‘6 MUST KNOW’S’ : How to Choose Your Omega Fish Oil Supplement

  1. Does your oil contain Omega 6 ?

baked-1549171_1920You don’t need any more. Your Omega fish oil supplement should not contain any Omega 6.

Om6 is pro-inflammatory (promotes it) & it is highly likely you already have enough of it in your blood.

Main sources of Om6 are :

NOTE: Do not ingest any more Omega 6

 

2. Should it contain more EPA or DHA ?

Both EPA & DHA are amazingly good for you. Studies in fact show that DHA has even more health benefits than EPA.

Particularly for your brain & eyes.

NOTE: You want a supplement higher in DHA to EPA.

 

3. Capsules or Liquid?

You want your oil to be in a liquid form. Why? One reason is it will be purer & gone through less handling.

The second reason is that in the heating of the capsules in order to seal them a portion of the DHA is lost to the heat. The more heat process the oil is put through the less fresh it will be.

As mentioned you want as much DHA to remain as possible.

NOTE: Make sure your oil is in liquid form

 

4. How pure is your oil ?

All oils in the UK must pass stringent tests to be fit for human consumption. The industry standard in Scandinavia (where the best fish comes from) is the TOTOX Value.

Totox stands for total oxidation & assures that the oil is pure & fresh. Basically how many toxins are in the oil & how quickly is it ageing.

Clearly you want the purest oil with as little toxins present as possible & you want it to be fresh.

TIP: The more fishy smelling an oil becomes the less fresh it is.

In the Uk all oils must score 10 or below on the Totox Value. This should be public information but not all companies release this information easily. (I wonder why?)

The lower the score on the Totox the cleaner, purer & fresher the oil.

It is fit for human consumption if you see on the shelves in the Uk but the closer to 10 on the Totox score the less pure it is.

I think of it like this: a drop of arsenic each day wont kill me but it certainly isn’t doing me any good. Combine that with all the other toxins coming in & over the years of accumulation it could become a problem…. The purer the better.

NOTE: Only use the lowest scoring oil from the Totox Test. If a company wont tell you that information DON’T TAKE THEIR OIL.

 

5. How much should a quality oil cost ?

For a decent oil expect to invest £30-£40 per bottle.

This is one area where a little extra is worth it. You could choose to save a pound or two per month but be wasting your money if its optimal health, vitality & wellness you are in search of.

There are some excellent oils out there for around £1 per day – what is your health & happiness worth to you ?

NOTE: £1 per day could save you many aches, pains & potential risk to diseases especially as you age.

 

6. How do I know I need it & how much should I take ?

Most people take Omega supplements blind: They don’t know their Omega status & don’t know if the product is doing them more harm than good AND if the product is doing anything at all !

There are some extremely simple ways to test your Omega status these days & combine that with the other facts above you will know exactly how much you need & for how long.

NOTE: Get the simple cost effective test & correct your Omega levels asap. Your health, energy & performance could depend on it.

 

To conclude…

If you were to prioritise your budget to ‘which supplement will give me the most bang for my buck?’ then TWO jump out & every health care practitioner will tell you the same:

  1. Multi vitamin
  2. Omega supplement

 

You have a simple decision to make…

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The Way To A Man’s Heart (& A Women’s) Is Through Their Stomach…

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The old sayings are the best – & usually accurate!

 

Prebiotics are the food that your live ‘good’ bacteria feed off.

 

Feed them well & they increase in numbers & you’ll feel more energised for it.

 

Don’t feed them (starve them) & you’ll suffer with more digestive & nutritional issues, fat gain, mood disturbances & lower performance levels.

 

 

Common prebiotics include:

 

1)

Inulin

Naturally occurring polysaccharides (sugars).

 

Most commonly found in chicory. A natural fibre that links with the processing, journey & storage of carbohydrates through your body.

 

You can easily take this as a supplement these days.

 

 

 

2)

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

A naturally occurring fibre in the same group as Inulin.

Helps feed the Bifidobacteria species. Bifidobacteria are considered beneficial bacteria for healthy gut & colon.

Where can you get it from?:

  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Chicory root
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Garlic

 

 

 

3)

Galactooligosaccharides (GOS)

Non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by stimulating the growth and/or activity of beneficial bacteria in the colon.

 

 

4)

Lactulose

A non-absorbable sugar used in the treatment of constipation

 

 

 

Good Prebiotic Foods:

 

Jerusalem artichokes

 

Garlic

 

Chicory

 

Onions

 

Dandelion greens.

 

Leeks

 

Asparagus.

 

Bananas (remember to always balance your higher GI carb intake & get the timing of high GI carb intake just right to remain in an optimal physical state)

 

 

 

 

Turbulence…

When you first begin to take on extra prebiotics you may experience some flatulence or gas.

This is your internal environment re-adjusting & is not cause for concern. The disturbance should not last longer than five days.

After which you will notice an improvement in your digestion, energy levels, sleep patterns & your general well-being should improve.

 

 

Bottom Line…

Sprinkle these foods into your next shop & add them to your meals for improved digestive health which will result in clearer skin, better concentration, improved sleep, increased performance levels & much more.

You can also supplement these & dietary fibre very easily at an affordable cost.

You can’t go too far wrong with fibre supplementation so ask for the best at your local health store or grab some online. For example Psyllium Husks are a good source of supplemental fibre, take 15 grams (approx 1 large tablespoon) in the morning & in the evening.

 

Keep up the good work…. To Your Best Health

 

Daniel Grant

The ShapeTrainer

 

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Research:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2607002/

3 Why’s Fish Oil should be your FIRST supplement

1 Why: Helps Combat EVERY disease…

You can google Fish oil and ‘ X ‘ (any disease). You’ll find reams of pages (average 1,750,000) & studies supporting the fact that fish oil helps to reduce the risk to whatever disease you type.

The benefits are FAR REACHING.

So a question you could be having right now is How do I know I need it? The answer is testing. If you don’t know your Omega status it is well worth finding out.

The further you are away from a ratio of 2:1 (Omega6:Omega3) the higher your risk to illness, ailments & disease. (I’ll show you a streamlined way to test & perfect your status in the quickest time possible at the end of this article)

 

2 Why: Fat Loss..

Again you can do your own research on Google which will pull up just under 5,000,000 pages of data supporting fish oil supplementation & fat loss.

If you want to look & feel your best for something that takes less than 30 seconds a day then fish oil supplementation is a no brainer.

The only question you should have is ‘ Which the best product & how much does it cost? ‘ (I’ll give you a genius option at a highly competetive price the end of this article…)

 

3 Why: Builds Muscle & Lowers Inflammation…

There is a more recent term coming through called ‘ INLAMMAGEING ‘ linking the rate of ageing with inflammation.

Bottom line is the more we control inflammation, think painful joints, digestive issues, outbreaks of rashes & acne on the skin, the longer we keep our youthful looks & vibrancy.

At the same time we get to build more muscle which is one of the top determinants of longevity. Fact is the more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn (even at rest) so basically put the more muscle you have the less likely you will get fatter !

 

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The Importance of a High Protein Diet: Volume Two

Why is Protein Important?…

As protein is involved within so many essential processes within your body & the fact that so much of your body is made out of protein blocks (amino acids) it is critical that you ingest optimal amounts on a daily basis.

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You need protein for:

  • Growth (especially important for children, teens, pregnant women & those who train regularly)
  • Tissue repair
  • Immune function (the second thirty grams of protein you ingest goes directly to your immune system)
  • Making essential hormones & enzymes
  • Energy when carbohydrate is not available
  • Preserving lean muscle mass (this is essential if you want to control your body shape & remain trim & fit for life)

Protein is found in meats, poultry, fish, meat substitutes, cheese, milk, nuts, legumes, & in smaller quantities in starchy foods & vegetables. You can also supplement protein using protein powders.

 

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The Power of Powders…

The most common protein supplement due to it’s bioavailability (easy for your body to assimilate) is whey.

However if you have a dairy intolerance this can cause some people issues. The best whey supplement I have found is Vital Whey. It is hormone, pesticide and preservative free, made from organic grass fed cows milk.

There are also vegan options where the protein from brown rice, pea, cranberry and other plants has been extracted & concentrated.

Protein from animals provides all the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) for optimal absorption & application.

Plants do not contain all of the essential amino acids but do contain varying amounts of the eleven non-essential aminos.

So therefore they are important within a balanced diet but in most cases do not provide the full spectrum of amino acids for optimal health to become available.

A total plant based diet will likely leave most people with some deficiencies. That is why both approaches must be applied.

A high protein diet in combination with a high vegetable intake from the majority of your meals is the most effective way to achieve & maintain optimal health & performance.

 

 

How Much Should You Eat?…

As a general rule of thumb I suggest:

  • Male: Around 3 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight per day

Eg. 80kg man should ingest approximately 240 grams of protein per day.

 

  • Female: Around 2 grams of protein per kg of body weight.

Eg. 50kg women should ingest approximately 100 grams of protein per day

 

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The Bottom Line…

An average sized chicken breast will contain approximately thirty grams of protein. Therefore in the example above, males would need to eat eight chicken breasts per day while the female example would need to eat just over three to get their daily requirements.

As always I strongly suggest you vary your source of energy & nutrients by varying your diet with the many choices of protein available to us all today.

So for example have fish for breakfast, lamb for lunch, chicken for dinner and use turkey or venison as a snack.

Or any varying combination that you prefer…

The choice is yours…

And by eating a high protein diet the world is your oyster – which is handy as oysters are also high in protein & packed with healthy nutrients.

Happy eating.

 

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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Resources:

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The Power of Positive Thinking

I am a positive thinker.

Time & time again I come across clients who are not & it is obvious how much this simple change in attitude can positively affect their results across their entire life.

 

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The Benefits of Positive Thinking…

Positive thinking not only improves your outlook & attitude which helps to set the tone of your day, but it also specifically influences what you do in your day, how you do it & the outcome.

Time & time again, studies have proven positive thinking to have a major impact on health, wellness & overall lifestyle.

Even in the medical field, doctors are continuously able to measure additional progress in a patient’s recovery when their attitude is positive.

And sometimes even otherwise unexplainable health decline when their attitude is negative.

Because it is proven in so many ways – it is important to monitor & work to improve the pattern of your thoughts each & every day to help improve the success of your workouts, the speed of any necessary recovery times & the quality of your life!

Think of the brain like a muscle, how you work it each day will influence how it develops or atrophies!

 

 

The Positive Proof…

Research highlighted here by mayoclinic.org which explores the effects of positive thinking & optimism on health continuously shows that positive thinking can promote positive results including:

  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during times of stress or hardship
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Better psychological & physical well-being
  • Increased Life Span

Take a look at that last one…

How amazing is it that living a HAPPIER life can also help you live a longer one!

 

 

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The Negative Proof…

Ok, so if you’re still having trouble believing these studies about positivity, check out these about negativity.

Research shows that negative emotions narrow your focus & limit your possibilities.

Think about it – the last time you were in a major fight with someone, were you productive at work?  Ready to go to the gym or eat healthy?

Probably not.  When you are upset, angry, frustrated or overwhelmed with other negative thoughts & emotions you are often paralysed & lose motivation.

Click here to read more about 3 studies showing how our thoughts can make us sick.

 

 

How to Increase Your Positive Thinking…

There are numerous ways to improve your positive thinking.   To begin though, you must first address all things that are negatively affecting you.

If you have problems in your relationships, at work or at home that you are avoiding, these will only continue to affect you & counter-balance your goals.

After you have taken care to remove as many negative influences in your life as possible, try some of the following methods to improve your thoughts, your focus, & encourage calm, peace & positivity:

 

  • Affirmations: Affirmations are mantras that you repeat to yourself which help you re-focus on your goals. For example:
  • Breathing in, I feel healthy. Breathing out, I AM healthy.
  • Today I choose health & wellness over illness in my life.
  • I am fit! I am healthy! I am strong!
  • Today, I cease to focus on the weight I have to lose & focus completely on the me I am creating.
  • When I feel good, I exercise. When I exercise, I feel good!

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  • Meditation: According to research by Barbara L. Frederickson people who meditate daily display more positive emotions than those who do not.  After a 3 month experiment, those who meditated daily also displayed increased: mindfulness, purpose in life, social support & decreased illness symptoms.

 

  • Journaling: According to a study published in the Journal of Research in Personality people who wrote about positive experiences each day experienced better mood levels, fewer visits to the health centre & fewer illnesses.

 

  • Schedule Playtime: Ever notice how you schedule work, meetings & all other manner of work-related tasks…why not playtime? Giving yourself permission to enjoy your favourite hobbies & interests not only improves mood & decreases stress, but also – seeing that it is scheduled on your calendar can help give you something to look forward to – improving your workday.

 

 

The Bottom Line…

After reading all of the benefits of positive thinking above, plus knowing how wonderful you feel when you are in a positive & happy mood – can you really think of any reason NOT to increase the positivity in your life?

After all – you’ll live a happier life for even LONGER by working on this right away!

 

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ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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Resources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156028/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092656603000588

http://www.powerofpositivity.com/3-studies-that-show-how-your-thoughts-can-make-you-sick/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950

Lancet Oncol. 2010 Mar;11(3):230. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(10)70052-8.

 

The power of positive thinking.

 

Jouret J.

 

5 Amazing Human Heart Facts

 

There are days when you don’t eat perfectly or miss a workout & you begin to feel a bit ‘less than spectacular’.

At these times in particular, think about all of the astounding functions going on inside your body.

You may then feel awed & re-inspired to take great care of your amazing body!

To begin with a single example – let’s start with your heart…

 

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Did you know…?

  1. The heart beats about 100,000 times per day, sending an average of 2,000 gallons of blood through your body!

 

  1. Your heart is about the size of your fist.

 

 

  1. The heart needs to pump blood through about 60,000 MILES of blood vessels in order to appropriately feed your organs.

 

  1. A woman’s heart weighs about 8 oz. while a man’s heart weighs about 10 oz.

 

  1. The most common cause of death in both men & women is: heart disease.

 

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In order to keep your heart healthy & avoid adding to the last statistic make sure to do the following:

  • Don’t smoke (cut back or find a less harmful alternative)
  • Keep an eye on your blood pressure
  • Properly manage your cholesterol
  • Eat well-balanced meals
  • Exercise regularly

 

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Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/heart/features/amazing-facts-about-heart-health-and-heart-disease_

https://www.bhf.org.uk/

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 9: 41-45

Are you stocking your pantry & fridge with items to help create optimal health & performance?

My goal is to help you do so with this countdown of the top 100 Best Health Foods.

Below are 5 more of the healthiest foods available along with more information about their nutrition, benefits & interesting facts that can help bring about optimal health & performance.

 

 

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  1. Bean Sprouts

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 30

Fat: 2

Carbohydrates:  5.94 g

Sugars:  4.13 g

Fibre: 1.8 g

Protein: 3.04 g

Potassium:  149 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Bean Sprouts are low in calories & a rich source of low-fat protein.
  • They are a great source of Vitamin C & folate.
  • They are a good source of minerals including iron, magnesium, calcium & potassium.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Bean sprouts area also known as mung bean sprout are one of the most nutritionally dense foods
  • They are scientifically known as Vigna radiata & are a member of the legume family.
  • They are very popular in Asian cuisine & can be used in anything from soups to sandwiches, spring rolls to sushi.

 

 

  1. Leeks

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 54

Fat: 0.27 g

Carbohydrates:  12.59 g

Sugars:  3.47 g

Fibre: 1.6 g

Protein:  1.34 g

Potassium:  160 mg

 

Benefits:

  •  Leeks help lower total “bad” cholesterol & raise “good”cholesterol.
  • They have anticancer properties.
  • They act as a mild diuretic which can help prevent fluid retention.
  • They are high in carotenes including lutein & zeaxanthin which are excellent for eye health.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, considered the ‘father of medicine’ used to prescribe leeks as a cure for nosebleeds.
  • Emperor Nero ate so many leeks that he got the nickname Porophagus, meaning ‘leek eater’. It is reported that he thought that leeks would help improve his singing voice.

 

  1. Radicchio

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  23

Fat:  0.3 g

Carbohydrates:   4.5 g

Sugars:  0.6 g

Protein:  1.4 g

Fibre: 0.9 g

Potassium:  302 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Radicchio acts as a digestive aid.
  • It contains high levels of cancer-blocking compounds.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Radicchio looks like red cabbage but it is actually a member of the chicory family.
  • Radicchio lasts up to 2 weeks if stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

 

 

  1. Arugula

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  25

Fat: 6

Carbohydrates:  3.65 g

Sugars:  2.05 g

Fibre: 1.6 g

Protein:  2.58 g

Potassium: 369 mg

 

Benefits:

  • A good source of calcium which protects bone health.
  • Contains indoles which can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Arugula is also known as salad rocket, garden rocket, colewort, rugula, rucola & roquette.
  • Arugula is highly drought resistant which enables it to grow in areas of poor rainfall.

 

 

  1. Watercress

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  11

Fat: 1

Carbohydrates:  1.29 g

Sugars:  0.2 g

Fibre: 0.5 g

Protein:  2.3 g

Potassium: 330 mg

 

Benefits:

  • They help to prevent cancer including lung cancer.
  • They help to detoxify & cleanse the blood.
  • They can help improve eye health & decrease night blindness.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Eating a bag of watercress is said to be a good cure for a hang-over.
  • There is a great deal of folklore surrounding watercress, particularly in Hampshire, England.
  • Watercress is believed to be an aphrodisiac.

 

 

Things to Remember…

 

There are plenty of healthy foods to choose from but the real trick to optimal health & performance is:

  • When is the optimal time to consume the food &
  • How much should you consume for optimal results.

Remember, when you eat too much of a healthy food or eat at the wrong times throughout the day you will tip your system out of balance carrying yourself away from your optimal state.

Watch out for more articles expanding these soon…

 

Always remember to check with your doctor before drastically changing your diet or exercise habits; & remember to eat fruit as a snack along with a balanced diet spread throughout the entire day.

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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P.S. Keep an eye out for the next installments of the 100 Best Health Foods & if you missed the first 8 volumes check them out here:

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 1: 1-5

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 2: 2-10

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 3: 11-15

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 4: 16-20

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 5: 21-25

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 6: 26-30

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 7: 31-35

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 8: 36-40

 

 

 

Resources:

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/bean-sprouts-raw-%28soybean-or-mung%29?portionid=54908&portionamount=100.000

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Bean_Sprouts_269.php

http://www.britishleeks.co.uk/funfacts.php

http://www.fatsecret.co.uk/calories-nutrition/generic/leeks

http://foods-high-in.net/radicchio-raw,2345.html

http://healthmunsta.hubpages.com/hub/Arugula-Health-Facts

http://www.watercress.com/folkfacts.aspx