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Klean Athlete® – Featured Brand

Klean AthleteSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorMaintaining that a healthy athlete is a more effective athlete, Klean Athlete® scientifically formulates NSF Certified for Sport® nutritional supplements to support athletic training, competing and an active lifestyle. Klean Athlete’s line of products provide a solid nutritional base to fuel and fortify the peak performance and overall wellbeing of amateur and professional athletes, as well as weekend warriors and daily exercisers. Products are manufactured in accordance with current FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) in an NSF International registered GMP facility. Raw material quality is ensured through the Vendor Certification Program (VCP). In order to optimize performance and proper nutritional status, Klean Athlete® partners with certified sports nutritionists and training experts to ensure coaches, trainers, health professionals and athletes have access to the latest scientific advances for informed product usage.

All products are tested and certified through NSF International™ as well as the prestigious NSF Certified for Sport® program, a comprehensive dietary supplement certification program. NSF is an independent and accredited organization with a mission to protect and improve health and wellbeing by ensuring product safety and quality. Products are tested for the avoidance of 272 substances banned by professional sports leagues and anti-doping organizations, as well as the exclusion of heavy metals, pesticides, contaminants and hidden ingredients. The complete line is formulated without wheat, gluten and artificial coloring, flavoring and sweeteners.

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Klean BCAA plus Peak...Klean BCAA and Peak ATP®: The synergistic branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine and valine are crucial to muscle growth, tissue repair and exercise recovery. ATP is the primary source of cellular energy, providing fuel for all energy-dependent bodily functions. Peak ATP® supports enhanced physical performance, increased strength and exercise duration. Together these ingredients provide a direct energy source to the muscles, supporting optimal performance and muscle recovery. Free of wheat, gluten, milk/dairy, soy, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring and artificial preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Klean CreatineKlean Creatine™: Formulated for workouts that require bursts of intense energy and repetitive muscle power, creatine is scientifically proven to help increase strength, build muscle mass and promote faster recovery from strenuous exercise. Creatine supplementation may specifically benefit improved performance during high intensity exercise or dynamic movement. Free of wheat, gluten, milk/dairy, soy, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring and artificial preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Klean Isolate...Klean Isolate™ Natural Chocolate: Each serving of this NSF Certified for Sport® protein powder supplies 20 grams of high quality, easily digestible whey protein isolate in support of muscle integrity. Klean Isolate™ provides essential and non-essential amino acids, including the branched chain aminos necessary for the performance and wellbeing of athletes. Sodium and potassium, naturally occurring electrolytes, help replenish hydration following activity. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, starch, artificial coloring, artificial preservatives and artificial flavoring. Non-GMO formulation. Also available: Natural Vanilla and Unflavored formulas.

Klean RecoveryKlean Recovery™: Formulated for athletic recovery, this efficiently absorbed whey and marine protein powder provides a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein in support of glycogen re-synthesis and muscle protein synthesis immediately following a workout. Milk chocolate flavored. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, starch, artificial coloring, artificial preservatives and artificial flavoring. Non-GMO formulation.

About Those New Year’s Resolutions

New Years resolutionsSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorAccording to some polls, more Americans would like to save money this year than lose weight, although weight loss and fitness remain strong in position number two. Another poll showed that the most common resolutions include healthier eating, getting more exercise and saving more money in equal measure. Additionally, prioritizing sleep, reading more books, learning a new skill, spending more time with family and friends, quitting smoking, finding new employment and taking up a new hobby are high on the resolution list. Surprisingly, fully one third of Americans don’t plan to make any lifestyle changes at all. One might wonder if these individuals are the most healthy or the least healthy among us. Regardless of whether we have been successful with past resolutions, fully sixty percent of hopeful Americans make resolutions for the new year. Of those who do make resolutions, roughly eight percent succeed.

Don’t let that statistic discourage you though, as this just might be the year that you don’t fall back on old habits by mid-January and will follow through and achieve your 2019 goals. Per the American Psychological Association, the new year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping changes. However, it is a time reflect on the past year’s behaviors and consider what positive changes you’d like to see happen this year. Even when you are keen to reinvent yourself, aiming to overhaul an entire lifestyle at one time is much more difficult to achieve than focusing on one or two of your most important objectives. By making resolutions that are realistic and setting small attainable goals, one is more likely to make lasting lifestyle changes.

Remember, self-improvement decisions can be made on any of the 365 days of the year. Start on the day you are ready, rested and self-motivated.

Make resolutions only when you are ready and clearly willing to make a change. Commit 100 percent to changes that are fundamentally meaningful to you personally, not for the expectations of others.

The most successful individuals are those who work to replace one, or possibly two, unhealthy behaviors at a time. Set clear, short-term attainable goals with results that can be measured.

Changes require a realistic plan to realize success. To be effective, goals should be specific, relevant and achievable. If you’d like to lose 20 pounds, set a reasonable goal to cut 300 -500 calories a day to lose about one pound each week.

While you may desire to lose weight, exercise regularly and save money, experts recommend concentrating on the most important goal that will have the greatest impact on happiness and self-esteem.

Perseverance is the key to success. Great results come from a series of simple disciplines practiced every day. Large goals broken down into small goals can be accomplished more quickly and easily for long-term gain.

Setbacks are normal and to be expected. Don’t use small failures as an excuse to give up. Make a mental note of what caused the setback and try, try again. Keep moving forward and success will follow.

Replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Changes are often incremental. Start walking 30 minutes a day now if you want to run a marathon next year.

Give your resolution a fighting chance with a month of solid, uninterrupted effort. Then decide if you want to stick with the goal or forgo the change. Consistency forms habits that become second nature given enough time.

If you make it to the end of January without relinquishing your goal, celebrate! Then formulate a new plan for February and continue on your journey toward improved health and wellness in 2019.

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Supplemental Nutrition

SupplementalNutritionJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to foods that comprise a healthy balanced diet. In general, individuals who are proactive regarding preventive health and healthy aging focus on whole foods and optimal nutrition, as well as make informed choices about vitamin and mineral supplementation. As people become more knowledgeable about health and wellness, many turn to nutritional supplements, not only to address deficiencies, but to support specific nutrient requirements at all stages of life. Those who regard supplementation as an investment in long term health, ideally choose supplements that target their individual needs, and are aware that an all-inclusive healthy lifestyle embraces diet, regular exercise, restful sleep and other aspects as well.

When diet alone is not sufficient to meet an individual’s nutritional needs, supplementation becomes integral to wellbeing. Specifically those with malabsorption issues, allergies or food intolerances, dietary restrictions or certain autoimmune conditions may require supplements to correct nutrient deficiencies. As well, supplementation is beneficial for those with specific hormonal imbalances or those who are pregnant, bedridden, or recovering from an illness. If one is overly stressed, fatigued, traveling, training, avoiding sun exposure, or not sleeping well, this is also good time to supplement. Of particular interest is cognitive health and mood support, key foundations for optimal wellness and healthy aging. It would appear that the most popular supplements are positioned around need states.

A recent survey of those who regularly take dietary supplements found that vitamin D was the most widely used supplement, followed by omega-3 fish oil, CoQ10, probiotics and multivitamins. Rounding out the most popular supplements are B-Complex vitamins, magnesium, curcumin, vitamin C, calcium, melatonin, protein powders, digestive enzymes, fiber, milk thistle and resveratrol, as well as bone, joint and vision support formulas. Per the 2017 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 79% of women are supplement users, while 73% of men regularly use supplements. The survey concluded that women tend to be more proactive about preventive health and are more likely to incorporate supplements into an established health and wellness regime.

Five supplements highly recommended by nutritionists:

Fish oil – Essential for healthy heart and brain function, as well as a healthy inflammatory response, omega-3 fatty acids are not synthesized by the body and must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Choose a formula with a high concentration of EPA and DHA, as well as purity and sustainability certifications.

Probiotics – Scientific evidence shows that gut health directly affects immune health. A daily probiotic can help ensure proper gastrointestinal function, as well as hormone balance. There are many quality brands from which to choose, including multi-strain and shelf stable formulas perfect for traveling.

Vitamin D – Rising rates of vitamin D deficiency can be attributed to inadequate sun exposure, especially during winter months and the prolific use of sunscreens. Necessary for bone, neuromuscular and immune health, as well as overall healthy function, vitamin D is one of 24 nutrients essential for survival.

Magnesium – Magnesium maintains normal muscle and nerve function, as well as healthy sleep. This extremely important nutrient is a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic reactions, including metabolism, protein and fatty acid synthesis, bone health, steady heartbeat and energy production.

Protein powders – While protein may be largely obtained through diet, athletes, weekend warriors and seniors can benefit from protein supplementation. Ideal for muscle gain and weight loss, sufficient protein boosts metabolism and can reduce appetite. Both plant and animal based protein powders supply amino acids, highly effective for stimulating muscle growth, retaining muscle mass and improving strength.

Like many things in life, when it comes to supplements, quality and trust matters. Professional Supplement Center offers many science-based effective products without added fillers and unnecessary or artificial ingredients.

OmegAvail Hi-PoOmegAvail™ Hi-Po by Designs for Health®: Sourced from Alaskan pollock, this high potency fish oil provides 1500 mg of triglyceride-bound  EPA and DHA molecularly distilled omega-3 fatty acids per serving. The formula includes lipase to ensure maximum absorption and prevention of aftertaste. Distillation and filtering ensures purity and the removal of heavy metals, PCBs and other contaminants. Gluten free, Non-GMO, natural lemon flavoring.

Probiotic...Probiotic Professional 100 by Professional Supplement Center®: Probiotic Professional 100 provides 100 billion CFU of four researched strains of beneficial bacteria in acid-resistant capsules to ensure more targeted release. Free of wheat, gluten, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO shelf stable formulation.

Vitamin D3 5,000 IUVitamin D3 5000 by Pure Encapsulations®: Each hypoallergenic capsule provides 5000 mg of highly absorbable vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol in support of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurocognitive, cellular and immune health. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Magnesium BalanceMagnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®: This highly absorbable magnesium blend supplies patented chelated magnesium for enhanced absorption. Magnesium supports bone and cardiovascular health, energy production and neuromuscular function. Free of wheat, gluten, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Whey Cool Protein...Whey Cool Protein™ Natural Vanilla Flavor by Designs for Health®: This proprietary non-denatured whey protein concentrate is sourced from milk from grass-fed cows that graze on pesticide and chemical free pastures. Low temperature drying and filtration preserves the full range of important protein components including lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, serum albumin, active peptides and growth factors. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Organic Plant...Organic Plant Protein Smooth Chocolate by Garden of Life: This certified organic plant protein blend provides 15 grams of energy-giving protein per serving. The formula includes soluble and insoluble fiber as well as essential fatty acids, probiotics and enzymes. Gluten, soy, dairy, tree nut, fillers and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

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