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.

 

Support Sports Training & Workouts with XFN

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.

Why it’s Important to Set Realistic Goals

No one likes to fail. But many of us set ourselves unrealistic targets when it comes to fitness and inevitably fall at the first hurdle.

Everybody aims to lose three stone in a week, visit the gym every day and never touch refined sugars and carbohydrates ever again. However, by creating these impractical goals we set ourselves up for failure – guilt is boosted, motivation is curbed and the endorphin-releasing benefits of a good workout are lost.

Here’s how your customers can prevent that from happening:

By being honest about abilities and goals

Setting initial goals that are easily achieved creates momentum and boosts motivation. It’s normal to feel disheartened when impossible targets can’t be met. Simple objectives, such as doing five extra reps or running five more minutes at the next workout session are really useful starting points to build upon. Slowly increasing each fitness goal as ability levels improve make each one feel that much more attainable and improves stamina, strength and muscle mass over the long term.

By buddying up

Exercising with a friend makes fitness training more fun. Fixing joint gym dates, attending classes and discussing fitness goals with a buddy can be inspiring. Plus it pushes people forward to do better, creates competition and becomes a social activity rather than a solitary chore. Supplements like Amino Acid Complex with Glutamine can improve performance, deliver a better workout and retain muscle mass, helping consumers to make the most out of that 30 minute exercise routine.

Making a visual diary

Before and after pictures make fantastic incentives to keep moving upwards and onwards with fitness targets. Collecting daily photos and comparing them after a month will highlight the positive changes to muscle definition and weight loss that have occurred after intense resistance training. Taking Testero NTSHO and Power Whey Protein encourages muscle growth and support recovery in between weight training, making them a duo of indispensable supplements for body sculpting.

Creating a motivation board

Placing inspirational quotes, photos and pictures on the wall can remind people to stick to fitness goals and give them the drive to continue upping their targets. If they want to lose weight for a wedding or special event, posting the invitation up somewhere in sight will revive their waning dedication to their ultimate fitness goal. Combining regular exercise with the Xecut Shred XTFM boosts the metabolism, increases energy and promotes body fat reduction; it’s a useful supplement for sustained slimming.

By using these 4 pointers to set realistic goals you customers are less likely to quit their new training and health routine. With a mixture of helpful supplements and motivation, clients will be on their way to achieving their objective.