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A good workout can be transformed into a fantastic workout with effective nutritional support. Knowing what sports supplements do and when to take them can significantly enhance training.

Here’s a handy guide to sports supplements for beginners:

Amino BCAA Pro

Dieting alone can lead to the breakdown of muscle, resulting in a slender physique minus the muscle tone. Branched-chain Amino Acids (BCCAs) help to fight this loss of muscle by stimulating protein synthesis during exercise. They are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and are best taken just before a workout to promote muscle growth.

Power Whey Protein

Protein is the key to increasing muscle size, improving endurance and supporting recovery after intense exercise. Drinking a protein shake 30 minutes before a weight training session provides the muscles with the right nutrition. However, it’s also important to immediately follow up with a post-workout exercise shake that has a high proportion of whey to encourage muscle recovery and growth. Taking another dose of protein before bed helps bodybuilders to feed their muscles whilst sleeping.

Testero NTSHO

Testosterone is essential for building muscle and burning fat. However, the natural levels of testosterone in the body can start to decline with age. The magnesium, zinc, vitamin D3, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6 in Testero NTSHO have been shown to increase testosterone levels, improving the body’s ability to make muscle. In fact the act of weight training itself boosts testosterone levels too, creating the perfect cycle.

Creatine Hybrid Matrix

Creatine is an organic acid, produced by the liver and supplies energy to the muscles, helping the body to train harder, faster and longer. Handy creatine drinks (taken prior to a workout) are especially suited to high intensity exercises where the body requires short bursts of energy, like weight training and sprinting.

NitroMax Pro

NitroMax Pro is also a useful pre-workout volumiser, which increases energy levels and reduces fatigue by boosting the flow of oxygen to the muscles. The more oxygen the body receives, the easier it becomes to exercise at an optimum level, burn calories and increase muscle mass.

Xecut Shred XTFM

A fat metaboliser that helps the body to burn calories faster by stimulating the release of free fatty acids (FFA). Elevated levels of FFA have been linked to obesity, so helping the body to release these acids more effectively leads to fat loss. Combining ingredients like Green Tea and Apple Cider Vinegar helps Xecut Shred XTFM to act like a booster to an existing weight loss plan and can enhance weight control.

Selecting supplements that suit exercise targets, like weight loss or muscle growth, is just as important as the training. Mixing and matching the right support creates a tailor-made package for specific workout goals.

5 Tips for a Healthy Digestive System

A poor digestive system can lead to issues like bloating, constipation, heartburn and even abdominal pain. But the good news is that although these ailments are very common, they can also be easily prevented with some simple lifestyle changes. Here’s how:

1. Pep up the gut with probiotics

Probiotics are a type of bacteria that live in the gut and help to keep it healthy. They aid digestion by improving nutrient absorption, boost the immune system and can even alleviate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) like bloating and cramps. Yoghurt is a familiar source of probiotics, but studies have shown that probiotic supplements can be swiftly delivered into the system and may be more effective for improving digestive health.

2. Feast on fibre

Eating fibre-rich foods like oat bran, wheat, beans and berries can help other foods to move through the digestive system more easily, reducing bloating and other digestive problems. Soluble fibre is digested by the body and is known to reduce cholesterol and is found in oats and root vegetables . Insoluble fibre, found in wholemeal bread and seeds, is not digested by the body but it’s very useful for maintaining a healthy weight because it helps the body to feel fuller for longer, preventing snacking and overeating. Taking natural plant extract supplements like Konjac Fibre, which contain lots of fibre, keeps the digestive system moving along unhindered.

3. Eat a healthy diet

Choose lean meats, leafy green vegetables and wholemeal grains over high fat foods that can slow down the digestive process. Drink plenty of water to dissolve fats and soluble fibre, which help to prevent constipation, and avoid drinking too much caffeine and alcohol that can cause heartburn and stomach ulcers.

4. Take L-Glutamine

 This amino acid protects the lining of the digestive tract and supports the stomach and intestine. It’s found naturally in the body but is available in supplement form too, which is especially useful for cancer patients who have unfriendly bacteria in their system and require extra digestive support following treatment.

5. Choose healing herbs

 The soothing qualities of Peppermint help the gut by relaxing the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, easing pain and discomfort. Ginger is also believed to relieve nausea, stomach ache and indigestion too.

 

These simple lifestyle changes can be all the body needs to maintain a healthy digestive system, producing clearer skin, greater energy levels and a boost to general wellbeing.

Supplements for Summer Skin

Summer provides the perfect opportunity to finally flaunt those pins and enjoy the uplifting weather without the need for a fussy sweater and overcoat. Using supplements can help to prepare the skin by encouraging collagen production and a healthy glow, helping people to feel more confident within their own skin. Supplements can also protect the skin from the damaging effects of harmful UV rays. Here are three that fit the bill perfectly:

Vitamin E

Found in a variety of skincare products, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from sun damage, reduce premature ageing and prevent inflammation. It cleverly absorbs some of the harmful UV rays from the sun when applied topically, helping to safeguard the skin from cancers, scars, wrinkles and acne. However, Vitamin E isn’t a sufficient replacement for sunscreen – it can counteract cell damage caused by sunlight but it does not offer full protection.

Vitamin E is found in green leafy vegetables, oils, nuts and seeds but is also available in supplement form. Taking a supplement can add a healthy glow to the skin by keeping it hydrated and looking young, supple and soft.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another antioxidant that is believed to reverse wrinkles, age spots and discolouration caused by sun damage. It helps to boost the body’s skin repair system and encourage collagen formation, which speeds up recovery and brightens the appearance of the skin.

Tanning tablets

Staying out in the sun for long periods of time without sunscreen can lead to sunburn, skin cancers and wrinkles. But lots of people still like to get a little colour on their skin over the summer or before a holiday abroad. Tanning tablets provide a safer alternative to sunbathing and sun beds by dissolving pigments, known as canthaxantin, under the epidermis, which gradually tint the colour of the skin to achieve a gentle, sun-kissed glow.

Safeguard the skin from the summer sun by taking the right supplements, applying topical skincare creams and wearing sunscreen when out and about. Investing in the health of the skin today will help to keep it looking young, healthy and refreshed for the future.