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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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What is Clinical Nutrition?

If you’ve followed along with us for a while, you know we talk a ton about clinical nutrition. Giving you access to clean, premium, patient-centered clinical nutrition, after all, is the cornerstone we were built on. But what, exactly, is clinical nutrition? And why in the world does it matter? We’ve got you covered!

Below, we break down all you need to know about this all-important medical term—including what it is and the difference it can make in your wellness journey. Read on for expert insight!

OK—so what is clinical nutrition?

Great question! Clinical nutrition is nutrition designed to support patients with the necessary vitamins, proteins, minerals, and nutrients their bodies need for everything from surgery prep and recovery—to training for athletic events or battling a cold. Clinical nutrition works to help you achieve a healthy energy balance and is used in both in- and out-patient healthcare settings. A clinical nutrition plan will take into account how your body processes, stores, and discards food for your overall well being—as well as your medical history and the results of any laboratory tests.

How is clinical nutrition used?

While the end-goal of clinical nutrition may vary depending on the patient, uses are always health-based. Some things clinical nutrition can be used to achieve include:

  • Preventing diseases (By boosting “good” cholesterol and reducing unhealthy triglycerides, clinical nutrition can help decrease your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.)
  • Optimizing your everyday diet
  • Optimizing your nutrient intake
  • Supporting your immune system
  • Treating/minimizing/managing symptoms of autoimmune diseases or other ailments
  • Fighting off colds and flus
  • Increasing the chance of a successful surgery
  • Enhancing/speeding up recovery after surgery

What clinical nutrition options are available?

There are all kinds of options you can explore when it comes to working clinical nutrition into your everyday life. These include…

  • Personal dietitian: Speak to a dietitian about optimizing an everyday nutrition plan that’s right for you. This can be an especially effective route to go if you suffer from any health ailments or diseases and are struggling to manage your symptoms. A dietitian will look at your health history, the way your body processes nutrients, any allergies you might have, as well as your symptoms to help you create a custom clinical nutrition program designed to ensure you feel your best.
  • CF(Rehydrate)® is a natural electrolyte drink designed for rapid rehydration. It’s a great (and tasty!) clinical nutrition option for everything from athletic events and post-hot yoga replenishment to staying hydrated as you travel or battle a cold. Think of it as a clean, clinical-strength alternative to a sports drink. Free from artificial colors, flavors, and sugars, CF(Rehydrate)® gives you the electrolytes and essential hydration you need, without the harmful additives found in sports drinks and other hydration products.

Pro Tip:  For added immune support, opt for CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+!

  • CF(Protein)® is a clean plant protein drink that provides a concentrated dose of natural electrolytes, all-natural protein, minerals, antioxidants, essential fats, and healing nutrients—without the use of artificial sweeteners, soy, or dairy. It’s especially effective for giving your body the protein it needs while you’re on the go—or for getting strong and healthy in the weeks leading up to and following surgery. By supplementing a healthy diet with CF(Protein)®, you build a solid nutritional foundation for surgery—as entering anesthesia malnourished can lead to serious post-op complications like surgical infection and pneumonia.
  • CF(Preop)® is an anesthesiologist-developed presurgery drink specifically formulated to help you enter surgery stronger and recover faster. Designed to drink in the hours leading up to your procedure, CF(Preop)® is a clinical nutrition product that’s based on a proven UK surgery-protocol program called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS®. A key part of those protocols is replacing the outdated “from-midnight” fast with a clear, carbohydrate-rich beverage for a reduced risk of surgical infection, a reduced risk of post-op nausea and vomiting, and a faster overall recovery.

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Overall, clinical nutrition is all about using the power of diet to enhance your wellness journey—whether you’re getting ready to undergo surgery, preparing to run a marathon, fighting the flu, or managing the symptoms of a chronic ailment or autoimmune disease.

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Ready to start working doctor-trusted, patient-preferred premium clinical nutrition into your everyday diet? You can order CF (Preop)®  here, CF(Rehydrate)® here, or CF (Protein)® here.  And, as always, don’t forget to browse the rest of the CF Nutrition blog for empowering health, wellness, and lifestyle tips.

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Talking to Your Doctor: Our Top Tips

Communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship—and the same goes for your relationship with your doctor. Talking to your doctor openly and honestly, after all, is the key to feeling comfortable, confident, and clear headed as you take control of your wellness journey. Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about talking to your doctor and advocating for yourself every step of the way. Read on for our top tips!

1. Be open when you’re talking to your doctor.

Doctors have seen it all. Whether it’s an embarrassing ailment you’re dealing with or a question you’d rather not ask—don’t let fear control the way you communicate with your doctor. At best, withholding information can disrupt the level of care you’re provided or cause you to live for far too long with discomfort that can be easily treated. At worst, it can lead to surgical complications or misprescribed medicine. Trust us when we say there isn’t a scenario your doctor hasn’t encountered—or a question she or he hasn’t before heard.

When it comes to talking to your doctor, remember that everything you say is private and confidential information. It won’t leave the four walls of your doctor’s office. While telling a friend something embarrassing or confidential can be scary for fear it may “get out”—no doctor will share your private information. Rashes, bumps, bad breath, night sweats, infections, itches, depression, mental illness—both medical school and real-life practice have prepared your doctor for everything (and then some). What may feel embarrassing to you is simply commonplace in a doctor’s eyes. They deal with thousands of cases every year—and they certainly won’t be fazed by whatever it is that’s bothering you (we promise!).

2. Answer lifestyle questions honestly.

Tempted to fib about how many drinks you have each week or whether you use cannabis? Don’t. The more the doctor knows about your diet and lifestyle, the better your medical care will be. Being dishonest when talking to your doctor about whether you use tobacco or how often you exercise can disrupt the success of a surgery, lead to an unexpected reaction to medication, or prolong a recovery period. Also, keep this in mind: your doctor is asking about your smoking, drinking, diet, lifestyle, and exercise habits out of necessity—not out of a desire to judge or shun. Allowing them a full and open understanding of your lifestyle will ensure they can provide you the best possible care and outcome.

PRO TIP: All allergies matter! Patients often neglect to disclose allergies they don’t deem relevant to a certain appointment or procedure. But it’s always best to share every allergy you have when talking to your doctor—dogs, peanuts, sulfa drugs….everything—and allow them to decide whether the allergy is relevant.

3. Make a list of questions before talking to your doctor.

You may go into your doctor’s appointment with a head full of questions, but nerves can get the best of you when you’re talking to your doctor. Couple any anxiousness you’re feeling with the fact that physicians often seem to be in a rush—and, before you know it, your appointment can be over and you’ve forgotten to ask key questions you had in mind. We always recommend making a comprehensive list of top-of-mind health questions before your appointment. And don’t rely on your memory to document the answers—bring a pen and paper or use your phone to take notes as your doctor answers each question.

PRO TIP: Getting ready to head into surgery? Check out our top tips for what to ask before surgery.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for further clarity when you’re talking to your doctor.

With medical jargon and confusing pre-op protocols, it’s perfectly normal to be unsure about something your doctor said. If you find yourself scratching your head as they’re explaining something, ask them to repeat themselves or explain in more detail. You’re not sitting for the SATs—a doctor’s appointment shouldn’t feel like a test you have to fudge your way through. As a patient, you have every right to ask for further explanation about anything you don’t quite understand. You can also always call the office after you’ve left to gain further clarification as well.

5. Know that nurses are a great resource, too.

Nurses are often the unsung heroes of the medical world. Physicians are typically in a rush and juggling tons of patients each day—while nurses are often the ones who have time to break things down and spend more one-on-one time with patients. Get to know the nurses in your doctor’s office. They can typically answer questions and provide clarity when getting in front of a physician or talking to your doctor is difficult.

6. Use your patient portal.

In today’s digital world, most medical practices will have some sort of an online patient portal or app. Definitely create an account and take advantage of all that it offers! From medical records and bloodwork results to upcoming appointments and treatment plans—you can often access your personal medical information in a more timely manner via your patient portal versus waiting for a call back from your doctor. Many patient portals also include messaging options. Thinking back to our first tip in today’s post, if you’re embarrassed about asking something in person when talking to your doctor—you can always use your portal’s messaging feature to ask online.

7. Get all of the information you need to make informed decisions.

Remember—doctors are absolutely the experts, but you are still allowed to (and should!) advocate for yourself when talking to your doctor. From getting a second opinion before opting to undergo surgery—to asking about replacing the old-school from-midnight fast with an approved presurgery drink instead, explore options openly with your doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask about alternative treatments, holistic wellness options, or using clinical nutrition in place of more severe interventions. As long as you’re respectful and curious—rather than undermining—any seasoned doctor will be more than happy to help you explore all of the options available to you before encouraging you to make a decision.

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Overall, being open and honest when talking to your doctor is so important for the best possible outcome—whether you’re battling an ailment, preparing for surgery, or simply attempting to get as healthy as possible!

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Ready for more goodness? Browse the rest of the CF Nutrition blog for empowering health, wellness, and lifestyle tips. And don’t forget to fuel yourself and your family along your health journey with the clean, clinical replenishment of CF(Rehyrdate and CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity +—our fan-favorite electrolyte drinks.

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Prioritizing Self-Care This Holiday Season

With the little ones on winter break and the pressures of buying presents, decorating, and hosting mounting by the day—the holiday season often feels less like the most wonderful time of the year and more like the most overwhelming time of the year for busy moms. From keeping kids entertained and hosting in-laws—to staying on top of all of the social obligations and expectations that pop up this time of year—maintaining your mental health as a mom during the holidays is a struggle (to say the least). Today, then, we wanted to serve up our top seven self-care tips to help you take on the winter months with less mom guilt and more go-me!.

1. Schedule time for yourself.

No literally—schedule it. Whether it’s a pedicure, a yoga session, or a cup of coffee by yourself in the backyard—the woes and worries of motherhood can always benefit from a little self-care. Your personal time can be short, sweet, and regularly scheduled (i.e. 20 minutes spent reading alone in your room every Wednesday afternoon) or extravagant, extended, and once-in-a-while (i.e. a spa day right before your in-laws arrive)—but, whatever you choose, the key is to pencil it in your calendar and actually see it through. Treat your planned personal time as you would a work meeting or an appointment for your kids—plan ahead and secure help in advance so you can stick to it as-scheduled.

2. Give yourself permission to feel how you feel (yes, even if it’s ready for the kids to go back to school).

The only thing worse than feeling overwhelmed by our children and social obligations is feeling guilty that we’re feeling overwhelmed by our children and social obligations. From television advertisements to social-media posts, moms face hundreds of items and interactions on any given day designed to trigger mom guilt—you definitely don’t need to pile any more on yourself. Know that your feelings are valid. They’re not positive or negative, good or bad. They’re simply representations of how a situation is affecting us. The only way we can navigate through our emotions effectively and with clarity is to acknowledge them without judgment and prioritize our self-care.

3. Find creative outlets to navigate mom guilt and prioritize self-care.

Feeling overwhelmed and under pressure as you deal with the kids being home for the holidays? Journaling and free-writing can be a rewarding form of self-care. It is a a great way to get your thoughts, frustrations, and worries down on paper and off of your chest and a great form of self-care. Anything you can do to release some of the pressure that so often accompanies motherhood is great—whether that’s painting, sketching, jogging…or, yes, screaming into a pillow.

4. Add therapy to your self-care toolbox.

With all kinds of options for online therapy available (like BetterHelp and Talkspace), getting professional help is easier and more convenient than it’s ever been—and it can make a world of difference in how we show up for ourselves and our families on a daily basis. Having someone you can rely on to act as an unbiased third-party and honest sounding board is essential during motherhood—whether you’re currently feeling incredibly anxious and overwhelmed or simply just exhausted.

5. Stay hydrated and nourished (seriously).

Never underestimate the power of a refreshing rehydration drink and a nourishing meal. Maintaining your mental health as a mom during the holidays is a struggle—and neglecting to properly hydrate and nourish yourself is a seemingly small oversight that can lead to fatigue, frustration, headaches, and an array of symptoms that only make an already-stressful day that much more tenuous.

Dehydration negatively affects your brain function, mood, and ability to concentrate (in fact, about 75% of your brain mass is water!). We tend to be even more dehydrated in winter because we’re naturally less thirsty and forget to hydrate—which makes it even more critical to replenish during the colder months with functional, clinical-grade hydration. Think: an electrolyte drink, but preferably one free from artificial dyes and added sugars, like our fan-favorite CF(Rehydrate)® IMMUNITY +.

6. Take a social media break.

We already had mom guilt—and now, in the age of social media, we have mom comparison. (How fun for us, right?). With the curated trying to convince us it’s carefree and candid—and the edited masquerading as the effortless—social media outlets tend to serve as less of a community builder and more of a comparison catalyst. In fact, a Prior Group survey found nearly half of parents thought social media apps created “unrealistic and unattainable expectations of family life” sparking mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

While sharing your family’s holiday adventures with others is a fun and lighthearted way to use social media—scrolling through your feed when you can’t sleep wondering why everyone else’s life seems so much more joyous (…and well-lit…and less spit-up-stained) than yours is not. If you’re doing more of the latter lately, it’s probably time to delete Instagram (or your rabbit-hole of choice) for a few weeks and focus on remaining present and free from that age-old destroyer of joy: comparison.

7. Seek out community.

Whether it’s meeting up with a friend for a cup of cocoa, taking an online art class after the kids have gone to bed, or simply getting out of the house alone and heading to your favorite cafe or park to soak in the presence of other adults—seeking out some form of community is key. Isolation can exacerbate motherhood mental health challenges—so look for opportunities to connect with others, but only in ways that bring you joy. If planning a big family dinner adds more stress to your life than serenity—maybe you skip that opportunity for community and head to a yoga class as a form of self-care instead.

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Overall, it’s no secret that the holidays can make maintaining your self-care as a mother a true challenge. But validating your emotions, seeking out therapy and community, and carving out time for yourself can all help ease stress and bring a little more joy into our lives!

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Ready for more goodness? Browse the rest of the CF Nutrition blog for empowering health, wellness, and lifestyle tips. And don’t forget to fuel yourself and your family in the hectic holiday months with the clean, clinical replenishment of CF(Rehyrdate)® and CF(Rehydrate)® IMMUNITY+—our fan-favorite electrolyte drinks.

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CF(Rehydrate) at Central Market Locations Across Texas

Since the beginning, CF Nutrition has been a physician-founded, conscious clinical nutrition brand. The primary goal of CF Nutrition has always been to help more people, patients, and parents quickly access the game-changing benefits of clean clinical nutrition. Today, then, we’re so excited to announce we’re officially rolling out CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ in 10 Central Market locations across Texas—making it easy and convenient to support your immunity and fight dehydration naturally, effectively, and quickly on the go. Read on for everything you need to know about this exciting retail rollout and what it means for your everyday hydration.

Where can I find CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ in Texas?

Starting November 12th, look for half-liter bottles of our rehydrate drink on the shelves and in the cold section of Central Market Austin, Central Market San Antonio, Central Market Southlake, Central Market Fort Worth, and Central Market Houston. A subsidiary of HEB stores, Central Market offers gourmet groceries, fresh produce, and a wide selection of organic and natural foods. We’re incredibly excited to have CF Nutrition products in a store that emphasizes overall health and high-quality nourishment.

What exactly is the CF rehydrate drink?

CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ is a natural electrolyte drink with immune-boosting ingredients. Formulated with functional vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and naturally-sourced electrolytes—and free from harmful dyes and additives—it offers a clean, clinical-grade, colorless option for replenishing and rehydrating on the go.

What makes the CF rehydrate drink different?

CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ provides the nutrition and hydration you won’t get from water alone with a nutrient profile featuring essential electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. We leave out the synthetics, sugars, and dyes you will get with traditional sports drinks and other hydration beverages on the market.⁠ It’s also specifically formulated to support a strengthened immune system and enhanced general wellness.

How should I use CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+?

Whether you’re traveling, working out, recovering from a night of fun, fighting the flu, experiencing a bout of stress, or pregaming for the weekend ahead. There are countless reasons and seasons to reach for a half-liter bottle of our rehydration drink. With less than 1 gram of sugar per each half-liter—and none of the synthetics or additives you’ll find in other rehydrate drinks—its intentional formulation rapidly replenishes lost fluids and essential electrolytes, including those lost quickly through sweat and illness. 

When is clinical-grade hydration essential?

  • Fighting a cold or flu
  • Recovering from illness or surgery
  • Preventing or easing a hangover
  • Traveling locally or abroad
  • Experiencing altitude sickness or dehydration
  • Fueling up for—or recovering from—a workout

Who is the CF rehydrate drink for?

Medical-grade hydration is something everyone needs regularly, but we find it’s become a regular fan favorite amongst the following groups…

  • Parents: Available in Aloha Blend, Orange, and Kiwi Strawberry, little ones tend to love the taste of CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+—and parents appreciate the fact that it’s not only natural, clean, and clinical-grade….but free from harmful neon dyes that make a mess of clothes and cars. The best part? Immune-boosting ingredients like vitamin c, vitamin d, zinc, and magnesium promote optimal immune health and wellness for the whole family—while naturally-sourced electrolytes make for quick-and-effective replenishment, minus all of the added sugar.
  • Athletes, Runners, Yogis, and Cyclists: Even the best sweat sessions can leave you feeling depleted and drained. The problem with most post-workout options? Water alone just won’t cut it when it comes to replacing the electrolytes you lost quickly—and reaching for a traffic-cone-orange, sugar-packed sports drink means undoing all of the hard work you just put in to cleanse your body. A half-liter bottle of CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ offers athletes, yogis, runners, and every active person in between a healthy, effective way to treat your body to complete clinical-grade replenishment.
  • Anyone wanting to hydrate more effectively: From keeping your energy levels, mood, and brain function up—to boosting your immune system, preventing hangovers, and relieving constipation—the benefits of staying hydrated are endless. That’s why our team of medical professionals and beverage scientists here at CF Nutrition specifically formulated CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ to offer everyone a tasty, on-the-go, next-level clinical hydration option.

How is CF rehydrate drink different from Pedialyte or Gatorade?

That’s a great question! Check out the breakdown below for an at-a-glance look at what makes CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ a superior, cleaner, more practical option for fighting dehydration.

CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+  

  • Sugar: Rather than being saturated with added and artificial sugars, CF(Rehydrate)® has only 1 gram of added sugar and is lightly sweetened with natural stevia rebaudiana.
  • Colors: CF(Rehydrate)® is clear, colorless, and completely devoid of artificial colors and dyes.
  • Flavors: CF(Rehydrate)® flavors are natural, resulting in a taste that’s light, refreshing, and enjoyed by children and adults alike.
  • Electrolytes: CF(Rehydrate)® contains more electrolytes than Pedialyte®. Magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium for complete hydration. More sodium per bottle for superior replenishment 
  • Amino acids: CF(Rehydrate)® contains the amino acid L-citrulline, used to improve blood flow and aid in the process of muscle repair.

Pedialyte®: 

  • Sugar: While Pedialyte® includes some electrolytes, the majority of this formulation is a mixture of water, dextrose (a simple sugar that is not ideal for diabetics), and acesulfame potassium (a highly processed artificial sweetener).
  • Colors: Many of the color additives in Pedialyte®, like Red-40 and Blue-5, are among the most common allergens and food irritants, especially for children.
  • Electrolytes: Pedialyte® contains less sodium and fewer electrolytes than CF(Rehydrate)®.
  • Amino acids: Pedialyte® does not contain amino acids or other recovery-enhancing ingredients.

Gatorade®: 

  • Sugar: One serving of Gatorade® has 21 grams of added sugar compared to < 1 gram in CF(Rehydrate)®. (The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar to 100 calories per day which equals 24 grams or six teaspoons. Gatorade Zero and other low-calorie versions include artificial sweeteners and sugars. Some individuals may find these ingredients challenging to digest and can experience gastrointestinal distress after consumption. 
  • Colors: Just as is the case with Pedialyte®, many of the color additives in Gatorade®, like Red-40 and Blue-5, are among the most common allergens and food irritants—especially for children.
  • Electrolytes: While the original Gatorade® formulation contains sodium and potassium, it does not include additional electrolytes such as magnesium, selenium, and phosphorus.
  • Amino-acids: Gatorade® does not contain amino acids or other recovery-enhancing ingredients.

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Overall, we’re thrilled to bring clean, clinical-grade hydration to families, athletes, and everyday health-conscious consumers via Central Market stores throughout the great state of Texas. Keep an eye out for CF Nutrition products next time you’re in Central Market—and learn even more about our game-changing rehydrate drink right here.

Not in Texas? No problem. You can order CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ online.

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What Vitamins and Minerals Help Support my Immune System?

As cold and flu season is officially upon us, knowing what vitamins and minerals help support immunity isn’t easy. Today, we break down four of the essential vitamins and minerals that help support your immune system. CF(Rehydrate)® IMMUNITY+ was designed with an extra dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Zinc to strengthen your immune system, especially during cold and flu season. Drinking one serving a day may help prevent you from getting sick this season.

Vitamin D’s Role in the Immune System

Vitamin D plays an essential role in immune health. Its function is to regulate adaptive immune responses. Additionally, Vitamin D deficiency appears to increase the risk of certain illnesses and lower levels of Vitamin D may increase infections. Low Vitamin D levels may make you more susceptible to have recent upper respiratory tract infections when compared to those with sufficient Vitamin D levels. Consuming just one serving of CF(Rehydrate)® IMMUNITY+ meets 25% of the DV of Vitamin D.  Another way to ensure adequate Vitamin D is getting enough sunlight. Just taking a 15 minute break at lunch to get your daily dose of Vitamin D can help prevent deficiency in this essential vitamin.

Vitamin C’ and Your Immune System

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps the formation of collagen. As an antioxidant, Vitamin C protects against environmental oxidative stress. Deficiency in Vitamin C may lead to impaired immunity and increased infection. The way it works is, Vitamin C can readily donate electrons and, in turn, protect from damage by oxidants which makes it an essential part of wound healing. Consuming one serving of CF(Rehydrate)® IMMUNITY+ provides 100% of the DV of Vitamin C. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits can also help ensure you are getting enough Vitamin C in your diet.

Magnesium’s Role in the Immune System 

Magnesium is necessary for healthy muscle function and glucose metabolism. This means it plays a vital role in the use of energy-rich compounds. When we exercise, magnesium may be depleted, which can sometimes compromise the ability to perform physical work. Immune function may also temporarily suffer during bouts of prolonged exercise or excessive training. Sometimes, this can lead to infection. Replacing magnesium is crucial and by consuming CF(Rehydrate)® IMMUNITY+ after a workout, you are able to replace some of the magnesium that may have been lost during exercise. Magnesium also has a strong relationship with the immune system. Deficiency in magnesium may lead to an inflammatory response which can be detrimental to our immune health. There is 10% of the DV of Magnesium in one serving of CF(Rehydrate)® IMMUNITY+.

Zinc Can Defend Against Oxidative Stress

We often hear about Zinc being important for our immune healthy, but what role does this mineral play? Zinc strengthens the immune system and promotes healthy cell function. When we have a bacterial infection, plasma zinc levels decline. Dietary zinc (meaning the zinc we get from food or drinks) deficiency predisposes individuals to certain infectious diseases. Zinc also defends against harmful internal macrophages and decreases oxidative stress. There is 25% of the DV of Zinc in one serving of CF(Rehydrate)® IMMUNITY+.

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Now that you have a better idea of the four essential vitamins and minerals that support your immune system—be sure to browse the rest of the CF Nutrition blog for empowering health, wellness, and lifestyle tips. And don’t forget to fuel yourself and your family with the clean, clinical replenishment and immune support of CF(Rehydrate)® immunity +.

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Can You Cure a Hangover?: Separating Fact From Fiction

From pounding headaches and nausea to fever and food aversions, there is nothing quite like the painful payback our bodies serve us after a little too much partying. Whether it’s reaching for a sugary sports drink, heading to a drive-through, or sweating it out in a hot shower—anyone who’s all-too familiar with nights of endless imbibing likely has their own sworn-by trick to cure a hangover. But what does the science say about what works and what doesn’t? Today, we’re separating fact from fiction and talking all about the evidence-based art of curing a hangover. Let’s get to it…

But first…why do we get hungover?

There’s no one key “ingredient” or factor that leads to the feeling of a hangover. Instead, feeling less-than-stellar after a night of overindulgence has to do with your individual makeup, the amount you imbibed, and the myriad of ways in which alcohol affects the human body. A few of the most important include:

  • Alcohol dehydrates you and leads to an electrolyte imbalance: Alcohol is a diuretic—meaning it causes your body to rid itself of fluids (via urination) much quicker than other liquids. The more you drink, the more you urinate, the more dehydrated you become—which ultimately leads to an electrolyte imbalance as well.
  • Alcohol can cause your blood vessels to widen: This is also known as vasodilatation—and it can lead to that pounding headache you feel upon waking the next morning.
  • Alcohol disrupts your sleep: While alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, it also lessens the quality of your sleep and can often cause that dreaded 2am wake-up, as it interferes with your body’s nighttime secretion of growth hormones and temperature regulation. A lack of quality sleep can contribute to that foggy feeling that so often accompanies a hangover.
  • Excessive drinking can lead to withdrawal symptoms: Heavy drinking can suppress your nervous system. When the drinking stops, your central nervous system then “wakes up” and kicks into overdrive, often leading to the “shakes” and a rapid heartbeat.

So…can you really cure a hangover? Here’s what the science says

Fiction: The “hair of the dog” method can cure a hangover.

When it comes to how to cure a hangover, some swear by the “hair of the dog” method, or “taking the hair of the dog that bit you”—meaning you drink alcohol in the morning to ease your hangover. (Fun fact: the phrase “hair of the dog” comes from a medieval belief that a person bitten by a rabid dog could be cured by placing the dog’s hair on the open wound or taking some of the dog’s hair in a potion.) Hangover symptoms peak when your blood-alcohol level reaches zero, so giving your body another drink may work to temporarily alleviate the pain you’re feeling—but science shows it only serves to hold off the hangover that’s inevitably coming.

Fact: The type of alcohol you drink can make a difference.

It turns out, there just might be something to the old folklore around clear alcohol not causing as significant of hangovers as darker alcohol. Studies have shown consuming clear alcohol (like vodka or gin) “may have a significant effect” on reducing the symptoms of a hangover the following day. Darker alcohols (whiskey, bourbon, brandy, red wine, etc.) contain congeners, chemically-related compounds which have been associated with a higher incidence of hangovers.

Fiction: Coffee will cure a hangover.

If you’re a java-lover, coffee may be calling your name the morning after a night of drinking…but the experts say don’t reach for that cup of joe so fast. It turns out coffee narrows your blood vessels and boosts your blood pressure, both of which might compound the illness you’re already feeling. Another less-than-ideal fact about coffee as a hangover cure? It’s a diuretic (just like alcohol), which means it can serve to dehydrate you even further. So, why do people swear by it? The caffeine can help to alleviate the grogginess and lethargy you may be experiencing—but that’s about as far as the benefits of coffee for a hangover stretch.

Fact: Complex carbohydrates are your friend.

Remember that blood-sugar drop we talked about earlier when we broke down the factors behind a hangover? When it comes to options that can help you cure a hangover, science shows that consuming bland nutrition that contains lots of complex carbohydrates can work to combat low blood-sugar levels and decrease nausea.

Our anesthesiologist-developed presurgery drink CF(Preop)® was designed to give patients a clean, clinical-grade, easy-to-consume solution to increase their chance of surgical success, reduce post-op nausea, and help speed up recoveries…but it turns out surgery isn’t the only thing it works well for. Because it’s chock-full of complex carbs and functional nutrition designed to quicken the healing process (without any added sugars, harmful dyes, or synthetics) it also works really well for hangovers. We recommend taking one bottle after you’ve finished up your night of fun before you go to bed—and another in the morning when you wake feeling not-so invincible.

Fiction: Hangover pills offer a cure.

According to studies, it turns out those pricey hangover pills, powders, and patches don’t seem to do much to cure a hangover. As CNN Health puts it, “there is little scientific evidence that they will make you feel any better.” Your best bet instead is to get the nutrients and vitamins they offer through clean, healthy, much-less-expensive nutrition.

Fact: Hydration remains your best bet if you’re hoping to cure a hangover.

Study after study and physician after physician tell us: the one thing you can do to help prevent or lessen a hangover is focus on hydration. We mentioned earlier that alcohol is a diuretic (meaning it causes you to eliminate fluids faster than other liquids do). Combine this with the fact hangovers are often accompanied by sweating, vomiting, and diarrhea—which can result in even more fluid loss and increased electrolyte imbalances—and it’s easy to see how the dehydrating effects of alcohol are only further compounded by the hangover they cause.

While there’s no way to know if dehydration is 100% responsible for your hangover—replacing the fluids you lost is one of the quickest, easiest things you can do to give your body a fighting chance at feeling better. The most common recommendation is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water or clear fluids in between alcoholic beverages. But, if you got caught up in cocktailing and forgot to follow this tried-and-true rule, your best bet is to replenish as rapidly as possible the next morning.

PRO TIP: CF(Rehyrdate)®, our fan-favorite rapid-rehydration drink, offers clean, colorless, clinical-grade hydration that’s ideal for flushing your body with much-needed fluids, zinc, and natural electrolytes after a night of too much fun. (The best part? It’s not full of colored dyes and artificial ingredients like sports drinks and made-for-children solutions.)

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Overall, knowing what will work best for your hangover comes down to understanding your specific symptoms and what caused them. If you’re solely tired and groggy, a cup of coffee may do the trick—whereas if you’re nauseous and have a headache, coffee may only serve to exacerbate those symptoms. Regardless, though, of the individual symptoms you’re experiencing, the one “cure” that comes up time and time again is simple and straightforward: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (…and our team of beverage scientists, healthcare professionals, and nutritionists couldn’t agree more!).

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Ready for more goodness? Browse the rest of the CF Nutrition blog for empowering health, wellness, and lifestyle tips. And don’t forget to give your body the best chance at feeling better after a night of drinking with the clean, clinical replenishment of CF(Rehyrdate)® and the natural complex carbs you’ll find in CF(Preop)®.

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How to Build Healthy Meals: Tips From a Registered Dietitian

     Are you trying to create the healthiest version of yourself but feel trapped in the yo-yo diet cycle? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here at CF Nutrition, we encourage you to eat healthy, well-balanced, nutrient-dense meals. This means there are no restrictions on certain food groups, no starving yourself miserable, and no diet rebound once you’ve finally caved into your cravings for carbs, chocolate, or whatever other foods you’ve villainized.

        Fad diets are a thing of the past, and quite frankly, they don’t work. Research shows that chronic dieting leads to weight gain over time, along with other health complications. Think about the last time you said, “I am going to start my diet tomorrow”. What did you do the night prior? Did you binge on everything you said you were going to “stop eating for good”? If so, you’re not alone. This is what we call the “Last Supper” mentality. As soon as you tell yourself you’re dieting, this idea automatically comes into play, and you tend to eat as much as physically possible. Then, you wake up the next day feeling guilty and then jump right back on the restriction bandwagon. As you can see, this diet mentality DOESN’T WORK. We need to create sustainable, habits to build a healthy lifestyle. To learn more about the Last Supper Mentality and how to stop the diet lifestyle, we recommend Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD.

Rather than trying the newest FAD diet to reach your weight loss goals, we encourage you to create well-balanced, healthy meals that keep you satisfied and give you the energy you need to feel your best. Today, we’re sharing several meal and snack ideas that include each essential macronutrient. These balanced meals are guaranteed to give you energy and still allow you to reach your weight goals. We have included snack and meal ideas for weight loss and maintenance. No matter what journey you’re on, you’ll find an idea for each mealtime. 

        If you’re trying to lose weight, you still need to incorporate all three macronutrients. This includes carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean protein. One guideline that can help you is the My Plate Method. This involves sectioning off your plate into three parts and will help you to monitor your portion sizes to ensure you are not overeating. To follow this method, 50% of your plate should be filled with vegetables, 25% carbohydrate (whole grain when possible), and 25% lean protein. A good rule of thumb for portioning out protein is to use the palm of your hand. By filling ½ your plate with vegetables, you’ll be getting tons of micronutrients and fiber to keep you satisfied.

        Remember, you don’t have to lose X amount of weight in X amount of time. Weight loss is and should be a gradual process, and it’s crucial to make sustainable, measurable, and practical goals along the way.

Low-calorie Healthy snack ideas

  • Raw bell pepper slices with 1tbs of hummus or guacamole
  • ½ apple or ½ banana with 1tbs of Peanut butter 
  • ½ cup low fat Cottage cheese with flax seeds and cinnamon 
  • 1 hard boiled egg with ½ apple 
  • ½ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt with ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 Serving of whole wheat crackers with 2oz tuna *pro tip use balsamic vinegar instead of mayo when making tuna from a can
  • 1 scoop protein powder, 2/3 cup almond milk, crushed ice, ½ banana 

High Protein Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Raw bell pepper slices with 2tbs of hummus or guacamole and 1 svg of whole wheat crackers
  • 1 apple or banana with 2tbs of Peanut butter  
  • 2 hard boiled eggs with string cheese and ¼ cup of nuts
  • 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt with ¼ cup blueberries and ¼ cup of nuts or 1tbs of peanut butter 
  • 1 svg of whole wheat crackers with 3oz tuna and ¼ and avocado 
  • 1 scoop protein powder with 1 cup milk, ½ banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter and ¼ cup oats (this is a snack version of a smoothie if making for meal double all ingredients)
  • ½ cup oatmeal with ¼ cup of nuts, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, and ½ cup of berries (*try with cinnamon)

Healthy BREAKFAST IDEAS for weight loss

  • ½ cup of oats (NON-FLAVORED), ½ cup of almond milk, ½ cup of berries, 1 tbsp of peanut butter or 1 scoop of protein powder
  • One piece of whole-wheat toast with 1 tbsp peanut butter and ½ banana + ½ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt 
  • 1 piece of whole-wheat toast with ¼ an avocado and 1 egg
  • Scrambled eggs using one egg and one egg white with veggies and ½ whole wheat bagel

Healthy BREAKFAST IDEAS for muscle gain/weight gain:

  • 1 cup of oats (NON-FLAVORED), 1 cup of low-fat milk, ½ cup of berries, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, and 2 scoop of protein powder
  • 2 pieces of whole-wheat toast with 2 tbsp peanut butter and 1 banana +1 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt 
  • 2 pieces of whole-wheat toast with ½ an avocado and 2eggs
  • Scrambled eggs using three eggs with veggies and a whole wheat bagel

Healthy LUNCH IDEAS for weight loss:

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla (find one between 80-110 kcals), with ½ cup of refried black beans (from a can) with ¼ an avocado (If you are at home and need a leisurely lunch, this is great because you have to warm up the beans in the microwave)
  • 2 tbsp of hummus on 1 piece of whole-wheat toast with 2 hard-boiled eggs and ¼ cup nuts
  • 1/3 cup of dry quinoa with 4 oz of grilled chicken and ½ cup of veggies (sub quinoa for whole wheat pasta or brown rice)
  • 2 oz of chickpea pasta (brands I like are BANZA, Barilla) with ½ cup of veggies and 1 tbsp of olive oil (chickpea pasta has protein in it, so you don’t need additional protein)
  • ½ can of tuna mixed with ¼ an avocado, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, onion powder, and cherry tomatoes (this is low carb, can have crackers or toast also)

Healthy LUNCH IDEAS for muscle gain/weight gain:

  • 2 whole wheat tortilla (find one between 80-110 kcals), with 1 cup of refried black beans (from a can) with ½ an avocado (If you are at home and need a leisurely lunch, this is great because you have to warm up the beans in the microwave)
  • 1/3 cup of quinoa with 8 oz of grilled chicken and ½ cup of veggies (sub quinoa for whole wheat pasta or brown rice)
  • 2 oz of chickpea pasta (brands I like are BANZA, Barilla) with ½ cup of veggies and 1 tbsp of olive oil and 8 grilled shrimp 
  • 1 can of tuna mixed with 1/3 an avocado, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, onion powder, and cherry tomatoes (this is low carb, can have crackers or toast besides)

Healthy DINNER IDEAS for weight loss:

  • 1 small baked sweet potato, stuff with ½ cup of black beans, yellow onions, and chopped red pepper (Sauté beans and veggies together in pan and place inside sweet potato once baked)
  • 2 oz of whole-grain pasta with 1tbs of olive oil, ½ cup of veggies and 4 oz of chicken. Option for the red sauce instead of olive oil* (1svg)
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice/quinoa/whole grain pasta, 4 oz chicken/salmon/shrimp, ½ cup of veggie of your choice
  • 1 baked sweet potato (small), ½ cup of garbanzo beans, ½ cup of veggies

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COVID VACCINE FAQ’s: Everything You Need to Know & How to Prepare

With the COVID vaccine rollout coming right along, depending on your job, age, and health history, your place in line might be approaching quickly. To help you on your journey to improved immunity, then, we wanted to spend some time today breaking down everything you need to know about the available COVID vaccines—including what’s true, what a total myth, and how you can best support your body for success.

Read on, and get ready to roll up your sleeve with confidence and clarity!

COVID Vaccine Basics:

Types of COVID-Vaccines

As of this writing, there are three types of COVID vaccines that have been approved for use in preventing COVID-19, two of which require two shots spaced a few weeks apart in order to get the highest level of protection:

  • ​​​​Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine
    • Requires a second shot 3 weeks (or 21 days) after your first
  • Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine​​
    • Requires a second shot 4 weeks (or 28 days) after your first
  • Johnson & Johnson / Janssen’s COVID-19 vaccine
    • Requires only one dose

How do the COVID vaccines work?

COVID vaccines essentially leave our body with a “memory” (in the form of T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes, two types of defensive white blood cells)—so it can remember how to fight the virus if we’re infected in the future. While getting a vaccine doesn’t provide you immunity, it does help you better fight the virus—and therefore lessen the symptoms—if you get sick. 

I’ve heard experts use the term “messenger RNA vaccines”. What does that mean?

That’s a great question! While some types of vaccines use a weakened form of the germ at-hand to get our bodies to recognize and respond, that’s not the case with COVID vaccines; they don’t contain COVID-19 at all. Instead, they’re what’s considered a “messenger RNA”—or mRNA—vaccine. These types of vaccines work by teaching our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. Here’s how it works, according to the CDC:

  • You receive the vaccination in your arm.
  • The “instructions” (mRNA) then head to your immune cells and teach them to make a harmless type of protein called a “spike protein”. (This protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.)
  • The cell then displays this protein piece on its surface.
  • Your body then recognizes there’s a protein that doesn’t belong on a cell’s surface, and it responds by building an immune response and making antibodies. 
  • This teaches your body to fight the virus that has that specific spike protein on it. Your body now has developed a “memory” for how to fight the COVID-19 virus, should you ever become infected with it in the future.

COVID Vaccine Myths:

Now that you understand a bit about how the vaccine works, it’s time to debunk some common myths and misconceptions!

MYTH: The COVID vaccine gives you COVID-19.

TRUTH: None of the approved COVID vaccines contain the COVID-19 virus. Instead, they teach your body to recognize and remember how to fight the virus (via that neat mRNA method we broke down above!). This process can cause symptoms of illness (like a fever)—but these symptoms are completely normal and are a sign that your body is building protection, which is a positive thing! If you find you’re feeling any of these after your vaccination, it’s important to rest, hydrate, eat healthy, and give your body a chance to recover. 

MYTH: I don’t need to get vaccinated if I’ve already had COVID-19.

TRUTH: The CDC recommends individuals who have previously had the COVID-19 virus still get the COVID vaccination when they’re able. That’s because experts aren’t quite sure yet how long you have protection (in the form of antibodies) after having had the virus. It is possible that you can contract the virus again after having already recovered from it in the past, which is why getting vaccinated is still important. 

MYTH: The COVID vaccine alters my DNA

TRUTH: The Covid vaccines do not interact with or alter your DNA in any way, as the mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell.

MYTH: I should not get a COVID vaccine if I am planning on becoming pregnant one day.

TRUTH: There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccinations cause problems with the development of the placenta or future fertility. The CDC states, “Based on current knowledge, experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to a person trying to become pregnant in the short or long term.” 

MYTH: Researchers rushed the COVID vaccine, so I shouldn’t trust it.

TRUTH: The COVID vaccines were developed using a method (mRNA) that’s been in development for almost two decades—and no testing steps were skipped. There were a handful of factors that allowed these vaccines to be developed faster than vaccines for previous viruses society has encountered, including China sharing genetic information about COVID-19, which allowed researchers to start working on vaccines promptly—and social media companies helping to find and engage volunteers quickly. 

COVID Vaccine Preparation:

Alright, so you have a basic understanding of how it works—and you know what’s true and what isn’t—but, how, exactly, should you prepare for your COVID vaccine? That’s a great question! Let’s dig in…

What to Expect from your COVID Vaccine:

After receiving your vaccine, you might experience some side effects as a sign your body is building protection. Don’t panic—these are completely normal and should subside within a few days. They can include:

  • Pain or swelling at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Tiredness/lethargy
  • Headache

How to logistically prepare for your COVID Vaccine appointment:

Start by finding out if you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Your individual state likely has its own resource or website for finding out if you’re on the current eligibility list and/or for scheduling your appointment—but a great nationwide resource is NBC’s Plan Your Vaccine tool. 

Once you have an appointment, you may need to bring a printout, QR code, and/or paycheck stub (to confirm your occupation). 

Regardless of the specific item(s) you need to confirm your appointment—which can vary by state and vaccination location—everyone will need to wear a face mask and remain six feet apart from others while waiting in line for your appointment.

How to prepare your body for your COVID Vaccine:

As is the case with nearly anything we put our bodies through in life, the stronger you enter the situation, the stronger you’re likely to recover from it. There are a few things you can do, then, to ensure your body is in prime condition for receiving your COVID vaccine and beginning to build that long-awaited immunity!

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids both before and after your vaccination appointment(s). This is especially important if you start to feel a little “flu-y” after receiving your vaccine. (We break down why staying hydrated is so important for a healthy immune system here!) CF(Rehydrate)® is a great option for staying on top of your fluid intake, as it’s free from artificial colors, flavors, and sugars and delivers the electrolytes and clinical hydration your body needs, without the harmful additives found in sports drinks and other hydration products.
  • Plan to avoid strenuous activity: Don’t plan a marathon, gym session, or rock climb for the day after your COVID vaccine appointment. Even if you’re not feeling any other side effects, your upper arm is likely to be pretty sore. It’s best to give your body at least a day to refuel and recharge before putting it through any taxing activities.
  • If you’re feeling under the weather, try following a BRAT diet for a day: “BRAT” stands for: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. It’s a diet that was once commonly recommended by pediatricians for children who were experiencing nausea and vomiting, as it’s one your system can easily handle and digest, even when you’re not feeling up for eating much.
  • Get in extra nutrients and vitamins: Upping your vitamin and nutrient intake is always a good idea—and this is especially true for anyone who’s feeling a little sick after receiving a COVID vaccine. CF(Rehydrate)® Immunity+ is a natural electrolyte drink chock-full of medical-grade hydration and immune-boosting ingredients—helping promote enhanced immunity and all-around wellness when you body needs it most.

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Whew—that covers pretty much everything you need to know about the COVID vaccines! As always, browse the rest of the CF Nutrition blog for more empowering health, wellness, and lifestyle tips. And don’t forget to give your body the best chance at a healthy 2021 by hydrating with the clean, clinical replenishment of CF(Rehyrdate)® and nourishing with the powerful plant-based protein in CF(protein)®, our fan-favorite immunonutrition drink.

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Introducing CF Nutrition Athlete & Professional Golfer, Sierra Brooks!

We’re so excited to announce our newest CF Nutrition brand partner, Pro Golfer Sierra Brooks. Sierra turned pro in 2019, played in two LPGA events in 2020, and will play full-time on the 2021 Symetra Tour this year. Her favorite part of her job is getting to consistently work at becoming the best athlete and person she can be—and she hopes to inspire the next generation as a relatable role model along the way. As a health-conscious athlete who understands the powerful role nutrition plays in fueling her performance on the course, Sierra is excited to partner with a team that formulates honest, natural products she believes in.

From her favorite ways to mentally recharge off the course—to the thing she always keeps in mind when scrolling through social media—read our full interview with Sierra below to gain behind-the-scenes insight into her inspiring journey.

For those who don’t know you, can you introduce yourself and just tell us a little bit about who you are and what you get to do for a living?

My name’s Sierra Brooks. I’m 22 years old, from Orlando, Florida—born and raised in Florida. I went to UF and played college golf there, and I turned professional last year. This is really going to be my first full season getting to play the Symetra tour, so I’m just really excited to start this journey into my professional career.

Now being a professional athlete is no easy job, and you’ve spoken about how you’re a believer in ‘getting what you work for’. Can you talk a little bit about the work and dedication you’ve put into getting where you are and where you hope to see it take you?

I’m a believer that hard and smart work pays off and, no matter your profession, reaching that highest level takes a lot of sacrifice and determination. That’s one of the parts I love the most about what I do is getting to work towards my dreams and goals—being the best golfer and person that I can be—and along the way, I’d like to be able to inspire the next generation and be a good role model in my sport. That’s really what it’s all about for me.

You’ve talked about the importance of staying both mentally and physically ‘charged’ when you’re out on the course. What are some daily practices/routines you’ve adopted to keep that mental and physical sharpness when competing?

It’s definitely been a learning process for me since I’ve turned pro. Being able to perform at my highest level does mean being physically and mentally charged. Mentally, I’ve found that finding an outlet outside of golf—in the gym, cooking, or even just getting out my sketchbook and drawing—has been a thing that settles the thoughts and lets me escape that world. And physically, that’s been fitness and nutrition. Especially turning pro, you’re competing week in and week out and you’re not able to be at the gym as much as you would during off-season. Being on top of my nutrition and staying healthy, fueled to perform—that’s been one of the key components for me.

Speaking of physical sharpness and maintaining mental health, what role has nutrition played in your life, both as an athlete and as a young woman? 

It’s been a lot of trial-and-error. I started that nutrition aspect of my life in high school, figuring out what I need to be fueled to perform and give the energy to my body that it needs to last me week in and week out. As an athlete, it plays such an important role in our life. Since we’re constantly playing, working our bodies, we need to replenish with the right nutrients and feel good about what we’re putting into our bodies. 

But also as a young female, with this generation of social media and the stereotypes that are placed on us as females, at times it’s been more difficult for me to follow the plan that was best for me as an athlete. Scrolling through social media, I’d see the perfect bodies and things that were unrealistic for me to achieve performance. So now I just take that with a grain of salt, understanding what I need to perform. I stick with my nutrition routine and I’m focused on the things that I know feel good and continue to give me the energy to last, stay strong, and feel well out there.

What’s your take on the current nutrition landscape in professional sports? Oftentimes we see some pretty interesting partnerships promoting questionable products- all in the name of maximizing performance. What do you look for in a nutrition label or product to ensure you’re getting your body the best fuel it needs?

It’s crazy, right? Labels can be very misleading. It’s been hard for me over the years to find products that are giving me the right protein and electrolytes that don’t have all these chemicals and additives in them. So I’ve steered away from those ingredients that, really, I don’t even know what they are on the label. And I think that’s why I’m so excited to partner with CF Nutrition because you guys offer natural products, with all the ingredients that are good for you. You know, what you see is what you get and I know that what I’m putting into my body, I’m going to get out of it. It’s a really exciting thing for me, especially with the importance I place on health. To be representing a healthy product is huge.

As we kind of touched on before, professional athletes generally adhere to a certain practice regime or routine in their lives to set them up for success on their playing field. Can you talk a little bit about why you’ve chosen to partner with CF Nutrition and how CF(Rehydrate)® fits into some of those routines you have?

I’m so excited that I have the opportunity to represent CF Nutrition—it just creates incredible natural products that I believe in and with CF(Rehydrate)®, it’s already become an important part of my daily routine on and off the course. For me, the biggest component of being mentally and physically ready is hydration. It’s definitely the main point to have me feeling at my best and highest level of performance.

And finally, you’ve gotten to test and try the product. We’re of course curious to find out if you have a favorite flavor- but also equally as curious to find out what you like about CF(Rehydrate)®. What makes this product different from say Gatorade® or some of these other common rehydration beverages in sports and why is that important to you? 

It’s a toss up between Kiwi Strawberry and Aloha Blend—I’m going through them like you wouldn’t believe… I might be replacing water a little bit too much! Last year actually, during my season I was experiencing dizziness and blurry vision on the course midway through my rounds. And I realized, through trying different things, it was from not being hydrated. It was crazy. I would never have thought—I was about to go to an eye doctor! I thought I needed prescription glasses or something. The ball was literally fuzzy. But my parents we’re just like, “You need electrolytes,” and, you know, that ended up being it.

It was tough for me to find something that I felt like was good for me that gave me that hydration on the course. You know you don’t really realize it—I thought I was drinking enough water, but I also needed electrolytes and sodium with it. And with Gatorade® and whatnot, it’s misleading… there’s just so many chemicals, you don’t know what it’s doing. For me, at least, taking in something that’s natural, I feel confident out there on the course that I’m healthy and maintaining myself at a place to perform. CF(Rehydrate)® really gives me what I need and look for out of a drink, especially with the problems that I’ve had. Trying it and testing it out, I already feel, first of all hydrated, but I also have the sharpness, energy, and focus that I need out there.

Well, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. We’re really excited to see the tour begin and you out there on the course. Any final thoughts or words of advice to women navigating both performance nutrition or just nutritional demands in general, especially as it pertains to becoming a pro athlete?

My advice would be to find and figure out what works for you. Know your routine. And with that—know what you’re putting into your body. For me, knowing the nutrition that I’m taking in, I’m able to feel confident in my lifestyle and my body to last week in and week out. And I think that’s the biggest confidence boost you can give yourself whether you know it or not—to feel healthy and like you’re nourishing your body in the right way. And with that as well, owning your routine and knowing everyone is different. There’s not one that’s perfect but the sooner you become in tune with yourself and your body, the better off you’re going to be. And you’ll be able to be happy and enjoy the process of the journey.


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