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Minute 1: These greens supplements can complete your diet

Protein typically gets all the love from the fitness world, but we’re taking a look at a different supplement growing in popularity: Greens powder. After taking them for 90 days, Coach Jeff Gaudette of Runners Connect (2:22 marathoner) found “3 Unexpected Benefits of Taking Greens Supplements Everyday for Runners.” First, he found his energy levels much higher in the mornings, helping him reduce his dependence on coffee and other caffeinated beverages. He also found that the extra glass of water taken with the supplement was a great way to start the day and build a healthy routine. Last, he felt his stomach issues disappear after only 2 weeks, thanks to the probiotics they contain. What does science have to say about greens supplements? WebMD lists a number of positives you can read about in “Greens Powder: Are There Health Benefits?” They state that while the supplement is an excellent way to add nutrition to your diet, they cannot replace servings of vegetables outright. Keeping that in mind, they found positive effects on blood pressure, immune system function, and cognitive health. If we’ve piqued your interest, Very Well Fit has put together a list of “The 6 Best Greens Powders of 2021, According to a Dietitian.” You’ve got lots of options, with some brands opting for added flavoring, protein, or extra probiotics. #GoGreenGetLean

Minute 2: Don’t let the heat slow you down this summer

Studies show that 50 degrees Fahrenheit is just about the ideal temperature for running. Unfortunately, in most of North America, we won’t see temps that low again until fall. If you’d like to learn exactly how much the heat will slow you down, you may want to consult this heat effect calculator from Runners Connect. High temperatures are no joke for athletes, so if you need some tips on how to keep cool, read “Beating the Heat: How to Perform Well When It’s Hot.” The most obvious step you can take is to increase your hydration levels. The key is to make the change early on. Give yourself several days of higher water intake before you go all out in hot weather. Chugging water right before your activity won’t suffice, since your body needs time to properly absorb it. Moving on,