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How an endurance athlete spent $1,000 on wellness

Portrait of Lee Jimenez

Lee Jimenez is an athlete, yoga teacher, media host, and founder of Body Battle Fitness. He’s worked with brands like Equinox, Bowflex, Beachbody, Concept2, and Self Magazine. A decade ago, Lee was at a weight that was unhealthy for him and suffering from various gut issues. He turned his life around in 2013 by adopting a vegan lifestyle and getting really, really into fitness. He is now known for his high-performance training methods for endurance athletes around the world.

We gave Lee $1,000 to spend on his health and wellness, with a specific focus on strength and recovery. He spent a total of $995.52 on five items, including ashwagandha extract and a $700 leg recovery system.

L- Carnitine capsules

“During any cutting cycle in my training, L-Carnitine is one of my go-to supplements. Thorne has a three-pill-per-day formulation that seems to work well with helping my liver and kidney function.

A few days into taking it, my mental acuteness and daily workouts became more focused. My normal 60- to 90-minute workouts flew by seamlessly—with this increase in energy usage, I felt like I was able to do more. I am very happy that L-Carnitine does not contain any stimulants, which prevented my heart from racing or any other jittery symptoms.

When recommending this supplement to my clients, I remind them L-Carnitine has a five to six day loading phase for your body to adjust. In my first week of usage, I dropped 1% body fat, which is mostly from an increase in urination and decrease in water weight. (I use Accu-Measure body fat calipers to track my body fat percentage.)

$40 for 60 capsules on Thorne

Normatec Pulse 2.0 leg recovery system

“As an endurance athlete, my legs get worked way more than any other muscle group from running, rowing, cycling, Olympic lifting, and just general daily movements.

The Normatec 2.0 Compression Leg System is by far a joy and daily treat for my legs. I call it my magic masseur! These funky-looking boot sleeves contain a compression system that the brand claims improves blood circulation and helps remove waste that builds up as a result of lower body exercise. Then fresh blood can come in to bring nutrients that help repair and rebuild the muscles.

The compression boots are easy to put on and take off. The system includes two boots, a hose, console, and AC adapter. It took less than two minutes for me to set myself up on my sofa for a 30-minute session while I ate dinner and watched some evening TV. After the half hour session, all the soreness, stiffness, and even joint pain in my ankles and knees were gone. This is by far a must-have for any avid runners or marathoners during race season. I recommend using this system daily or in alignment with your recovery program. You will not regret it!”

$699 on Amazon

You Gut This Set

“My main priority is my gut health, hormonal health, and overall energy. And my goals seem to be covered with Apothékary’s “You Gut This” set, which contains three powdered supplements.

The set includes maca powder for energy and stabilizing your mood, a turmeric ginger anti-inflammatory and probiotic to help reduce stress and strengthen your immune system, and a pea protein and ginseng blend to boost your mood. The maca and turmeric powders carry a slight aftertaste, but other than that they are largely tasteless.

Apothékary’s three-part system is organic with natural ingredients. A teaspoon of one or all three can be added to your water, tea, shake, smoothie, or even oatmeal with minimal changes to flavor. After one to two days of using the gut health system, I experienced an increase in energy, better sleep at night, and felt less anxious. That’s important to me, because stress affects the production of stress hormones and the gastrointestinal system, which can lead to changes in appetite and metabolization. Plus, with an increase in restful nights, I felt like I got more out of my workouts because I could recover appropriately each day.”

$149 for 45 servings on Apothékary

Ashwagandha extract

“This antioxidant-rich ashwagandha extract is a wonderful herbal supplement AND it’s easy to travel with thanks to its included 1-ml dropper. Ashwagandha helps speed up your metabolism and decrease inflammation. It regulates the adrenal glands and cortisol levels, which ultimately benefits the nervous system. This increases overall energy and helps you during intense workouts. Ashwagandha also decreases fatigue and increases endurance. It is rich in iron, which improves your blood circulation. (If you have thyroid issues, an autoimmune disease, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before taking ashwagandha.)

I've taken this supplement twice a day for almost a year and it has immensely helped me with stress regulation. I recommend adding this to your hot tea, milk, or protein shake daily. It’s flavorless, so it won’t change the flavor of your base.”

$14.83 on The Vitamin Shoppe

Vitality Greens

“Green Vibrance’s green powder has been a favorite of mine for nearly two years, and it’s packed with over 25 billion (!!) probiotics. It’s clinically-formulated, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan friendly for anyone with dietary allergies. It had been three months since I had incorporated the superfood powder into my diet, and after using it for over a week once per day, I immediately noticed a shift in my digestion. It became more efficient, reducing inflammation and gas after meals.

Digestion is the complex process of turning the food you eat into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth and the cell repair needed to survive. The digestion process also involves creating waste to be eliminated. Green Vibrance has aided this whole process for me, and I experienced less bloating. It mixes easily in a glass of water, protein shake, or even juice. I recommend giving a full 30 days to see the optimal improvement to your energy levels and overall gut health.”

$92.69 for 83 servings

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