Women have a natural layer of fat that is just harder to shape those six packs. Women also have to cope with their body playing nasty tricks on them at least once a month, not to mention all the ups and downs it has on the moods. Add to the mix the fast paced life style woman lead today balancing work and home life it is no wonder that by the time you hit the gym your body is already all but burned out for the day and in need of an extra boost.
Here are 5 supplements that added to your daily diet can give you that added boost to help those endorphins put the smile back on your face and enjoy your workout.
Green tea extract
Green tea has been around for centuries and has many beneficial qualities. The extract that is taken from the tea is the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate.
This extract helps to support muscle recovery after an intense workout and aids in the support of healthy joints while increasing the metabolic and fat burning rates.
Whilst Vitamin C is always top of the list to help support the immune systems and a known anti-oxidant it is also synthesized amino acids, collagen and hormones with the added bonus of destroying free radicals created from exercise and stress.
Calcium our friend when it comes to promoting good bone health, but calcium is also required to help with muscle contraction and without an adequate supply of this essential mineral muscle contraction does not work correctly.
Creatine is a compound that naturally occurs in muscle tissue, it helps to draw needed water into the muscle cells and may help increase the amount of energy reserves the body has for increased endurance and strength.
Usually always pictured with a sun shining somewhere as it is the vitamin from the sun.
It is also known to be associated with greater muscle strength and may even help to support fat loss and is a good combination to be taken with calcium.
If you need a pick me up throughout the day there is still that one hot beverage that is a favorite amongst people worldwide – caffeine! It improves sports performance, reduces fatigue and makes you more alert. It has the potential to lift your spirits and lighten your mood which has a positive effect on a person’s health.
Pat Carmikeal, MD, FACP, is an internal medicine physician, urban homesteader, and marathon runner who prescribes food and exercise as medicine. She specializes in preventing and treating chronic medical diseases with the HER Prescription Program -- a step-by-step training plan for making lifestyle changes that directly benefit health. A graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, she completed residency training at Cambridge Health Alliance as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. She has always believed health care is best when offered in communities and has cared for patients in a variety of clinical settings where she has been a researcher, mentor, teacher, and patient advocate.