Get a Head Start on Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, a month set aside to spread awareness of heart disease and strokes, and educate men, women, and children on how to make heart health a priority. And although we’re coming to the end of the month, it’s too important a topic not to focus on year-round.

I may not seem like a typical high-risk when it comes to heart issues. After all, I’m a reasonably healthy and fit woman in my early 30’s. But heart disease runs in my family; my grandfather died after suffering a stroke, and two years ago I lost my mother prematurely to congenital heart disease.

I’ve got so much to live for – a wonderful family, terrific friends, a rewarding career – that’s why I’m not taking any chances, and neither should you. A few simple healthy habits will give you a head start towards better heart health.

Schedule a wellness visit. It’s a good idea to see your primary care physician now, before any major issues arise. Your doctor can perform a simple preventive check-up including a blood pressure and cholesterol check, as well as taking a personal and family health history to determine your risk of heart disease or stroke.

Have your cholesterol checked regularly. Do you know the symptoms of high cholesterol? There are none, and that’s the trouble – you could be walking around right now with elevated cholesterol levels and not even know it. That’s why regular cholesterol check-ups are so important.

If you do test high for cholesterol, talk to your doctor about dietary changes and/or medication options that can help bring you back down to safe levels.

And watch that blood pressure. Another symptom-free yet deadly risk factor in heart disease is high blood pressure, so you’ll want to have that checked regularly too. High blood pressure, or hypertension, puts added strain on your heart and may cause damage to your arteries, thus increasing your risk of heart attack, stroke, even kidney failure.

As with cholesterol, if your blood pressure is at an unsafe level your doctor can work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Be a quitter. We all know smoking is unhealthy, but those of us who do are current or former smokers know that it’s also incredibly addicting and really, really hard to quit. I was a pack-a-day girl myself up until about five years ago, and walking away from cigarettes was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Still, smoking does increase your risk of heart disease and stroke by two to four times (not to mention the increased risk of lung cancer, COPD, and so many other major health issues). So do whatever you have to do – go cold turkey, taper off slowly, get the patch, try e-cigarettes – but find what works for you.

Give your heart a break. Lugging around excess weight is hard on your heart. Those extra pounds aren’t just keeping you from fitting in your skinny jeans, they may also be raising your blood pressure, straining your heart, and increasing your risk of developing diabetes. Embracing a healthy diet and active lifestyle today will help you shed those extra pounds and keep them off as you age.

One easy way to kick start a healthier lifestyle is with Aspire. You can start right now by simply enjoying a cold, refreshing can as a quick pick-me-up any time of day. Available in 3 delicious flavors, zero-calorie Aspire delivers healthy, sustained energy without crashes or calories. It never leaves you jumpy or jittery, and the lift and focus it gives you is a big help in feeling better and creating a healthier lifestyle.

Start today. Don’t wait for a health crisis to give you a “wake-up call.” Start today by practicing the healthy habits that will ensure better heart health in the years to come. Make it a priority and you’ll be glad you did.

Busy Day Boosters: Vitamin C and the B Complex

When someone asks me, “How are things?” The answer is almost always, “Busy! Busy! Busy!” The words rush out of my mouth as though they, too, are in a hurry.

Between work and family, I’m always on the go. Meetings. Doctor appointments. After-school activities. Playdates. Trips to the vet. The days are never dull.

And here’s the thing: I love it.

I love my busy life.

I have a great job and a great family, but sometimes, they take a lot out of me and maintaining my energy level and focus is hard.

Sugary sodas and high-calorie cappuccinos are not an option. I can’t afford to crash in the afternoons, especially not when the kids are getting home from school or when a new project rolls across my desk at work.

Plus, I don’t want to drink something that’s high in calories and just plain unhealthy. Too many people depend on me for me to be run down and tired all the time.

My secret weapon to survive my busy days is Aspire.

Aspire contains Vitamin C as well as five out of the eight vitamins that make up the essential B vitamin complex These are the ultimate good-for-you vitamins that boost immunity and super-charge the metabolism, promoting overall body health. They work together to deliver healthy, sustained energy with no calories and no crashing.

Vitamin C is well-known for its positive effect on the immune system. From reducing the duration of the common cold to protecting against cardiovascular disease, there is no shortage of benefits this potent anti-oxidant has on your body. It works at the cellular level, fighting free radicals, reducing cellular DNA damage, and even reversing the harmful effects of smoking.

Essential B vitamins help your body convert carbohydrates into glucose—literally turning food into fuel, powering metabolism for maximum calorie burning efficiency. But the benefits don’t stop there. Each member of the B complex supports overall health in different ways:

• Niacin is a form of Vitamin B3 and has been shown to improve cholesterol levels by lowering triglycerides and “bad” LDL cholesterol while boosting “good” HDL cholesterol.

• Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is another cholesterol-lowering vitamin. It also plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and has been shown to help keep skin moisturized and even speed the healing of wounds.

• Vitamin B6 helps maintain proper nerve function in the body as well as promote a healthy immune system. It is a critical element in wide range of biological processes in the body, from hemoglobin and amino acid biosynthesis to fatty acid metabolism. In addition, Vitamin B6 is required for the body to synthesize Vitamin B12.

• Vitamin B7, or biotin, is a coenzyme and another member of the all-important B complex. Also known as vitamin H, biotin supports the health of skin, nerves, cells, and digestion.

• Vitamin B12 is important to multiple systems in the body. In particular, this vitamin is needed to help build red blood cells, which carry oxygen to tissues throughout the body. It also wards off weakness and fatigue, promoting a sense of energized alertness.

Vitamin C and the B vitamin complex are all water-soluble, meaning they dissolve in water and aren’t stored by the body. These vitamins must be consumed regularly in order to maintain good body health.

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Since Aspire tastes so good, this isn’t a problem! It comes in three delicious flavors: Cranberry, Apple Acai, and my favorite, Mango Lemonade.

Aspire helps me be healthier and more energized during the day. My days are still busy, but now I’ve got the energy to handle whatever they have in store!

Sucralose: All of the Sweet, None of the Sugar

There’s no need to feel guilty about enjoying the sweetness in every can of Aspire. There are no sugars, no calories, and no carbs.

So where does that sweetness come from? The goodness of natural fruit flavors and sucralose.

Every can of Aspire uses just 1/100th of a gram of sucralose or about 1/10th of a packet of SPLENDA®.

Now, you may be thinking “Wait a sec… An artificial sweetener? Aren’t those supposed to be bad for you?”

Some artificial sweeteners, yes. But not sucralose. It is derived from natural sugar and is about as close to natural as artificial gets.

Though it tastes sweet (600 times sweeter than sugar!), it is not utilized for energy within the body. It has no carbs, no calories, and no effect on the metabolism. It’s also 100% safe.

There are a lot of reasons to love sucralose, but here are the top four:

1. Sucralose is safe for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Sugary drinks, such as regular soda, fruit punch, and sports drinks, have been linked to type 2 diabetes. These beverages have “empty” calories and provide no significant source of nutrition.

A single 12-ounce can of regular soda has around 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrates. That’s equivalent to about 10 teaspoons of sugar!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an astounding 1 in 3 Americans has pre-diabetes (higher than normal blood sugar). And around 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

Since it contains no sugars and no carbs, Aspire is a terrific beverage choice for individuals who are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or simply concerned about sugar intake.

Sucralose is not recognized by the body as a carbohydrate, so it has no effect on blood glucose control and doesn’t trigger an insulin response.

2. Sucralose won’t cause weight gain.

If your sweet tooth has been holding you back from achieving your weight loss goals, then the sweet, no-calorie flavor of Aspire may be just what you need.

Though it tastes just like sugar, sucralose has no calories. The body doesn’t recognize it as a sugar or a carbohydrate and it doesn’t accumulate in the body either. It simply passes through the normal digestive process without adding to your waistline.

3. Sucralose doesn’t promote tooth decay.

Unlike sugar, sucralose does not support the growth of oral bacteria. These are the germs that cause cavities and gum disease.

Just one more thing Aspire gives you to smile about!

4. Sucralose has no negative side-effects.

In 20 years of scientific testing, no known side effects have been discovered. Zip. Zilch. Zero!

Sucralose has been evaluated by a number of scientific, medical, and regulatory authorities worldwide, including:

•The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

•The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

•Health Canada

•Food Standards Australia/New Zealand

•Japanese Food Sanitation Council

•The Joint (Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization) Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)

Each and every one of them has found sucralose to be a safe food ingredient, even for children and women who are pregnant and breastfeeding.

Aspire is available in three great flavors: Cranberry, Apple Acai, and Mango Lemonade.

Enjoy your favorite flavor at any time of the day without any sugary jitters or crashes.

Now THAT’S sweet!

Something new in the cooler

If you’re like me and have spent any amount of time in front of your television, shopping in a grocery store, or picking up a beverage at your local gas station in the last six months to a year, you’ve probably noticed the literal explosion of so-called “energy drinks” competing for your attention. There are literally dozens of these highly-caffeinated, “high-energy” beverages trying to appeal to various types of customers from teenagers to coffee drinkers to long-haul truck drivers. With so many different energy drinks to choose from, differentiating between those that are healthy and those that are high in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup can be very difficult, scaring potential customers away from products that can actually benefit them.

Well, amongst all those choices, I recently found something new that not only gives me the lift I need, but is also good for me. It’s called ASPIRE. White can with flowers on it. Actually my girlfriend turned me on to it. I was a little skeptical, it looked a bit girly with the flowers. But hey, I tried it, and I loved it.

First off, it actually tastes great, and let’s be honest, most “energy drinks” don’t. This stuff also uses natural energy (from green tea, guarana and B vitamins) that kept me focused and going all through another busy day.

In short, I loved the taste of the Mango Lemonade I tried and the way it made me feel; alert, focused and none of the jitters. And, if that’s not enough, this stuff can even help boost your metabolism and burn calories just by drinking it.

Life comes down to choices, and it’s an awfully crowded field out there these days with so many products all vying for our attention. That being said, you have to give this stuff a try. Great, smooth energy. And hey, if you just want to drink it because it tastes awesome, that’s perfectly fine, too.

Try Aspire today!

How the Nutrients of Aspire Fuel Your Life

You know, it’s really not fair how easy it is to sabotage your fitness goals. You try to stay focused, eat right, and exercise. But there are a lot of things that can completely throw you off track.

Stressful life situations. Busy schedules. Kids. Illness.

It can all take a lot out of you and slow you down both physically and mentally.

Sugary sodas and coffee drinks might seem like a good idea when you need a little pick-me-up, but there’s nothing nutritious about all those empty calories.

The naturally invigorating ingredients in every can of Aspire do a much better job helping you to feel energized. Derived from certain “superfoods” and key amino acids, Aspire helps boost metabolism, burn extra calories, and deliver prolonged, sustained energy with no jitters and no crashing.

Here’s what’s inside every can:

Naturally Good-for-You Ingredients

Green Tea

There is no shortage of health benefits associated with green tea. It is loaded with free-radical-fighting antioxidants and has been shown to improve blood flow, lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and even improve memory.

Some studies have linked green tea consumption with improved physical performance, enhanced metabolism, and weight loss. In particular, green tea may help with decreasing body fat in the abdominal area.

Green tea may also help fight certain types of cancer and even lower the risk of developing type II diabetes.

Ginger Root Extract

Since ancient times, ginger has been used to alleviate gastrointestinal distress and provide relief from nausea, indigestion, and motion sickness. But its therapeutic properties don’t end there.

This natural anti-inflammatory can help ease muscle pain and osteoarthritis. It may also lower cholesterol levels and improve risk factors for heart disease. Ginger also has antioxidant properties, which can help fight cancer.

Guarana Seed Extract

Guarana is a potent source of caffeine tempered by high levels of tannins, which causes its stimulating component to release slowly. Instead of a burst of energy followed by a tired crash, guarana promotes sustained, long-lasting energy.

A natural appetite suppressant, this energizing superfood also boosts the metabolism, which burns more calories and promotes weight loss.

Guarana also treats low blood pressure and wards off mental and physical fatigue.

L-carnitine

This amino acid acts like a shuttle service, taking fatty acids from the blood, such as triglycerides, and delivering them into cellular mitochondria where they can be oxidized to produce energy—meaning this amino acid literally helps turns fat into FUEL.

L-carnitine not only contributes to fat loss, but it also acts as an appetite suppressant, which can help with dieting goals.

L-carnitine has also been found to reduce muscle fatigue by inhibiting the buildup of lactic acid and reducing the accumulation of metabolic wastes during exercise. It has been shown to boost exercise performance and enhance post-workout recovery too.

Taurine

This detoxifying amino acid plays an important role in several metabolic processes. Most importantly, it aids in the production of bile, which is necessary to metabolize fats. It also helps promote cardiovascular health by moving potassium, magnesium, and calcium in and out of heart cells. Taurine may play a part in controlling blood sugar levels, which helps manage diabetes.

Aspire combines the best elements within these superfoods and amino acids along with natural fruit flavors and sucralose to create a delicious beverage designed to support your fitness goals, not sabotage them.

It’s a great choice for people who need a little help to jumpstart weight loss, for those looking for a pre-workout supplement or just a healthy lifestyle drink.

Aspire contains no sugar, no calories, and no carbs. Just pure energizing goodness.

Though it tastes delicious, it’s not a “guilty pleasure” drink. It’s a “hey, let me give you a boost” drink.

Couldn’t we all use a boost from time to time? Purchase your Aspire today.

Tell us—what are your fitness goals for 2016?

Weight Loss Myths, Magic, and Math

When it comes to weight loss, there’s a fast, easy solution around every corner. We are constantly bombarded by diet plans that promise to “Drop 30 Pounds in 30 Days” and workout programs that guarantee to “Melt Inches off Your Thighs in 14 Days or Less.” There are pills and powders and magic potions galore, all promising fast results with little or no effort.

And if you think this all sounds too good to be true…well, you’re right. Let’s face it, weight loss isn’t magic, it’s math. In order to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume, either through smart food choices, increased physical activity, or a combination of both. It’s that simple, and that hard.

But what about that lean, lovely Hollywood starlet who swears by her monthly cleanse? Or that guy on the infomercial at 2AM hawking the latest “effortless” gadget for getting killer abs? Don’t let appearances fool you, don’t believe everything you read, and don’t fall for these popular weight loss myths.

Myth: Avoid between-meal snacks.

Reality: Experts agree that as many as 5-6 smaller meals spaced throughout the day are better for keeping your metabolism running at an even pace.  Plus, if you wait too long to eat and get too hungry, you run a greater risk of binging when the opportunity finally presents itself. The key here is to make smart snacking choices of fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheese, etc. and try to include some protein in every meal to help you feel more satisfied.

Myth: Skip the fast food.

Reality: Again, this is about making smart choices. While it’s true that the majority of items on most fast food menus are real dietary disasters, there are some good things to be had. Go with a grilled rather than breaded chicken sandwich, and skip the cheese and mayo. Or treat yourself to a burger but order off the kids’ menu for a more reasonably-sized portion. Many fast food restaurants offer salads too, but watch out for the dressing, croutons and other fattening toppings which can make these selections worse choices than a large order of fries.

Myth: All carbs are created equal – equally bad.

Reality: Since the introduction of the Atkins diet back in the early 1970’s, low carb diets have been popular with weight watchers around the world. It is true that many processed carbs like white bread, pastas, and baked goods with their high levels of sugar and enriched flour offer very little nutritional value. But don’t forget that there are good carbs out there – complex carbohydrates like whole-gains, fruit and vegetables, and beans and lentils – that are packed with vitamins, minerals, and tons of fiber to fuel your body day after busy day.

Myth: In order to benefit from exercise, you have to workout X number of hours per day.

Reality: If you surf the Internet long enough you’ll find a slew of differing opinions on just how much exercise is enough. Thirty minutes, three times per week. Twenty minutes every day. More time. Less time. But let’s face it, if you’re currently doing no extra physical activity, anything you add to your daily routine will be a benefit. Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. When running errands, park as far from the door as you can at every stop. Get creative and you’re bound to find dozens of ways to sneak in these “mini-workouts” throughout your day.

When you stop to examine the truth behind these popular weight loss myths, it reinforces the fact that there is no magic potion, no secret recipe for slimming down and getting fit and healthy. There is only the simple math – less calories in, more calories out. But you don’t have to feel discouraged or overwhelmed, and you don’t have to do everything at once. Start today making the small choices that will put your body on the road to lighter weight, better health, and more energy.

Pack some small, healthy snacks to get you through that mid-afternoon slump and avoid overeating at dinnertime. Instead of the supersized combo meal, order a kiddie burger the next time you find yourself in the drive-thru. Trade that handful of cookies for a sweet, juicy peach. And tonight when you’re watching TV, get up during the commercial break and do a quick 25 jumping jacks.

And for a quick pick-me-up any time of day, enjoy a cold refreshing can of Aspire. Available in three delicious flavors, zero-calorie Aspire delivers healthy, sustained energy without crashes or calories. It never leaves you jumpy or jittery. The increased energy and focus you get from Aspire and its proprietary blend of green tea caffeine, guarana, B-complex and other vitamins will not only make you feel better, you’ll also be far more likely to become more active, start making better food choices, and accomplish more than ever before. Plus, Aspire is formulated to raise your body’s metabolism through thermogenics, which means you actually burn more calories when you drink it.

Hmm…Maybe there is a little magic out there after all. Try Aspire today!

The Truth about Sugar Ain’t So Sweet

There’s no way to sugarcoat it (pun entirely intended): we eat too much sugar in this country.

Study after study has revealed that increased consumption of sugar leads to a number of health problems: obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes—even an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Quite simply, sugar is killing us.

With all these negative consequences of sugar consumption, you’d think it’d be easy to kick the sugar habit. No one wants to be unhealthy, right?

Unfortunately, sugar is also extremely addictive.

Dr. Serge Ahmed, a scientist at the University of Bordeaux, France, conducted an experiment with rats in which he gave them a choice between sugar or saccharin and cocaine.

Which one do you think 94% of the rats preferred?

It wasn’t the cocaine.

Consuming sugar triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, a pleasure-inducing hormone. It’s in our DNA to seek out activities that release dopamine, particularly large quantities of it. And eating sugar gives us a fix more addictive than cocaine.

But the good news is that we are stronger than our sugar addition. And there are lots of things you can do to reduce sugar in your diet and take control of your health.

Here are five things you can do RIGHT NOW to get started:

1. Eat fresh, whole foods. Fruits, vegetables, and lean meats should be at the top of the list. These foods contain no added sugars and are just plain better for you. Processed foods, like breaded chicken nuggets, and cured meats contain high levels of sugar and salt and should be avoided.

2. Minimize condiments. Ketchup, barbeque sauce, and most salad dressings contain high levels of sugar. It’s very easy to pour a little too much on your food without even realizing it. Oil, vinegar, and herbs are much better alternatives that still give you delicious flavors without the sugar overload.

3. Make your own sauces. Sugar, and quite a lot of it, is a key ingredient in canned tomato sauces for pizza and spaghetti. You can easily make your own tomato sauces from canned or fresh chopped tomatoes and get the flavor you love without the sugar. Even if your recipe calls for adding a teaspoon of sugar to the pot, it’s still less than what you’d find in the jar from the grocery store.

4. Choose whole grains instead of refined ones. White bread, bagels, and crackers may not contain a lot of sugar, but these simple carbs are processed in the body much the same way sugar is—they go right to your waistline. Whole grains, like brown rice, whole-wheat bread, and old-fashioned oatmeal, are better choices.

5. Drink Aspire! Aspire contains no sugar. It gets its sweet flavor from the goodness of natural fruit flavors and sucralose. This zero-calorie sweetener is safe for people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. It doesn’t trigger an insulin response and has no effect on blood glucose control.

Plus, Aspire contains a synergistic blend of vitamins and nutrients that leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated with no jolts, jitters, or crashes.

Aspire is a great alternative for health-conscious consumers who are concerned with sugar intake, yet don’t want to eliminate sweetness from their diet. It’s the perfect compliment to a healthy diet and regular exercise, helping to boost your metabolism and burn more calories.

Aspire is available in three great flavors: Cranberry, Apple Acai, and Mango Lemonade.

Tell us—what are your tricks for avoiding too much sugar in your diet?

Time to Reboot Those Resolutions!

Not so long ago it was New Year’s Eve and you were making resolutions, bold plans for improving yourself in the year ahead.  But then, as so often happens with the best laid plans, life got in the way. You hurt your knee and couldn’t make it to the gym. You worked late every night for two weeks preparing for the annual sales meeting, and dinner was a steady diet of drive-thru burgers and vending machine snacks. Sunday hikes with the family turned into long afternoon snooze-a-thons on the couch as you tried desperately to recharge your batteries.

Junk food, stress, late nights – all the unhealthy habits that are packing on the pounds and zapping your energy are just an unavoidable part of modern life, right? It’s too late to change now, and even if you could it would take a ton of time and effort, right?

Wrong! You can start living a healthier lifestyle today. You can have more energy, be more focused, and feel better, brighter, and lighter than ever before. Best of all, you can do it with one simple change and see big results in as little as two weeks.

It’s as easy as taking a small leap of faith… and the Aspire Challenge.

The Aspire Challenge is simple. Just drink two cans of refreshing zero-calorie Aspire every day for two weeks. That’s it. No extreme crash diets, no killer workouts. All you have to do is enjoy two cans of your favorite Aspire flavor first thing in the morning, before your workout, or anytime you’d like.

Keep in mind that while you’re likely to drop a few unwanted pounds along the way, the biggest benefit of the Aspire Challenge is the change in how you feel. Aspire contains no carbs or sugars, so it never leaves you jumpy or jittery. Instead, its blend of green tea caffeine, guarana, B-complex and other vitamins delivers healthy, sustained energy without crashes or calories. This increased energy and focus will not only make you feel better, you’ll also be far more likely to become more active, start making better food choices, and accomplish more than ever before.

As far as dropping a few of those unwanted pounds, we think you’ll like what you discover about that. Aspire is made with a patented blend of L-Carnitine, green tea, guarana seed extract, and ginger root which raises the body’s metabolism through thermogenics, and in turn increases your body’s ability to burn calories. Imagine, a delicious beverage that not only contains zero calories but actually burns calories when you drink it!

After you’ve completed your Aspire Challenge, be sure to share your success story with us by emailing info@drinkaspireusa.com. We love to hear from our customers, and we really like to share your story with others.

Think of the 2-Week Aspire Challenge as your jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle. You can reboot those resolutions today and get your year in gear. Remember, it’s never too late to do what you Aspire to.

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