With so many products on the market, choosing the right ones for you and your fitness journey can be difficult. So we thought we would round up our top 5 supplements to invest in – these supplements will help you reach your fitness goals faster, reduce sugar cravings, improve energy, and of course support your overall health and wellness. And we think, combined, they make up the perfect supplement regime to help get you through the busy holiday season while keeping your health and fitness in check.
MCT, or medium chained triglycerides, are naturally occurring fatty acids extracted from coconut oil. But what makes them different compared to the saturated fat found in coconut oil on its own is the fact that these fatty acids do not get digested. Instead, MCT get used immediately as fuel. PVL MCT Oil is a perfect supplement to add into your morning coffee or smoothie because it will give you quick energy for a brain and body boost. Since MCTs do not undergo digestion and is used for instant energy, the fats won’t be stored. Fitness goers following the keto diet will love that PVL MCT Oil helps maintain ketosis. For anyone looking to diet before, during or after the holiday season, PVL MCT Oil will help to reduce cravings for carbs or extra calories. In fact, researchers have found that those who incorporate MCT oil into their breakfast tend to eat less at lunch. MCTs have also been shown to support the growth of good bacteria in the gut, and the gut lining.
With so many toxins coming from food, air pollution, cosmetic and cleaning products, and daily stress (like intense athletic performance), our bodies crave antioxidants. A diet high in fruits and vegetables help to provide our bodies with the antioxidants necessary to combat unavoidable toxins, but even the most plant-dense diet still needs a boost. North Coast Naturals Daily Greens powder is a simple solution to make sure we are getting our daily antioxidant intake. With 48-specifically assembled green foods, Daily Greens helps to increase antioxidant status and reduce cancer-causing free radicals, increase red blood cell formation (hello, oxygen boost), improve immune status and energy metabolism, which results in a faster recovery. It is so simple to add to your morning smoothie or mix with water and drink on its own.
We’ve talked a lot about protein in our blogs the Top Foods to Build Lean Muscle and A Quick Guide to Understanding Protein Powder. And that’s because protein is an essential macronutrient necessary to build lean muscle. So, no matter what your fitness goal is, adequate daily protein is a must. It can be difficult to take in the suggested amount of protein each day by diet alone though, so we always recommend supplementing with protein powder. One scoop of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey protein powder offers 24 grams of whey protein isolate, a type of protein that is easily digestible and often less allergenic compared to other dairy-based protein powders. We always recommend a scoop of protein powder before and after strength training, which can be easily mixed into a shaker cup prior to your workout or incorporated into a post-workout smoothie. We also love that Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey has 5.5 grams of BCAAs and 4 grams of glutamine: BCAAs—or branched chain amino acids—boost muscle growth and enhance exercise performance and glutamine is a muscle-repair powerhouse. Whether you’re training for a powerlifting competition, or looking to improve muscle tone, Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is a must-add to your daily supplement regime.
Omega-3 fatty acids help to improve muscle recovery by targeting the inflammation that occurs when our muscles break down during a workout. We love Progressive’s OmegEssential + D soft gels for supporting faster muscle recovery. The added vitamin D is our assurance that we’re getting our cancer-fighting, immune-boosting, and bone-building vitamin since most Canadians are deficient. OmegEssential + D comes in a convenient soft gel making it a convenient supplement to keep a couple in our gym bag for when we’re ready to take it.
Last but not least, we think Magnum PRIMER is one more must-have product. Magnum PRIMER focuses on cellular health—and when you’ve got cellular health taken care of, you’ve got your health taken care of. Vitamins and minerals are cofactors in biochemical processes involved in muscle repair, energy, fat burning, digestion, and so much more. A deficiency in vitamins and minerals can cause any one of these processes to be sluggish, and this can ultimately impact performance and hinder you from reaching your goals as fast as you may like. The convenient multi-nutrient capsule is a pharmaceutical grade supplement that will improve workout recovery and muscle fatigue, increase the rate of fat metabolism, strength and exercise performance, and boost overall health.
Combined, these five supplements will help give you a performance edge while making you feel more energized and give you the vitality you deserve, especially as we head into the holidays. Curious as to where you can buy these supplements? Stop in at your local Reflex for these and more. If you’ve picked up one, two, or all of these supplements, let us know by tagging @reflexsupplements on Instagram and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ReflexNation. We love hearing about your experiences with our products!
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