Thank you for visiting my shop page. On this page I recommend the items that I believe will accelerate your results if you are wanting to get into peak physical shape and also ones which will support your overall health. I believe we should get the majority of our body’s fuel requirements of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) from our diet. Having said that, it is quite a challenge to ensure we get sufficient amounts of certain minerals and vitamins so I’ve included these below. I’m an advocate of protein supplements after workouts as they are quickly absorbed – and tasty – so you can be assured you’re fuelling your muscles post-workout.
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Post Workout Protein Shakes
This is one of few protein blends I recommend. I’m a big advocate of organic, plant-based protein supplements/shakes as they come in the purest form and have a perfect amino acid profile meaning your body can absorb them easily. They are free of sugar, artificial flavourings, preservatives, soy (evil beyond evil!!!) and whey protein. Whey, from cows’ milk, is the most popular but you just cannot guarantee the quality of the whey these days. In the US, unless organic, cows are injected with rBGH, a hormone used to fatten the cows up so they produce more milk. This is filtered through to the meat we eat and milk we consume (if you like drinking milk from another species :-)) Plant based proteins are also alkaline forming, as opposed to acid-producing in the body. This is a huge benefit to consuming plant-based proteins. We want our body to be alkaline, rather than acidic. Mix this with banana and water/almond milk and it’s nice and smooth. Not to sweet, not too rank!
Post Workout Protein bar
As you may be seen on this blog, gyms and so called sports supplement shops are jam-packed with mostly terrible products that simply should not be consumed by human beings. They are full of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, sugar, soy (as mentioned above, steer clear of this like the plague, every version of it) and poor quality whey protein. Animal protein causes an acidic reaction in the body unless accompanied with lots of greens or lemon water (as an alkalising agent) which can counteract the acidic effect. My preference for protein bars is The Organic Food Bar Company. They may be a little expensive but if you’re going to supplement regularly, it’s worth being really mindful about what you consume. You want to fuel your body, not take in toxins which over time will cause chronic inflammation! This is a great one. Packed full of plant-based protein and sweetened with dates.
Zinc is an essential mineral to support your immune system and to support your body in producing more testosterone. Studies have shown again and again that men low on zinc produce less testosterone. Zinc can be found in its natural form in oysters and various red meats. Unless you eat lots of all of these, I think it’s a great idea to supplement with zinc. This is a high quality manufacturer of this supplement. Be careful when it comes to choosing from mineral supplements. You get what you pay for.
Omega-3 Fish Oil
This is the second supplement I take every day without fail. Our brain need these essential fatty acids as our brains are made up of about 60% fat. They are called essential fatty acids as we do not make them naturally in our body. We need to take them in by way of diet. These essential fatty acids are essential in maintaining healthy brain cognitive function and we need them for testosterone too. Omega-3s are also proven to fend off chronic inflammation – the underlying health condition of almost every chronic disease. This means they help to reduce risk of heart disease and strokes.
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
If you want to go nuts, BCAAs are an excellent supplement to support muscle repair and growth as your muscles go through muscle protein synthesis. They fend of muscle loss when not working out, support the immune system when working out (as your body goes under a lot of stress during the workout itself). They have been proven to accelerate the recovery phase after working out.