Juliana Sproles, aged 42, from Ojai, California placed first in the grueling “The World’s Toughest Mudder” event.  Considered the toughest competition on the planet, the course was designed by military Special Forces. It involves running a 10-12 mile obstacle course through subzero temperatures while overcoming treacherous mud, water, and ropes obstacles.

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. For 24 hours, each competitor runs as many laps as they can endure.  The race started out with 1000 competitors, many of whom were military trained. Towards the end of the race, less than 200 competitors remained, due to hypothermia, frostbite or broken bones. Julia placed third over all, and first amongst the women.

What was Juliana’s secret? How was she able to outlast and outperform hundreds of elite male athletes?

Juliana is a vegan and as well as her fitness training program, she consumes a superfood diet sponsored by Boku Superfoods.

What are superfoods? A superfood is a food high in phytonutrient content such as antioxidants, natural vitamin C, adaptogens. These disease fighting nutrients can help with the prevention of  certain forms of cancer, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the immune system. Examples of superfoods are blueberries, cacao, noni fruit, pomegranates, are camu camu. They provide our body with high density nutrition in a bioavailable form that our bodies can easily utilize.

Juliana Sproles

“We had a strategy, and a plan, and we executed it,” Sproles explained. “I had Boku Super Food, Boku Super Protein, I ate my Boku bars, I also had immune tonic and Boku Matcha tea in my tent. The blend of the Boku products provided my nutritional needs for the event. I was able to go 24 hours and 10 minutes, to finish the last lap. I could not have done it without Boku.”

Problems With the Standard American Diet

People consuming the Standard American Diet expend a lot of energy in digesting these foods due to a number of reasons such as poor bioavailability (difficulty digesting the nutrients), toxicity (added chemicals and sugar), and lack of nutrients (vitamin and mineral depleted foods). They spend more energy digesting their foods then they get back in return, and they don’t give their bodies the tools it needs to build back tissue torn down in training. Protein, which reconstructs body tissue, is the body’s building nutrient. Foods such as spirulina, chlorella and hemp seed protein are examples of high density proteins that the body can readily utilize.

Eating nutrient-rich whole foods helps the body recover from the stress of training. Without these nutritional building blocks, the body lacks the components it needs to regenerate completely and effectively after extreme workouts. If you are loading the body up with processed carbohydrates, sports drinks you will have less endurance (less efficient fuel to burn) and longer recovery times.

So if you want to gain an unfair advantage over others in sports events or even competitive business situations, power up with superfood nutrition and high performance proteins and phytonutrients.