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Let’s get BACK to BASICS for Digestion & Absorption

📌Back to basics- Digestion & absorption edition 🤓

It’s important to address these GI basics before thinking you need any advanced protocols.

The biggest culprits I see in my coaching practice is improper stress management, poor chewing and rushed eating! Focusing on these “low hanging fruit” lifestyle changes can make dramatic impacts!

Next is HCL insufficiency, bile salt insufficiency, enzyme insufficiency, and a lack of dietary fiber (Insoluble vs Soluble).

Stomach acid is essential for proper digestion, especially protein and supports the absorption of essential nutrients, such as, Zinc, Copper, Iron, Calcium & B12. Not only does it help with digestion but it plays a vital role in protecting the body from harmful pathogens.

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Taking stomach acid suppressors, skipping meals and eating a low protein diet!⁣
✔️Start: Addressing chronic stress, eat a nutrient dense diet, improve your gut / brain connection with mindful eating practices. 🧘‍♀️

Lack of digestive enzymes production which are vital to properly break down the food we eat, can lead to slower transit time and poor nutrient absorption. This can result in feelings of bloat, constipation, acid-reflux, and gas.

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Rushing your meals and slouching around after eating.⁣
✔️Start: Supporting stomach acid production, chew your food properly (20-30 Times) and address any underlining gut inflammation. ⁣

Bile release is crucial for the emulsification of fats, so that they can then be properly broken down and absorbed. You won’t get the all the benefits of these healthy fats if they are not properly broken down. 🧈⁣

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Restricting fats or consuming too much of the wrong kind, like vegetable oils & fake butter⁣
✔️Start: Getting enough healthy fats in your diet and support stomach acid production

Finally, a healthy and balanced gut flora supports our body to proper digest food and protects from harmful pathogens. 🙌🏻

Complete digestion = more optimal nutrients! 🍽

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The benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

🍄 🧠 Lion’s Mane is large and has a shaggy appearance with white cascading spines that resemble a lion’s mane, hence the name. It is known as the “smart mushroom”, related to how it can improve mental clarity, focus, alertness, nerve health and overall brain support. But that’s not all, it has been shown to improve athletic performance too!

What makes lion’s mane mushroom so special?

This mushroom contains high amounts of a compound called β-glucan polysaccharides, which is a type of naturally occurring glucose polymer found in cell walls of certain fungi and bacteria. This mushroom is also rich in, lectins, proteins, lipids, hericenone, erinacine and terpenoids, which is basically everything an athlete needs for top performance. Along with β-glucan, these compounds are responsible for many of the health benefits associated with lion’s mane.

BENEFITS OF LION’S MANE MUSHROOM FOR ATHLETES:

  • Contains anti-fatigue properties and increases energy.
  • Improves concentration, focus, and overall cognitive function.
  • Reduces inflammation and recovery time.
  • Accelerates fat metabolism.
  • Improves gut health.
  • Boosts the immune system

Anxiety and Depressive symptoms have also been reduced in humans fed 2g of lion’s mane, via cookies, over the course of 4 weeks. There was a significant difference between groups on the measurements of concentration and irritability, favoring the lion’s mane group.

THE BOTTOM LINE

It is well known that proper training, nutrition, and supplements are integral pieces in an athlete’s progress. Lion’s mane mushroom continues to gain popularity due to its various health benefits, however the potential benefits for athletes makes it a unique food for sports nutrition. Studies continue to show the positive physical and mental outcomes from utilizing lion’s mane. There are several ways to incorporate lion’s mane mushroom into your diet, this includes eating them whole or taking lion’s mane extract as a nutritional supplement. Athletes looking to further advance their performance should consider our newest lion mane’s supplement to add to their daily routine for optimal results.

We have been adding one serving to our morning protein smoothie! @ommushrooms

❔What brand to get❔
7 Best Lion’s Mane Supplements (in no particular order)

•Mind Lab Pro — Best Lion’s Mane Supplement Stack
•Nootropics Depot Lion’s Mane 8:1 Extract — Best Lion’s Mane Mushroom Capsules
•Om Mushroom Superfood Lion’s Mane Organic Powder — Best Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder
•Real Mushrooms Lion’s Mane Capsules — Best Organic Lion’s Mane Supplement
•Genius Mushrooms — Best Mushroom Supplement With Lion’s Mane
•Host Defense Lion’s Mane — Best Lion’s Mane For Overall Health
•Double Wood Supplements Lion’s Mane Mushroom — Best Lion’s Mane For The Money

SOURCES:

PMID: 29953363 PMID: 20834180  PMID: 20834180 PMID: 24266378

References:

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