Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Bowmar Nutrition Colon Cleanse

Some supplements are great for weight lifters. And then they are some supplements that are great for literally every human being on the planet- this being one of them. Over the last few weeks, I have received a ton of questions regarding this product, usage, etc and since there are so many "detox" teas and crap products on the market- I knew I needed to write a blog on this product. Roughly 70% of your health comes from your gut- the healthier your gut- the healthier you are. If you find yourself bloated, sick, tried, or all of the above- you should look to healing your gut. We know this product can help with that. 

This product is a great addition to our fiber and probiotics that we offer! This does not replace either of these products, it is a wonderful addition to your daily supplement regiment. If you would like a further explanation on either fiber or probiotics, I highly recommend clicking on the respective link for further readings

Think of your gut / intestinal track like a water slide (bear with me). If you do not weigh enough, you will not make it down the water slide or it will take FOREVER. If you're not catching drift- you are your poop in this analogy. Adding fiber will weigh you down and get you down the water slide without backing everyone else up. That being said- TOO much fiber can make you too heavy and cause even worse constipation. The general rule of thumb for fiber is 14g for every 1000 calories you are eating. Probiotics will make the people on the raft on the water slide different (aka better) and get you down the slide fastest with the healthiest route possible. The new colon cleanse product will push more water down the slide and will also help heal patches that are leaking water on the slide. 

Is this an every day product?
Yes- it is an every day product. Every person is different and will need different durations based on their gut and it's health. I recommend 2 pills in the morning and 2 in the evening for at least 2 weeks. Assess your bathroom visits, bloat, etc. If you feel that you become consistent with bathroom visits, you can reduce to 2 pills a day. I do recommend this product as daily use if you do not plan to change diet habits (as those are what caused the unhealthy gut in the first place). There is also no harm in taking 4 pills every single day of this as these are not laxatives and you will not become dependent on them. I do recommend, as always, to drink at least a gallon of water a day with them. 

I also want to mention that laxatives are not the sustainable answer if you are bloated or constipated. Long term laxative use can program your colon's peristaltic mechanism (contractions of the intestinal wall) to turn off- this can also damage bowel nerves and your bowel tissues. It is best to figure out the cause of your constipation and fix/heal it the right way. Some common causes of constipation are medications, dehydration, poor diet, stress, trauma, mineral and nutrient deficiency, imbalance in gut flora, etc

Now that we have the high level stuff out of the way, I want to dive more in to some of the nitty gritty details if you are interested. If I have answered all of your questions, you can order here

This is not just a poop pill. We have ingredients in the colon cleanse product that will help repair your colon / intestines as well. For example, magnesium hydroxide (also known as milk of magnesia) is considered to be the more gentle colon cleanser (and it's cramp free).  Milk thistle removes precursors of free radicals through 3 antioxidant enzymes (catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase) in addition to metal- binding proteins such as myogoblin, ferritin, etc. 

This product is also extremely different than the "detox" teas (aka the poop teas IG models promote). Our bodies have built in processes to detoxify naturally, six of them to be exact! 

Our liver is the workhouse of the detox process and is tasked with breaking down toxins (from inside and outside our bodies) and help them to safely exit the body. Your kidneys help flush water soluble waste out via urine and your colon escorts toxins and waster matter out via feces. Even your sweat can help release toxins stored in body fat. The problem is that we are all exposed to more toxins than our detox systems can handle and we take in toxins faster than we are able to get rid of them. In short, our buckets are overflowing and the result is chronic health issues. 

Our colon cleanse product is a great way to support your body's natural cleansing and detoxifying processes. It also will not cause dependency if you choose to stop taking them. We truly believe in this product and our reviews can speak for themselves! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Updated Diet Blog

A blog I have been wanting to write for months yet simultaneously avoiding for months- my diet update. I actually hate the word diet- I prefer eating habits, eating preferences, meal plan, nutritional plan, etc

Before I start this- formalities are needed: this style of eating may work for you, it may not. Please do not blindly copy what I do just because I do it. Listen to your body. If you find it’s causing an unhealthy relationship with food- stop doing it. Do your research before starting it- don’t just take my word for it.

Ok, here we go. Josh has been begging me for years to try low carb. I refused. I didn’t want to fear carbs. I wasn’t in a place, mentally, to give up such a large part of my diet. I was afraid I would become obsessive. I was afraid it was all I would crave. I was afraid of having an unhealthy relationship with food. So I avoided it. Until this year. I finally am in a place where I have a very solid relationship with food and I decided to give it a try for two weeks. 

January 1- that’s what I did. We had left our week long family trip at Disney World and I decided to go all in. I don’t like to call my eating style “keto” because I eat too much protein and not enough fat for “keto”. I also don’t like to call what I do “low carb” as that is an unhealthy way to look at it- I call it high fat / high protein- helps me form my eating habits into a more positive light.

Are carbs bad? Nope. Will they make you fat? Nope. The only way to gain fat is to eat in a calorie surplus- ie: more than you burn. What will limiting your carbs do? I can’t guarantee what it will do for you but I can tell you what it did for me:

After two weeks, my joints felt better, inflammation in my body had decreased, my cravings decreased to almost nothing, and I was losing body fat while maintaining my muscle mass. My overall calories did not change while starting this style of eating. I repeat- MY CALORIES DID NOT CHANGE. 

I am still doing this “diet” 90% of the time. It does make going out to eat much more difficult (which, let’s be honest- is a huge money savor). I will still eat the occasional dessert or high carb meal when we travel but for the most part, I am sticking to the high fat / high protein style of dieting. I feel better and I feel like I look better than I ever have. I am almost heavier than I have ever been and I LOVE IT. 

When I consume carbs now- I can tell my body becomes extremely inflamed (which is normal due to the amount of water the glycogen and carbs in your body need). I feel foggy and lethargic. Will this happen to you? Maybe, maybe not. We also had blood work done in February that deemed us both carb sensitive. Are you carb sensitive? Maybe, maybe not. Only blood work can determine that. 

This post is in no way meant to make you fear carbs. I don’t. I simply love the way my body feels on my high fat / high protein diet!

I highly suggest listening to podcasts from Ben Greenfield and watching Thomas Delauer on YouTube if you want to really dive in to the style of eating. For now- this is what I will continue to do. Doesn’t mean I will do it forever but that’s why they call it body building! 

Friday, May 24, 2019

What is Creatine?

We recently just launched Creatine13 and a lot of people have been asking what it is!

Creatine is a naturally occurring chemical in every human being. It is stored in muscle cells and a small amount is stored in your brain and kidneys. Creatine is one of the most studied and tested supplements in the world. It's role is to help produce ATP in the muscle cells- ATP is energy used by the muscle. By taking creatine13, you can increase your body's ATP production. A higher ATP production in your muscle cells, fibers, and muscle bellies- you will increase your muscle strength, muscle endurance, etc. More strength = larger muscle cells = more gains. 

Some common FAQs of creatine:

When should I take it? 
There is no "best" time, you just need to take it consistently 

Does this replace PRE?
This not a pre workout but it can be combined with PRE

Will yours dissolve?
Yes it dissolves in water or added PRE

Will it aid in weight loss?
More muscle mass = more calories burned = weight loss. It will not create a calorie deficit in your body but if you are in a calorie deficit, adding creatine13 will not cause weight gain

Will it cause me to hold water?
Creatine13 helps pull water into your muscle which can give a puffy appearance. It is highly recommended to drink a gallon of water a day, especially when using creatine. If your body becomes dehydrated- one of the first lines of defense is to store excess water in your face- giving you a puffy look and feel. Again, this is easily avoided by drinking enough water throughout the day 

Can women take this product?
Men and women will both see amazing results from supplementing with creatine13 if you are weight training 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Why You Don't See More Companies Offering Samples of Protein

The truth will set you free- and in this case, actually lead you to quality companies that talk the talk and walk the walk

We have learned a lot in the last few years since we have been in the supplement industry- from under dosing to marketing scams to just flat out liars.

Let's discuss protein powder- it's expensive to make. When people say there's no money in protein, there's no money in protein. Especially when you use the high quality that Bowmar Nutrition does. A lot of companies are strictly in the supplement industry to make money (ie: lose fat quickly, take this pill to get "tone", etc). There are NO quality checks when it comes to the supplement industry except for what the company itself imposes on its own products- voluntarily.

It's a scary world which is why we choose to set ourselves apart and operate in a GMP and FDA certified facility. It's why we test in house as well as third party test for quality, microbials, heavy metals, contaminants, etc. We don't have to do those things- we CHOOSE to do them because we are our own best customers and I only want the best of the best in my body.

That being said- 99% of supplement manufacturers do not have access to machines that will fill full size (20+g) sample sizes in house (where most of them can get away with their shady business). If you want a protein sample (or any sample)- you have to outsource. If you outsource, you are subjecting yourself to additional testing that the sample fulfillment company will run on your products. So why don't you see more companies with full size protein samples? Because many are lying to you about what's actually in their product and they don't want these fulfillment companies to test their products because they know what they are claiming isn't actually what is in their products.

Luckily, if you're reading this, you are probably already know (and trust) bowmar nutrition! Which is why I am so happy to announce we have our protein samples on our website available for everyone. We stand behind our products which is why we have 0 issues getting our protein into sample sizes for everyone to try- plus- they make great travel buddies too!

Take a look around- if you are ordering supplements from a different company and they offer samples in other products but not protein- raise your eyebrow. Ask the question- WHY! As a consumer- you deserve to be as informed as possible and I truly hope this blog helped shed some light!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Traveling With Supplements- My Tips!

We travel- A LOT. In fact, I am writing this in 12D on my O’hare flight. I am on roughly 50-70 planes a year, 1-2 cruises, 5 months of roadtrips, and extended stays in foreign countries. As we all know- food varies- especially on international travel. It can also be difficult to keep up on your training. But you literally have no excuse to not remain diligent on your supplement regiment. 

If you are new to my blog, welcome. I have another blog post titled “supplement checklist” and it detailed when I take my supplements as well as a link to each product that further explains in detail what each one does as well as a link to order. 

Now that the formalities are out of the way- let’s get to the good stuff

As I stated- I am on almost 75 planes a year. Many of those trips I do not bring a checked bag so I am limited on space in my carry on. My clothes usually make up 1/2 my bag, shoes 1/4 and supplements the remaining 1/4. 

On Domestic flights- there are NO limits on powders. Literally none. You could bring 45lbs of powder through TSA if you were so inclined. I have NEVER had a powder taken from me from my carry on on either a domestic or international fight. There are very rare cases that a tub of product will trigger an alarm in which TSA will swab in and return it to you. This happens to me maybe 5% of the time I fly. There are very, very few instances in which they will take a product from you and that only is when the swab detects something on the outside of the tub (it could be a multitude of things ranging from soap, perfume, gun powder, etc). If you are worried about TSA, simply check your bag and put your supplements in there. For international fights- it is recommended you contact the airline directly to discuss powder restrictions for your specific itinerary. 

So, how do I pack my supplements? It depends on how long I am going to be traveling for. Our shaker cups come with containers that can fit 10 scoops of PRE in them. If I will be traveling for longer than 10 days, I will simply pack the entire container of PRE instead of packing multiple tiny containers. To save room on the way back, I will only pack the exact number of scoops I need if I am packing the entire container so I can recycle it when I am done with it instead of lugging it all the way back home. The same goes for all powders. Our pills (probiotics, fish oil, and Joint 16) can all fit in the pill container portion of our shaker cup containers). Some people also use plastic baggies but we are very committed to limiting our waste contribution so the reusable containers can really come in handy instead of using a ton of plastic baggies that will just be thrown away. 

For short trips, I will pick 1 flavor of protein and pack the 1lb tub and use only that flavor for the time I am traveling. For a trip that warrants a checked bag, i will either pick a 5lb tub or multiple 1lb tubs of different flavors. I also bring 1 bar per day that I will be gone- including travel. 

Now, let’s talk water. I highly recommend bringing an empty gallon through TSA or an empty shaker cup and filling it up by your gate. Flying can be extremely hard on your body and I recommend 10oz of water for every 1 hour you are in the air (as a general rule of thumb)

The same rules also apply for cruises- we pack all our supplements for the exact number of days we will be on our trip + travel! It is always recommended to contact the specific cruise line but I have been on just shy of ten cruises and have never had an issue- just might take an extra hour or two to get your bags!

I truly hope these tips helped with traveling with supplements! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

PRE Workout

This blog is a few weeks overdue but we launched Bowmar Nutrition PRE during the week of the Arnold and then 10 days later took our top performing BN athletes of 2018 on a cruise!

It's safe to say we have tried several dozen different pre workouts on the market- both stimulant based and non stimulant based

We have been using pre workout for almost a decade and started taking notes of what we liked and what we would improve on

In 2019, we formulated the best stimulant based PRE the world has ever seen. On top of it's amazing benefits of a pump pre, it is stimulant based which can help with energy and focus and overall mood. There are also 17 of the most powerful, clinically dosed, ingredients that are proven to improve your workout and recovery. You can order here: https://bowmarnutrition.com/products/pre-workout

In later 2019, we released our line of non-stimulant PRE (removed the caffeine) for those who lift late night or those who have negative side effects of caffeine. That line can be found here: https://bowmarnutrition.com/products/pre-workout-stimulant-freehttps://bowmarnutrition.com/products/pre-workout-stimulant-free

The new question- who needs PRE? No one NEEDS any supplement but our products can help take your workout from a 7 to a 10 which will obviously increase your overall results

When? PRE is best 15-30 minute before your lifting workout. As it is a stimulant based product, taking it directly before cardio only is not recommended. However, taking PRE, lifting, and then doing cardio should be fine

As with every stimulant based product, it is recommend to start slow and work your way up based on your tolerance. And NEVER take more than recommended

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fit Girl Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season! I have always loved gift guides and thought it would be a fun idea to put together a fit girls guide! This will help pick gifts for the fit girl in your life or even give you ideas on things to ask for if you yourself are a fit girl!

Let's get started! I have broken it down to supplements, clothes, shoes, and misc items like skin care and gym bag goodies!

The obvious gift to win anyone over is clearly anything from bowmarnutrition.com! You will win your fit girl over and be the talk of the town for the entire year!

Crop tops
Balance Crops, Leggings, and Sweatshirts
Alo Leggings

Adidas Ultra Boost
Adidas Swift
Adidas Edge Lux
Adidas Cloudfoam

Misc Items
Gym Bag
Resistance Bands
Healthy Recipe Books
Wireless Headphones
Blender Bottles
Face Wipes
Mini Foam Roller
Custom Water Bottle
Self Tanner (code BOWMARFITNESS to save $)
Headbands (code BOWMAR to save $)
Lil Buff Cake Mixes (code BOWMARFITNESS to save $)