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Guide To Natural Supplements for the Gym

Heading to the gym is one thing, but to get the most out of your workout you might need to give your body a bit of a helping hand! In this next blog I've put together a guide to the best pre and post workout supplements to help repair and soothe tired muscles.

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We all know that exercising and keeping fit is a great way to keep your body and mind as healthy as possible, but there are a few extra things you can do to really get the most out of your workout! Natural health supplements such as protein powders and multi-vitamins can help boost your energy levels before a workout as well as deliver the nutrients your body needs to repair muscles, while Magnesium products, bath soaks and anti-inflammatory supplements can help to ease that sore and stiff feeling that comes after a good workout.

What to take before going to the gym

Before going to the gym or working out, it can be really useful to take an energy boosting supplement. This can give you the energy and motivation to physically get to the gym, which we all know can be the hardest part, as well as giving you the energy you need to really perform and sustain your workout for as long as possible. A pre-workout protein shake made with your favourite flavour can be really beneficial, as a goof protein supplement can help to provide your muscles with the fuel they need to perform without fatiguing as well as promote healthy muscle repair after you've finished your session.

What to take after working out

After a workout, the focus should be on recovery and caring for your body so it can bounce back quickly, ready for your next trip to the gym! I recommend a supplement to support muscle repair as well as a bath soak formulated to specifically help with aches and pains. Taken as a supplement, applied to the skin or added to the bath, Magnesium can be amazing at helping to heal the body and alleviate pain after exercise. When absorbed by the body, Magnesium can help to replenish energy levels, reduce fatigue and restore essential vitamin and mineral levels in the muscles, so it's great to have your favourite Magnesium product at the ready when you arrive home to aid your recovery and minimise discomfort.

Natural pre-workout supplements

Fusion Health Energy Multi Advanced
If your energy levels are low before a workout, try an energy boosting supplement like Fusion Health Energy Multi Advanced. This supplement uses traditional Chinese herbs to promote stamina and boost energy, like B-group Vitamins for that boost, Coenzyme Q10 to maximise chemical energy production and Creatine and Zinc to assist with muscle activity - essential before a gym session.

Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate
Another great source of pre-workout protein is the Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate, which is completely natural, vegan and free from common allergens such as wheat and nuts, so it's also great as a source of protein for vegans and vegetarians who aren't necessarily using it as a pre-workout supplement, but might struggle to get their recommended daily protein elsewhere.

NuZest Clean Lean Protein Vanilla
Containing over four times the protein content of meat, fish and eggs is the NuZest Clean Lean Protein. This vanilla flavour is so delicious and tastes like a real treat, and it delivers over 20 grams of protein per serve, derived from European Golden Peas, plus all 9 essential amino acids needed by the body for growth and repair of the muscles and tissues. Vegan and Gluten Free, this easily digestible supplement makes a quick and easy protein shake.

Amazonia Raw Workout Powder
The Amazonia Raw Workout Powder is a great one for enhancing energy, stamina and hydration while you exercise, and you can just mix some in to your water or even a smoothie. It contains a blend of Ginkgo, Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Yerba Mate, ancient seeds, and freeze-dried Coconut Water, as well as concentrated sea minerals and traditional herbs that have been picked specifically for their energy-enhancing qualities.

Natural post-workout supplements

Amazing Oils Organic Magnesium Oil
My absolute favourite product for relieving muscle aches and pains is Magnesium! I can't recommend the Amazing Oils Magnesium Oil enough. This oil can be sprayed on and rubbed in to any aches and pains, and you can even use it to relieve headaches by spraying it on the base of your neck. When applied topically the results are almost instant, so it's a great product to pop in your gym bag to use as needed.

Herbs of Gold Muscle Resuscitation
A great supplement to revive fatigued muscles after a workout is the Herbs of Gold Muscle Resuscitation Magnesium Powder. Mixed into juice or water, it uses the energising properties of Magnesium to relieve muscular aches, spasms and cramps as well as provide nutritional support of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, which means you'll recover sooner.

Ethical Nutrients Primrose, Fish Oil & Vitamin E
The Ethical Nutrients Primrose, Fish Oil & Vitamin E tablets are another great supplement to take after a workout as they work to assist and support with a healthy cardiovascular system, and can even help with inflammation and mild arthritis. Rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, this restorative supplement can help ease joint mobility by delivering nutrients essential for healthy body function.

Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak
I really believe that a good soak in the bath tub can help to alleviate all kinds of muscle soreness and aches, and I love gentle scent of the Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak. Containing Rosemary and Lavender Oils as well as Birch Leaf and Arnica Flower Extracts, this soothing bath soak can be added to a tub full of water to help ease pain after intense exercise and replenish a tired body, all while being so gentle on skin.

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