Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Staple Supplements

My husband's and my supplements.
Many of you have been asking about the kinds of supplements I take and which ones you should add to your diet. With so many vitamins, protein, probiotics, superfoods, fat-burners and stimulants out there, it's easy to get overwhelmed, so I don't blame you.

I'll be the first one to tell you that I'm constantly learning about my body, and as we age, we have to change our diet and supplement it to provide an opportunity to be the best self we can be. I cycle on and off a few supplements here and there, but here are some of my favorite supplements, and why I encourage you to add them to your routines.

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Spirulina

If you haven't gotten sick of me talking about this superfood yet, then you should click through to a few more of my blog posts — hah! But seriously, spirulina is one of the earth's most intense sources of health. It boosts your metabolism and body's ability to burn fat, gives you energy, promotes healing and recovery to your muscles, as well as fighting free radicals. I typically buy the Hawaiin Pacifica green powder.

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Barlean's Greens

The only way I'd approve you skipping the Spirulina is if you opt for this "greens" mix by Barlean's. I'm sure there are comparable green drink mixes out there, but this one has been a hit for me. It's basically overflowing with algae, vitamins, herbs, superfoods, fiber, probiotics, and lots of other green goodies. I toss a scoop of it in my chocolate protein shakes and end up drinking what tastes like a mint chocolate shake because of the spiciness of the herb blend in the powder. It's all that mint and ginger!

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CLA, GLA, ALA or MRM's Smart Blend

One of the most common supplements that everyone's raving about is fish oil. Even the folks who are eating a diet full of fried chicken and icecream often take fish oil. The thing is, is that it's not a miracle supplement like some may assume. Supplementing your diet with the appropriate blend of fatty acids and omegas is super-important for optimizing your body's fat-burning function. One of the hardest things about getting these supplements is finding one that combines all of your essential fatty acids. I use MRM's Smart Blend because it has all of them in there, and I don't have to worry about purchasing separate bottles for each one. The only drawbacks are that the pills are pretty ginormous, the dosage is frequent throughout the day, and maybe it's just me, but sometimes I burp fish (don't tell anyone).

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100% Whey Protein Isolate

I take 1 scoop of whey protein isolate after I lift weights. Because my workouts include heavy lifting and muscle-building, it's important that I have some kind of recovery formula to help rid my body of ammonia and lactic acid, as well as aid in the regrowth my muscles go through 1-2 days after lifting. The isolate protein is the purest form of whey protein, broken down into it's smallest, quickest-absorbing molecular state, so that your muscles can literally zap it up after you take it. Talk about a ton of choices when it comes to proteins. Don't be fooled. Look for one that says "whey protein isolate," and does not say "concentrate." Also try to find one with ingredients that you recognize and no artificial flavorings, etc. My current favorite is Nature's Best Isopure Natural (Vanilla), but honestly, I'm always looking for other options, just to supplement my supplements. :)

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BCAAs

Branched Chain Amino Acids must be ingested through food or supplements because your body doesn't make them on its own. However, your body craves them — especially when you lift heavy and train hard. Leucin, Isoleucine and Valine support anabolic muscle-building, interval training (cardio), and even mental function and mood. I drink Universal Nutrition Atomic 7 or Gaspari Nutrition Aminolast like it's Crystal Light. These BCAAs combine the benefits of the amino acids with other performance ingredients such as citruline malate, l-glutamine and l-taurine. Other beneficial ergogenic aids included in supplemental BCAAs would be the addition of vitamin B6, which prepares your body for maximum absorption.

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Casein Protein

I'm a sucker for wanting something sweet to eat at night after my dinner. A guilt-free option is to take a scoop of casein protein, which is a slowly-digested pure protein that helps rebuild your muscles and will satiate your hunger all night long. One I've been using is Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein, which is broken down into its amino acid subcomponents as other proteins. Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein is free of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and synthetic colors and uses only premium micellar caseins to create a protein that is truly time-released. You can use it to make mug cakes, shakes, puddings and pies. It's also way lighter in calories, carbs and fat than other leading brands.

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If you're serious about changing your lifestyle to get fit from the inside out, check out some of my online services or email me for more information. Hope you have a wonderful day!



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