Wheatgrass

We talk about wheatgrass and its benefits.

I bought this wheatgrass for about $17 which has 50 serves.

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What is wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is just a supplement that involves grass. There is no actual wheat in there. They can be either a powder or a capsule.

Wheatgrass is said to be good for your digestion and iron levels as well as another serve of fiber. We tried it to see if these benefits work. The more energy one seems to work as I got that when I consumed it. It has about 20 calories in there.

Here you add one teaspoon of it to your shakes and salads as well as to your breakfasts. They don’t have much taste.

Wheatgrass encourages muscle development and repair and nourishes the skin’s cells so that they can grow. It helps boost immunity and can fight disease.

Side effects of wheatgrass

Whilst we didn’t get any side effects there has been nausea, constipation, appetite loss and diarrhea as reported by wheat-grass.com. This is said by Mad with Wheatgrass that it was caused by the detoxification process that your body is trying to get used to.

Like with any powder and supplements, take it one step at a time.


Be careful of buying supplements online

We explain the warning about buying supplements online.

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The weight loss industry is unregulated meaning that people can develop a product that might not be safe for you. It might not be allowed into Australia. The TGA (or Therapeutic Goods Administration) has already banned some of the overseas products.

Yes we all know that buying supplements online is cheaper but they can be more deadly if you don’t use them properly and the way that they should be used.

You might not know what is in these products. Half of them might have some deadly product in there such as too much caffeine.

Sometimes you may not know how to use them and when to use them.

Did you want to lose some weight and fast? Well, unfortunately, there is no fast way to do so! It takes many months to lose weight.

So what if I want to buy the products online?

First of all, do your research. Find out what ingredients they have and whether it is safe. Buy products that you know are safe online and buy what products you don’t know at a local health food store or supplement store.

If you really want that product and you don’t know whether you should take it, have a chat with your health professional. Some products are meant to be taken with exercise and diet as well.

If you’re not sure how to use the product have a chat with a health professional or someone that works in health food or supplement store.

Also, check the company’s credentials and their testimonials and see what people say about that company.

And finally, don’t buy supplements from eBay or Amazon as you have no idea where they have been and whos been tampering with them.


Should females take supplements

The answer is yes, mainly but it depends on the person. This year Melbourne Marathon has more female runners running the marathon than any other year. So we look at this question during the peak period: should females take supplements?

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We got that answer from Womensrunning.uk.

There are so many supplements on the market and for some, it might mean taking drugs. But its perfectly legal to take supplements to help you with your running journey. It depends on the distance that you are training for! If you are training for a half or a full marathon then I say go for it. But if you are going for a shorter distance you don’t really need to.

Women’srunning says that runners should use supplements wisely and with food. Runners should do their research before buying the latest supplements. Everyone is different and what may work for one person may not work for others.

We need our iron and magnesium but other than that we mainly get it from food. Potassium might be a hard one, but we get that one from food.

Females need about 18g-25g of iron. We lose iron through sweat, blood and the foot strike movement. We can get iron through our food, but for vegetarians and vegans, this might not be enough for us. Healthpremiere says that our iron deficiency can be quite low therefore a supplement is beneficial. Verywellhealth supports this claim in saying that we don’t meet them and iron is essential for athletic performance.

Runningshoesguru mentions creatine, but we actually don’t need that if we’re maintaining the average pace. But they do mention whey which is a critical part of building muscle after a race or hard workout. We get enough amino acids from food.

We lose potassium through sweat and sometimes menstrual blood. Potassium is a mineral needed to get rid of the cramping that we feel. We need about 4700mg of it.

Magnesium is a must as it helps your muscles and body to relax after tough workouts.

Calcium is another for vegans that don’t eat dairy. But for the rest of us, it’s fine as we get enough dairy through food.

Caffeine and our coffee fix is one that is mentioned by many running blogs and the like. We need that for our energy fix. But we don’t need those fat-burning things as they do no for us in the long run. With those fat-burning things, all you do is borrow energy and then you’d have to pay that back.

For others don’t overload on supplements unless you are doing a marathon. And we don’t need creatine and pre-workout drinks. They do more harm to us than good.


The effect of BCAA and taking too much of it

Too much of anything is not good for you.

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In response to A current affair video about the protein shakes we wondered whether it would be good for all or just some people.

BCAA is the Branched Chain Amino Acids. We need some of it especially if we are training for an event such as the Melbourne Marathon and going to the gym. But do we really need it in everyday life? This question and debate were posted on Facebook in the Precision nutrition group as well as other groups.

The answer is no especially if you are trying to lose weight. The whey in the protein shakes can be too much for some. And we normally take protein as marathoners after a long workout. The BCAA supplements for most are too much unless you are training for something.

Your body gets them naturally from foods such as fish, chicken and other meats.

Most people have no idea what is in the powder and supplements. Some people have allergic reactions to these.

Here are the ingredients found in BCAA (according to nobbs.com)

  • L-leucine – is a branched chain amino acid known as hydrophobic amino acid and it’s an essential amino acid
  • L-isoleucine – branched-chain amino acid which we cannot synthesize so we must get it from our diet
  • L-valine – another branched-chain amino acid classified as “nonpolar”

Other ingredients

  • Silicone dioxide – food additive that is harmless
  • Citric acid – it is commonly found in powder form and citrus fruits. You might have heard about it when you got some vitamin C because many vitamin C supplements contain citric acid.
  • Lecithin – produced by your body and found in the hearth, kidneys, liver. It is mostly known for its possible aid in memory function and learning (there are a lot of supplements coming out on the market with this compound).
  • Sucralose – just another artificial sweetener that is completely harmless. I have discussed about it, here.
  • Tartaric Acid – just like citric acid, the tartaric acid is found in bananas, plants, grapes, and it’s harmless.
  • Inulin – aka diabetic sugar or no sugar, it’s a polysaccharide that is found in plants like leeks, onion, garlic. It is harmless.

 

The BCAA and whey can damage our liver and kidneys causing some issues for most people. But people take it for convenience.

And protein and BCAA for the everyday Joe is expensive. They are about $50-$70 per bottle.

Too much BCAA can have a decreased effect on how you exercise according to Fit Body supplements. Web MD also says that it causes fatigue.

In conclusion, taking too much BCAA is bad for you! Not only is it a waste of money, but it is also bad for your health. And that is for the normal sedentary person. For athletes, it would be a great idea to check up with your dietician first.


A story about Herbalife in Melbourne and why you should not sell it

This was my story about Herbalife products in Melbourne and how I incorporated it into everyday life. It is also about how I incorporated it into my social life. It was really quite easy. Until I almost got into trouble

I used it and took it everywhere and people were talking. Back then I had wanted to lose weight in every method possible and was excited about helping others this way, not knowing the Fitness Australia’s rules about supplements.

I went to all the meetings. All the meetings boasted good things about them such as making money and losing weight the fast way. Then one day someone told me to look at selling Herbalife from another light- that of getting into trouble and losing money. I also lost some friends this way. People in the US have lost money this way and lots of it.

That was the early days. Nowadays I just use it for my own personal use and I never sell it to anyone unless they ask. Even then I’d have a proper consultation with the client. I would not recommend them for medical things, just as a supplement for endurance training or bodybuilding. As athletes, we’d have Herbalife though just as a supplement, not as real food. Normally I would take this in the gym and have other food too.

They are expensive to buy and you have to pay the one-time membership fee of $69 plus the yearly subscription fees of $14.95.

The business structure was not good though. Everyone goes through distributorship which is the lowest of the low. And then comes supervisor where you recruit people to work for you. At the top is the president’s team. Along the way, there are other rankings like Active world team and other things. Most people go as far as distributorship and then stop. In 2018 there was a court case in Miami and many people have lost money in trying to do the business. Most people struggle to make ends meet this way.

Without exercise and healthy diet Herbalife would be life-threatening. In India, one lady died just after two months of consuming that stuff and nothing else. She had hyperthyroidism and someone claimed that it would cure her.

Now I know that there is no fast and easy way to lose weight. You need time and patience to do so. And there is no such thing as getting rich quickly. You have to put in the hard yards.

Now if someone asks me to sell supplements, I say “no thanks” as I have no idea as to what they are for and they could kill someone. And they are expensive to buy and maintain memberships.


Should personal trainers sell supplements to clients?

This one’s a controversial one. Its been asked a lot on Facebook!

The weight loss industry is a popular one and people want to know about supplements from their personal trainer. People want to know about what sort of supplements can help with their weight loss.

Every year the supplement industry makes billions of dollars from their sales. But if people don’t use it correctly it can have some major ramifications such as illness or death.

Technically it’s against the guidelines of Fitness Australia as they are not nutritionists. Here they can only recommend the five food groups unless they are a nutritionist. Those that give the wrong advice can be subject to legal ramifications.

But if someone asks about protein, I would tell them that Herbalife works for me and if they are interested then I would give them the website and they can research their options. I would also ask about their goals and how much weight they are looking to lose. I would also ask if they are training for any major events as this can change their protein and supplement needs.

What works for one person does not work well for everyone. People should research their options and see what’s best for them.

As for me. I take Herbalife to enhance my performance. It tastes great and it has no artificial flavors. But I would also have real food as well and my water. I am training for the Melbourne Marathon at the end of the year, hence my needs are different.


Week 7 of the Priceline health tracker

I am now 51.2kgs which is not bad but I have 24.2% of body fat which I might want to try and get rid of. It could be that I’m not eating enough fibre.

I have a station score of 9.6 out of 10 which is great. Three up from the last time. I still have 63% in the nutrition range.

The blood pressure is down now that I’m not so stressed about assignments. But I have 47% in the emotional range. That is bad.

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This week we learnt all about diet and myths. It is ok to have that treat once in a while. And it is not a good idea to cut out certain food groups.  The diet and supplement industry is huge at the moment. People are online searching for things like weight loss pills, diets, etc and we should not. We should be enjoying whole foods with a few treats in between.

The only diet that I like are the Herbalife type ones. You don’t have to sell anything but the idea is that it does not cut out certain food groups. And I can’t survive on having too little calories.


Chemist Warehouse

Chemist Warehouse is a franchise in which you find the biggest brands for the lowest prices. They are always busy with shoppers like myself looking for a cheap deal. Here I have bought toothpaste and mosquito repellent not to mention other supplements and bars.

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They have Colgate and Macleans toothpaste as well as Sanitary pads at around $6-$8. They have U by Kotex.

Their warehouse is always clean and it is always bustling with people. The cashiers are always busy no matter what time of the day. They do have bottled water too if you need it.

They have lollies as well and they can do your prescriptions. I’ve never really needed to have a prescription done but sometimes the wait can be long. The staff are sometimes not very friendly depending on what time of the day you come.

Do visit your local Chemist Warehouse and they are all over Australia.