded, nutrient-dense meal. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals derived from fruits and vegetables, along with other healthful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. 

 CF(Protein)® uses plant protein that is easily digested with yellow pea protein, contributing a significant amino acid dose that promotes muscle recovery and repair. CF(Protein)® has complex carbohydrates derived from fruit. This makes CF(Protein)® a rich energy source without any added sugar. There are no cheap, low-quality additives or simple sugars seen in other protein drinks. CF(Protein)® also contains healthy fats, mono and polyunsaturated fats. The use of chia seed oil provides consumers with essential omega-three and omega-six fatty acids to minimize inflammation and help prevent cardiovascular disease. CF(Protein)® also contains turmeric, which may help support your immune system. 

Back-to-school season can be tough, but with CF Nutrition on your side—you and your family can easily reap the benefits of essential vitamins, minerals, and medical-grade hydration and clean protein!

For Med Pros Nutrition Preparing for Surgery

Is CF(Preop)® Safe For Patients with Diabetes?

One of the most asked questions when it comes to CF(Preop)® is whether or not patients with diabetes may consume it before surgery. Today, we break down the research surrounding preoperative carbohydrate loading for patients with diabetes. We also discuss CF Nutrition’s protocol for carbohydrate loading in patients with diabetes.

 Why is preoperative carb loading necessary?

Before ERAS® protocols were discovered, the traditional approach to surgery was to fast after midnight prior to surgery to decrease the risk for aspiration. In the 1990’s, evidence-based research suggested that this was not necessary. There are detrimental effects caused by this period of prolonged fasting. Prolonged fasting worsens the catabolic state, increases metabolic stress, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. Furthermore, when the body is fasted for a prolonged time, glycogen stores are depleted which can lead to protein and muscle breakdown. Postoperative insulin resistance (PIR), a result of the stress response from surgery and further exaggerated with prolonged fasting, is directly related to delayed wound healing, increased morbidity/mortality and LOS . To enhance recovery after surgery, it is important to decrease PIR. Preoperative carbohydrate loading maximizes glycogen stores in the body as an energy source in order to minimize degeneration of body tissues and reduce insulin resistance. By changing the metabolic state, and shortening preoperative fasting (aka providing a complex carbohydrate 2-3 hours prior to surgery), PIR will be decreased, protein loss will be reduced, and muscle function will improve.

What has CF Nutrition done to research the use of CF(Preop)® for patients with diabetes?

The founder of CF Nutrition, Dr. Lou Marsh, researched CF(Preop)® and blood glucose levels extensively. She found that after ingestion of 50 grams of carbohydrate, the blood glucose levels will spike in any individual. What becomes important is the time the patient drinks CF(Preop)® and the time the blood glucose levels are checked. This will help to see where each specific patient’s blood glucose levels are at two hours after consuming CF(Preop)® and eliminate any excess intervention which leads to hypoglycemia intra-operatively. If blood sugars are checked prior to the two hour mark, excess insulin may be prescribed which leads to hypoglycemia intra-operatively. CF Nutrition provides a questionnaire to help create a standardization of care for checking blood glucose before, during and after surgery. 

What research studies support preoperative carb loading in patients with diabetes?

Administering a carbohydrate drink prior to surgery leaves some surgeons skeptical on the effects it may have on blood glucose levels. Unfortunately, several studies exclude diabetic patients. However, there are some studies that have been done to evaluate the safety of administering dextrose to diabetic patients undergoing surgery. Gustafsson et al conducted a study to evaluate the safety of preoperative carbohydrate loading on patients with diabetes. Twenty-five patients were included with type 2 diabetes (mean HbAlc 6.2± 0.2%) and 10 healthy control subjects. A carbohydrate drink (400mL, 12.5%) was given with the determination of gastric emptying. 

As expected, peak glucose was significantly higher in the diabetic patients compared to the control (p<0.01) and occurred later after intake of the carbohydrate drink (p<0.01). Glucose returned to baseline in 180 minutes in diabetic patients and 120 minutes in the control group (p<0.01). In terms of gastric emptying, at 120 minutes, 10.9 ± 0.7% and 13.3 ± 1.2% of paracetamol remained in the stomach in diabetic and healthy subjects respectively. Gastric half-emptying time occurred at 49.8 ± 2.2 minutes in diabetics and 58.6± 3.7 minute in healthy subjects (p<0.05). These results illustrate that there are no signs of delayed gastric emptying. Therefore, a carbohydrate drink can safely be administered 180 minutes before anesthesia without risk of hyperglycemia or aspiration risk preoperatively according to the results from this study.

​Furthermore, Li Na Ge et al conducted a systematic review to examine the effectiveness and safety of oral carbohydrates in those with diabetes. The review included 5 randomized control trials. Because there are no widely accepted indicators of the effects of preoperative carbohydrate in surgical patients with diabetes, this systematic review intended to offer a basis for the progress of ERAS® pathways for diabetic patients. This systematic review concludes that preoperative oral carbohydrate is effective, safe, and feasible for patients with diabetes. When a diabetic patient is fasted, the lack of glycogen reserve can lead to an insufficient energy supply, strong fluctuation of blood glucose, increased risk of hypoglycemia, nerve and kidney damage, and injury of tissues and organs. Additionally, prolonged fasting increases stress. This increased stress joint with surgical trauma can lead to increased glucocorticoids and glucagon, reduced insulin sensitivity, and reduced utilization of glucose in peripheral tissues. As a result, patients are at risk for postoperative hyperglycemia and increased insulin resistance. Postoperative insulin resistance can increase risk for developing infection and increasing length of stay. By consuming an oral carbohydrate 2-3 hours before surgery, the energy supply is enhanced consequently reducing perioperative hypoglycemia and insulin resistance. 

Providing a carbohydrate drink prior to surgery may help to reduce the stress response of surgery and put the body into a FED state entering surgery. Putting the body into a more normal physiological state entering surgery may be advantageous in overall recovery. 

What are CF Nutrition’s recommendations for CF(Preop)® and patients with diabetes?

With all this being said, here are important things to consider when providing CF(Preop)® to a diabetic patient:

1. Do they have a known risk for delayed gastric emptying? If so, consider adjusting the window for consuming CF(Preop)® per MD recommendations

2. A pt’s blood glucose will spike after the consumption CF(Preop)® however, it should return to baseline

3. Blood glucose should be checked regularly 

CF Nutrition  Recommendations:

Type 1 Diabetic 

With appropriate insulin administration, yields euglycemia. 

• 1st Bottle: Drink the night before surgery once in the fasting window 

• 2nd Bottle: Complete 2 hours before surgery Patients simply “match their short-acting insulin injections” to their blood glucose level and to the carb load that is listed on the drink label.

Type 2 Diabetic 

With preservation of their oral antihyperglycemic agent schedule at bedtime. 

• 1st Bottle: Drink the night before surgery once in the fasting window

• 2nd Bottle: Complete 2 hours before surgery Morning dose of oral agent may be held based on the actual surgical time, e.g., as when surgery is scheduled as one of the first cases of the morning.

Now that you know CF(Preop)® may be used in patients with diabetes, visit our website to purchase today!


5 Tips To Stay On Track This Summer

Summer is officially upon us. As the summer progresses, we want to make sure you are able to enjoy yourself while also still staying on track with your health and fitness goals.We know that with the kids out of school, BBQ’s every week, and pool parties galore, it can be quite hard to navigate it all. Today, we break down our top 5 tips to staying on track this summer while still enjoying some fun in the sun. 

Tip #1 Pace Yourself at a Barbecue/Events

During summer months, oftentimes we have more events and parties. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is showing up starving. Even though it may seem beneficial to save calories up and forgo eating before the event, this likely will cause more harm than good. Most of the time, if we go into a BBQ or party starving, we tend to eat more than if we would have had a nutritious breakfast beforehand. 

If you’re able, you can even come prepared with a dish to share that fits into your goals. At any event, do an initial overview of what’s available and take a minute to decide what you want. Pace yourself throughout the event and listen to your body cues.  Remember to prioritize spending time with friends and family over focusing on chowing down. Sometimes it can help to hang out away from the food table to avoid overeating.

Tip #2 Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water and electrolytes is very important. But during the summer, it’s even MORE important because you are out in the heat, which makes you extremely dehydrated. Both CF(Rehydrate)® and CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ replenishes lost fluids and essential electrolytes, including those lost quickly through sweat. CF(Rehydrate)® and CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ are great ways to ensure you are properly hydrated this summer.

Staying hydrated can help us with our satiety as well. If we are drinking more than enough water, it can reduce the risk of overeating.

Tip #3 Plan Ahead

Summer can be a busy time of year for most, especially with the kids out of school and vacations on the calendar. With travel and activities frequently planned, it’s easy to rely on fast food restaurants. But it is essential to maintain consistency and accuracy. The best way to accomplish this is to plan ahead. Right after you brush your teeth before bed, take 10-15 minutes to pre-plan your meals for the day to come. Also ensure you take some time to prepare your meals the night before. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Something as simple as having a sandwich ready to go, along with an apple, protein shake and a granola bar goes a long way when you have a busy day ahead.  

Before heading out, pack some healthier snacks to avoid the drive through for every meal. 

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Pre-packaged individual servings of dips like guacamole or hummus
  • No sugar added dried fruits or squeezable packets
  • Trail mix, nuts or nut butter packets
  • Low sodium jerky
  • Cheese sticks
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Tuna or chicken salad

Tip #4 Make Choices that Will Keep You On Track

It is not an excuse to eat poorly just because it’s summer time. It can be so easy to grab the yummiest, calorie dense options when we are at a summer function. Instead, we encourage you to ensure that you are always making healthy choices FIRST. Load up your plate with a bunch of fruit and veggies. Also be mindful you are consuming as many protein sources as possible. Filling up on these nutrient dense options is not only going to make you feel good, it’s going to help with your satiety so you reduce the risk of overeating at one of these summer functions. 

The key is to find balance and control. You can still enjoy your favorite foods. It is just important to be mindful of how much you are consuming. Prior to going to the event, set a limit for yourself. For example, if it’s someone’s birthday, make it a priority that you are only going to have 1 small slice of the cake and no more than 2 glasses of wine. Setting these parameters for yourself prior to the event is the best way to hold yourself accountable. It’s much more efficient to quantify your limits instead of just saying “I am going to have a few drinks.”

Tip #5 Quit The Vacation Mode/ All or Nothing Mindset 

For most people the idea of a vacation is a time to relax, let loose, and get off all your normal routines. While this can be great for rest and relaxation, it does not mean you have to completely blow off your goals. Quit this all or nothing mindset and try to find a bit of balance when you head out for your vacation this year. Try to keep a little bit of normalcy on your vacation so you can reduce, if not, completely eliminate the amount of guilt that you will feel coming home. 

Now that you have the tools to stay on track this summer, follow us for more health and fitness tips and tricks. 

For Med Pros Nutrition Preparing for Surgery

Prepare Your Patient for Surgery With CF Nutrition

At CF Nutrition, our goal is to help prepare your patient for surgery with premium nutrition beverages. Our mission is to use clean ingredients you can feel good about giving to your patients and we do not use any artificial ingredients or dyes. We know that surgery can be a stressful time so our products are designed to help reduce the surgical response of surgery and improve surgical outcomes. We have a full product suite that provides support to your patient before, during, and after their procedure.

Provide CF(Protein)® in the weeks leading up to surgery:

CF(Protein)® is a plant-based protein drink that provides a concentrated dose of natural electrolytes, antioxidants, and essential fats. CF(Protein)® is a great choice for anyone who is preparing for, or recovering from an operation. Plant protein is the modern way to give your body the best nutrients with the lowest impact on your digestive system.

Each CF(Protein)® has 13g of protein per bottle. So, depending on what else your patient is eating or drinking, and their specific protein needs, consuming 1 to 2 CF(Protein)® drinks per day can help ensure your patient is optimizing their nutrition prior to surgery. Prior to surgery, drinking 1-2 bottles per day (in addition to a well-balanced diet) for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, will help your patient feel strong and well-nourished for their operation. 

Some benefits of drinking CF(Protein)® are:

·      Promote muscle maintenance, repair, and recovery

·      Strengthen the immune system

·      Reduce risk of malnourishment

·      Antioxidants & anti-inflammatory ingredients

·      Concentrated nutrition on-the-go

·      Healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats

·      Naturally derived vitamins & minerals

·      Essential amino acids

·      Natural fiber sources

·      No artificial colors or flavors

·      Shelf-stable

·      Gluten-Free, Kosher, Vegan, Dairy-Free

·      Convenient on-the-go protein source

Recommend CF(Preop)® the night before and morning of surgery:

CF(Preop)® is a clear, colorless drink specifically formulated by an anesthesiologist for safe consumption in the hours before surgery. Each of its premium ingredients has been intentionally chosen to promote the highest level of presurgery safety, comfort, and nourishment.

It takes approximately 90 minutes for the oral carbohydrate solution to pass the stomach. Solid foods can be ingested up to 6 hours prior to surgery. The amount of carbohydrate to induce an effect must be enough to shift the body from a fasted to a fed state (50g carbohydrates 2 hours prior to surgery). There is no protein or fat in CF(Preop)® in order for it to safely empty your patient’s stomach before surgery. If your patient has delayed gastric emptying due to an underlying condition, CF(Preop)®  should be consumed 3-4 hours before the procedure. 

Provide CF(Rehydrate)®  or CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ after surgery:

After surgery, patients are oftentimes very dehydrated and can only have clear liquids. The intentional formulation behind both CF(Rehydrate)® and CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ replenishes lost fluids and essential electrolytes. CF(Rehydrate)® and CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ also has an ideal combination of carbohydrates and sodium to help you recover quicker. Recommending either post surgery can help promote recovery and hydration. 

Now that you know CF Nutrition offers a wide variety of products to help improve surgical outcomes, head to our website to purchase or receive samples!

Healthy Lifestyle Nutrition Wellness + Medical Tips

Stay Hydrated This Spring With CF(Rehydrate)®

As the weather begins to heat up and the seasons change, staying hydrated becomes even more important. Water is essential to stay healthy and hydrated, but sometimes we need more than just water to feel our best. Today we break down how CF(Rehydrate)® can provide optimal hydration to have you feeling your very best this spring!

Why doesn’t water always cut it?

 In order to stay hydrated, an adequate balance of water and electrolytes is crucial. Electrolytes are minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) that are involved in an abundance of internal events, such as neurotransmission and maintaining a balanced pH in the blood. CF(Rehydrate)® is an excellent source of concentrated electrolytes for medical-grade hydration.

When do I need an electrolyte drink?

There are certain situations where we need more than just water to stay hydrated. Regardless of your age, gender, or activity level, we all depend on vitamins and minerals to help fuel our minds and bodies. What many people don’t understand is that electrolytes are simply a category of these vital minerals. A few examples include sodium, potassium, and magnesium. 

Situation 1: Exercise

Ever been drenched in sweat after pushing through a challenging workout? Well, sweat is more than just water. It’s full of electrolytes that are lost quickly through sweat all over your body. So, before, during and after an intensive workout or sporting event, CF(Rehydrate)® is beneficial for fast and effective recovery and hydration. 

Situation 2: When you are sick

When you catch a flu bug or bad case of food poisoning, your body quickly loses vast amounts of electrolytes and fluid through diarrhea, vomiting, or fever sweats. Therefore, replacing those electrolytes is of the utmost importance. CF(Rehydrate)® can help replace what is lost.

Situation 3: When you drink alcohol

Certain beverages, such as alcohol, are natural diuretics, meaning they draw water out of your bloodstream and into your gastrointestinal tract, resulting in dehydration. CF(Rehydrate)® can help you replace electrolytes lost from drinking and make you feel better after a night out. 

How do I recover from dehydration?

Water is an integral part of the rehydration process. However, timely consumption of a complete nutrition beverage with a range of electrolytes is crucial for a full recovery. Drinks that contain at least half of your daily value of key electrolytes is a good place to start. For example, CF(Rehydrate)® includes a minimum of 50% of the electrolytes, phosphorus, selenium, and sodium in a 32 oz bottle to ensure you get the fluid and nutrients you need, quickly. 

Now that you know there are certain times when it is crucial to consume an electrolyte replacement beverage, visit our website to shop for CF(Rehydrate)®.


Celebrate National Nutrition Month With Us

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Each year, March is celebrated as National Nutrition Month®.  National Nutrition Month® was started 50 years ago by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future.” Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment. 

Tip 1: Stay Hydrated with CF(Rehydrate)®

One way to practice healthful habits is to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is crucial to our overall health. Water has so many important roles in the body like regulating body temperature, carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells, flushing toxins from the body, and lubricating and cushioning joints. 

Water is an essential part of human health. However, our bodies are made up of much more than just H2O. An adequate balance of water and electrolytes is crucial for many of our body’s most important functions. Electrolytes are minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) that are involved in an abundance of internal events, such as neurotransmission and maintaining a balanced pH in the blood. CF(Rehydrate)® is an excellent source of concentrated electrolytes for medical grade hydration.

CF(Rehydrate)® is a natural electrolyte replacement drink designed for medical-grade hydration. Free from artificial colors, flavors, and sugars, CF(Rehydrate)® delivers the electrolytes and essential hydration you need, without the harmful additives found in sports drinks and other hydration products. Sometimes, there are times when we need to be extra careful about our hydration status. Today, we break down three essential times to stay hydrated with CF(Rehydrate)®.

Tip 2: Make More Days Plant Based 

Another way to make more healthful decisions this month is to go plant based one day a week. Following a plant based diet and reducing your intake of animal products can be a great change if you typically eat a lot of animal products. This can help keep your heart healthy. 

Unlike other mainstream products, CF Nutrition products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. They are all certified vegan, halal, and kosher and do not contain gluten. Our products also do not contain the most common allergens, including milk, lactose, peanuts and tree nuts, soy, eggs, casein or whey. CF(Protein)® uses plant protein that is easily digested with yellow pea protein, contributing a significant amino acid dose that promotes muscle recovery and repair. 

Tip 3: Fill up on Fiber

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body cannot digest. Fiber helps regulate bowel movements, keep blood glucose levels in the normal range, and helps increase satiety which can support weight management. The recommended daily intake (RDA) for total fiber for men and women 19-50 years of age is 38 grams/day and 25 grams/day, respectively. The RDA for men and women over 51 is 31gram/day and 21 grams/day, respectively. 

Most Americans do not consume enough dietary fiber. On average, Americans consume about 15 grams of fiber per day, far lower than the RDA, regardless of age or gender. The best ways to increase fiber intake are choosing whole grains whenever possible, consuming legumes and beans, and increasing fruit and vegetable intake. Drinking CF(Protein)® can help support you in achieving the RDA for fiber, as it contains 13 grams per one 8 ounce bottle.

 Examples of foods with  fiber are:

  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Wheat
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole grain 
  • Couscous
  • Brown rice
  • Legume
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes

Now you have 3 tips to make healthful decisions this March to celebrate National Nutrition Month®– head to our blog for more tips and tricks on making healthy decisions!

Exercise Nutrition

3 Top Times to Stay Hydrated With CF(Rehydrate)®

CF(Rehydrate is a natural electrolyte replacement drink designed for medical-grade hydration. Free from artificial colors, flavors, and sugars, CF(Rehydrate)® delivers the electrolytes and essential hydration you need, without the harmful additives found in sports drinks and other hydration products. Sometimes, there are times when we need to be extra careful about our hydration status. Today, we break down three essential times to stay hydrated with CF(Rehydrate)®.

#1 When You Sweat

When you exercise, you lose a significant amount of vital fluids and key electrolytes. High concentrations of sodium and chloride, and low concentrations of potassium, magnesium and calcium are lost as you sweat. Rapidly replenishing these nutrients with a hydrating drink is essential for recovery.

Electrolytes are essential minerals that help regulate a variety of essential functions throughout the body. The most common electrolytes you will hear about are sodium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. If any of these are too high or too low in your body, you may be at risk for health issues. This is because they contribute to the body’s overall pH balance and must be maintained for healthy physiological function. Electrolytes lost in sweat or from illness should be replenished as quickly as possible. Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, phosphate and bicarbonate are all electrolytes found in your body. 

#1 When You Are Pregnant

During pregnancy, many expectant mothers will vomit regularly. You may also experience frequent urination or increased sweating during this time. Increased fluid loss can result in serious dehydration, making you feel even worse. Combat dehydration with natural CF(Rehydrate)® to replenish and restore lost electrolytes, including sodium, potassium and magnesium. 

#1 When You Are Hungover

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it increases urine output and, after a night of drinking, can leave your body extremely dehydrated. This may result in headaches or a variety of other unpleasant symptoms. CF(Rehydrate)® makes bouncing back a breeze with 32 fluid ounces of liquid that is concentrated with electrolytes. This natural beverage provides medical grade hydration, resulting in superior rehydration to sugary sports drinks or water alone.

Now that you know the importance of staying hydrated with CF(Rehydrate)®, what are you waiting for. Visit our website to purchase today.

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CF(Protein)®- Plant Based Protein Beverage

   CF(Protein)® is a plant-based protein drink that provides a concentrated dose of natural electrolytes, antioxidants, and essential fats. It can be used as a delicious addition to your everyday diet or the ideal supplement to improve overall health before surgery. 

CF(Protein)® Benefits:

  • Promotes muscle maintenance and recovery
  • Comprehensive nutrition on the go
  • Strengthens immune support
  • Reduces risk of malnourishment 
  • Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • Concentrated nutrition on the go
  • Healthy omega-three and omega-six fats
  • Naturally derived vitamin and minerals
  • Essential amino acids
  • Natural fiber sources
  • Shelf-stable
  • Gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, vegan and dairy-free
  • Convenient on the go protein source

CF(Protein)® Ingredients: 

   CF(Protein)® uses plant protein that is easily digested with yellow pea protein, contributing a significant amino acid dose that promotes muscle recovery and repair. CF(Protein)® has complex carbohydrates derived from fruit. This makes CF(Protein)® a rich energy source without any added sugar. There are no cheap, low-quality additives or simple sugars seen in other protein drinks. CF(Protein)® also contains healthy fats, mono and polyunsaturated fats. The use of chia seed oil provides consumers with essential omega-three and omega-six fatty acids to minimize inflammation and help prevent cardiovascular disease. CF(Protein)® also contains turmeric, which may help support your immune system. 

CF(Protein)® Nutrient Information per 8-ounce bottle:

• Calories: 200

• Total fat: 6g

• Saturated fat: 1g

• Sodium: 230mg

• Total Carbohydrate: 29g

• Dietary Fiber: 13 g

• Total Sugar: 14g

• Includes 0 added sugar

• Protein: 13g 

CF(Protein)® Compared to Other Similar Products:

    CF(Protein)® uses natural ingredients and is free from artificial flavors and dyes. Competitors of CF(Protein)® use ingredients like sugar, high oleic safflower oil, cellulose gel, and cellulose gum. Additionally, other products on the market contain added sugar that can lead to diabetes and other health conditions. CF(Protein)® had 0g of added sugar.  Ideally, consumers should limit added sugar as much as possible in the diet. Consuming added sugar can lead to overweight and obesity and may increase your risk for developing diabetes and even cancer. Added sugars should be no more than 10% of total calories. CF(Protein)® also stands out from its competitors because it has 13g dietary fiber to promote GI regularity and increase satiety. Most Americans fall short of the recommended amount of fiber. The RDA for fiber is 38g for adult males under 50 and 30g for adult males over 50. The RDA for women 50 years and younger is 25g/day, and for women over 51, 21g/day. It is essential to get enough fiber because it will help normalize bowel movements, help manage blood sugars, increase satiety, and help lower cholesterol. Consuming CF(Protein)® will help you achieve the RDA for fiber. 

      At CF Nutrition, we feel CF(Protein)® is superior to other protein supplements due to its natural, clean, immune-supporting ingredients and high fiber and low added sugar content. CF(Protein)® is a well-balanced, nutrient-rich protein drink that will help increase your energy levels and support your immunity. Unlike other protein drinks, there is no added sugar, and one 8-ounce bottle allows you to meet almost ½ of the RDA for fiber. Several detrimental effects to consuming added sugar, including high blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver, all like an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. With CF(Protein)®, you can find peace knowing there is no added sugar or artificial ingredients. Additionally, it has omega-three essential fatty acids that will help lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular diseases. 

So what are you waiting for? Now that you know CF(Protein)® is the best plant based protein drink on the market, visit our website to purchase yours today!

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How to Keep Your Gut Healthy 

Our gut health is foundational to overall health. That is why it is important to learn how to keep your gut healthy. Today, we will break down the role of our microbiome and what we can do to improve our digestive health. 

The Microbiome 

The gut microbiome is referred to as the microorganisms that live in certain tissues of the body. Everyone has about 200 different species of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in their digestive tract, some good and some not so good. Probiotics are microorganisms that provide a benefit to the host. Prebiotics are substances that feed the probiotics. There can be an imbalance of microbes in the gut so it is important to do all we can to support balance within our microbiome.

Role of Gut Microbiota

Our gut microbiome has several roles within our body. 

Some include:

  • Immune regulation
  • Protecting against bad bacteria
  • Vitamin synthesis
  • Controlling digestive function and appetite regulation
  • Regulating blood sugars
  • Maintain gut lining and integrity 

When there is an imbalance in our gut microbe the following can occur:

  • Obesity
  • Insulin resistance and diabetes
  • Inflammation
  • Poor nutrient absorption
  • Heart disease
  • Changes in memory and cognition

The Gut Brain Connection

Another reason to keep your gut healthy is that our gut and brain actually communicate with one another. The gut is often referred to as your second brain. Poor gut health is linked to depression and anxiety. One example of this is when certain situations can actually make you feel nauseous. Or, have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you are nervous or excited? These things happen because of the gut brain connection. Our emotions can trigger symptoms in the gut. 

When we have gastrointestinal distress, the gut can send signals to the brain. A troubled brain can also send signals to the gut. So, problems in the stomach or intestines may cause anxiety, stress, or depression. 

Gut Healthy Eating

Changing our diet and eating well-balanced, nutrient dense and high fiber foods is one way to support our gut health. 

Follow these tips to support your gut:

  • Eat 3-4 cups of non-starchy veggies every day
    • Most veggies except corn, peas, squash, potatoes
    • Get a variety of colors
  • Eat 2 cups of fruit every day
    • Again, include a variety of color
  • Eat 1 handful of nuts and seeds every day
  • Limit saturated fats
  • Eat Phytochemical rich foods like cocoa, tea, coffee, herbs and spices
  • Eat fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut
  • Eat prebiotic foods like onion, garlic, asparagus, leeks and artichokes
  • Limit added sugars and overly processed foods
  • Stay hydrated with CF(Rehydrate)®

Getting Enough Fiber Helps Cultivate a Healthy Microbe 

Eating enough fiber is a crucial element in keeping our microbiome healthy. 

Choosing whole grains is one way to increase your fiber intake. Whole grains have much more fiber than simple carbohydrates like white rice or white bread. Another way to get in your fiber is eating beans and legumes. Females should consume 25 grams of fiber per day and males should consume 38 grams of fiber per day. When you increase your intake of fiber, make sure you also increase your intake of water.  Don’t rely on highly processed foods for your fiber intake. Instead, focus on whole foods and variety to cultivate diversity in our microbiome. 

High fiber foods:

  • Peas
  • Oats
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Mung beans
  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat 

It isn’t just about the foods we eat

Diet is an important factor in gut health but there are other ways to help improve our digestive health.

  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Mindful Eating (Do not multitask while eating)
  • Chew food well
  • Optimize meal time 
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get enough sleep 
  • Walk
  • Practice Yoga

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