For those who have asked about which supplements I take, I want to first say that supplements should be just that, a way to "supplement" any deficits in minerals, vitamins and nutrients you may not be obtaining or lacking from your diet. I always aim to eat a balanced diet, one that contains a variety of healthy and nutritious foods. My diet includes a variety of different vegetables, such as Broccoli, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, and Green Beans; fruits that are lower in sugar, such as blueberries, strawberries, apples, and grapefruit; lean protein sources, grains and legumes, in order to obtain the majority of my nutrients naturally, and I use supplements sparingly to fill in the gaps in areas I may be lacking.
With so many supplements in the market today, it can be difficult finding the right ones for you. When choosing a supplement I always look at the ingredients and choose supplements that are going to help me achieve my goals. One of the main reasons I decided to start taking Labrada's Jamie Eason Series Lean Body 'For Her' Whey protein along with the other supplements included in her line, was because they are not loaded with fillers, chemicals, or artificial sweeteners and the protein powders taste great (love the vanilla and Peanut butter flavor for cooking).
With that being said, here is a list of the supplements I typically include in my diet:
Lean Body For Her Food-Based Multi Vitamin - Multi-vitamins ensure that your body is obtaining the nourishment it needs and prevents vitamins deficiency. Being deficient in any one of the essential vitamins your body requires will hinder the efficiency of chemical reactions in the body, such as the breakdown and digestion of proteins.
Calcium - Calcium is essential to maintaining total body health. Your body needs it every day not just to keep your bones and teeth strong over your lifetime, but to ensure proper functioning of muscles and nerves.
Vitamin D - Vitamin D deficiency is very common in the US. It is important to supplement with Vitamin D, as it encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous thus helping to form and maintain strong bones.
Lean Body For Her Krill Oil - Fish oils contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower concentrations of triglycerides in the blood (fatty substances) that pose a cardiovascular risk. Omega-3s can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, help provide joint, neuromuscular and cardiovascular support, and may help fight signs of aging.
BCAA's - Branched-chain amino acids are essential nutrients that our body needs. There are two types of amino acids: essential and non-essential. Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by our body on its own, thus they must be obtained from our diet or supplementation. Non-essential amino acids can be synthesized by our body therefore, do not need to be obtained from our diet. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) stimulate the building of protein in muscles and help reduce muscle breakdown. Amino acids help in muscle tissue repair, help prevent fatigue, and can improve concentration and performance.
L-Glutamine - Glutamine is an amino acid that can help minimize the breakdown of muscle, improve protein metabolism, digestive function, and help in muscle recovery.
Labrada Lean Body For Her Jamie Eason Series Whey Protein Powder - It is very important to supplement with a high quality fast absorbing Whey protein Isolate powder. Whey is an abundant source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are used to fuel working muscles and stimulate protein synthesis. Your body needs protein, especially right after a rigorous workout when your muscles desperately need it to help them repair and grow. I always take my Whey protein shake right after training, and before leaving the gym. I also drink another Whey protein shake during the day in between meals.
Lean Body For Her Advanced Anti-Bloat pills - When I have those days when my body is retaining excess water and I feel bloated, I take this anti-bloat supplement, it works great!. This anti-bloat formula reduces excess water, acts as a natural detoxification formula, and helps you feel more energized.
Casein protein powder - Casein protein is a slow digestive protein usually taken before bedtime to prevent catabolism while you sleep. When I don't have casein protein available, I eat plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese before bed to provide my body with slower digesting proteins while at sleep.
AdvoCare Spark Pre-workout Energy Drink - Spark is a multi-nutrient system that is sugar-free, contains over 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients. I personally like this pre-workout because it gives you a quick boost of energy that lasts for hours without over stimulating your body. I also notice I get great pumps, and have increased energy during my workouts, which means I can train a bit harder and last longer in the gym before getting tired.
AdvoCare Bio Charge - Some days, depending on my energy levels, I also use Bio Charge as a pre-workout either alone or with Spark and Mass Impact. Bio Charge also contains branched chained amino acids, antioxidant rich botanicals, and B vitamins, which all help improve energy levels and recovery.
If you are interested in any of these product you can find them in my store. As always please consult your Doctor before starting a supplementation and training regime. I want to wish you all good luck in your search for the right supplements for you. If you try some of the products I've mentioned here, please get back to me and let me know how you like them.