UCAN was originally created for a child who could not break down glycogen and had to be tube-fed every 2 hours to maintain normal blood sugar levels. UCAN saved his life. I started using UCAN in the fall of 2015 after having some issues keeping my blood sugar stable on runs. UCAN is made from superstarch which is a complex carbohydrate source that helps the body maintain its energy levels and prevents blood sugar spikes. The formula does not cause the stomach issues that are common with gels and chews. The superstarch minimizes insulin response giving you a timed-release delivery of glucose allowing you to burn fat for fuel and continue to burn fat post exercise. I started using the superstarch before workouts and races and was able to drop a minute off of my half-marathon. Now I also use the UCAN superstarch with protein after many of my hard workouts and races. This has allowed me to feel significantly more awake after tough workouts and increases the length of the recovery window. On hot days I drink a bottle of UCAN Berry hydrate for my much needed electrolytes. This product contains the optimal levels of electrolytes and tastes great without the use of sugar or artificial sweeteners. All of the UCAN products are gluten-free and all natural. The company also represents empowerment and helping others making it that much more worth it.
INSIDE TRACKER ATHLETE
A useful tool for optimizing performance through blood analytics. This platform gives you options for testing your biomarkers to determine your personal optimal zones and to show you where you stand in relation to that zone. Each biomarker also indicates nutritional recommendations to better those numbers in addition to how that marker relates to your overall health and performance. I first started using InsideTracker when I was feeling fatigued. I was able to correct several problems to recover my season and end it with several PR's. I now continue to use it to make sure I am training optimally, not pushing myself beyond my limits, and to make sure that my body is ready to perform at its best each season. My recommendation: Testing before each new season and again midway through. Depending on the length of the season a secondary mid-season test couldn't hurt as well as one post season.