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Supplement Ingredients and Why They Matter

When you’re advising to a client or customer about supplements, it’s important to consider several factors. First, the supplement should be safe. Second, it should be backed by research. Third, it should work. However, there’s a fourth factor. In nearly all cases, supplements contain other substances – you should know about those ingredients, both to explain them to customers and clients, and also to prevent any side effects or other issues. Active vs. Inert Supplement ingredients can be either active (meaning they have some sort of effect on the body) or inert (meaning they should not have any effect on the body). Active ingredients include the specific substance, such as a plant extract, that makes the supplement do whatever it is supposed to do. In addition, active ingredients may be added to boost the effect of the primary ingredient. Many supplements contain multiple active ingredients and you should know about each one. Inert ingredients are usually considered harmless, but that isn’t always the case. For example, ingredients may cause problems if the consumer/client wants to avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives. People who are vegan for ethical reasons may want their supplements to contain gelatin that is not derived from […] Read More

Antioxidants as Supplement Ingredients

Antioxidants can help promote a variety of metabolic functions in the human body. They are an important aspect of health that should be incorporated into daily healthy habits. Many health product supplements include antioxidants to help make the product more effective. Having a health product that contains ingredients that promote the benefits of antioxidants can have a big impact on being able to sell the product. About Antioxidants Antioxidants can include vitamins such as vitamin C and E, substances found in foods such as beta-carotene, or anthocyanins – molecules that provide the strong colors found in many fruits and vegetables. Many supplements also contain antioxidants. Research does indicate that consuming antioxidants is important for many metabolic processes and that diets high in fruits and vegetables promote overall health. Research Scientists have only recently begun to research the effects of antioxidants. The research effort can be time-consuming, partly because in many cases, looking at the effects of antioxidants in dietary or supplement form requires long-term study with large population. What is clear, however, is that many of the substances known as antioxidants do have significant effects on health. Vitamin C, for example, is important to wound healing and is something humans […] Read More

Why Our Research Helps Improve Your Health

When you make a recommendation to a client or sell a product to a customer, you want to know that it is supported by research. With America’s aging population and a growing focus on health at every age, there are a variety of major health needs coming to the fore. In addition, basic self-management strategies can help people stay healthy. At InterHealth Nutraceuticals, we believe supplements supported by research can help. About InterHealth Nutraceuticals InterHealth is an innovative organization focused on products that can promote health. These products are branded, value-added, and contain patented ingredients. We provide products that offer benefits for joint health, nutrition and weight management, heart health, blood sugar control and mood health, or that can help people build muscle or otherwise improve their condition and fitness. To honor our commitment to provide health-promoting products, we look to clinical studies, both our own and those of other researchers. Keeping It Safe The first step in the research process is to establish the safety of a product or its components. Laboratory testing can weed out ingredients or combinations that may have undesirable side effects. Efficacy Matters Although safety is most basic, it’s also important to determine if a […] Read More

Live Healthier In 2017 With ChromeMate®

The new year is a time when people start thinking about improving their overall health. Perhaps they have experienced problems, or they want to prevent them. Either way, they often look to health and wellness providers for information, suggestions, and products that can help them achieve their goals. This is often an opportunity for patients to make drastic improvements in their health, as the new year is a catalyst for change. This is the perfect time to introduce patients and clients to new programs and products designed to help improve health and fitness. As a provider, it’s important to educate patients and clients and offer them options for improving their health. Some of the most common complaints that health and wellness providers encounter are weight management, blood sugar, and cholesterol management. The first step for many people is to make the appropriate lifestyle changes. In some cases, medication is necessary. Often, though, there are other options. One way to help patients address their health concerns is to point them in the direction of the proper supplementation. Targeted supplements are an effective way to improve health, along with other healthy lifestyle choices. For example, a client or patient who struggles with […] Read More

Pass Healthy Aging Benefits on to Your Customers

In the last three decades, people have been living longer (and arguably healthier) lives. Because of this, the overall quality of life for them is better than it has been in the past. This conclusion came from a study of people age 50 and older between 1991 and 2009. As compared to the past, people are better able to care for themselves later in life with the help of medicines, recovery processes, and health education. Your company is a cog in the health education machine of the world. To perpetuate this healthy aging trend and pass on more healthy aging benefits to your customers, you should continue to focus on tips like: Break Routine – Routine limits brain stimulation and body enrichment. New activities, planned events, and trying new foods can all improve health. Switch Canes for Poles – Canes and walkers may be bad for posture. A walking pole of staff helps keep the body upright and focuses on strengthening the upper body. Brain Games – As people age, a sedentary lifestyle can spread from the physical body to the mind. Watching tv or relaxing more doesn’t have to mean resting the mind. Promote brain engagement through puzzles, trivia, […] Read More

Setting Clients Up For Success in 2017

The new year is a busy season for fitness coaches and personal trainers as many people take the new year as an opportunity to renew their fitness commitments. With countless plans and fitness strategies out there, how do you maximize results for all your clients? We’re starting with the fitness fundamentals to improve your client’s potential. Educate Your Client. Education is one of the top reasons why many fitness plans fall short of maximizing client results. Take time in your consultation to educate your client on how these few things affect overall fitness: Food. Fitness begins in the kitchen. Remind your client that no matter how much activity they perform every day, it can all be negated with a poor diet. Exercise. It’s no secret that exercise must be a major component to every fitness plan. Even if your client simply wants to maintain weight, they should still get 30 minutes of physical activity five days per week. Sleep. Rest and recovery are important. Studies show that people make better fitness choices when they are well-rested. Hydration. Most people don’t drink enough water. Encourage your client to cut the soda and sugary beverages, and increase the water intake as this […] Read More

Improving Hydration: Why and How?

How much water does one need to drink per day? This is a common question that health and fitness professionals hear all of the time. And the answer—it depends. Many sources will label a general one-size-fits-all answer, but the truth is that there are many factors that come into play. The next time your client or patient asks you this question, here are a few things to discuss. Ask The Right Questions. Although the commonly heard answer for proper hydration is eight glasses of water per day, it’s important to learn some information about your client or patient. Start by determining their weight. WebMD suggests that a half ounce to a full ounce per pound is adequate but can be adjusted based on other factors. Learn about their level of daily activity. Does your client or patient sit behind a desk all day, or are they working a physically demanding job that requires 8 hours of movement? Do they workout on a daily basis? Increased levels of activity will increase the amount of daily hydration needed. Do they find themselves constantly thirsty? Constant thirst or dry mouth are common initial signs of dehydration. How To Improve Hydration Levels in the […] Read More

Fitness Trends of 2017

It’s just about time to welcome the new year and a rush of new people looking to reach fitness goals. As a personal trainer or fitness professional, it’s important to stay on top of fitness trends to find and connect with potential clients. Here are three ways to help grow your network and reach new clients. On-Demand Fitness We live in a world of on-demand everything, and fitness is no exception to the trend. With countless fitness DVDs and thousands of fitness videos available online, there is a collection of videos that can appeal to nearly everyone. How can I take advantage of this? If you can’t beat them, join them! There will always be people who want to come to the gym for personal training sessions with 1-on-1 support from a professional. However, the trend of on-demand fitness seems to continue to grow. Create a few of your own fitness videos with your methods that have proven to be successful. You can either sell these videos or post them for free on popular streaming sites and collect the revenue! Live Streaming Fitness Many people are opting out of classes at the gym and bringing the class to their living […] Read More

7 Steps for Developing Health & Fitness Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. People are looking to make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to better themselves in some way. As their personal trainer, coach, or mentor, you will likely be part of the resolution-deciding process. This is a great opportunity to get a fresh start and work towards health and fitness goals in the new year. If you’re not sure where to start, continue reading for 7 steps for developing health and fitness resolutions Create manageable resolutions. The first step in developing health and fitness resolutions is to work with your client in finding something manageable. A huge part of many people abandoning their New Year’s resolution is because their goal was too lofty or there wasn’t an appropriate amount of time allotted to reach the goal. Talk through the ideas your client has for their resolutions and bring your own suggestions to the table as well. Together, you should be able to create manageable resolutions for the new year. Develop both tangible and intangible goals. Any resolution should have multiple goals attached to it. A key ingredient for success is being able to complete clear goals. Having both tangible and intangible goals is key, since there is […] Read More

Vitamin D: Is Your Patient Getting Enough?

For mental health and physical health, the vitamins and nutrients we put into our bodies play a significant role. One vitamin that is easy to overlook is vitamin D. If your patient is testing low for vitamin D, it’s important to discuss how to correct the issue. Here are a few points to go over with your patient. Why is Vitamin D Important? Vitamin D plays a critical role in keeping the body in good condition. For starters, vitamin D helps the body better absorb calcium for bone growth and strength. Without vitamin D, bones can become extremely fragile or misshapen. How Much Vitamin D Does the Body Need? Just like with any other vitamin, the recommended daily dose varies based on the individual. Although there are differing opinions across the field, many experts will recommend the following: Infants up to 12 months old: 400 IU/day (1,000 IU/day max.) Children 1–3 years old: 600 IU/day (2,500 IU/day max.) Children 4–8 years old: 600 IU/day (3,000 IU/day max.) Ages 9–70:  600 IU/day (4,000 IU/day max.) Over 80:  800 IU/day (4,000 IU/day max.) Vitamin D Deficiency. In addition to fragile or misshapen bones, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number […] Read More