Over the years, many of our clients have asked myself and my staff here at Energy Fitness Personal Training Studio here in Memphis, questions about supplements and nutrition. For those of you who don’t know me, I have 21+ years experience in the health and wellness industry. I have earned a Master’s in Exercise Science, American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist certification, First Line Therapy certification from Metagenics,
former Precision Nutrition coach as well as have numerous other certifications to help people and myself live optimally through fitness and nutrition. I stated all of my qualifications simply to tell you that I have invested many years and a ton of money in my trade giving me the knowledge and confidence in what I recommend. So below is my professional opinion. The reason for this blog post is to share some valuable information that may help you obtain better health and understand the basics of why people take supplements and if you need to as well
Of course I’m a proponent for eating whole food as much as possible in it’s most natural state but there are simply times and life circumstances that lend to the convenience of shakes, bars and supplements being a better alternative than crappy food and drink or no choice at all.
The products that I like to recommend to clients I have thoroughly researched the company and ingredients. The ones that I currently have in our pro shop and some available online via my websites (I will share them below) are the ones I have researched as of October 26, 2016. I may update this blog post in the future if/when we decide to carry more. My advice to you as you read this article/post is to click the big red button at the very end and pick one or two things to change or add to your diet in the means of food or supplements each month to see if it’s working.
Supplements are just that… if you’re not getting the recommend 8-11 fresh fruits and vegetables (leaning more toward vegetables), then you are missing vital minerals and vitamins in your diet. We also all tend to have favorites we lean towards, meaning that you may be missing out on what other foods have to offer. If you’re a smoker, you may lack vitamin C. If you frequently partake in alcoholic beverages, you may need milk thistle for your liver. If you are someone who doesn’t detoxify very well, then there are supplements such as fish oil and Meta I-3-C (cruciferous veggies supplement). As you can see, depending on your lifestyle, food preferences, and many other factors (such as how you prepare your food, where you get your food, etc.) can lend to needing supplements to fill in the gaps.
A common question we get: “is it better to take a powder vitamin/supplement, or a pill?” This is a loaded question as again, many factors are involved as to what the rest of your diet looks like. In general, remember it depends on the company and the quality of their products as to if you’re really getting the true benefits of what is in the pill or the bottle. For flexibility and optimal use, as well as avoiding taste fatigue and boredom, consider your individual preference when choosing your supplement form, in any of the following: capsules, soft gels, tablets, liquids, chewables, powders, and bars.
Is that a political answer or what? We just avoided answering the question. A powder is great if you’re trying to get in veggies and a substantial amount with bypassing your digestion stage and taste buds. That said, a meal-replacement with protein and greens may be helpful for you, or maybe just a greens powder supplement easily mixed with water would be beneficial as well. Don’t like to drink something with greens in it? Then maybe the Meta I-3-C from Metagenics will give you the option to avoid eating a shit ton of cruciferous veggies to obtain the same benefit.
Many people need a fish oil with a DHA, but don’t understand why. There’s no way I, personally, could take in and digest enough salmon to get the amount of benefit (omega-3–good fat/anti-inflammatory properties), that a fish oil supplement brings me to help me detox, while also keeping within my calorie range. I could go on for days on this subject, but we’re trying to keep the blog post short. Just take a fish oil with DHA and trust me. Your phase angle will appreciate it.
I also take B vitamins because I don’t eat red meat or chicken. Look at your diet closely and see what you may need to consider adding to help you have optimal health. Below you will find a few links to questionnaires, as well as a few questions to help you determine where you may need to start.
And before I share what my favorite vendors are, just know that I have yet to find one company that offers all the products that me or my clients need.
Energy Fitness favorites
(click on the underlined links to go to our websites):
Metagenics: Unlocking the secrets of Genetic Potential through Nutrition® efitness.metagenics.com (practitioner code: efitness — 20% off first order, 10% off recurring orders, and free shipping on orders over $49)
* Nutraceuticals designed to enhance genetic expression and improve health for 30+ years.
* 300+ products.. anything from daily vitamins, protein shakes, and bars, to diabetic supplements, anti-inflammatory, medical foods, detox formulas, and more!
Why we love Metagenics: This is my favorite because I have a rep in town who comes to see me to update me on latest products and clinical research of why the products work. They have annual and dinner meetings in which they share their clinical research, and if you know me, you know I love the science! Don’t just tell me to take something… I want to know why and what it does. They also do webinars and webcasts with different physicians and highly skilled practitioners which is helpful to stay abreast and inform our clients.
Vega: Live your best life with clean, plant-based nutrition — free shipping on orders $100+
* Meal-replacements, sports nutrition, bars, energy powders with stevia (not artificial sweeteners), pre- and post-workout formulas
Why we love Vega: Gluten-free, dairy-free, no sugar added (stevia only, which is plant-based). Their formulas make sense to me and are very specific with their herbs and ingredients for improving health. It seems to be a very sustainable company. And they taste good! fyi…http://www.reviews.com/protein-powder/
NOW Sports: Live Happy, Live Healthy, Live Now® — available onsite, find retailers online
* Hundreds of products anything from the basic vitamin, amino acids, and protein shakes to essential oils, progesterone cream, healthy cooking oils, baking mixes and even a single serving blender!
Why we love Now: I’ve heard other professionals in my field state that they’re pharmaceutical-grade, the variety of products, online education for vendors for several of their products, helpful staff, and they’ve been around for 48 years.
Advocare: We Build Champions®
Nutritional, weight-management and sports performance products
Why we like Advocare: I must admit, I don’t like ALL of their products because they contain artificial sweeteners, but they have a few that I really do like, such as their BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) called Catalyst. They also have a few good post-recovery supplements. A product that my clients like for caffeine is called Spark, a popular seller, that does have artificial sweetener–not my favorite–but better than sodas, or other popular, sugary energy drinks.
Here are a few questions below, and the links to the questionnaires and recommendations you will find by clicking the big red button below. These will help you determine what you may need or consider adding to your supplement regimen. As you get your results from the following, think to yourself is it worth really making changes? Follow up question to this, are you being proactive and making the changes before there is glaring sickness and disease, or are you going to be reactive and wait to start having ailments and issues before you freaking get on board and make changes? Again, my advice to you is to pick one or two things to change or add to your diet in the means of food or supplements each month to see if it’s working.
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