Do you ever feel overwhelmed once you’ve made the decision to change your diet, exercise routine or begin adding a new supplement to your routine?
More of us are becoming conscious that the Standard American Diet (SAD) contributes to health conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and anxiety. But, we freeze when it’s time to change our habits. Arming ourselves with knowledge is a great place to start!
In this article, we will show you how dietary supplements can help digestion, sleep, hormonal balance, and overall health. While some of these supplements are specifically for people interested in a ketogenic lifestyle (more on this to come), most can be used by <i>anyone</i> interested in embracing a healthier life. We can’t wait to hear your transformation stories once you start adding these supplements to your diet!
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">What Are Supplements?</p></h4>
Like their name, supplements are used to ‘supplement’ your diet instead of replacing the food you eat. You eat, drink, or apply them topically, and supplements come in all different forms like capsules, gels, liquids, herbs, and powders. The goal: to provide extra nutrients that you may not get from your daily diet.
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Practices</p></h4>
You may be wondering who takes supplements and if they are right for you? Anyone interested in improving their health may consider adding supplements to their regular diet. Maybe you want to lose weight, ease chronic pain, aid digestion, or increase energy. Or, you may consider yourself in great health, but want to take things to the next level. There are a ton of supplement options you could try to help you meet your goals.
So many options, in fact, that the number of supplements and supplement companies you come across may be confusing. That’s why it is important to know exactly what you’re looking to add to your nutrition plan and to only purchase supplements from brands you trust. Make sure you are buying products that have clean and quality ingredients and that avoid extra fillers or additives.
Also, make sure to listen to your body when you take a new supplement and to consult your healthcare provider before starting anything new. Supplements are most effective when used in conjunction with quality nutrition and exercise, and we don’t recommend taking them to override the effects of unhealthy eating habits.
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Supplements for Overall Health</p></h4>
At Warrior Made, we know what it’s like to be overweight, feel sluggish, and to experience physical pain. We’ve been there! We also know that there are ways to find relief. That’s why we’ve created supplements to help you improve common health concerns as digestion, inflammation, energy production, sleep, and hormonal balance. These supplements have helped us, and we are excited to help others in the same way.
Check out the supplements we’ve created to help you reach your health goals!
<a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/collagen-protein-the-missing-link-of-the-modern-di/"><b><i>Collagen protein</i></b></a> is a great place to begin your supplement journey. Collagen makes up 70 percent of our skin, hair, nails, muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, and digestive system, and it is the protein most prevalent in our body. The bummer is that we lose 1 to 2 percent of collagen each year beginning in our twenties. This means that reaching our forties can leave us with loose and dry skin, painful joints, thinning hair, and a troubled digestive system. This is a big reason we add collagen to our nutrition plan.
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Our Go2Protein supplement blend includes <i>grass-fed collagen protein</i> that helps replenish collagen stores, restore joints, and rebuild healthy skin and hair<sup>1</sup>. It also includes <i>gotu kola</i>, an herb that promotes collagen production and calms inflammation in the body<sup>2</sup>.
<i>For best results, we recommend mixing two level scoops of Go2Protein powder into a cup of hot water 1 to 2 times per day.</i>
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Supplements for Keto</p></h4>
You may be wondering why we keep mentioning the ketogenic diet? At Warrior Made, we follow the 14 Day Diet, a cyclical ketogenic-style diet, because we believe it is one of the best ways to reach your weight-loss goals.
So, what is the keto diet? The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet where one enters <i>ketosis</i>. In ketosis, your metabolism burns fat for energy, rather than glucose. Research shows that entering ketosis promotes weight loss<sup>3</sup>. It also helps improve digestive issues and heart health, avoid diabetes, and fight inflammation.
Entering ketosis can be a difficult process that sometimes includes dreaded side effects like the keto flu. It can also be hard to sustain, as you have to watch your carb count once you’re there. This is where adding supplements to your regimen can help. Here are the ones we’ve created based on our experience with keto.
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<h5><b>BHB Keto Salts</b></h5>
BHB stands for <i>beta-Hydroxybutyrate</i>. Phew, a mouthful. Simply put, BHB is a molecule that is naturally created in our bodies and that we use to support long-term energy. The BHB salts we use are <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/the-truth-about-exogenous-ketones-an-inside-look/"><b><i>exogenous ketones</i></b></a>. This means we add them to our diet in supplement form because sometimes we need outside aid to keep our energy up and to help our body run on fat stores.
<i>We recommend two capsules once a day as a dietary supplement. For best results, take 20 to 30 minutes before a meal with an eight-ounce glass of water or as directed by your healthcare professional.</i>
Our Keto Ultra supplement blend works well with our BHB salts and includes natural ingredients that help keep energy levels high, increase metabolic function, and enhance our ability to detox. What are some of these natural ingredients, you may ask?
Well, Keto Ultra includes <i>African mango</i> which helps your body feel fuller for longer periods of time; <i>green tea extract</i> that helps increase metabolic function so you can break down food with ease; and <i>raspberry ketones</i> and <i>apple cider vinegar powder</i> which help keep energy levels high while enhancing detoxification within the body.
<i>We recommend two capsules once a day as a dietary supplement. For best results, take 20 to 30 minutes before a meal or as directed by your healthcare professional.</i>
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Supplements for Digestion</p></h4>
Alright, onto the next round of supplements. As you’ve likely noticed, simply by being human, <i>digestion</i> is a core pillar to health. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/gut-health-the-science-behind-your-second-brain/"><b>Our gut is considered our ‘second brain’</b></a> and affects our brain function and moods<sup>4</sup>. Our gut also regulates a large portion of our immune system, which means a healthy gut can lead to a healthy life.
Supplements can be a great way to improve gut health, especially when aligned with a well-balanced diet. Our two digestive supplement blends help improve overall health and help with common symptoms such as heartburn, GERD, burping, constipation, diarrhea, and stomach upset.
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If you’re interested in gut health, you’ve likely heard of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/the-411-on-probiotics-and-the-microbiome/"><b>probiotics</b></a>. They are the ‘good bacteria’ that help repopulate your gut flora. If you’ve spent a lot of time eating processed food, taken antibiotics, or have chronic health problems, gut restoration may be a good place to start!
Probiotic 40 incorporates <i>40 billion live probiotic cultures</i> in every serving and is designed to help the live probiotic strains withstand stomach acid. Also, because healthy gut flora is linked to mood and immune function, probiotics may help with common health concerns such as: reducing anxiety and depression, decreasing the risks of respiratory infections, reducing LDL cholesterol, and minimizing IBS symptoms.
<i>We recommend taking two capsules once daily. For best results, take one capsule during the day and one capsule in the evening without exceeding two capsules daily.</i>
<h5><b>Pro Blend Digestive Enzymes</b></h5>
Probiotics work well with <i>digestive enzymes</i> for healthy digestion. Enzymes are proteins that ignite chemical reactions in your body. They are naturally produced by our body to break down our food into smaller pieces that we absorb for energy and replenishment.
We’ve all felt moments of digestive distress at one point or another. But if our symptoms are chronic, it may be a sign that we’re not producing all of the enzymes we need to break down our food. In this case, we’ve added certain enzymes into our blend like <i>lipase</i>, which breaks down fats; <i>lactase</i>, which breaks down lactose; <i>bromelain</i>, an enzyme found in pineapple, that breaks down proteins; and <i>papain</i>, found in papaya, that breaks down amino acids.
<i>We recommend taking one capsule, twice a day, 20 to 30 minutes before a meal or as a directed by your healthcare professional.</i>
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Supplements for Inflammation</p></h4>
Ok! We’ve covered supplements for overall health, for keto support, and to aid with digestion. Let’s keep moving through as there are a few crucial health issues we haven’t covered yet.
One of those is <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/can-ketosis-reduce-inflammation/"><b><i>inflammation</i></b></a>. Inflammation is a natural part of healing when we eat something that disagrees with us, sprain an ankle, get a cut, or endure other injuries. Our body removes damaged cells and brings in fluids that will begin the healing process. Inflammation becomes an issue when it is chronic due to poor digestion, lingering viral or bacterial infections, autoimmune disorders, or constant exposure to irritants or allergens. When chronic, it can cause joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, weight-loss plateaus, damage to arteries, heart disease, or a weakened immune system.
For this reason, we’ve created two supplements that help reduce inflammation in the body.
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<h5><b>Pure Krill Oil</b></h5>
Some people’s experience with taking fish oil supplements brings up unhappy memories of the dreaded ‘fish burps!’ We’ve got you covered on that. We’ve created a high quality krill oil which has the same amount of omega-3s as other fish oil but is more easily digested. This means a better absorption rate and an avoidance of burps that taste like fish.
Research shows that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids can help decrease inflammation<sup>5</sup>. But with the Standard American Diet, most people don’t have the right ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. We take in 30 times the amount of omega-6s than we need. The ratio should be around 3:1 omega-6 to omega-3. To achieve this ratio, <i>eat less</i> industrially made vegetable seed oils, margarine, and shortenings, and <i>eat more</i> omega-3-rich foods like fish, chia seeds, walnuts, and fish oil supplements.
<i>We recommend taking one softgel twice a day, 20 to 30 minutes before a meal with a cup of water or as directed by your healthcare professional.</i>
<h5><b>Turmeric and Ginger</b></h5>
If you’re interested in living a healthy life, you’ve likely heard about <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/turmeric-10-benefits-you-wont-want-to-miss-out-on/"><b>turmeric</b></a>! <i>Curcumin</i> is the active substance in turmeric that contributes to its bright yellow color and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows it can help fight inflammatory neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, and autoimmune diseases. It is also classified as a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/what-are-superfoods-top-7-for-your-keto-diet/"><b><i>superfood</i></b></a> for its numerous health benefits.
One thing people may not know about turmeric is that it’s hard to digest on its own. To get the full anti-inflammatory benefits of this herb, it’s good to pair it with other ingredients. Our supplement blend includes <i>curcumin</i> as well as <i>ginger</i>, which coats the stomach lining for easier digestion, and a substance called <i>BioPerine</i>, found in pepper, to aid with absorption.
<i>We recommend one capsule twice a day, 20 to 30 minutes before a meal or as directed by your healthcare professional.</i>
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Supplements for Sleep</p></h4>
Ok, we’re heading towards the homestretch with only two more health issues to address.
The next is <i>sleep</i>. We all know how horrible it feels to lose a night of sleep. When it comes to optimal health, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/how-going-keto-can-improve-your-sleep-quality/"><b>sleep is a game changer</b></a>. The quality and quantity of sleep we get each night not only determines how we function the next day, but a lack of sleep over time can contribute to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and even types of cancer<sup>7</sup>.
We know how important it is to get consistent and deep sleep, which is why we’ve developed two supplements to help us do just this.
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Our sleep formula uses herbs, amino acids, and other natural ingredients such as <i>valerian, chamomile, 5-HTP</i>, and <i>Gaba</i> that help calm the nervous system, reduce waking and the time it takes to fall asleep, ease depression and anxiety, and lower stress in the body.
With your nightly supplements, it’s also a great idea to set a wind-down time for yourself about an hour before bedtime where you unplug from screens, cozy up with a warm drink, and read, color, meditate, journal, stretch, or find another calming activity that helps your body prepare for rest.
<i>We recommend taking two capsules of the sleep formula once a day, 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime with an eight-ounce glass of water or as directed by your healthcare professional.</i>
<h5><b>Resto Night Time Recovery</b></h5>
Here’s another great sleep supplement, especially for those who are used to muscle soreness after exercise. Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to shorten recovery time after a workout? The evening is the perfect time to give your muscles a chance to rebuild and restore, and Resto Night Time Recovery helps with this.
It includes the three <i>branched chain amino acids (BCAAs): L-Leucine, L-IsoLeucine</i>, and <i>L-Valine</i>. Amino acids are proteins that help the body create lean muscle. BCAAs are referred to as ‘essential’ amino acids, meaning they can’t be produced by the body and need to be taken in supplement form or absorbed from food. They specifically help increase muscle growth and decrease muscle soreness and exercise fatigue. Taking BCAAs in conjunction with L-Glutamine, another restorative amino acid, can indeed help shorten the amount of time your body restores and replenishes after a workout.
<i>We recommend taking one serving, which is five capsules, 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime.</i>
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Supplements for Hormone Balance</p></h4>
We’ve saved a fun one for last. Hormones! Making sure we keep our hormone, vitamin, and other nutrient levels regulated is vital to overall health. When our hormones are balanced, and we’re getting the right number of vitamins and minerals, our energy level, mood, stamina, and yes, even sex drives, are revved up.
We’ve all heard, and <i>lived</i> the phrase that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Because there is a significant differentiation in male and female hormone activity, we have created different supplements for men and women.
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Many women know how crazy they can feel when their hormones are out of whack. This can sometimes get in the way of managing day-to-day activities and general quality of life. For female hormone balance, we use a supplement that includes the herbs <i>dong quai, ginseng, maca</i>, and <i>ashwagandha</i>. The overall purpose of this blend is to improve times of hormonal shift such as menses as well as before or after childbirth. This blend helps improve mood and mental focus, promote weight loss, prevent colds, reduce stress, and increase libido.
<i>We recommend taking two capsules daily with water for at least eight weeks to see optimal results.</i>
The Male Enhancement blend includes ingredients that cater specifically to male physiology. Such ingredients include <i>magnesium, zinc, tribulus, tongkat ali, maca, ginseng, L-Arginine</i>, and <i>nettle</i>. These minerals, herbs, and amino acids work together to raise testosterone levels, increase bone density, help mood balance, promote cardiovascular health, encourage brain function, reduce fatigue, and increase and muscle strength. Whew, not too shabby!
<i>We recommend taking two tablets once a day. For best results, take 20 to 30 minutes before a meal with a cup of water or as directed by your healthcare professional.</i>
To work with both the male and female hormone supplements, we have also created men’s and women’s multivitamins. These multivitamins include an array of vitamins and minerals that best support male and female physiology.
<i>For best results, we recommend taking two capsules of the vitamins in the morning with breakfast.</i>
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Precautions When Taking Supplements</p></h4>
We’ve covered all the supplements we use at Warrior Made! And to set you off on the right foot, we want to lay out a few reminders about starting a new supplement routine. Remember that each person’s makeup is unique. So, a supplement that works for one person may not work for another. And, as we’ve mentioned throughout the article, be sure to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new health routine. This may help you avoid conflicts with other supplements or medications you are taking and will ensure you find your right dose. It’s always good to be <i>aware</i> when starting new supplements and to track any reactions or personal side effects that may occur in a food journal.
<h4 style="margin-top:20px;"><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Onward!</p></h4>
We hope by now you’re feeling less overwhelmed, and dare we say, <i>excited</i>, about adding supplements to your diet! No matter where you’re at in your body transformation journey, here at Warrior Made, we believe that diet and exercise are the most important aspects to reaching your goals. Supplements will get you there even faster.
We use these supplements every day and are excited to pass them onto you since we’ve seen positive results. If you’re interested to join our tribe as you continue to work towards optimal health, check out our <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/"><b>simple exercise routines</b></a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/"><b>nutrition information</b></a> to help you step into your best self.
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