protein powders

Protein Powders

Do you want to lose fat and be in your best shape and health ever?

Your body cannot do this itself. The results will completely depend on you providing it with the highest quality building material available. When all your body has to work with is poor quality and / or lack of materials, it’s impossible for it to be at or look at its best. Discover what your body can do for you when you give it an abundance of the right materials.

Casein protein is a far superior protein to whey protein and has over 90% pure protein.

  • It’s high in calcium making it a more alkaline protein.
  • It provides amino acids – the building blocks of protein – over a seven hour period after a serving. The ideal is to provide the body with a constant supply of protein in any given 24 hour period, including during sleep.
  • In research, just one single meal of 1 ½ ounces of casein was shown to prevent whole body protein breakdown by 34%. In comparison, whey protein was shown to have no effect.

Our casein protein comes in powder form in a variety of flavours and makes a delicious high protein / calcium shake in seconds. In blind taste tests, Educohealth protein was voted the best tasting protein when compared with other market leading brands.

In addition to bodybuilders, protein powders are particularly valuable to growing children, the elderly, athletes and those wanting to firm up. It is precisely formulated to your particular needs.

See Educohealth range of Protein Powders here

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Multivitamins

Although a varied diet can provide your body with all of the nutrients it needs, in practice it can be hard to achieve all your nutritional requirements. By taking vitamin and mineral supplement formulas you no longer have to worry about achieving your daily nutritional intake.

WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS

“Antioxidant” is not really the name of a substance, but rather it describes what a range of substances can do for your health. They are sometimes called “free-radical scavengers.” Your body is constantly exposed to free radicals that exist both inside your body and the environment and cannot be avoided. Free radicals are involved in the progression of the natural aging process of cell activities and many of the diseases associated with it. Good sources of antioxidants are plant-based foods, especially fruits and vegetables.” However, supplementing your everyday routine with antioxidants can provide a powerful foundation for health in all areas.

Why Cell Rejuvenation Mix?

The EU completed a scientific study covering many of the ingredients in CRM. This investigation has validated and approved the claims we have made for this product since its introduction in 2007. CRM is a complex and advanced nutritional product with 53 separate high-quality ingredients. Some of these nutrients are hard to obtain in a regular multivitamin, often for reasons of cost. CRM offers them all for you in a single convenient daily dose

Quality of  CRM

We go to great trouble and expense not just to get the formula right but to seek out the best companies with the best ingredients (often patented). While food supplements are often kept on shelves for years (just go to a health store and check!), Cell Rejuvenation Mix is made in batches twice or three times a year so your supplement will be at most a few weeks old when you buy it. This freshness is vitally important for such a Complex product made of many delicate ingredients.

What are the benefits of CRM Multivitamins?

Many of CRM’s nutrients also are directed at supporting the immune system and helping the liver perform its detoxification functions.

  • Nine nutrients to assist with the normal functioning of the immune system
  • Nine nutrients for your energy and energy reserves
  • Helps maintain healthy inflammation
  • Help keep your bones in good shape
  • CRM contains specially chosen nutrients to help maintain normal vision
  • CRM’s formula contains two special nutrients to help benefit your normal mental and cognitive performance. Other high-quality ingredients assist with the formation of neurotransmitters – the brain’s “spark-plugs”.
  • Your heart and bloodstream, CRM’s formula is geared towards helping maintain normal cardiac function
  • Reproductive health, CRM contains selenium and zinc, nutrients with significant roles in reproductive health. Selenium helps maintain normal sperm formation, while zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction.
  • Iron and red blood cells. While CRM does not contain Iron (which can be a pro-oxidant), the nutrients it contains can help increase absorption of some iron sources, help maintain normal iron transport in the body, and assist with the metabolism of iron. Several of CRM’s vital nutrients also contribute to the normal formation of red blood cells.

How many CRM Multivitamins do I take?

Cell Rejuvenation Mix is best taken for not less than 6 months and preferably for most of the year. Benefits build up over a period of intake is 6 per day. Suitable for all ages – can give 1 to a child over 8.

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Lose Weight Fast

Why our weight loss system works

The trouble with losing weight is that we tend to take a rush at cutting down on calories and taking up exercise using lots of willpower, to burn off the fat. Just look at the news and you’ll see this model being held up to us by politicians!

A shocking truth however about cutting out many calories – say one third of calories – and taking up  running or aerobics, is that people – women especially –  can easily lose muscle and bone on these routines as much or more than they do fat. After a few weeks you easily can feel tired and drawn and lose the will to continue. This is bad enough in itself, but if you happen to gain weight again and repeat the process, this is very bad for your health indeed.

The only good approach to being in shape is to build up the resources of the body to keep your metabolism high, so that you burn more calories and get more energy from the food you eat. This is where our Super You Weight Loss System  can help. It is designed for holding on to firm lean tissue and muscle.

How to Lose Weight Fast? – The Super You  System, taken with a sensible diet, gives you extra protein-forming Amino Acids (Amino Energise) to be taken with meals during the day, and Amino-Or to be taken at night before bed. If you wish to get into better shape, therefore, we suggest that you just  cut out the last meal at night – let’s say you stop eating at 7:30 PM, and instead take Amino-Or with water, half an hour before sleep. This works gently on your metabolism overnight to set you up for a more energised weight loss experience.

For many people this may be all you need to get the inches off. As fat weighs less than protein there may not be so much to see on the scales because you are getting firmer, but your waistline will tell the real story.

It is a good idea also to eat more protein, preferably protein that contains calcium like cottage cheese, sardines, or Proform / Profemme protein. This extra protein tends to push  more fattening foods out of your diet, while also giving your firm solid tissue is a chance to build up and do the work they are supposed to do – burn calories for you to live from.

Using this approach, your metabolism can become more normal, you can burn your food more effectively for energy, and quickly feel better in the sense that if you’re burning your food better as you should , you will feel more energetic, especially in the morning.

Click here to see our range of Weight Loss Products and more on how to lose weight fast.

Amino Acids

Amino Acids

Why Amino Energise is best for you

Amino Energise provides a broad-spectrum of 23 free-form amino acids, the building blocks of protein, which are absorbed directly by the body, not requiring digestion. They are available immediately for protein formation in any and all tissues of the body. Protein tissue is the active, high-energy part of all your body systems that burn calories to keep you well and alive.


Protein also makes up the solid lean tissue of your muscles, and protein in your diet supports muscular development which is officially recognised by the EU as healthful and beneficial. Having lots of lean tissue helps you use your food properly, while having a lot of fatty tissue does not help you use your food very well.


Amino Energise should not be confused with branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs) which are metabolised in muscle tissue primarily but have never been shown to enhance muscle growth. Because it is full spectrum, Amino Energise in fact contains BCAA’s, but in balance with 20 other Amino acids that are available to all your organs, glands and tissues.


A further advantage of Amino Energise is that it can fill out missing bits in the protein structure of other foods. For instance many foods like bread are incomplete in their protein, and Amino Energise provides amino acids that may be incomplete or in short supply. The resulting protein combination can make it easier for your body to create new highly active proteins, which is what you want from eating food.


It is not unusual also for part of the protein in foods to be damaged in cooking or digestion, and here again Amino Energise will supply the correct amino acid where one has been damaged, so making the overall meal a more complete one.


Finally, Amino Energise should not be confused with products made from pre-digested collagen or whey. These inexpensive products are not free-form but rather peptide-bonded. Peptides in many cases are absorbed whole and in some cases can result in allergic reactions, which is not an issue with free-form Amino Acids such as in Amino Energise.

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Vitamin C

Why Vitamin C Still Matters

Human beings, unlike most animals, are unable to make any new Vitamin C.

While Vitamin C is stored in cells and tissues, particularly white blood cells, eyes, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and brain, it needs constant replenishment, so it is an essential part of our daily diet.

It is surprisingly easy to run low on vitamin C: all you need is a source of stress, and the vitamin C – as measured in your white blood cells – plummets. Naturally a good habit of eating high vitamin C foods helps a lot.

High or low dose?

The history of vitamin C has been one of controversy between different groups of scientists, and even the officially recommended daily amounts have risen dramatically over time, giving some credibility to those such as Szent-Gyorgyi (who discovered the vitamin) and Linus Pauling, who advocated higher-dose supplementation from the start. The original RDA was for 30mg, raised to 60mg in 1991 and now to 110mg for men, 80 mg for women (EU, 2013). Irish people today consume about 80mg vitamin C from food, and on average, a further 45mg or so from supplements. Many Irish people in the nineteenth century however consumed about 400 mg vitamin C a day: for half the population, the daily diet consisted of about seven pounds of vitamin C-rich potatoes for each adult. Estimates of the vitamin C content of real “Paleo” diets, such as out hunter-gatherer ancestors probably ate, are in the 200-300 mg daily range. 

Colds and stress

Vitamin C supports the immune system, the white blood cells particularly, that play a key role in controlling inflammation. Stressful conditions quickly deplete the Vitamin C in these cells, and this also happens in the early stages of a cold or infection. Several recent studies indicate that supplementary vitamin C at the level of about 1000mg (one gram) daily for an adult prevents this depletion. This may not be a cure for a cold, but is likely to help prevent complications such as pneumonia.

 Suppresses excess cortisol

Furthermore, a recent German study subjected 120 people to a classic but harmless stressor-a public speaking project and maths test. Half the group were given 1,000 mg of vitamin C. They tested for the stress hormone cortisol, and high blood pressure. Without the vitamin C, the measures of stress were significantly higher. The vitamin C group stated that they felt less stressed, too. There is also good evidence that vitamin C even at 200mg daily helps prevent the typical cortisol-based stress response to intensive exercise. This is especially good news, as excess cortisol not only makes you feel tired and stressed, it also tends to make your tummy fat!

Skin

 Skin, outside and inside because vitamin C has a critical role to play in collagen formation, it can be especially beneficial to the skin, and here its antioxidant powers also come into play. Loss of collagen is a major reason for wrinkle formation. But much more than the beauty aspect, proper collagen formation is essential for the health of the blood vessels both small and large. When the small blood vessels are weak, it may show up as easy bruising or thread veins, while for larger arteries, any roughness or irregularity may set off clot or plaque formation, the root cause of heart attacks and strokes. 

Good sources of vitamin C

Fruits and leafy vegetables, potatoes, citrus juices, liver, kidney and fresh milk are all sources of vitamin C but the problem arises when you buy an apple that has been in storage for two years! Heating, delay after cooking, processing and storage all deplete the food vitamin C available to us, even if our diets are correct all the time. Alcohol seems to reduce vitamin C absorption considerably. So there is a good case for supplementation. The best immune-supporting C supplements also contain other vitamins and flavonoids such as quercetin to help vitamin C in its action. See below for practical steps that could make the vital difference.

Vitamin C Supplements

  • The new sachet forms of vitamin C called Energy C offer the opportunity for a refreshing summer drink that may be combined with Zinc for immune support.
  • It’s OK to combine a vitamin C sachet with a multivitamin or detox
    product like Cell Rejuvenation Mix.
  • Fat-soluble vitamin C capsules such as Radiance C. This form of Vitamin C is fat soluble and readily protects the skin and its collagen support. Unlike regular Vitamin C that passes easily out of the body. Radiance C is retained and works longer to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle free.

CRM Antioxidant

CRM Antioxidant

Has Ageing Got you Beat?

Probably one of the biggest contributory factors to us ageing is the presence of nasty toxins called free radicals in our bodies.

These are like terrorists that attack and damage our cells and have been linked to causing everything from heart disease, cancers, immune disorders, right down to the wrinkling of the skin.

The bad news is that we can’t avoid them as they come into our body through, air pollution, radiation, computer screens, mobile phones, a lot of fats in our diet, cigarettes, alcohol, sunlight, stress etc.

After a while these terrorists’ build up like an army attacking and damaging us from the inside and this has been linked to the way we age.

The good news is that we have our own internal defence force that helps deal with these pests and expel them out of our body.

This defence force is fuelled by anti oxidants; natural nutrients that help keep our bodies defenders strong and adaptable at performing this very function of helping keep us at our best.

The Cell Rejuvenation Mix (CRM) is probably the most cutting edge anti- oxidant formula on the planet today. Containing some of the most innovative nutrient combinations it is like the heavy artillery of our anti-oxidant defensive system.

A valuable addition to anyone who is interested in keeping themselves at their best as they age.

CRM Antioxidant – Cell Rejuvenation Mix

Tan

Tan

Natural Tanning

There’s nothing like a good tan to have you looking and feeling your best. The confidence you get when you walk down the beach in your best swimwear. The desirable attention as you strut your stuff. Sure why wouldn’t you want this.

If so here is some great news for you. How would you like to have your best tan ever with the minimum of effort.

The twin combination of BetaGold and Ultra Bronze help supply your body with some vital nutrients that can be a valuable support to you in this.

Derived from natural substances these wonder nutrients are an ideal compliment to your tanning program.

Can you imagine how you would feel looking in your mirror and seeing your best tan ever looking back at you? Why deny yourself the pleasure of looking so tanned and healthy? Be the best you can be now.

Check out all our Tanning and Skincare ranges here.

proform childrens drink

Proform Children’s Health Drink

  • Are we letting our children down?
  • When our child goes into school how are they? Are they falling asleep into their books within an hour of getting there?
  • Is their behaviour unruly? Are they having problems studying?
  • Are they frequently sick? Are they in good shape?

If so you might consider giving your child a nutrition formula to help support them here.

One such formula is Proform SuperYou Children’s health drink.

This is an all natural, high calcium, high protein drink.

Its Chocolate flavour makes it a delicious addition to your child’s diet.

This makes taking it very pleasurable and is an ideal way of getting in these vital nutrients to support your child’s health.

They will love you for it.

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Five Things to stay Healthy

Five Things Anyone Can Do To Stay Healthy

While there are many lifestyle choices a person can make to stay healthy, most experts agree that there are five main behaviours we can initiate to increase our chances of staying in optimum physical health. The beneficial tips presented in this article are by far not an all-inclusive list. In research studies all over the world, health experts have shown that our participation in the following five healthy functions is essential towards maintaining a healthy body, mind, spirit.

Let’s Eat

We hear it all the time, eat healthily! Nourishment of the physical body is very important but the general term “eat healthily” doesn’t explain how we can get the best food into our bodies and stay healthy. Since this topic alone could take up pages of explanation on what “eating healthy” means, let’s look at some valuable tips you can use to make the best choices starting today.

  • Don’t stuff yourself. It has long been known that overeating can cause weight gain, take our stores of body energy down to a very low level, as well as create dangerous imbalances and havoc on our metabolism or metabolic rate. The best advice here is to eat in moderation and only till you feel satisfied. Eat smaller meals throughout the day.
  • Eat a majority of healthy foods. Fresh raw vegetables and fruits, lean meats, less fat and whole grains. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike should research and find the best foods for their bodies. Whatever your choice of dietary and nutrition lifestyle, make sure you stay away from sugar and processed foods (anything in a box).
  • Lastly, make mealtime one you look forward to. If you look at food as something to be enjoyed and savoured, you are less likely to make mealtime something you are resigned to “have to do”. Stop the trips to fast-food restaurants or popping a frozen meal into the microwave. Take time for meal planning. Learn how to cook or find healthy recipes. Cook ahead several meals and have them ready to heat.
  • Overall, eating healthy means making wise choices for your body. Wise choices come from researching healthy foods. There are many foods considered “superfoods” and they need to be part of your nutritional routine. Almonds, avocados, skim milk, green tea, blueberries, and raw or fresh vegetables and fruits, salmon, oatmeal, and cantaloupe are just some of the superfoods you could be enjoying right now. Along with eating healthy food sources, we must be sure to include vitamins and supplements in our daily routine.

It’s Time to Take Your Vitamins

Along with the suggestions on finding healthy foods to eat, intake of the proper amounts of vitamins and nutrients are equally as important. Your body is going to require some very important vitamins and nutrients necessary to not only stay healthy. Here are some tips to get you on the right track. We recommend a product called Cell Rejuvenation Mix.

This Product offers advanced plant and fruit extracts along with specialized nutrients that are difficult to obtain in a regular multivitamin. CRM provides all in a single convenient daily dose.

  • Research and learn about vitamins and supplements.
  • As mentioned above, researching “healthy” food and nutrition habits is essential. While you’re looking in that area, start exploring your vitamin requirements.
  • Take a multi-vitamin every day. If nothing else, get started with taking a multi-vitamin every day.

Read the label and be sure that:

* If you are pregnant you are either taking a prenatal vitamin or one with folic acid.

* As a female you are getting the proper amounts of calcium for your age category and watch the iron intake. Post-menopausal women don’t need the extra iron.

* If you’re a male, make sure that you get the proper amounts of lycopene which has been shown to protect and maintain prostate health.

Now that we have discussed eating healthy and the proper vitamin intakes and supplementation, your body needs just a few more things to maintain good health.

Let’s Get Moving

Exercise is as essential to the body’s good health as proper nutrition. Many of us seem to think that we have to run 10 miles a day or work out in the gym for hours to get the right amount of exercise. Experts have stated that we do need exercise in the form of those that increase our heart rate (cardiovascular) and those exercises that tone the body (stretching types). Exercise also needs to be of the FUN type. Here are some ideas for you to consider when adding exercise to your daily routine.

  • Any amount of exercise is better than no exercise at all. If you just can’t stand the idea of going to a gym and working out several hours a day then try these:
  • Put the remote control next to the television and leave it there. Get up to change your channels.
  • Park in the furthest parking spot you can whenever you go somewhere. (Within social distancing rules of course)
  • Use the stairs and not the elevators.
  • If an exercise routine does appeal to you then think about these suggestions:
  • Choose something you are passionate about. Did you take dance lessons as a child and just loved it? Find a dance teacher that will instruct adults after work.
  • Find a gym that offers a good rate and has a personal trainer included with your membership.
  • Most physical fitness experts agree that a minimum of 30 minutes a day would be better than nothing at all. Finally, two of the most important health tips that can be offered besides proper nutrition, vitamin intake, and exercise are a good night’s sleep and drinking lots of water.

Time to Say Goodnight

It is astounding the research that has come out in the early 21st century about sleep. We simply don’t get enough. Our busy hectic lifestyles seem to have placed sleep or even rest periods at an all-time low on our priority lists. There is only one major suggestion to offer here. Get some sleep.

Adults are also tired. Studies of production rates at some major corporations say the culprit of overtired adults is working too much, stress (or the inability to relax and reduce stress levels) or they simply are staying up too late at night.

Our bodies require rest and sleep. Sleep is the time our bodies repair themselves. These repairs can range from healing and thwarting off potential illness, rejuvenating our energy systems, maintaining our emotions, and keeping them in balance, to name a few. Find out what you require in sleep hours. Whether you need 6, 7, or 8 hours asleep, go to bed at a time where this can be done.

Hydration! Hydration! Hydration!

Add to your list of “things I need to do to stay healthy”, WATER. Drink as much water as you can tolerate. There is an endless list of the benefits of hydrating your body with water. Some are:

  • Hydration means elimination. Naturally, what goes in must come out. Staying hydrated means healthy and less painful waste elimination.
  • As a feel-good benefit, hydrated skin is less dry, itchy, and flaky. It also appears more vibrant and healthy-looking.
  • Do some research into the new healthy drinking waters? Many of these have extra vitamins, no sugar, and no artificial colours or flavours. They are a great source for healthy fluid intake. Some are geared especially for women’s needs as well as the special requirements of the more athletic. Take a bottle with you on your new exercise routine.

For many of us, implementing any of these five suggestions for healthy living may be very difficult. Taking the time to research what to eat, the proper vitamin intakes, being sure to drink enough water, and finding the exercise routine that will get us moving may seem daunting at first. Adding to that, we must find the time to get enough sleep. To live a long and healthy life these behaviours must become a part of our lives. The most important investment we will ever make in our lives will be the commitment to start healthy habits as a daily routine.

Tony Quinn

LIFE FORCE – The Ultimate Health Secret

If the past few months have shown us anything, it’s that good health shouldn’t be taken for granted and a strong immune system is our best defence. In fact, a vibrantly healthy body is one of our greatest assets. All the money in the world is of no value to a person who doesn’t have their health.

 We believe that all the current talk about vaccines and medical solutions (which are absolutely necessary) should also be accompanied by information about how eating a healthy diet and taking food supplements can make a difference. Stopping the problem before it starts is a better approach than trying to deal with it when it hits.

 Dr Tony Quinn is a world-leading expert in the area of health and wellness and all of us at Educohealth share his passion. He believes that the greatest health secret of all is LIFE FORCE. The more LIFE FORCE a person has, the happier, healthier and more successful they are. Tony is a man who is all about ultimates and Educohealth supplement are formulated to bring about ultimate results. Our supplements increase a person’s LIFE FORCE in their body, are bespoke, contain the highest grade premium quality ingredients and deliver verified results. We have testimonials from very happy customers spanning 45 years and take extreme pride in the fact that our supplements are among the greatest in the world.

 We are always happy to answer any nutrition or supplement queries that you have and can put together a bespoke supplement plan for anyone wishing to live their ultimate life.

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What Supplements Do I Need For Muscle Growth?

Taking certain nutritional supplements for muscle building is not absolutely necessary; you can do without them, however, some of them really do have their advantages. They can give you an added physical and mental edge.

They help to enhance performance and can help in the muscle-building process. Although some are a waste of your time money and effort, there are a few that do actually perform.

Supplements help to fulfil the missing link that may occur during an intense muscle-building phase.

You do need some supplements for greater muscle growth.

Here are the supplements I’d recommend for Muscle-building.

Creatine:

A great supplement that always produces positive health and muscle-building benefits. Helps to fill the muscles with fluid making you stronger and able to lift heavier and recover faster.

Good bodyweight gains achieved with this, which allows you to lift more for better muscle growth stimulation.

Protein Powders:

Casein Protein is a slow-digesting protein best taken just before bed to supply the body with a continuous flow of amino acids for repair and growth through the night while you sleep.

Weight Gainers:

A high-calorie supplement is a good idea if you consider yourself as being underweight. High calories are needed for muscle endurance and optimum performance and effective muscle repair.

You’ll want to stay healthy while you’re on a muscle-building quest so I’d also recommend:

A good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement:

To offset any nutrient deficits that may occur during an intense training program. Vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and wellbeing.

Vitamin C:

A great immunity booster and free radical destroyer.

Vitamin E:

Great for Cell integrity and vitality.

EFAs: Don’t forget your Omega 3

Essential Fatty Acids:

Great for overall health and helps promote the body’s production of Testosterone – the muscle builder.

Note: You should always check with your GP or other health professional before taking any nutritional supplements.

Along with the supplements, there are other elements that you need for muscle-growth:

A sound workout routine that induces muscle growth and does not over-train the muscles.

A good healthy high-calorie diet. Eat six smaller meals instead of 3 large meals.

Sufficient rest and recovery time. Your muscles have to be fully recovered.

Discipline Commitment and Consistency.

A few supplements like the above.

The bodybuilding supplement industry is big business. You really don’t need all those “miracle” muscle-building supplements that come onto the market, but once in a while they do actually bring about a supplement that actually does what it’s reported to do.

Carbohydrates: Why Size Matters

If I collected a euro for each time I’ve seen or heard the word carbohydrate – or picked up a book on the subject, for that matter – I’ d be a wealthy woman. And of course, we’ve all heard the buzzwords: simple carb; complex carb; high carb; low carb; no carb. But do we know what a carbohydrate is? And are carbs as bad and fattening as we’re told they are?

In this article, I’ll make my best attempt to unveil the mystery of the carbohydrate – and why its gotten such a bad rap. After all, it’s the molecule both scientists and nutritionists know is the main source of the body’s energy.

Basic Chemistry:

First the boring stuff. The basic chemistry of a carbohydrate. I’ll keep it brief: Carbohydrates contain a carbon atom attached to water molecules. This is important because its the structure and size of a carbohydrate which influences the speed by which it converted into glucose (sugar) and then into energy.

Why Are Carbs Useful?

Before we take a look at the different sizes of carbohydrates, let’s look at why they are useful to us. Aside from supplying the body’s energy, carbs are also useful for the proper functioning of internal organs, as well as the proper function of the muscles and nervous system. The most exciting feature of carbohydrate, in this writers opinion, however, is its ability to aid in protein and fat metabolism. So as it turns out when used wisely, carbohydrates are useful in burning fat.

The Three Principal Carbs Found In Foods:

Next, let’s take a look at the three basic carbohydrates found in foods (Still boring but stay with me). They are simple sugars, starches and fibre.

Simple Sugars come in two varieties. The monosaccharide (meaning one sugar) are quickly digested and almost immediately utilized by the body due to their simple structure (think fruits, fruit juices and honey).

The second, disaccharides, act in almost the same way and are one molecule larger. The disaccharides, however, tend to be more of the refined sugars are very sweet to taste (think white sugar, candy etc.)

The second basic type of carbs is the starches or what we would consider complex carbs (the polysaccharides): foods such as potatoes, wheat, rice, corn. These carbs are slow to break down and take some time to be converted into energy.

Finally, there are the fibres (think bran). Fibres don’t have a lot of energetic value, however, they do lend some support to the body. Because they don’t add much sugar to the system, they make it further through the pipeline to help with intestinal function and elimination. Moreover, they reduce cholesterol and slow fat absorption.

Why Size Matters

The theory behind low carbohydrate diets is when the body consumes too many carbohydrates the excess will become stored by the body as fat. This is true.

When the body ingests a carbohydrate, it aims to convert it to glucose as soon as it can, so that it can be utilized by the body. If there is some excess, no problem, it will get stored as glycogen in the limited space of the muscles. The trouble arises, when the stores exceeded capacity: the remaining molecules are stored as fat in fat cells that can infinitely expand (horrors!).

Yet, what if there was a way to outsmart this system by using the different sizes of carbohydrate molecules to your advantage? What if you could keep the body burning carbs at a steady rate according to the speed of your metabolism and your activity level?

Enter the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a scale which tells you (on a food-by-food basis) the rate at which a carbohydrate is converted into glucose. The scale is calibrated by glucose itself (which is rated at 100). The higher the number the faster the conversion.

First used by diabetics to prevent flux in blood sugar, the glycemic index (GI) has become a popular way to get all the benefits of carbohydrates without the threat of fat storage.

Here’s what the scale looks like:

Low GI = 55 or less

Medium GI = 56 – 69

High GI = 70 or more

To see a chart with samples of some favourite foods visit: http://thecompounder.com/GlycemicIndex.html

How Is The GI Helpful?

If weight loss or weight maintenance is your goal (isn’t it everyone’s?), creating a diet around lower GI foods will decrease peaks in glucose levels. It’s as simple as that. You can implement this eating pattern by scanning the low glycemic foods and aiming to consume a serving at each meal, this will also help you avoid both the highs and lows of the refined sugar rush.

Higher glycemic foods can be useful, too, and are considered the recovery foods. Medium and high GI foods should be consumed for up to two hours after exercise to recover lost carbohydrates and maintain steady blood sugar levels.

Because metabolism varies from person to person, it would be well worth your time and effort to continue a personal study of the glycemic index. Enjoy your carbs by checking in on your favourite foods and decide when its best to consume them.

Where To Get This Information?

You can get the skinny on the glycemic indexes of all your favourite carbohydrate foods. Check out the searchable database at www.glycemicindex.com

In closing, here’s a few guidelines to help you put your carbs to good use:

  • Aim to eat several small meals during the day. Choose one serving of carbs for each, preferably low GI.
  • When in doubt choose carbohydrates that are naturally occurring such as vegetables and fruits.
  • Minimize refined sugars whenever possible.
  • When consuming bread aim for wheat instead of white.
  • Try to substitute white potatoes with sweet and substitute brown rice for white.
  • Don’t forget to add any of our weight loss supplements into your plan to speed up your results

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