Juice shots are a popular choice amongst cyclists – and for good reason. Convenient and dense in nutritional value, these little juice shots pack a real punch in supporting cyclists before, during and after a workout. Here are the top benefits of juice shots for cycling enthusiasts.
What are juice shots?
A juice shot is a nutrient-dense, high-concentration dose of goodness. Liquid vitamins and minerals are easily and quickly absorbed – juice shots are designed to deliver concentrated, fresh vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables with a boost of therapeutic superfoods.
Juice shots usually include additional powerhouse ingredients such as turmeric, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper. These potent ingredients are best consumed in small doses, and can sometimes be less palatable than regular juice, so the high concentration and small volume ratio are ideal. Juiced Life products tick all the boxes: they are developed by nutritionists, use quality ingredients and contain no nasty preservatives or additives.
Why do cyclists love juice shots so much?
There are a host of benefits that attract cyclists to juice shots. In short, juice shots are:
● Less liquid. Feel lighter, enjoy rapid digestion and avoid stomach cramps. Some cyclists also add a shot to their water, receiving a steady boost of goodness while hydrating on the go.
● Convenient and portable. Cyclists can easily transport their juice shots while on the road, helping to support energy levels, quickly consume calories, replenish electrolytes and support recovery without unnecessary bulk or weight.
● Perfect for pre-, during and post-rides and workouts as necessary replenishment and support.
● Beneficial for both speed and endurance cyclists.
● A great overall health and wellbeing boost, helping to maintain an active lifestyle.
Juice shots for an energy boost
Whether you’re training for speed or endurance, all riders need energy before and during a session. They are a great, portion-controlled energy hit, and with all-clean ingredients! (No need to turn to the jelly beans for an energy hit anymore).
Try a juice shot that combines lemon juice with green veggies to boost iron intake. Immune support shots are also a great choice, supporting overall health, recovery, and immune function, thus supporting energy levels before, during and after an event.
Banish sluggishness and keep motivated
It’s hard to feel motivated and energised with a sluggish digestive system. Digestion has a direct impact on immunity and energy levels. Juice shots are an easy way to get the digestive system moving and help support the body’s overall energy levels and functions.
Ginger is a popular ingredient for digestive health, energy and immune defence – it is warming, stimulating and cleansing. The addition of ginger to a fruit and vegetable juice shot will help kick start digestion and banish bloating. You’ll feel lighter and more energised on the bike!
Juice shots to replace electrolytes
Electrolytes, such as sodium, chloride and potassium, help performance and body functions. The correct balance of electrolytes optimises fluid balance, neural activity and muscular contraction. Electrolytes are lost through sweat and physical activity, so it is vital to not only hydrate, but also ensure that electrolyte levels are replenished.
Depleted electrolytes can cause cramping, brain fog and confusion, fatigue, reduced reflexes and reaction times, irregular or fast heart rate, fluid retention, nausea and even seizures – none of which are ideal for athletes, especially road cyclists. My Healthy Heart Shot is rich in magnesium, which is important for muscles and circulation. It’s loaded with electrolytes and phenolic antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and protect against oxidative damage to blood vessels.
Juice shots for recovery, joint health and immunity
Cycling can cause wear and tear on joints. Turmeric is one of the most incredible natural ingredients for general health and wellbeing, and is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Small, regular doses of turmeric are the most effective in protecting and supporting overall health. We recommend My Recovery Shot as part of your post-training routine. It will help reduce inflammation, support liver health and boost immunity so that you feel energised rather than depleted, and deter sickness after a big session.
Juice Shots give your body the support it needs to help stay healthier, optimise your workouts and get the most out of each cycling session so that you can train harder, longer and better. Check out the range of Juiced Life juice shots here.