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IRENA OSSOLA UPDATE – ROLE OF SUPPLEMENTS IN PROFESSIONAL CYCLING

Irena Ossola pro cyclist nutritional supplementsHPDI’s sponsored athlete Irena Ossola has been a bike tour leader in Italy this summer and fall. During that time, she scaled back her nutritional supplement regimen. This is partly because the summer and fall period is one of rest from high-intensity competitive bike training—and because her training for the new racing season has not yet begun. However, she recorded her observations regarding nutritional supplements. She concludes they are important whether or not she is actively training for races. – editor

Irena Ossola

I have been working like a maniac and nonstop since I arrived in Italy for my bike touring job at the end of August. However, I am feeling good and recovering well and happy to move forward for next year in training. I am starting to really look forward to getting in some hard solid winter training now and especially being in Tucson will be amazing!! I can’t wait to get back into my regular training regime. On another note, I’ve recorded some observations during my time in Italy about my nutrition and vitamins.

Beginning August:

“As I am now at the beginning of my touring/working season, I like to use this time as my sort of “off time” for supplements. Regarding vitamins and other nutritional supplements, I have found in the past that I have trouble staying on schedule and taking them while working. I feel that my nutrition is still adequate as I eat vegetables and meat and other necessary things for the amount of effort and activity I am putting my body through. Yet, I also know I will feel the difference without a constant flow of vitamins and supplements from Health Products Distributors, Inc.”

Beginning September:

“Now that I am in my moment of break and I’ve been working constantly for about a month, I must stay that I have also not been taking vitamins for a couple weeks and I can definitely feel the difference. Especially in my diet when I am not eating as healthy (as I do when training) or being as consistent with consuming vegetables.

I notice a lack of energy when I am working and lack of intensity on the bike when I’m riding. This is fine for now, and a good test for me as during this time I do not need a high-intensity effort while riding and it is a good test of my energy levels to see the contrast while I’m working compared to training.

I will begin taking some supplements again regularly which I think will help and will also demonstrate the necessity to have a regular schedule of nutritional supplements even when my work and travel schedule is so busy.”

Beginning October:

“Boy do I feel the difference! Since I have been regularly taking supplements again I can feel my energy going up and my willingness to push more and have more intensity on the bike. I feel the difference in my regular diet as well as I feel more motivated to eat healthy. This is a big contrast and difference I can see from the period when I was taking supplements to when I stopped and now again to taking them. This shows how big the influence of nutritional supplementation is for my body.

I will continue taking my vitamins and being active while working and also eating a healthy diet to maintain my energy levels and physical ability. I am so busy while working that supplements are often hard to take while changing hotels or setting things up for the day. But if I have my vitamin bag and make sure to keep it somewhere easily accessible, then I am more willing to take them and can easily.

It is great to be working so closely with an amazing company like Health Products Distributors, Inc. where I can do this sort of test to see the differences. It shows a huge difference in their products compared to just food and how they affect my body. I have been taking Mighty Multi-Vite!, Ultimate Protector, Essential Fats Plus E, and Myo-Mag.

The supplements are amazing and I LOVE them and again I cannot wait to return to my competitive training this winter in Tucson.” ~

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Editor’s notes: Irena primarily takes HPDI Foundational Supplements which are the base or core of a nutritional supplement program. Foundational supplements include a high-potency multivitamin (Hank & Brian’s Mighty Multi-Vite!™), vitamin C/antioxidant formulas (Ultimate Protector Nrf2 activator formula), essential fats (Essential Fats Plus E), and Rejuvenate! high-RNA superfoods (Rejuvenate! Original Greens, Rejuvenate! PLUS, and Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs). She also takes other HPDI formulas like Myo-Mag (magnesium formula), pH Adjust alkalinizing formula, Warrior Mist (topical pain reliever), and other formulas depending on her needs.

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Power Juice & Super Smoothie of Pro Cyclist Irena Ossola

Irena Ossola pro cyclist juice cleanseJust the words “juice cleanse” can bring thoughts of hunger, struggle, and lack of energy. Yet, in my experience I have found juice cleansing simplifies life and gives a boost to my days.

I make enough juice each day and drink as much as I want or need. I notice some tired moments where the lack of protein affects my energy, but I also attribute that to my training.

As a professional athlete, I’ve learned a juice cleanse is all about timing. Outside of high-volume training, the juice cleanse is more just a mater of sticking to it. But during the season I recently learned my body fatigues more easily and lacks long-term energy for endurance during training.

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Juice cleansing is not easy, but nicely supports my training, racing, and recovery.

This past week I have gone through a pretty tough round of cleansing. I did five days total in which three days were juice only.

I have done cleanses before and even for long amounts of time, but this was by far the most difficult I have ever done. Not because of juice quantity, or hunger, but because of training and energy.

The last time I did a cleanse was before my wrist surgery last fall. I was still training, but not as heavily or intense as right now since the racing season is underway. So when I recently had two hard days of four-hour rides/workouts, my body felt the effects of having no solid substance.

I admit I did “cheat” a little and eat grapefruits alongside the juice. It helped fill my stomach and give me a little more fiber and sugars for my workouts.

Other than raw grapefruit, I followed my cleanse routine: lemonade first thing in the morning, followed by herbal tea, and then fresh juice during the day. As usual, I added Rejuvenate! superfoods to my juices to help with energy, recovery, and needed vitamins.

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Juice with superfoods is a nutritious combination.

From my past experience it takes about three days for my body to adjust to the diet. Considering my current training and focus on preparing for races, I don’t think it would be beneficial for me to do more than three days cleansing, especially on juice alone.

The purpose of this cleanse was to replenish my body with hydration and nutrients, whereas solid food is not as efficient. So despite some reduced energy and power, my body feels replenished and recharged. This makes it worthwhile!

As a professional athlete, it is important to tune into how my body feels and what it needs. I was not able to commit to a long cleanse, but as with so many things, every bit helps.

If you are thinking about doing a cleanse, this short 3–5 day cleanse could be a good stepping stone to see how your body reacts. One key component that I include with my juice is Rejuvenate! superfoods. This gives me the vitamins my body needs to recover after hard workouts, so that I can get back out and train hard again the next day.

CLEANSING “POWER JUICE” RECIPE

I use one-quart glass bottles that I reuse from store bought juice (lemon from my cleanse). I fill it about halfway with juice to leave room for supplements and shaking.

Juice:
Carrots
Beets
Celery
Cucumber
Apples
Watermelon
Lime
Ginger
Garlic (optional)

Supplements:
Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs (pink) – 1 scoop
Rejuvenate! (green) – 1 scoop
Rejuvenate! original greens (blue label) – ½ scoop
Chia Seeds – 1 scoop (2 tbsp)
Glutamine – 1 scoop (5 gm)

SUPER REJUVENATE! SMOOTHIE RECIPE

This is the recipe for the smoothie I drink after my workouts and even just during the day when I am not training. It helps fuel me and gives me energy to last the whole day. It’s packed with vitamins and healthy ingredients. The taste is a bit interesting. I love the mix of lime, ginger, and chocolate that is like no other smoothie I’ve ever tasted.

Fruits
Spinach – about 2 cups
Frozen Berries – about ½ cup
Lime – 1 peeled
Ginger – about 1–2 cm piece
Shredded Coconut – 1 scoop
Banana or Orange – optional

Supplements
Rejuvenate! Berries and Herbs (pink) – 1 scoop
Rejuvenate! (green) – 1 scoop
Rejuvenate! Original (blue label) – ½ scoop
Chia Seeds – 1 scoop (2 tbsp)
Glutamine – 1 scoop
BCAA – 1 scoop (most protein powder contains some BCAAs, but this gives me added recovery)
Chocolate protein powder – about 1–2 scoops (I use egg white protein powder or Vega Protein)
Bee pollen – 1 tbsp
Flaxseeds – 1 scoop
Hemp Hearts – 1 scoop

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My power smoothie is tasty after workouts or anytime.

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RACING ON REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

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HPDI’s sponsored pro cyclist Irena Ossola is training and racing in Canada under coach Miroslaw Mazur. In June, she finished 1st in the Tour of Waterloo 133 km race (14th including men) and 3rd place in the Kitchener Twilight Crit. We post an update from her on the role nutritional supplements and superfoods play in her training regimen.

RACING ON REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

The past few weeks I have been going through the hardest training of my life, but I have also been recovering and feel the best I ever have. Multiple times a day I am on my bike, whether it is an easy spin, a hard workout, or racing in the area.

I am currently in Ontario, Canada, to train and race in an area where many Olympic level cyclists have developed. The first week here I was adjusting and felt the fatigue, and my body was continuously tired.

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Here I am racing (and winning) in The Tour of Waterloo 133 km, Ontario, Canada

But I made sure to stay on top of my vitamin supplements and taking Rejuvenate! superfood after every exercise session, and because of this I have surprised my coach and myself.

Sometimes in everyday life we are unable to judge or know how something like food, activity, or stress affects our body. But, as a professional athlete, being on a strict, clean diet and controlled lifestyle of exercise and rest I am able to see how very small and specific changes affect me. I am able to recover quickly and feel renewed energy every day to get back out and work hard to get stronger.

This controlled lifestyle has helped me see how the products of Health Products Distributors have helped me develop and succeed in cycling.

By drinking a shake after my workout that includes Rejuvenate! (PLUS, Berries & Herbs, and/or Original), almond milk, chia seeds, ground flax seed, and protein powder, I feel my body recover much quicker then it normally would.

When traveling it can be difficult to schedule or remember to take supplements. But getting into a routine of timing early in the day or before bed can be a key to get or keep your body on point.

As an example, when I first wake up I take 2 Myo-Mag (magnesium), then another 2 before I workout. In the evening before bed, I take 2 Ultimate Protector (Nrf2 activator), 2 Omega Plus (EFA, includes fish oil and borage oil), 4 Mighty Multi-Vite! (multivitamin), and another 2 Myo-Mag.

I am excited for the rest of this racing season about how I am able to perform after such hard training that has gone well – thanks especially to Rejuvenate! superfoods.

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Rejuvenate! shakes are an integral part of my post-workout regimen.

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Learn more about Irena Ossola: www.OssolaSport.com

Compare Rejuvenate! Superfoods: http://www.integratedhealth.com/rejuvenate-comparison.html

Irena Ossola on IntegratedHealth.com: http://www.integratedhealth.com/irena-ossola-products.html

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PRO CYCLIST IRENA OSSOLA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE

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HPDI’s sponsored women’s pro elite cyclist Irena Ossola is busy all summer racing, including multiple top 10 finishes at the Prairie State Cycling Series this week in the Chicago region. Irena raced in June with Team Cloud in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In May, she competed in the US Elite Pro Nationals in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Yet, Irena hasn’t been too busy to keep up her nutrition program, take HPDI foundational supplements, or make smoothies with Rejuvenate!™ superfoods. Just the opposite. Time spent competing in top-level races and traveling widely means keeping up intake of important nutrients for high performance.

This month Irena offers up a recipe for one of her favorite Rejuvenate! smoothies, and a few choice words about how she creates it.

As an elite athlete, Irena places great demands upon her body and mind that most people cannot too readily imagine. When HPDI began sponsoring her in March, it was because it was a good fit for her and us. Irena had already tried Rejuvenate! superfoods on her own finding they improved her recovery times. Rejuvenate! superfoods provide dietary nucleic acids (like RNA and DNA), which support optimal athletic performance, recovery, well-being, and health.

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Irena’s busy race schedule means greater needs for superior nutrition.

Indeed, Irena requires superior products supporting her nutritional needs as she requires super-nutrition for training and racing. In return, we get to test our advanced formulas on a working pro athlete whose performance and progress give us ideas about making our products and rejuvenation program better. And how best to incorporate our products into complete programs for athletic performance and improved results for athletes in all sports.

HPDI nutritional supplements Irena uses include: Multi Two Tabs (multivitamin), Ultimate Protector (Nrf2 activator formula), Myo-Mag (magnesium formula), Omega Plus (essential fatty acids formula), Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, Rejuvenate Plus, and Rejuvenate! (original greens). That is, she incorporates both foundational supplements and other advanced HPDI formulas in a complete supplement program supporting her needs for optimal nutrition.

We at HPDI hope you enjoy Irena Ossola’s Rejuvenate! smoothie recipe. We encourage you to try it. Maybe you will improve your performance whether you cycle, run, swim, hike, walk, or just live life to its fullest!! Tell us how you like it!! ~

IRENA OSSOLA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

• FROZEN FRUIT: Strawberries, Pineapple, Blueberries, and Raspberries and/or Blackberries (As Desired)

• BANANA (One Or Part) (Optional)

• COCONUT FLAKES (Dried, Unsweetened) (To Taste)

• GREENS: SPINACH AND/OR KALE Leaves (1–2 Handfulls)

• FLAX SEEDS: 1–2 Teaspoons (or 1 Scoop)

• CHIA SEEDS: 1–2 Teaspoons (or 1 Scoop)

• REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS (PLUS, BERRIES & HERBS and/or Original): 1–2 Scoops

• EGG WHITE PROTEIN POWDER: 1-2 Scoops

• ALMOND MILK (UNSWEETENED) (As Desired)

• YOGURT (As Desired)

• ICE (As Desired)

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Then serve and enjoy!!

 IRENA TALKS ABOUT REJUVENATE SMOOTHIES

“As a full time athlete I train every day and sometimes multiple times a day. To keep in top form and fuel myself to sustain high energy and perform well, it is important that I maintain a healthy diet and provide my body with the proper recovery after every training session or race.

Whether or not you are an athlete in training, or using HPDI’s Rejuvenate! superfoods to feel better and fuel your body, my smoothie recipe combines the proper ingredients for your health and it tastes great!!

I mix in a combination of these ingredients (above) and adjust them to taste depending on availability of ingredients and desire for variety.

If the smoothie tastes too ‘green’ for you, then I suggest adding more banana as it will sweeten things.

If you like berries in your smoothies, yet also wish to reduce sugars, then try eliminating the banana.

I love adding protein powder to a smoothie. The protein adds a smoothness and lessens the icy texture from ice or frozen fruit. Chia seeds and flax seeds add a solid, filling consistency and they are really good for recovery.

I tend to use unsweetened almond milk (instead of milk or soy milk) because it usually has higher levels of protein and essential fats.”

IRENA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE PICTURES

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Rejuvenate! superfoods are foundational elements of my nutrition program & Rejuvenate smoothies.

 

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Be creative with ingredients when you make Rejuvenate smoothies.

 

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Any blender will do. In seconds you’ll have my Rejuvenate! smoothie.

 

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Rejuvenate smoothie ready to drink!!

 

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Bearing down at Nationals Time Trial in Chattanooga, TN. I’m powered by Rejuvenate! superfoods.

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INTRODUCING PROFESSIONAL RACING CYCLIST, IRENA OSSOLA

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Pro cyclist Irena Ossola – Powered by Rejuvenate!™

HPDI is pleased to announce sponsorship of professional racing cyclist Irena Ossola. Irena races at the elite level as part of International French and Canadian 2017 SAS – MACOGEP Pro Cycling Team. She competes full-time in races all across the United States and Europe. Irena is also a cycling coach, bike tour leader, and a graduate of Columbia University. She regularly trains in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tucson, Arizona.

Recently, Dr. Hank Liers met with Irena to discuss nutrition for high-performance athletes, and her current experience using Rejuvenate! high-RNA superfoods for cycling performance and recovery. Her plan is to continue using Rejuvenate! superfoods and incorporate additional HPDI foundational supplements into her nutrition program.

Irena initially discovered Rejuvenate! superfoods last year as part of her nutrition regimen. She reported increased energy and faster recovery times using as little as one-scoop of Rejuvenate!™ PLUS and/or Berries & Herbs, which she added to her already “clean” diet. She often would combine 1/2 scoop of each formula into a smoothie consumed after training sessions or races. During periods when she paused her intake of Rejuvenate, she noticed recovery took longer.

After recognizing the competitive advantages afforded her by Rejuvenate! superfoods, Irena has become a convert to a high-RNA lifestyle that includes significant levels of dietary nucleic acids daily from two or more scoops of Rejuvenate! PLUS, Berries & Herbs, or original. With HPDI’s nutritional sponsorship, Irena has been able to increase her intake of HPDI’s unique superfoods.

On Facebook she recently wrote about her consumption of Rejuvenate!™ superfoods:

“I am a full supporter of the Health Products Distributors, Inc. products and using the Rejuvenate! superfoods in my recovery smoothies. I can feel the difference in my workouts and my everyday energy by incorporating them in my already clean diet. This is not just a sponsor testimonial, but honest truth! I raced 3 days last weekend, and have done 5 hard workouts in 7 days and am continually astonished at what my body has been able to do since using the products.”

Irena already feels additional increases in energy and experiences faster recovery times as she boosts her intake of Rejuvenate! superfoods. She also has begun incorporating other foundational supplements like Multi Two (caps), Essential Fats Plus E (essential fats, and Ultimate Protector into her regimen.

We at HPDI are excited that we can contribute to Irena’s nutritional program. We anticipate great things to come! You’ll be hearing much more about Irena and her team in the coming months. Again, we are pleased to officially announce that Health Products Distributors, Inc. now sponsors Irena and her elite level women’s cycling team, Cloud Racing.

IRENA OSSOLA: “SHE WORKS” DOCUMENTARY FILM PROJECT

For many reasons this is an exciting partnership! I’m sure we’ll blog a lot in coming months about natural nutritional advantages for athletes. But there is another reason to be excited.

Irena is the highlighted in a new documentary titled “She Works,” about women in professional sports.

Because whether its basketball, soccer, or cycling, professional female athletes such as Irena Ossola typically struggle with a lack of promotion and financial support. The “She Works” video documentary project will feature Irena and will raise awareness and hopefully stimulate meaningful discussions about gender inequality in professional sports.

The “She Works” video project has a shoestring budget of $4,500 raised through a 15-day Kickstarter campaign that ended March 28, 2014. Additional funding contributions are welcome. Please contact us at support(at)integratedhealth.com or 520-896-9193.

If you are interested in sponsoring Irena and/or Team Cloud, you can contact her directly at ossola.irena(at)gmail.com or 505-795-6832. Also, please visit her website (www.OssolaSport.com).

Learn more about “She Works.”

 

IRENA OSSOLA PHOTO GALLERY

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Irena in Southern California for the San Dimas and Redlands Classic stage races. She claimed 30th place in in the General Classification in San Dimas, including 10th overall in the Circuit Race.

 

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A few of the supplements we provide to Irena. She is ‘powered by Rejuvenate!™’ and other foundational supplements, which are an important part of her nutrition program.

IRENA OSSOLA PAGES AND LINKS

Irena Ossola’s page on the HPDI website: www.integratedhealth.com/irena-ossola-products.html

Irena’s personal website and blog: www.OssolaSport.com

Irena’s Facebook page

Irena’s Instagram page

“She Works” Documentary Film Project at Kickstarter.com: www.kickstarter.com/projects/831264978/she-works