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Supplement Rx Lifestyle – Nutrition – Education http://supplementrxblog.com Providing insight and guidance to the chaotic world of supplements Sun, 01 Jan 2017 13:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nutrient Deficiencies During Weight Loss http://supplementrxblog.com/nutrient-deficiencies-during-weight-loss/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 13:00:30 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=598 Continue reading Nutrient Deficiencies During Weight Loss ]]> January always brings the regular New Year’s resolutions for weight loss; and with that increased exercise and decreased overall calorie intake, comes an increased and critical demand for nutrients. Eating healthy is important, but do you know how much food you would need to consume to get the proper amount of nutrition? Consult the graphic below.

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According to the chart above, you would have to eat 17,000 calories PER DAY just to get the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamins and minerals. So since consuming the best sources of vital nutrients in the necessary amounts through diet is impossible, it’s important to find a nutrient boost without a caloric increase!

Enter the Basic Foundation Program®. The Basic Foundation Program® is made up of Daily Essentials Multivitamin/Mineral/Antioxidant complex and Rx Oils Omega essential fatty acids. Together, these two products shore up nutritional gaps, increase energy support and mood enhancement, aid in muscle repair, recovery and toning, PLUS support the fat-burning process! Just two tables of Daily Essentials and 2 capsules of Rx Oils is all you need to get that all-important nutrient boost that your body needs each day!

The next step is to make sure that your body can absorb these vital nutrients. Every weight loss or fitness program should begin with a cleanse. The Ultimate Cleanse is designed to remove impurities from your body, specifically in the lymphatic system and adrenal glands. Combined with consumption of nutritious foods and water, Rx Ultimate Cleanse can reduce the effects of aging, promote weight loss, and support immune and intestinal health, all as part of a healthy maintenance plan. The Ultimate Cleanse is a simple powder that can be easily mixed into your juice or water or protein shake twice a day for 15 days!

Rx Greens is another great way to add extra nutrients with minimal caloric impact. Rx Greens is a greens powder that contains a complete matrix of alkalizing greens, rich in antioxidants. With more than 30 super foods, Rx Greens provides a nutrient rich energy boost as well as supports your immune system. Not just healthy green plants & grasses, Rx Greens contains essential vegetables, antioxidant-rich fruits, as well as herbs and spices to provide an exceptional concentrated whole food supplement. It’s fast, easy to mix and only takes a few minutes to drink while the benefits last all day – increased energy, detoxification, immunity, aided digestion, balanced blood sugar levels, and a complete revitalization of the mind and body.

Remember to support your body with the nutrients it needs so you can get the most out of each workout you do in the new year!

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Why Whey? http://supplementrxblog.com/why-whey/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:20:51 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=593 Continue reading Why Whey? ]]> Protein powders are a long-standing staple of any fitness enthusiasts’ pantry, and with the advent of new protein powder types, it’s time to consider if whey protein is right for you.

What is Whey?

Whey is a dairy protein that can be sourced from cow’s milk or during the cheese-manufacturing process.

How is Whey different from other protein types?

Whey protein contains all nine of the amino acids and is therefore considered a complete protein. These amino acids found in protein are critical to build immune cells and neurotransmitters important for muscle function and growth.

Whey protein is higher in the essentials Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) than other protein types. BCAAs leucine, isoleucine, and valine are key to stimulate muscle growth and maintenance.

Whey protein is higher in the cysteine amino acid to support detoxification. Cysteine is the precursor to glutathione which is a powerful detoxifier and antioxidant.

Whey protein contains special molecules called immunoglobulins that stimulate immune function. Plus, whey contains lactoferrin which is a key immune boosting molecule which has a powerful anti-microbial and anti-cancer effect.

Whey protein can be absorbed quickly into the body, nourishing the muscles and boosting energy levels.

What can Whey protein do?

  • provide quick nourishment to the muscles
  • fuel the body with high levels of amino acids
  • contains the building blocks necessary to repair your body’s muscles after a workout
  • support long-lasting energy levels to sustain you through the most active parts of your day
  • control hunger and may aid in weight loss
  • may help with osteoporosis and bone density
  • supports increased strength, muscle gain, and lower body fat levels
  • can boost metabolism and aid in balancing blood sugar levels

How much Whey protein should I take and when should I take Whey protein?

Taking whey protein is an easy and convenient way to add 25-50 grams of top quality protein to your daily intake. For the 25 to 40-year-old person with a moderately active lifestyle, a recommended dosage of whey protein is 1-2 scoops (around 25 to 50 grams) per day. Dosages can vary based on age and activity levels. Protein is easily taken as a quick-mixing shake right after a workout, or as a meal replacement during your day to get a quick boost of energy.

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Cleanse and Rejuvenate For Optimal Health http://supplementrxblog.com/cleanse-and-rejuvenate-for-optimal-health/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:27:12 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=588 Continue reading Cleanse and Rejuvenate For Optimal Health ]]> From the end of October to the end of December, the average American gains 8-10 pounds. Well, it’s no surprise when we have three holidays focused around eating within a 90-day period, or make it four holidays if you count New Year’s too! Sure, making smart food choices is always going to be helpful. Yes, going to the gym consistently can make you leaner and stronger. But what about your internal system running the whole show? If your lymphatic system or adrenal glands get burned out due to environmental stressors, poor food choices (i.e. Halloween candy), or excessive use of stimulants, your body won’t be functioning in optimal condition, and that IS going to put a hamper on your upcoming holidays.

When most people think of a cleanse, they think of a not-so-happy colon cleanse that may restrict their distance from a nearby restroom. While those may be helpful to some, at Supplement Rx, we believe more in the philosophy of a whole-body cleanse, where all systems are rebooted and may be repaired to function optimally. The Ultimate Cleanse by Supplement Rx is designed to remove the impurities and clean the receptor cites, so that the body can more effectively absorb the nutrients it needs. Think of it as hitting the “Reset” button in your body.

Do you ever feel sluggish? Constantly increasing the amount of energy drinks or caffeine? Blame it all on burned out adrenal glands. Over time, energy drinks, coffee, and other stimulants can place a huge burden on the adrenal glands. Now you can restore those adrenal glands back to optimal function with the Ultimate cleanse. You will notice an increase in energy, plus a quicker absorption pattern without using more stimulants.

The Ultimate Cleanse supplies essential vitamins and minerals needed for energy production, maintenance of muscle tone, and antioxidant protection. As the body is cleansed and toxins are removed, the nutrients need to repair, rebuild, and revitalize are immediately available.

In addition to detoxification, the Ultimate Cleanse supplies some great nutrients that may:

  • Increase the ability to withstand stress, increase mental alertness and work output, improve quality of work under stressful conditions, and improve athletic performance (Eleuthero).
  • Help metabolize sugars as well as provide antioxidant protection (Alpha-lipoic acid)
  • Enhance energy, increase blood flow to the brain, and improve transmission nerve signals as well as antioxidant activity (Ginkgo extract)
  • Fuel the brain and reduce cravings for sugar, carbohydrates, and alcohol (Glutamine)
  • Lower elevated cholesterol and triglycerides as well as reduce body weight (Gugulipid)
  • Build strong protective effects against macular degeneration, and cancer of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, and prostate (Betatene®)
  • Reduce allergic inflammations, inhibit certain viruses, and help with rheumatoid arthritis (Quercetin)

it’s important to take a time out every 3 months or so for a total body cleanse. This not only removes impurities from your body, but also promotes weight loss, boost immunity, and can support the anti-aging process!

According to anti-aging physician Richard LeConde, “human growth hormone (HGH) is the best treatment we currently have for preserving vitality until the end of your normal genetic lifespan.” While many HGH treatments can be expensive and controversial, Rx Rejuvenate is a supplement that is formulated to increase and release the body’s own natural levels of human growth hormone without harmful side effects. Plus, Rx Rejuvenate can aid in the restoration of normal sleep patterns, convert fatty acids into energy, lower levels of LDL “bad cholesterol”, contribute to the production of collagen, build the immune system, promote healing, support the liver function, reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and help reduce muscle breakdown.

Stay fit and healthy so you can be the best version of you inside and out!

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Leave Boring Nutrition Behind http://supplementrxblog.com/leave-boring-nutrition-behind/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:21:53 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=579 Continue reading Leave Boring Nutrition Behind ]]> Did you know 1 in 4 Americans eat the same type of food every single day? Even if that food is healthy, it could be making it more difficult for your body to shed extra pounds. Every food and macronutrient seems to provide unique benefits to the body. Anthropology shows that the “hunter and gatherer” ancestors ate a wide variety of foods to help stave off disease and maintain health. Thus, eating a wide variety of foods not only keeps us from food boredom, but actually benefits our gut health and metabolism! So here are some ways to help you change it up.

1. Eat Seasonally. Find out what’s in season locally and incorporate those foods into your diet. There’s a reason pumpkin and squash are so popular this time of year and they are so easy to bring into your daily nutrition! Check out our recipe section for some new recipes using pumpkin and protein!

2. Find new and healthy meal plans. Sure, there’s lots of meal plans out there with the click of your search engine, but how do you know what’s really healthy and right for your fitness goals? Supplement Rx has built several 21 Day Meal Plans with the guidance of a registered dietician customized to fit fitness and calorie goals. Find your plan in our new meal plans section!

3. Meet new vegetables. Most people only eat a handful of the same vegetables over and over and that can get to be boring. Learn how to bring leeks, fennel, chard, or even dandelion greens into your diet. You might be surprised at what you’ve been missing.

4. Go Multi-Grain. Do you know how many types of grains are out there and easy-to-use? Gluten-free has become the new trend and is really bringing to light the many grains available. Most Americans have formed a monogamous relationship with wheat, making it a part of EVERY meal. Try changing it up! Your body will benefit from the different nutrients available in quinoa, millet, amaranth, barley, rye, and/or farro.

Incorporating new healthy food choices keeps us more apt to stick to a healthy eating plan and a healthy lifestyle. Take a stroll through the produce section at your local grocer or farmer’s market and see what you’ve been missing!

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5 Ways To Add a Little Extra Movement in Your Day http://supplementrxblog.com/5-ways-to-add-a-little-extra-movement-in-your-day/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:58:32 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=574 Continue reading 5 Ways To Add a Little Extra Movement in Your Day ]]> Since we don’t plow the fields and milk the cows each day anymore, we have become a modern, industrialized society of sitting. Most of the population spends 10+ hours in the day just sitting, whether we are working in front of a computer, checking messages on our phone, eating meals with friends, or lounging in front of the TV. Of course in an ideal world, all of us would have the time to go to the gym for an hour each day, but if you get too busy and have to skip a day, here’s a few suggestions to get just a little more movement out of each day.

1. Got Stairs? Take them. Use them often. Skip that elevator. Urbansome1 says, “For every stair you climb you burn 0.42 calories on average (based on 150 [68 kg] to 160 [72.5 kg] pound person. The more you weight the more calories you burn). Normally, there are two flights of stairs per floor (24 steps on average) which means you burn 10 calories by only going one floor up!”

2. Stoplight Stretches. How many stoplights do you stop at in a day? And how many times a day are you staring at a screen of one kind or another? Looking at a computer screen or looking down at a phone puts a lot of strain on your neck. Next time you are sitting at a stoplight, try stretching your neck by just simply touching your ear to each shoulder slowly and looking back and forth and up and down. These simple stretches can relieve tension from your neck and possibly reduce further neck problems in the future.

3. Toothbrush squats. Most everyone when brushing their teeth is standing in front of their bathroom mirror. These 2 minutes of teeth-brushing can easily be used to do squats. Continue brushing as normal, but stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back straight and while looking in the mirror, slowly bend the knees and lower. Then slowly return to a standing position. Repeat while you finish brushing your teeth. Plus, it’s convenient to check your form in the mirror while brushing your teeth. Squats for 2 minutes a day will help your overall leg strength and posture!

4. Play hard. Everyone needs a break physically and mentally from the daily workload. Play with your pet or kids or friends. Playtime relieves physical and mental stress and increases your bonding time with your loved ones and friends. A simple game of tag, walking the dog, or a just throwing a baseball around goes a long way in relieving the day’s stressors.

5. 20-second plank. Everybody can spare 20 seconds in the day, right? Find a flat space where you can get into the initial push-up position. But instead of going up and down, you are just going to focus on holding that “plank” position. Think about keeping the core muscles tight, breathe deeply, and keep your shoulders in line with your wrists, which should just be shoulder-width apart. If a plank is too much for you in the beginning, you can always be on your knees and slowly work up to your toes.

Every little extra movement counts toward calorie burning and keeping yourself active. If you take the extra effort to just add a little more movement in the day, it will pay off in more ways than just physical. Your mood may improve, your energy will improve and your mind will be invigorated. Be conscious of your movement and work towards just a little bit more each day!

References
1. Urbansome Team. “How Many Calories Does Walking Up The Stairs Burn?” 2015 December 13. http://urbansome.com/how-many-calories-does-walking-up-the-stairs-burn/

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5 Tips for a Perfect Pre-Workout http://supplementrxblog.com/5-tips-for-a-perfect-pre-workout/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 17:39:52 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=570 Continue reading 5 Tips for a Perfect Pre-Workout ]]> Nothing kills the “psyched-up to workout” mentality than getting derailed before you’ve even begun. Here are five tips to make sure you get the most out of your workout!

1. Never skip a warm up. Remember your warm up should match up to the exercise you are going to do. If you are going to do cardio, start with a brisk walk, light jog, or a low-gear bike ride. For strength training, start with some light weights and work in to your actual training sets. For yoga or martial arts, start with some initial stretches and/or light crunches that will warm the muscles up and prepare them for the upcoming workout.

2. Wear appropriate gear. To prevent injury, make sure you are wearing good supportive shoes for cardio, or your weights are properly racked and ready or your bike tires are inflated and your helmet is ready to go. Remember if you are exercising outside to check your weather forecast, sunset times, and be sure that you know your route.

3. Get and Stay Hydrated. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drink plenty of water in the hours leading up to your workout so you can be hydrated when you start your workout. Add a scoop of Thermo Ignite pre-workout drink to your water to help you get hydrated and boost your energy levels for a great workout. Then, carry sufficient water with you during your workout or sip on an intra-workout supplement drink, like Intra Edg3.

4. Nutrition. Most dieticians agree that you should consume healthy carbs for energy and protein for power before your workout. The carb-protein combination can be found in great snacks like apple slices and peanut butter, or pistachios and blueberries, or fruit and protein smoothies. Other options include whole grains which are slowly digested to keep you full during your workout or fruit, like bananas and berries, to give you antioxidants that can reduce stress on your body and potassium to prevent muscle cramps.

5. Set a goal. If you just exercise until you are tired, then you will likely quit before you should and underperform. Set a goal that encourages you to strive your best. Be realistic, but make it challenging enough that you have to work for it. And, as always your goal for the workout should help you reach the larger, long-term goal that you have set for yourself.

Stay focused, safe, and hydrated. See you out there!

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Power Through Your Workout http://supplementrxblog.com/power-through-your-workout/ Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:00:02 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=565 Continue reading Power Through Your Workout ]]> One guarantee in the life of an active exerciser is there will be a day or phase when we just don’t feel like it. Whether that’s because we are in a stale routine, plateaued, have little energy or zapped strength…it is going to happen and the reasons why can be numerous. Maybe that is not you right at the moment and you’re dialed in and getting your workouts in. But you could still use a little extra boost to performance, intensity and recovery, right?

Solid nutrition along with a good workout routine is vital to getting a through a great workout, but adding to this can really give you the EDGE! One category of supplements taken INSIDE the workout duration is INTRA-WORKOUTS. The category name makes sense doesn’t it and that’s why ours is called INTRA EDG3!

Since we are on roll with words let’s look at these words and the reasons why INTRA EDG3 is a great product to power through a better workout.

Advanced

  • INTRA EDG3 supplies 10% more per serving then the leading national brand Intra-workout product.
  • This powder formula saturates the body with potent and high quality blend of BCCA’s, Glutamine & L-Citrulline!

Crossover

  • This is one product for all male or female exercisers and crosses over to all goals. BCAA’s are nearly 1/3 of the skeletal muscle in the body provide many benefits. These benefits are great no matter if the goal is to lose weight/tone/build muscle. The essential amino-acids can:
    o Increased fat burning
    o Building lean muscle & strength
    o Increased workout performance & intensity
    o Increased protein synthesis
    o Increased rate of recovery
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The Top 15 Fat-Burning Foods http://supplementrxblog.com/the-top-15-fat-burning-foods/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:37:22 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=557 Continue reading The Top 15 Fat-Burning Foods ]]> Did you know that some foods are considered “fat-burning”? These foods are packed with key nutrients, like healthy fats which are key to breakdown and metabolism of bad fats. Some contain lean protein which keeps us feeling full and provide nourishment to our muscles. The more muscle we can maintain or build…the more calories we can burn! Other foods on this list contain special nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which all have a supportive role in fat burning. Our bodies are truly amazing and complex machines! Feed them right. Here’s our list of the best “fat-burning” foods to consume:

  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Low-fat dairy products (fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese)
  • Eggs
  • Turkey and other lean meats
  • Berries
  • Peanut butter
  • Fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, mackerel) (Rx Oils Fish)
  • Grapefruit
  • Green tea (Burning Point XT)
  • Hot peppers (especially cayenne)
  • Spinach and green vegetables (Rx Greens)
  • Whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, whole grain cereal)
  • Beans and legumes
  • Whey (Building Blocks Protein or Rx Meal)
  • Flax Seed (Rx Oils Flax)

Include these foods as part of your healthy daily diet and remember to get the proper amount of exercise. For an extra fat-burning boost, supplement Burning Point XT or Burning Point SF to support accelerated fat loss results!

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Get Beach Body Ready! http://supplementrxblog.com/get-beach-body-ready/ Sun, 01 May 2016 15:00:45 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=551 Continue reading Get Beach Body Ready! ]]> And just like that, Springtime is on its way out and Summer is just around the corner! Wait, did you just realize that your body is still stuck in winter mode? No worries. There’s still 4 weeks before Memorial Day weekend! You can hit the workouts hard and burn the extra calories AND get a little boost along the way with the Summer Shape-Up Package.

Building Blocks Protein – a protein matrix of whey isolate and egg albumen, Building Blocks Protein is a time released formula boasting a 90% absorption rate! Enriched with vitamins and minerals, this protein can help build lean muscle mass, support muscle recovery, aid in muscle development, enhance muscle tissue, and balance blood sugar levels.

Rx Meal – This delicious meal replacement protein powder is designed to help curb cravings and keep you feeling fuller longer. Nourish, tone and strengthen your body while you manage your weight and drive your metabolism. Plus, it’s loaded with protein NOT sugar! Add a scoop to your shaker of water and you have nutrition on-the-go!

Thermo Ignite – Now is the time to break through your plateaus and Thermo Ignite is the pre-workout drink to do it. Not only will you be able to power through your workout with renewed energy, but you will be able to maximize your workout intensity. Build strength and definition to that summer beach body that will make your friends jealous!

Burning Point XT – The fat burner that beats them all. Giving your body the energy it needs WITHOUT the jitters, you can burn fat faster while controlling your appetite! The unique proprietary T.L.C. stack stands for Thermogenic, Lipotropic and Carb Control. The thermogenic component accelerates your metabolism, the lipotropic component breaks down and emulsifies existing fat. The carb control component blocks any extra carbs you consume from being converted into fat. You can even add Burning Point SF (Stimulant Free) to the late afternoon to keep the fat burning mojo going through the night while you sleep!

Time is ticking so don’t delay in getting your jump start on that Beach Body today!

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Amino UP http://supplementrxblog.com/amino-up/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:00:18 +0000 http://supplementrxblog.com/?p=541 Continue reading Amino UP ]]> Amino acids are the buzz in the health and fitness industry, and many people take them for various benefits. There are so many different options available with some being “essential” and some described as “branched chain.” What part do they play in the body and what benefits do they provide?

What are Amino Acids?
First, amino acids are organic compounds that serve as the building blocks for proteins. There are twenty amino acids that exist naturally. These compounds are made up of a central carbon atom, a hydrogen atom, an amino group, a carboxylic group, and an R-group or side chain. The R-group or side chain is what makes each amino acid unique.

Some amino acids are considered “essential,” because the body cannot make them on its own. These “essential” amino acids must be obtained from outside sources such as food and supplements.

A branched-chain amino acid, commonly referred to as BCAA are a central carbon atom bound to three or more carbon items. The oft-referred to BCAAs in the world of fitness and health are those that are precursors to proteins (a.k.a. proteinogenic amino acids), like leucine, isoleucine, and valine.

Why are Amino Acids important?
A vital part of the diet, amino acids are critical components for proteins which are a source of energy. In addition, amino acids make up the majority of our cells, muscles and tissue and are integral to many important bodily functions like cell structure. Crucial to all metabolic processes, they are chiefly in charge of the optimal transport and storage of all nutrients essential to life. As amino acids play a crucial role, it is not surprising that their deficiencies can traced to many common metabolic diseases.

What are the benefits of Amino Acids?
Anti-Aging
The first effects of aging are often displayed on our skin. Various studies confirm the importance of amino acids to furnish the nutrients needed to nourish the skin, hair and nails strength, elasticity and firmness.(1,2,3) Plus, a balanced diet is a requirement for healthy skin.When our diet is off balance, it can lead to hyperacidity.

Hyperacidity causes an imbalance in our bodies’ acid-base which can then lead to a loss of elasticity of skin as well as muscle. The amino acid, Glutamine, is perfect to regulate the acid-base balance. It can eliminate detrimental ammonia from the kidneys. While glutamine is manufactured by the body, as we age the production slows down leading to insufficient quantities. It becomes necessary to seek an outside source to supplement these natural processes; this in turn prevents the body from taking the necessary protein from the muscles and converting it to glutamine and energy. Some researchers have declared glutamine to be the “fountain of youth from within.”(4)

Creatine supplies cells with the capacity to repair damaged DNA. Plus, creatine acts a shield by protecting cells with a film of water against harmful substances. This permits the skin to replace lost moisture. Creatine, such as found in Thermo Ignite, is also integral to not only the formation of collagen, but stimulates the production of collagen. Responsible for skin’s elasticity, strong ligaments, tendons and cartilage, collagen escalates the ability to hold water in the skin. Thus allowing the skin to have a firmer, more elastic, and wrinkle-free appearance.

Fat-Burning
Glutamine can block against fat storage while also enhancing energy levels.(5) By counteracting dietary fat storage, Glutamine can help regulate weight. One study has shown glutamine supplementation can result in a loss of body fat as well as reduce cravings for sugar and alcohol. (6) Because of its well-documented effects on fat, energy, and anti-aging, Glutamine is not only available in a pharmaceutical grade powder form as a stand-alone, but it is included in the product formulations for Intra Edg3, Thermo Ignite, R5 Reload, Rx Rejuvenate, and Ultimate Cleanse.

Arginine, as found in Thermo Ignite and R5 Reload, improves the burning of excess fat. It may help to prioritize muscle-building over fat storage, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2009.(7)

Methionine, as found in R5 Reload, can reduce the fat deposition in the liver and has the ability to dissolve fat in the body.

Improve Sleep
Amino acids such as arginine, ornithine, and glutamine, such as those found in Rx Rejuvenate, can promote sleep because they remove ammonia from the body through the liver.

Glutamine can counteract symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Without glutamine, cells become sluggish and cannot function properly. Studies show that glutamine is depleted during periods of physical or psychological stress.(8,9) If sufficient supply of glutamine is accessible, the body’s own immune and intestinal systems are strengthened, preventing any damage from stress.
Glutamine increases the production of GABA or gamma-amino-butyric acid, which is found in Rx Rejuvenate. GABA is not only critical to proper neuro transmission; it also acts like a natural sedative in the brain.

Muscle Gain
Branched Chain Amino Acids, such as leucine, isoleucine, and valine, have been shown to protect muscles by maintaining strength, aiding in recovery, reducing muscle tissue breakdown and increase rate of lean body mass gained. BCAAs, such as those found in Amino Rx-3 and Intra Edg3, taken in conjunction with the proper training and diet programs can result in a greater decrease in body fat percentage, and increase in lean mass and strength.(10)

Amino acids, whether essential or branched chain, are important in all facets of cell metabolism and muscle protein synthesis. Amino acids are an integral part of the balanced diet, and supplementation is strongly suggested to make sure an adequate supply is always on hand. Supplementation choices can vary from pre-workout powders like Thermo Ignite to post-workout powders like R5 Reload to intra workout powders like Intra Edg3 and Glutamine. Encapsulated amino acids are also beneficial such as Amino Rx-3 and Rx Rejuvenate. No matter which way you choose to supplement, be sure to Amino Up for maximum benefit.

Sources
1. Saini, R. & Zanwar, A. A. (2013) Arginine Derived Nitric Oxide: Key to Healthy Skin, Bioactive Dietary Factors and Plant Extracts in Dermatology (pp. 73-82)
2. Evangeliou, A. & Vlassopoulos, D. (2003) Carnitine Metabolism and Deficit – When Supplementation is Necessary? Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Volume 4, issue 3, (pp. 211-219)
3. Reda, E., D’Iddio, S., Nicolai, R., Benatti, P. & Calvani, M. (2003) The Carnitine System and Body Composition Acta Diabetol, issue 40, (pp. 106-103)
4. Bowtell, J.L., Gelly, K., Jackman, M.L., Patel, A., Simeoni, M., Rennie, M.J. (1999) Effect of oral glutamine on whole body carbohydrate storage during recovery from exhaustive exercise Journal Of Applied Physiology, Volume 86, issue 6, (pp. 1770-1777)
5. Prada, P.O., Hirabara, S.M., de Souza, C.T., Schenka, A.A., Zecchin,H.G., Vassallo, J., Velloso, L.A., Carneiro, E., Carvalheira, J.B., Curi, R. & Saad, M.J. (2007) L-glutamine supplementation induces insulin resistance in adipose tissue and improves insulin signalling in liver and muscle with diet-induced obesity,Diabetologia, Volume 50, issue 9, (pp. 149-159)
6. Bowtell, J.L., Gelly, K., Jackman, M.L., Patel, A., Simeoni, M. & Rennie, M.J. (1999) Effect of oral glutamine on whole body carbohydrate storage during recovery from exhaustive exercise, Journal Of Applied Physiology, Volume 86, issue 6, (pp. 1770-1777)
7. Jobgen, W., Meininger, C. et al. (2009) Dietary l-Arginine Supplementation Reduces White Fat Gain and Enhances Skeletal Muscle and Brown Fat Masses in Diet-Induced Obese Rats. The Journal of Nutrition. J Nutr. 2009 Feb; 139(2): 230–237. doi: 10.3945/jn.108.096362 PMCID: PMC3151442
8. Hertz, L., Kvamme, E., McGeer, E.G. & Schousboe, A. (1983) Glutamine, Glutamate, and Gaba in the Central Nervous System, Alan R Liss Inc., New York
9. Bowtell, J.L., Gelly, K., Jackman, M.L., Patel, A., Simeoni, M., Rennie, M.J. (1999) Effect of oral glutamine on whole body carbohydrate storage during recovery from exhaustive exercise, Journal Of Applied Physiology (pp. 1770-1777)
10. Stoppani, J., Scheett, T., Pena, J., Rudolph, C. and Charlebois, D. (2009) Consuming a supplement containing branched-chain amino acids during a resistance-training program increases lean mass, muscle strength and fat loss. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Volume 6, Supplement 1. 6(Suppl 1):P1 DOI: 10.1186/1550-2783-6-S1-P1

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