Supplements. Where do I begin? Where does it end?
There's such a misconception about supplements in the health space. Even putting aside bad actors and that other BS I don't want to get into here.
Taking supplements to avoid eating is never the correct answer.
Supplements are intended to supplement your diet: not to replace positive eating habits. They fill gaps, that's all.
Do you struggle to eat enough fruits and veggies? Maybe you eat enough, but are you getting enough variety (the same 3 or 4 veggies week over week cuts out a lot of nutritional value)?
Are you getting 25-30g of protein per meal? How are your electrolytes? Are you recovering properly?
These are all questions I consider when assisting clients in finding appropriate supplements for their lifestyles and dietary preferences.
Do I Have A Chosen or Preferred Brand?
The reason I chose to work with FNX is they're just the best. That's it. Lol, joking (somewhat).
All of their ingredients are low-temperature processed, and they're processed within 24-48 hours of harvesting to maximize nutritional value. The benefits of low-temp processed supplements is that you're not destroying the nutritional availability with high heat processing.
This allows for more nutritional availability and also means the nutrients will absorb into your system better.
They're also low dairy, made in a GMP certified facility, organic, all ingredients are from the USA (local), Gluten-Free and Vegan friendly. If you're ever not sure, they advertise right on the bottles and website for each individual supplement.
Yes, you're paying more for the quality and for something that's not mass produced: you're also getting more nutritional value, no filler garbage, and quite a superior product!
Some Examples Of What To Take (And When)
Supergreens: I alluded to it prior. If you've been following me for any amount of time, you'd know that I swear by greens.
They're full of antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and fuel recovery. Even me, an awesome health coach, doesn't eat a wide enough variety of fruits and vegetables every day. These ensure that I'm getting enough vitamins and nutrients for my body to run optimally.
They also help maintain a healthy gut, and as you know the gut is: our first line of defense against sickness and viruses, the 2nd stage in the digestion process (after chewing our food to break it down), responsible for hormone production and so much more!
Refuel Protein: You probably already know, but it's worth stating again. Protein is the building block for our whole bodies. From bone density (the collagen in protein), healthy hair, hormone production, muscle growth, muscle repair, muscle recovery. You get the point, yeah?
Being low-temperature processed, protein from FNX is more bio-available than mass produced (high-temp processed) alternatives.
Whey is a great addition to smoothies and mid-day or pre-bed snacks as it's slower to digest. The protein hasn't been broken down to be easier to digest (more bioavailable).
Whey Isolate is more optimal for post-workout and digests faster. It's been semi-broken down already to help our bodies digest and put the nutrients to use faster.
Immune+ Complex: while you could easily suggest that I'm basically taking a double dose of greens every day, the blends have different purposes. The Immune+ Complex is designed more like a multi-vitamin and comes in capsule form.
3 a day for a 90-day supply is a very welcome bonus, too. The immune+ complex is designed to encourage gut health. It also provides some essential vitamins and minerals we need for our immune system to run optimally.
Especially in the Covid era, I'll take any extra immune support I can. I don't know about you.
Pre-workout: this isn't a necessary supplement at all. However, on those days I'm a little slow to get started or I need that extra pump to teach class it goes a long way. They also have nutrients to support muscle development. The caffeine content will suppress your appetite temporarily as well, so be mindful and do not take it after mid-afternoon (or else be up all night).
BCAAs: branch chain amino acids. These are the building blocks of protein. To be fair, if you're hitting your protein window every day this is a pretty pointless supplement to take. Spend your money on something better, or just take an extra dose of protein powder.
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