Category: Gluten-Free

An inside look at Promax Original & Lower Sugar

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Our mission is to inspire people to live a healthy, active lifestyle through good nutrition and regular exercise. We provide delicious, convenient, nutritionally balanced protein bars to fuel active consumers’ fit lifestyles. Since 1996 Promax is the fuel for doing! So what makes a Promax bar a promax bar? Our bars contain 18-20 grams of complete protein. All our bars are gluten-free, kosher, and vegetarian.

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Diets to try in 2017

 

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At the start of every year, everyone makes their new resolutions and many start a new diet that promises to help you reach your goals. Instead of just making healthy lifestyle decisions, we choose diets that we don’t know much about or if they are detrimental to our health.  Some diets that you should avoid in 2017 include diet pills (not prescribed by a doctor,) teatoxes, 6:1 diet, and juicing. All of these can cause more harm than help to your body. They might create an impression of weight loss and detox but they are very hard to maintain and can cause complications. Instead of choosing one of these fad diets this year, here are 4 lifestyle diets that will help you achieve a healthier, well-balanced self, while helping you slim down.

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How to Stay Fit While Enjoying Your Summer Travels and Vacations

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From short weekend beach trips to week long family getaways, and other such travel, it can be challenging to maintain you normal exercise, fitness, and dietary routines. Not to mention, you do not always have access to the same conveniences you have at home and at your local fitness center.

Some people will tell you since you are on vacation, you should relax, splurge, and enjoy yourself. However, you might be the type of person who will not be happy with themselves after returning home having packed on five or ten additional pounds.

The following suggestions and tips are ideal for both personal and business travel and will help you stay in shape, while still enjoying your summer adventures.

  • Pack Workout Tools – Resistance bands, water weights, and jump ropes do not take up much room in your carry on or checked bags. These tools help you get in a 20 or 30 minute workout before heading out for the day.
  • Utilize the Amenities in Your Hotel Room – Pack dry oatmeal, protein bars, and other such nutritious snacks and meals. As long as they are not liquids, you can carry them onto an airplane. If your room has a refrigerator, make a trip to a local grocery store and stock it with fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, and other healthy options.

TIP: If your hotel offers a free breakfast, you can pick up fresh fruit, yogurt, and other healthy items for free.

  • Visit Your Hotel’s Fitness Center – Try to choose accommodations which feature a fitness center, to have access to exercise equipment and machines to supplement the workout tools you brought along.
  • Do Your Workouts in the Morning – Getting up early while on vacation does not sound like fun. However, if you put off working out until later in the day or evening, you probably are going to feel tired and not do it. Plus, working out in the morning gives you more energy throughout the entire day.
  • Drink Plenty of Water – Having easy access to water is sometimes challenging while traveling and on vacation. Make it a point to drink water throughout the day to help remain hydrated.

    TIP: Pack a reusable water bottle or two in your luggage and keep these in your mini fridge.

  • Don’t Stress if You Deviate from Your Normal Workout Routine – You are on vacation or traveling with limited access. It is okay if you deviate a little. As long as you are trying to fit in 10 minutes of exercise and sticking to a healthy diet for your snacks and at least two out of three of your daily meals, you should be close to, if not in, the same condition as when you left home.

Remember to order plenty of protein and energy bars for your summer travels and vacations, by contacting Promax Nutrition today at (888) 728-8962.

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Living and Training with Celiac Disease

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Bread, bread, glorious bread! For those of us training to get lean, it’s something we may want to avoid, depending on our training schedules. But what if you have to avoid it? Absolutely cannot eat it? Those with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder, are in this predicament. How should you handle your training and nutrition if you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease?

The Basics: What is it?

Celiacs Disease is an autoimmune system disorder when your body cannot process gluten, which can be found in wheat, barley, or rye. When someone who has Celiac Disease comes in contact with any of these ingredients, it causes extreme discomfort and inflammation in their small intestine, putting a great amount of stress on their digestive system.

What are the symptoms?

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • weight loss
  • mouth sores

A list of other symptoms can be found here; symptoms vary for each patient.

How does Celiac Disease affect your workout?

Adjusting your nutrition when you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease is difficult enough. What about your exercise routine? Many people have many questions for their doctors—what exercises are safe to do?

Because people with Celiac Disease often have low iron, and thus, low energy, many professionals suggest starting out with a low-impact workout. For a lot of us, this is a difficult adjustment. But listen to your body and start off slow—then work your way back to where you were before you diagnosis. Exercises like pilates and yoga are a great place to start. They allow you to work muscles all over your body while not putting too much physical strain on yourself.

Finding a new workout regimen that works for you when first diagnosed is very important. Athletes are accustomed to the mood balance and enhancement that exercise gives them—don’t give up just because you become aware that a transition is imminent. We recommend reaching out to a trainer at a nearby fitness center or your current gym, to help you adjust your workouts to better suit your adjustment to living with Celiac Disease.

How does Celiac Disease affect your nutrition?

We have already mentioned that many people with Celiac Disease suffer from iron deficiency anemia. Because of this, a diet high in protein and calcium is recommended. You can get protein from lean meats such as chicken or fish and if you do not have time to cook, there is always the option of supplementing your daily diet with a protein shake or protein bar.

Where do I go from here?

Whether or not you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease, we at PROMAX are happy to answer your questions about what can be does to adjust your nutrition and training. Feel free to read our blog to learn more or contact us directly!

Different Types of Vitamins and Their Functions

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Eating the right foods keeps our bodies working properly, thanks to a mix of essential vitamins and nutrients. Found in many foods, from fresh fruits and vegetables to healthy energy bars, vitamins can either be water-soluble or fat-soluble. It is essential to have a good balance of the right vitamins in your system, as doing so contributes to your energy level and ability to fight off disease.

However, it can be difficult to know which vitamins are best to take. Since people have a variety of different careers that affect their daily routines and fitness levels, there is not one cure-all vitamin to take to remain healthy. Those that work in an office every day have needs that are different from firefighters, who have different needs than athletes.

It is important to consult with your physician before adding any vitamins or supplements to your diet because having too much of a vitamin can have a negative effect on your health. Your doctor will also be able to determine if you have any vitamin deficiencies so that you can build a vitamin regimen that meets your specific needs.

There are a number of types of vitamins though that you should consider adding to your daily regimen. These support everything from heart health to memory and are easy to obtain. Here is a list of some of the most common vitamins and the benefits they have:

Vitamin A
What It Does: Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and skin, and it also supports bone and tooth growth. In addition, vitamin A helps your immune system and is important in the reproductive process. Finally, vitamin A enables your heart, kidneys, lungs, and other organs to work properly.

Why You Need It: Although vitamin A deficiency is rare in North America, it is still important to have enough of it in your diet. There are certain groups of people that are at risk of having low vitamin A levels, including premature infants and people with cystic fibrosis. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to an eye condition called xerophthalmia, which can lead to blindness.

Best Foods for Vitamin A: Vitamin A can be found in both plant and animal sources. Some good foods to eat to get vitamin A are milk, cheese, and butter. Sources that are lower in fat are carrots, pumpkins, and apricots.

Vitamin B12
What It Does: Vitamin B12 promotes healthy nerve function and also helps your body make new cells. It can also help you lower your risk of heart disease because it breaks down fatty and amino acids.

Why You Need It: Those that are deficient in vitamin B12 can suffer from fatigue, anemia, loss of appetite, and constipation. Not having enough B12 in your system can also lead to neurological consequences, such as dementia and depression.

Best Foods for Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is among the types of vitamins that occurs naturally in foods and is also available as a supplement. Some foods that are rich in B12 are meats and dairy, including poultry, fish, cheese, liver, and yogurt.

Vitamin C
What It Does: Vitamin C is important for preventing infections and promoting a healthy immune system. It also helps the body absorb iron, which is a critical component in the process of carrying oxygen through your blood cells.

Why You Need It: Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps protect your cells from free radicals in the body. It is also needed to create collagen, which allows your wounds to heal. People who get little to no vitamin C may develop scurvy, which can also bring about depression and anemia, although it is rare.

Best Foods for Vitamin C: Citrus is a main source of vitamin C, although it is also found in vegetables. Some good foods to eat to get the vitamin C you need include broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, and oranges.

Vitamin D
What It Does: Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium in the body, which is important for bone health and development as you grow. It also helps reduce inflammation and benefits your immune system.

Why You Need It: Vitamin D can be absorbed naturally through sunlight. However, many people work long hours indoors and lack proper vitamin D levels. Deficiency can lead to brittle bones and osteoporosis.

Best Foods for Vitamin D: Dairy is an excellent source of vitamin D, which is not present in very many foods. In addition to being able to get vitamin D as a supplement, it can be found in milk, cheese, and fatty fish.

Vitamin E
What It Does: Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant to protect cells from damage and may also help in the fight against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also important to the immune system, fighting off bacteria and preventing infections.

Why You Need It: Vitamin E does a lot to keep your body healthy, including promoting healthy blood flow to keep it from clotting. Being deficient in vitamin E can lead to nerve and muscle damage, as well as vision problems and overall weakness.

Best Foods for Vitamin E: Vitamin E is found in a number of healthy fats, including avocados, vegetable oil, egg yolks, nuts, and whole grains.

Vitamin K
What It Does: Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and promotes bone health. Scientists are studying its effect on reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and osteoporosis.

Why You Need It: If you are taking a blood thinner for heart health, it is critical to get the right amount of vitamin K in your system each day. Without enough in your body, you may experience bruising and bleeding problems.

Best Foods for Vitamin K: Vitamin K is best found in leafy greens, such as collards, kale, spinach, turnip greens, cabbage, and broccoli.

Biotin
What It Does: Biotin is crucial to maintaining overall health because it increases absorption of protein, carbohydrates, and fat from food. It keeps your bones strong and your hair healthy and growing.

Why You Need It: Without biotin, your body is unable to naturally process and break down the foods you eat. While biotin deficiency is very rare, it can occur in athletes who consume raw egg whites over a long period of time. Deficiency can cause depression, nausea, loss of hair, and scaly dermatitis.

Best Foods for Biotin: Biotin is produced naturally in your intestinal tract, but can also be found in egg yolks, soybeans, whole grains, and organ meats.

Folic Acid
What It Does: Folic acid is responsible for making DNA and new red blood cells. It works to prevent anemia as well.

Why You Need It: Not having enough folic acid in your diet can cause anemia, which can deprive your body tissue of vital oxygen. Pregnant women with a deficiency may see birth defects in their children.

Best Foods for Folic Acid: Though folic acid is now added to most refined grains and foods like healthy protein bars, it is naturally occurring in legumes, liver, seeds, and greens like broccoli, spinach, romaine, peas, and okra.

Incorporating these important types of vitamins into your diet will help you stay healthy and increase your performance while exercising. For a workout bar that packs essential vitamins and none of the unnecessary stuff like artificial sweeteners, shop bars from Promax. We offer great tasting, high-protein energy bars for active people striving to achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle. For more information, feel free to visit our product page.

What Are the Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet?

You may hear a lot about being “gluten free” in the news and see menus offering gluten-free meals when you go out to eat. However, what does it mean to be gluten free and how does it affect your body? Gluten is a general term that is used to describe the proteins that are found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye. People suffering from celiac disease go on gluten-free diets to alleviate or eliminate some of their symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Migraines

A gluten-free diet is necessary for people with celiac disease, which attacks your small intestine when gluten is ingested. Although only one percent of the population has celiac disease, it is four times more prevalent than it was 60 years ago. Additionally, a gluten-free diet can be beneficial for those with autism, ADHD, or people who have wheat allergies. Learn more about foods that are naturally free of gluten so that you can consider the benefits of cutting it out of your diet.

Learn the Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet

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