Glucosamine: The Facts

Here’s some info based on a question that came up during a Bootcamp class about glucosamine supplementation. Glucosamine is an amino sugar found in the skeletons of shellfish and other organisms. Supplements are taken to help sustain or improve joint health and connective tissues. A lot of people with osteoarthritis have found it has helped decrease pain.

It helps with weight training because there is a lot of force on the joints as well as inflammation. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), glucosamine, and chondroitin combinations are very beneficial to reduce joint pain and decrease inflammation. Two new research studies indicate that the best strategy to protect the joints and improve your mobility is optimal body composition, a total body weight training program, and a blend of these supplements that includes MSM.

Remember to consult a professional for proper usage or for more information. An example of a combo supplement and quality of ingredients see here.

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the mothers out there, you are amazing at what you do, at who you are. You always put others first, you always give all you got and then some more, you will always see good in your kids no matter what they have done. You have made so many sacrifices that only a mother could comprehend. You are the glue that binds your family, you are the shoulder to cry on. If Mom is one of the many hats you where in a day, thank you. Thank you for all these things and so much more.

There are many moments in my life that I could not have survived without my mom and I appreciate her more and more with each passing moment. Please take some time for you Moms even if not today. You deserve some pampering, some down time, and some you time! I get to spend the day with the ones who made me Mom, and I plan to enjoy every second! Happy Mothers day to every Mother out there!

Fabulous Fiber (written by Stefan Sklepowicz Personal Trainer)

Fiber is extremely important in the human body. Fiber helps aid in elimination of toxins  from the body, it helps with increasing satiety (feeling satisfactorily full) and enhances bowel health.

There are two major types of fiber soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is relatively indigestible and enhances bowel health. Major forms of soluble fiber are found in psyllium, pectin, beans, vegetables and some fruits. Soluble fiber will become sticky, gummy and gel like in your system which will slow the digestion of foods. This helps keep insulin levels stable and also makes you feel full for a longer period of time, which helps with weight loss. Insoluble fiber is non-water soluble and increases stool bulk and enhances transit time. The bran in grains, nuts and seeds as well as the skin on many fruits and vegetables contains insoluble fiber.

The best sources of fiber are flax seeds (fresh and milled), beans, psyllium husks, marshmallow root, slippery elm, cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens, tomatoes and apples.