Supplements to Keep You Looking Your Best this Valentine’s

With one of the most romantic dates of the year fast approaching it is predicted that Britons alone will spend around £9 million on their partners this Valentines day. With 1 in 3 Brits planning to celebrate this year it is no wonder why the romantic day is celebrated.

However, there’s more to just spoiling your loved ones this month as everybody wants to feel and look good during the romantic season. So here are some supplement ideas that can make your customers feel and look fabulous:

Healthy Hair Formula

This unique mix of vitamins, minerals and amino acids helps to encourage healthy and strong hair by reducing the amount of bad cells in the blood stream. The formula delivers the required nutrients to the hair by helping to reduce issues such as hair loss, breakages, lack of keratin, split ends and limp hair. The combination makes a perfect supplement to help your customers feel their best.

Detox Cleanse

Our Detox Cleanse capsules are perfect for refreshing the body as it contains a unique blend that can support colon cleansing. The supplement has a mix that helps to purify the body to reduce the volume of injurious organisms that can prevent the body’s natural cleansing system. Alongside this it also contains sources of both soluble and insoluble fibres to help support skin health. It can help your body to feel renewed both inside and out.

Tan Tablets

If your customers are looking for a Summer glow for Valentines then recommend Tan Tablets, which works by dissolving pigments into a persons fat allowing the skin to gradually tint. It is a healthy way to get a summer glow all year round without the damage of ultra violet rays, which can also protect against signs of premature ageing and skin cancer.

Marine Collagen

Perfect for repairing the skin and supporting joint health, Marine Collagen is a fantastic supplement that helps the cells maintain their structure. It is an essential and major component of muscles, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, bones and blood vessels. Taking Marine Collagen can help the body to reduce signs of ageing by improving elasticity that reduces signs of wrinkles and fine lines. This supplement can help your customers to feel revitalised and youthful.

Power Whey Protein

Protein is beneficial for improving muscle mass, suppressing appetite, improving athletic performance and supporting recovery. Taking a protein powder before or after a workout helps the body to appear leaner, fitter and more toned. Recommending this XFN product to your customers can help to enhance their workouts, attain better results and also to create an effective nutritional programme that suits their lifestyles.

New Years resolutions we can all stick to

Every year people around the world make a New Years resolution that can be beneficial for the upcoming year. On average 33% of people plan to make the year a healthy one by getting fitter, eating better and/or losing weight. However, around 63% of people admitted to failing to commit to a resolution with the majority breaking it within one month. So why do people fail? Normally it is down to expectations being set too high that aren’t realistic with day-to-day life.

However, there are a few simple resolutions that can work with every day life making a huge difference to personal and physical health. Try some of our simple resolutions to help you feel healthier inside and out this year;

Sleep More

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being by allowing the body to rest and rejuvenate after a day of activity. An acceptable level of sleep can help to maintain mental and physical health as well as supporting growth and development in children and teens. Supplements such as Magnesium, can contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue as it can help to aid sleep by calming nerves and relaxing the muscles. An on-going lack of sleep can lead to a stressed demeanour, weakened immune system and affect the body in the way we react, think, eat, work and learn. Taking a nap when feeling tired really can do you the world of good.

Stress Less

Stress is individual as it can mean different things to different people. Some people may find stress at work, at home, when driving, through personal accomplishments etc. Whereas, occasionally stress can be a positive in order to motivate and encourage, it is on the most part, a negative that can damage health long-term if experienced over a prolonged period of time. Reducing stress levels not only raises positivity but can also benefit health too. Taking time out of each day for enjoyable activities, spending time with family and friends or having ten minutes for yourself, can help to set reasonable expectations that can help to relieve day-to-day stress. Supplements such as 5 HTP, can also help to improve mood as it can increase serotonin levels in the body, which can lead to a reduction in stress and anxiety.

Stay Hydrated

The body is made up of around 60% water, which helps to drive regular bodily functions such as; digestion, circulation, creation of saliva, maintaining kidney function and skin health. Health experts recommend a minimum of one litre of water per day in order to keep the body hydrated and healthy. It doesn’t require a dramatic change in your daily water intake but trying to drink a little more than normal can make a huge difference. Have a glass with your morning coffee or tea, a bottle sat on your desk at work or a glass with an afternoon meal can make a positive impact on the body and compensate for water loss that occurs day-to-day.

Take Time for Yourself

Sometimes life can get stressful but it is always important to prioritise yourself from time to time, even if its five minutes in the morning or right before bed, it provides some time during the day to focus on personal sanity and health. Taking a break to focus on yourself has both psychological and physical benefits that can help you to feel refreshed and happier. It helps to maintain a good sense of self, which can feel life changing. Taking Detox capsules can help the body to feel lighter as they are designed to aid in expelling waste faster and also cleansing the intestines of unwanted toxins, helping to look after yourself and your body.

Commit to Exercise

Exercise not only keeps the body healthy but it also releases chemicals called endorphins, which can reduce your perception of pain, giving a positive and energizing outlook on life. A marathon doesn’t have to be completed each week to feel the benefits of exercise but it is recommended to do around 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity five times a week. Going for a walk, doing household chores, riding a bicycle, yoga, swimming etc. are all easy and non-expensive ways to get the blood pumping around the body and keep healthy. It makes you feel good too. Green Tea extract is a substance that is known to be rich in antioxidants, which can help the body to burn excess fat by increasing the metabolic rate and increasing the calories the body burns. It can help to encourage the body to carry on working at its best around an exercise regime.

Top Tips to Make a New Exercise Regime Work

Beginning a new exercise regime can be daunting as thought of digging out old trainers and overhauling a diet that’s still in its Christmas period can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Finding the right balance between exercise and nutrition can help to get the best fitness results.

Regular exercise has been known to strengthen the lungs, improve mood, relieve stress and burn calories, which keeps the metabolism functioning at its best. Here are some useful tips that can help to get the most out of a new workout regime;

Take Baby Steps

The “go hard or go home” approach to exercise isn’t always the best for sustaining momentum as generally speaking, when people go about it too aggressively early in their program, they tend not to stick with it in the long run. Taking small steps can help to build up stamina and encourage the body’s potential with every workout. Taking supplements such as Omega 3 contains numerous health benefits as they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA & DHA. It is considered an “essential fatty acid” due to its essential role in brain function, inflammation and growth, providing you with a better quality of living and helping to look after the body whilst training.

Mix it Up

Sticking with one workout can become tedious and eventually fail to further improve physique as the body becomes used to the routine. Mix it up by trying a variety of aerobic and strength exercises to stay healthy or improve health. Supplements such as caffeine, acts as a stimulant that targets the heart, muscles and the areas that regulate blood pressure. These capsules can help to increase every-day performance by activating fat stores and encouraging working muscles to convert it to fuel. Bringing a friend or partner along for a workout every once in a while can also help to encourage longer workouts and different exercise regimes.

Fit it Around your Schedule

Health experts recommend that on average people should be aiming for around 150 minutes a week of exercise (up to 30 minutes a day, five times a week). Although the minutes may appear excessive for a person with a hectic lifestyle there are ways to ensure exercise becomes part of your day-to-day routine; such as breaking up the thirty minutes into three ten minute sessions throughout the day with a quick walk, household chores, yoga, riding a bicycle etc. Tracking workouts can also be useful, as using a journal or app makes it easier to schedule short workouts and record progress. Supplements that contain stimulants such as Metabolism Formula capsules help to boost energy levels to help the body burn fat more efficiently and decrease food cravings continuing progress even when busy.

Be Realistic

When starting a new exercise regime it is important to be internally motivated as it makes it easier to stick with realistic goals. Being self-motivated helps to avoid outside negativity and keeps within the body’s limits, allowing it to gradually get healthier. Getting discouraged by something beyond personal limitations only prevents a workout from progressing. Taking Detox Cleanse capsules, which contains Psyllium Husk, helps to support colon cleansing and is a common high fibre laxative. It can help to reduce the volume of injurious organisms that excess the body therefore purifying the cleansing system, helping the body to feel lighter and refreshed.

Supplement Trends for 2016

From fashion to food, every New Year welcomes a selection of new trends and the world of supplements is no exception to this rule. Here’s a guide on what’s set to be hot for 2016 in the supplements industry:

Creatine and Amino Acid chains

Creatine is useful for boosting the intensity of a workout and improving performance so it will definitely be in vogue at the start of the New Year as people head back to the gym to lose their holiday weight. It works by increasing ATP production, which helps to transport energy to the muscles and maximise training. Creatine is especially beneficial during high intensity exercise, such as interval training, spinning and boxing, because it pushes the body to go that little bit further with each workout. Creatine Hybrid Matrix from the XFN range is a blend of 6 types of creatine that make it suitable for a varied training program that combines cardio with weights. Amino BCAA Pro is Creatine’s ideal partner because it helps to create and retain new muscle mass after exercise and speed up recovery.

Protein powders

Protein is vital for creating new muscle and fuelling the body, which is why many bodybuilders eat lots of lean meat, eggs and chicken. Whey protein, that’s mixed into a milkshake, is designed to increase the body’s strength, power, muscle recovery and performance. Protein powders that are made with soy are set to be very popular among vegan and vegetarian consumers in 2016.

Superfoods

If you love superfoods you’ll already be eating plenty of kale, raw cacao powder, goji berries and chia seeds but get ready to add some new superfoods to your grocery list in 2016, such as:

  1. Baobab fruit powder, which is derived from the fruit of an African tree, has excellent probiotic qualities that make it perfect for maintaining a healthy gut.
  2. The bitter Gubinge pear, which is high in Vitamin C, is ideal for adding a kick to cereals and smoothies.
  3. Gluten-free Teff grains that contain more calcium, iron, fibre and protein than wheat.

It’s fantastic if you can adjust your diet with supplements and superfoods to obtain all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. However, it’s also good to top your body up with general A-Z multivitamin’s to fill any nutritional holes that act as a safety net that guarantees that you’re getting everything you need with virtually zero leg work.

 

Protein; the real pros and cons

The body needs protein to build muscle, which is why bodybuilders eat protein-rich diets featuring foods like chicken breast, cottage cheese, fish and beans. However, it can often be easier and quicker to drink a milkshake topped up with protein powder – it’s simple and takes seconds to prepare. Here are some of the other pros and cons of protein powders:

Protein shakes can be transported easily to the gym for workouts

After exercise it’s essential that the body is refuelled with a mixture of carbs and protein to aid recovery and boost muscle development. It’s great if you can get that fuel through protein-rich snacks but the reality is that it can be tricky to carry a cooked chicken breast and a sweet potato to the gym. A protein shake (that also includes carbs) is better suited for many busy people who need a quick hit of protein to enhance their endurance and energy levels.

Whey powder is fast-acting

Protein powders made of whey protein are absorbed quickly by the body, helping to deliver amino acids more effectively to the muscles. That leads to a better workout and a swifter recovery.

It’s easy to monitor how much protein you’re ingesting

If you’re eating plenty of natural protein it may be the case that you don’t require extra protein from the shakes – a gram of protein per pound of body weight should be more than enough to encourage muscle growth when combined with exercise. Your activity level will also determine how much protein your body needs to build muscle.

However…Protein powder is a supplement not a whole food

You shouldn’t rely on protein powder alone to meet your body’s dietary needs. Foods like beans and pulses that are protein rich also contain essentials like fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients that a healthy body requires.

Don’t go overboard

Overdoing it on a protein supplement can cause damage to the kidneys, which have the job of metabolising the body’s waste products. Too much protein can also leave the body dehydrated and, in extreme cases, increase the risk of developing kidney stones and gout.

Protein from natural foods does the same job as protein powder

Animal proteins and even vegan proteins, such as brown rice, fermented soy products and hemp, are just as good as protein from a powdered source. However, they can be harder to find and take more time to prepare than a shake.

A balanced diet combining plenty of natural protein sources plus protein supplements makes the recipe for enhancing training and boosting muscle mass.

Seasonal supplements

The cold weather and shorter days of Autumn can put a dampener on our healthy eating plans and exercise routines, leading to weight gain, lethargy and sickness. The good news is that a few simple supplements can help us to stave off those colds, keep our tummies in check and maintain our energy levels through to Christmas and the New Year. Here’s our guide to the best seasonal supplements for Autumn:

For healthier bones and joints

Vitamin D boosts the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It’s found in foods like fortified cereals and eggs but most of us get it through summer sunlight – the body synthesises sunlight under the skin to make its own Vitamin D. Too little Vitamin D can lead to bone pain and tenderness around the joints so taking a supplement to top up production is useful when the days are shorter. Glusosamine is also great for joints because it improves the health of the cartilage and supports pressure points like the knees and elbows.

To fight infections

Vitamin C boosts the immune system, fights bacteria and combats viruses, making it useful for recovering from colds that are common at this time of year. It also improves circulation, protects the body from infection and helps wounds to heal faster!

To boost energy levels

Lots of people feel tired and lethargic when the weather gets colder, especially when the alarm rings in the morning and it’s still dark outside. Vitamin B12 is known to increase energy and boost the stamina, which helps to stay focused during the working day. It also helps the body carry more oxygen through the arteries and protects the red blood cells.
L-glutamine supports stamina and recovery too by helping to metabolise body fat and support muscle growth.

For glowing skin, hair and nails

Frosty mornings and cold air can make the skin feel dry, tight and chapped. Omega fish oils soothe and soften the skin by encouraging collagen production and treating dry skin conditions like eczema and rashes. They also support heart function and reduce cholesterol.

Cutting back on alcohol, curbing your comfort eating and exercising more can also help to improve the health of the mind and body over Autumn and Winter. Adapting your lifestyle to suit the changing seasons is essential to staying on track with your fitness goals.

How to optimise your metabolism

Everybody needs energy to complete basic chemical processes, like breathing, digestion and cell repair. These processes are collectively known as the metabolism; raising it helps the body to burn more calories and encourages weight loss.

Here’s how to optimise your metabolic rate through exercise and diet:

1. Do aerobic activity

Active people burn more calories and have a faster metabolism than inactive people. Cardiovascular activity, such as cycling, running and walking, helps to keep the body trim, strengthen the heart and encourage weight loss. Experts recommend that 30 minutes of activity for five days a week is enough to maintain a speedy metabolic rate. Creatine supplements are perfect for sustaining longer periods of exercise because they make it easier for the body to release its energy stores.

2. Combine strength training with cardio

Muscles burn more calories than fat so increasing muscle mass is a clever way to boost the metabolism.  Lifting weights at the gym or simply using the body’s natural weight to perform resistance exercises like crunches and sit ups speeds up the metabolism and creates a leaner silhouette.

3. Go for green tea

Believed to regulate blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, green tea has another benefit; it encourages fat oxidation, boosts the metabolism and is full of antioxidants and polyphenols. Soy beans and green coffee beans have a similar effect – they speed up the metabolism, burn fat and stabilise blood sugar levels as well as keep the body feeling fuller for longer.

4. Steer clear of faddy diets

Crash diets can have a negative effect on the metabolic rate by forcing the body to break down muscle mass. As mentioned above, it’s important to retain muscle because the body uses up more energy to maintain it than fat reserves. Eating a sensible diet containing a varied mix of natural ingredients and exercising regularly is far better for the body than starving it through fad dieting.   Other tips for kick-starting the metabolism include exercising in the morning, eating a nutritious breakfast, adding spicy chilli to meals and drinking coffee.