Energy and Fitness from Natures Sunshine Products
Fitness and health are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.
You can be fit, without being healthy and healthy without being fit. The ideal of course, is to be both!
The key to achieving this is good nutrition to support a fitness regime, and ensure that health is the result.
Without proper support the demands of a fitness regime can contribute to long term health problems.
Any exercise regime can put the body under stress and make additional demands on its resources.
Understanding what is happening is key to mitigating any potentially damaging effects.
Any regime will pull on the body’s nutritional resources to provide energy etc, and the longer and more intense the exercise the greater this demand is.
Having sufficient energy to repair damage and maintain a healthy immune system is important in maintaining good health.
The standard response to help maintain energy is to reach for so-called energy drinks.
Long term use of these can be very damaging.
They rely on huge quantities of sugar, or ingredients such as caffeine for their effect, and whilst a short term energy boost is given, it is always followed by an energy crash, requiring another energy boost, and so on.
Health-wise, this is not a good idea.
What demands that are made on the body when we start to exercise.
First there is a greater demand for oxygen – oxygen is burnt in the cells for fuel, so we start to breathe more heavily and our heart rate goes up in order to pump oxygen bearing blood around the body faster.
A quick form of energy is required to keep providing what is necessary to maintain the exercise. At the same time muscle fibres begin to come under stress, and the longer the exercise continues, the greater the likelihood that there is some breakdown of muscle fibres to provide energy needs.
Whilst all of this is happening, free radical, or oxidative damage is occurring - this can be a damaging aspect in any exercise regime.
And of course bones and joints can come under stress, this is particularly true for any weight-bearing exercise.
Nutrients are the body’s fuel, they provide what is necessary for metabolic processes to take place, to help the body repair wear and tear, and for our body’s to thrive.
A low intake of these may lead to a variety of problems, as the body will prioritise how the available nutrition is used, and choose where to use the available resources to the best effect.
Things that can help: Oxygen consumption It is the red blood cells that transport oxygen around the body, and obviously the heart which pumps it around.
Ensuring the whole of the cardiovascular system is in good condition, and the blood has good levels of red blood cells, will ensure efficient delivery of oxygen quickly to where it is needed.
When the body is expending energy the body needs to be able to replenish supplies quickly.
Glucose is the energy producing molecule used, and a certain amount is stored in both the liver and muscles as glycogen.
Once this is exhausted the body will start to use the protein in muscles as well as stored fats in order to produce energy.
The chart shows clearly the difference between turning to quick fix solutions such as sugary colas, energy drinks or caffeine which provide a quick energy rush, followed by a huge energy slump, which has long term consequences for blood sugar levels, and something that will give a more sustained release of energy over a number of hours and give true stamina.
As you can see, an energy drink which uses large quantities of sugar or stimulants has a very severe energy crash within a couple of hours of taking it. This usually has someone reaching for another one, and another to keep them going. Good for the manufacturer but very bad for health, as sugar is an anti-nutrient , very addictive, and this whole process puts pressure on the body’s blood sugar mechanisms.
The long, slow release of energy you see on the chart is provided by a powdered drink by Natures Sunshine called Solstic Energy. It has been designed using vitamins and herbs which give this profile of energy release without putting pressure on blood sugar levels and resultant energy crashes. So you get the benefits without the downside. It comes as a handy sachet which is just added to water so it is easy to take to the gym, out on bike rides or runs, or just to have in your pocket to help you though a busy day.
Another way of improving your energy profile is by understanding the part fibre can play in helping to give stamina, rather than quick energy rushes.
It slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates to glucose in the gut, ensuring they are released into the bloodstream slowly, rather than in a quick rush. TNT from Nature's Sunshine is a powdered fibre supplement made from whole foods, and supplies good levels of a variety of vitamins and minerals as well as fibre.
It is not only useful for sustained energy release, but also, taken either during or just after a workout, can help to replace the stores of glycogen which have been depleted quickly.
In addition, a low glycaemic diet will also make a big difference.
Carbohydrates are the body’s energy food and divide into two types – those which are high glycaemic, or break down quickly to glucose in the gut, thereby giving quick energy rushes, followed by energy dips, or those which are low glycaemic, and take a much longer time to breakdown, giving a more sustained release of glucose into the bloodstream, so there is access to a steady level of energy over a number of hours.
Eating a low glycaemic carbohydrate diet, and using a product such as TNT, will have a beneficial effect on health as well as stamina levels.
As the body’s stores of glycogen are quickly exhausted both protein and fats are used next to make energy.
This means that muscle proteins start to be broken down into amino acids, and is one of the reasons why muscles can feel quite achy afterwards.
To improve recovery, and aid the body’s repair work, a protein source should be taken very soon after finishing exercise. The ideal window is within 20 minutes, but anything up to 2 hours is acceptable.
This gives the muscles all they need to recover quickly, otherwise it can take much longer – studies show it can be anything up to 2 weeks depending upon circumstances.
In addition to the breakdown of muscle fibre, muscles, ligaments and tendons can all be susceptible to damage, and repair takes place much quicker if they body has the resources it requires.
In addition, vital nutrients are used for every muscle movement, and a depletion of these allows lactic acid to build, and can lead to cramps.
One of the easiest ways to obtain protein within the vital window is to use a complete protein shake, such as SynerProTein. SynerProTein is a vegetable based protein powder that it can be made up in seconds, and consumed quickly to improve energy, repair and recovery. It couldn’t be simpler.
Taking a magnesium supplement can also make a big difference. Magnesium is one of the vital minerals we need daily, and one which can be in short supply.
During an exercise regime Magnesium is lost through is sweat, so replacing it quickly, and maintaining good levels within the body are important. It has been shown to enhance performance, as well as reduce the build up of lactic acid, thereby improving recovery time.
It is one of the more important minerals for athletes.
Tei Fu massage oil can be a great tool for any sportsperson to have in their kit bag. It is based on a wonderful Chinese herbal remedy and is very effective in helping to relieve discomfort that often comes as a result of exercise.
It has an ‘icy hot’ sensation and includes some herbs and essential oils that work together to comfort the skin, muscles and joints.
Free radical or oxidative damage is a fact of life.
We are all exposed to it in the normal course of living, as well as from poor diet, chemicals, drugs, pollution and the environment. One of the things which dramatically increases the levels of free radical damage is exercise.
This is not good news in the long term as free radical damage leads to inflammation and degeneration within the body – it is one of the prime causes of ageing.
Along the way it may lead to poor immune function, damage to DNA , slow down recovery and possibly set the stage for long term illness.
We see oxidation at work all around us. Oxygen is a very reactive molecule, and whilst it is essential to health, it can also be very damaging if we do not keep these effects in check.
Rust on metal, and the browning of an apple as we eat it are very visible signs of free radical damage. What we don’t see is the damage this is doing within our body.
We have many trillions of cells in our body, so the odd one is not a problem. But multiply this out exponentially and the effects can be significant.
Free radicals can also damage our DNA, so when cells replicate, they copy over damaged DNA , so free radical damage and its effects are to be avoided.
Antioxidants work to neutralise excess free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are lacking an electron.
An antioxidant nutrient has electrons it can donate without itself becoming unstable, and thereby stabilise the free radical.
It is quite simple, the more antioxidants you have on board, the fewer free radicals you have.
Zambroza from Nature's Sunshine is one of the most potent antioxidant drinks in the world. It delivers optimal amounts in a daily serving, and should be a key part of any exercise regime.
It supplies powerful nutrients that give the body energy and vitality, and neutralises free radicals, helping to guard against tissue damage following exercise.
Zambroza’s powerful ingredients provide antioxidants that help replenishes the body and maintain a healthy immune system.
It’s a great asset to any health and fitness regime.
Weight bearing joints and muscles can come under a lot of stress during exercise, and wear and tear to joints is not uncommon.
Once there is a problem conventional treatment is to use non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS which are painkillers. They do nothing to help the underlying problem though, and recent research has shown that in fact they can speed up the rate of degeneration in the joint.
Prevention is always better than cure, and by ensuring your body has all the nutrients you need to keep up with on-going repair, it can make a big difference.
There are several supplements that are particularly helpful in this respect. Skeletal Strength is the first, and it provides all the nutrients needs to maintain healthy bone, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
A balanced formula containing all the nutrients needed to maintain healthy bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons, including calcium, magnesium, iron, boron, manganese, copper and zinc.
Contains Vitamin C which contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue, and normal energy yielding metabolism.
Contains ingredients to ensure proper absorption.
Everflex by Natures Sunshine is particularly useful for maintaining for healthy joints.
It contains ingredients that help the body to rebuild cartilage, the cushioning that sits in joints to stop bones rubbing together.
Cartilage is the ‘shock absorber’ for the joints, protecting bone from wear and tear. This can eventually wear out and cause discomfort.
Omega 3 has a great many uses in the body, and is required to be healthy. it helps improve performance through improved delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells, increases energy levels and stamina, improves recovery time and assists with helping joints as well as maintaining healthy cardiovascular function.
Natures Sunshine's Super Omega-3 EPA is a potent Omega-3 supplement, guaranteed free from radiation, heavy metals, and forms of marine pollution.
The active components within fish oil are called EPA and DHA and this formula delivers a concentrated amount of these – double those of standard formulas, so it is extremely effective and offers good value for money.
A comprehensive multi vitamin and mineral is most useful to those looking to maintain health and fitness.
Super Supplemental by Natures Sunshine provides a balanced profile of 23 vitamins and minerals essential for good health, blended into a base of plant extracts to aid their absorption. Many of these nutrients support healthy circulation including Iron to aid oxygen uptake, antioxidants to help protect against oxidative stress, and Magnesium to aid relaxation of the blood vessel walls.
Supplies the body with micronutrients from super-foods and contains important carotenoid antioxidants, lutein and lycopene, that support tissues throughout the body.
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