Peak performance begins on the inside with a strong inner core. The result? Digestive upset including nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea PLUS a stressed immune system slows recovery.
Probiotics help to naturally restore microflora and maintain your core. Get the ultimate in gut health and boost immune support. Push harder. Recover faster. Attain peak performance. Available at your local health food store. Or order online at. The trend on probiotics continues to grow. Availability has extended from supplements into food and beverage — creating more confusion than ever before on which probiotics are best for you. Here are some important considerations when choosing a probiotic. The CFU count eg. Age, health conditions and the types of strains used, all factor into how much CFU you really need.
The right strain is more important than the number of strains. A probiotic strain that is clinically proven to aid in a number of health conditions may be all that is needed. Often multistrains are not tested in combination and one strain may inhibit another, thereby reducing the overall functionality of the probiotic. The most important factor is how the strains are clinically proven to be effective: at what threshold do they exert a benefit on the host; and do the strains work synergistically together.
Human Trials Using probiotics with strains that are clinically researched and proven in human clinical trials is key. Any strain can be patented — but not all are proven winners. For probiotics to be effective they must provide the appropriate health benefits. Bacteria then naturally colonizes the intestinal tract through a variety of sources: mother, environment, foods, etc.
Hence when supplementing with probiotics, human sourced strains can be a strong foundation to build from. These strains are most compatible and can survive the stomach acid and bile salts. A diversity of additional source strains animal, soil, plant, etc. Be sure to read labels carefully. By Nichelle Laus 36 Plyometric glute pump Build your glutes, burn calories and feel amazing. By Trish Stratus. Seek opportunity in your weakness. It is also a chance to become stronger. By Doris Ward. On the cover: Ready to rumble!
Trish Stratus balances sport, acting, yoga and business—now with two children at her side. By Payge Woodard pg. The next step, heat stroke—can kill. By Drs. By Payge Woodard 40 Drink lots of water, eat your vegetables—and do your Kegels!
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By Kathy Smart. By Jennie Graham. Many factors can influence your energy levels—try these tips to feel your best. By Dr. Joyce Johnson. By Brad King. When grounded and working well, it provides our sense of security in the world. By Lisa Greenbaum 80 Loving ourselves Exercising should not be a chore or a punishment—but rather, an expression of the love and gratitude we have for our bodies. By Tracy Isaacs and Samantha Brennan. Here are the top brands to bring out your best. By Valeria Nova and Lori Fabrizio 74 An ounce of prevention in Palm Springs Live better, longer: proactive medical testing is a new wave of wellness travel.
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The idea of fighting like a girl has changed, thanks to women like Trish Stratus. Her resume is unlikely: WWE wrestling star, actress, jock, yoga practitioner, business owner, partner and mother of two.
This exemplifies the essence of OptiMYz. We bring you inspiring stories of women who want it all and who do what it takes to get it. That includes finding balance in life and a healthy dose of humility. Life is also about stages. Certainly, motherhood is the ultimate game changer. Stratus is a fitting emblem of the theme of this issue: women power. Like all talented people, she is full of paradoxes. She is obsessed with detail, while never losing sight of the big picture.
Thoughtful and introspective, she also loves a good fight, which she balances by practicing yoga. Early in her wrestling career, she set herself apart by training with the men, learning their moves and practicing taking a punch.
She also figured out how to deliver one. The biggest change came when her two children entered her life. Faced with fertility problems, she was thrilled by motherhood. That is the biggest joy and the biggest challenge. She is the definition of woman power. When we set out on a new path, we are never sure of the outcome. Life is about the journey—not the destination. Even the smartest people, like Trish, are never quite sure where they are headed. It is not a substitute for advice from your physician or qualified healthcare professional.
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Her Fit vs Fiction workshops tear down the myths related to beauty and fitness and empower people of all ages to appreciate who they are. Her practical relationship advice reaches millions of people as she travels extensively across the globe to work with couples to transform their relationships. Her passion is inclusive classroom-based sex and relationship education and she continues to volunteer with teachers, students and parents to promote programming that empowers youth and produces positive health outcomes.
Lisa Greenbaum is a YogaFit senior master trainer, international presenter and avid writer. She is the director of YogaFit Canada, the leader in mindbody education and she currently teaches yoga in Toronto, specializing in trauma-informed yoga practices.
Andrea Saliba is a certified holistic nutritionist, health coach and fitness instructor in Vancouver, BC. She offers nutrition plans to gain energy, strength, confidence. Her approach is to inspire people to make healthier food choices while educating her clients on the importance of the mind-body connection.
Stacy Chesnutt is an athlete, coach and race director whose passion is female empowerment through sport. Current online poll What is your favourite summertime activity? Ouch, my back! With 1. A key finding: work that involves the same body positions and one-sided movements can lead to pain.
The findings reveal that women experience more pain than men, with a higher frequency of females reporting pain conditions across all body regions. Retail workers and labourers suffer more pain than office workers, while lower back pain is the most common type of pain.