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WORK ON YOUR SLEEP TODAY. When the days get shorter, a good night’s sleep is even more important to reaching your goals. Check out these tips for wholesome wellness to support deeper sleep. And don’t forget to turn back your clock on 11/7.

Building The Foundation For Sleep Support

A good night’s sleep is key to achieving your personal, professional and health goals. It allows your body and mind time to relax and replenish, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and makes sure you have physical and mental energy you need to conquer the day. For a balanced sleep-wake cycle, you need a balanced health plan. Try these tips for wholesome wellness to support deeper sleep.

Melatonin For The Win

A healthy sleep cycle means you feel tired at night and awake in the morning. Regular sleeping patterns revolve around lightness and darkness – when the sun goes down and night approaches, your brain’s pineal gland starts to produce more melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy and ready for bed. Your brain decreases melatonin production as the morning approaches, helping you wake up and stay awake. But a hectic schedule – one that keeps you up late or wakes you up early – may throw off your sleeping clock and make it hard to get back on track. A melatonin supplement can offer a natural way to support restful sleep.

A Fulfilled Day For A Relaxed Night

Your brain and body will get the most out of a night’s sleep when they’re properly nourished, exercised and relaxed during the day. Get the productive sleep you deserve by making sure your body is equipped with the nutrients it needs all day long. An effective and efficient way you can fill any nutritional gaps in your diet – which most of us have, no matter how healthy we try to eat – is by taking a daily multivitamin. Along with a healthy diet, a multivitamin delivers a combination of calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, C, D and E, and other nutrients.

Support Brain Health To Support Sleep Health

There is truth to the old adage that eating fish is good for you brain. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which help maintain a healthy cognitive and nervous system. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t produce omega-3s naturally, so make sure your diet is rich in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel. A fish oil supplement can also deliver the recommended daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids. You can take them anytime throughout the day; it doesn’t need to be timed to your sleep schedule to deliver benefits.

Sleep Recovery Is Powered By Protein

Your body is doing a lot when you’re snoozing; it’s a time for your body to rest and replenish. Protein supports muscles at night and throughout the day to fuel these nighttime bodily functions like repairing muscle and recharging. And while you should be aiming for up to 30g of protein at each meal depending on weight and activity level, an evening snack with casein proteins like a cup of cottage cheese or casein protein shake can also support nighttime muscle repair following intense training. Caseins are more slowly absorbed, supporting a steady release of amino acids throughout the night. You can learn more about the different types of protein here.

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Get Back Into Routine:
Tips For Staying Healthy & Active All Fall Long

As summer fun ends, it’s the perfect opportunity to rearrange your schedule and refocus your goals. Autumn brings cooler temperatures and, depending on where you live, beautiful scenery with different produce options from the farmers market. If you’ve let your regimen go, it’s time to get motivated and get back on track with daily supplement essentials. Here, we share tips to get started and maintain healthy habits for fall and beyond.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

With the 90-degree days behind us, you have one less excuse to get outside and get busy. Hiking and biking are great ways to keep your workout routine fresh while taking in the beautiful fall scenery. And, although they may not be at the top of your list, keeping your yard tidy by weeding, mowing the lawn and raking leaves can burn over 300 calories per hour, depending on your weight and the intensity of your work.

FUEL FOR FALL

Apple picking, anyone? Summer may be over, but fall flavors are just beginning! Sweet potatoes are in season and are a way to get beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Just drizzle with olive oil, top with some salt and pepper, pop them into your oven and you’ve got a decadent side dish. Pumpkin is a surprisingly versatile food that’s low in fat and calories, but rich in beta-carotene, potassium and vitamin C. Instead of opting for a pie or latte, get your favorite fall flavor by using it as a creamy base for smoothies, dips, and soup—such as this Pumpkin Soup with Whey Protein.

SUPPORT FOR SUCCESS

If you want to be your healthiest self this fall, you may need to take stock of your vitamins and supplement routine. You want to make sure what you’re taking works as a system so you get comprehensive support for your health goals. These supplements may make it easier to get back on track and are a great addition to your wellness plan.

Total Lean® Lean Shake™ - This innovative powder supplement combines your protein, fiber and added nutrients all in one convenient shake to help you feel full and satisfied. Try this Fluffy Chocolate Mousse as a way to indulge without the guilt or throwing your routine off track.

Protein - Stay fueled with ready-to-drink protein to complement an on-the-go lifestyle.

Multivitamin - Take one daily to fill nutritional gaps in your diet caused by less-than-ideal food choices.

Omegas - Your body can do a lot of things, but it can’t produce enough omega-3 fatty acids on its own. A daily fish oil supplement can help support your brain, heart and joint health.

Probiotics - Get your gut health back on track by including a probiotic supplement in your daily regimen. Think probiotics are just for digestion? Think again. Look for one specifically formulated to support your lifestyle and get targeted support for your healthy living.

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A YOGA POSE YOU CAN FLEX: #TEAMGNC’S CANDACE TEACHES THE FOREARM STAND

 

Learn the proper form of a forearm stand and practice by strengthening the required muscles.

 

Can’t watch Candace’s whole video? Read the full transcript instead.

Hi, everyone. My name is Candace Cabrera, and I'm a yoga instructor, personal trainer and entrepreneur. I'm really excited to join Team GNC and bring my expertise to help you live well. To me, living well means setting yourself up for success and moving with intention. These days, you see a lot of seemingly complicated yoga poses on social media and it can feel really intimidating to try to practice those poses, but don't worry, because I'm going to be breaking down forearm stand, otherwise known as Pincha Mayurasana, to make it more accessible to you. All right, everybody, let's get to this. I'll meet you over at the yoga mat.

When you're working your way into these more advanced athletic poses, it's really important to keep in mind your posture and alignment within the pose so that you don't injure yourself. If you keep that intention, you move with intention, you work slowly getting into it, it'll help you to prevent injury.

Some things to consider. You may want to strengthen through your psoas, you may want to strengthen through the adductors and through the glutes and hamstrings. How do you do that? Well, I'm really excited to share a couple of tips and tricks, some exercises to help you strengthen so that you can come into a beautiful forearm stand.

All right, let's strengthen the psoas. For this exercise, you'll need a resistance band. Your psoas starts around T12, and you have it on both sides. It goes through your body and connects to your lower body. Come down onto your back, strengthen the core all the way around. Take your resistance band and put it just over the arches of the feet. Lift your legs so that your shins feel like they're parallel to the ground. Keep the core braced, flex your feet, spread your toes, and then lift your arms. Watch my shoulders, you want to reach the arms away. From here, begin to extend the right arm and left leg while keeping the right leg stable. As your right leg works against the resistance of the band, you're strengthening the right psoas. We'll go over to the other side and you can continue like this. This should help you in your posture as you get into forearm stand.

For this next exercise, we're going to be focusing on the adductors, that's your inner thighs here. For this exercise, you're going to need some sort of props. I've got a box here, but you can use an ottoman or a couch. Come down onto your mat when you're ready and lie on your side. Bring your top leg onto the box. You can be on your forearm or you can be on your hand, but wherever you are, you want to push the mat away so that you're not sinking into the shoulders. Activate that core strength all the way around and begin to put a little pressure into your leg so that you feel your adductors fire on. Bring your top hand to your hip and slowly begin to rise up and squeeze this bottom leg in. Hold here for 10, 15 or 20 seconds, and then when you're ready, begin to release and take it over to the other side.

All right everyone, the next exercise we going to work on is for the glutes and the hamstrings. When you strengthen your glutes and hamstrings, you'll have more control when you lift that leg up. You don't need a weight, but you do need a pair of socks. Slide your socks on and then come off your yoga mat, fold it in half. You'll sit on the edge of the mat and come to lie down, feet will stay about hip distance and draw your heels in towards your hips. Tuck your chin, press down into your heels and lift your hips up to full extension. Keep your core strong as you extend your legs. Continue to press through the heels and pull them back in. You'll feel this right away through the hamstrings and the glutes. Incorporating this movement into your workout routine will help to strengthen those glutes and hamstrings for more stability as you get up into your forearm stance.

All right everybody, let's get into Pincha Mayurasana, or forearm stand. Let's start in downward facing dog. You can pedal out your legs, this is going to help get you that flexibility that you need to get the leg up. Then when you're ready, you can slowly lower down onto your forearms. You have the option staying here in dolphin pose with the forearms parallel, or you can bring the hands into a prayer position and begin to shimmy side to side on the forearms to pull the skin pretty taught. Push the ground away. When you're ready, begin to rise up onto your tip toes and walk your feet as far forward as you can. Lift your leg, do a couple hops off that bottom foot, and then when you're ready, slowly come into it. Keep pressing the ground away, squeezing the legs together, core strong. When you're ready, slowly begin to lower out of it.

Those are the basics for getting into forearm stand, or Pincha Mayurasana. If it feels overwhelming or intimidating, don't worry about it, just focus on the different pieces of the puzzle that you need to work on so that you can come into a really strong and stable forearm stand. For forearm stand, you obviously need some upper body strength for sure, but don't forget about the psoas, the adductors, the glutes and hamstrings. These exercises will really help those seemingly forgotten muscle groups so that you find more stabilization and better alignment in forearm stand.

There you have it. Thank you so much for practicing with me. Be sure to like this video, comment, and subscribe for more. See you next time.

 

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DON’T LET SILENCE HIDE US.

 

Wrestling with mental illness is often a private, invisible battle. But it shouldn’t be. That’s why UNBREAKABLE PERFORMANCE™ and MVP work to help people share and own their stories. And we’re happy to do our part. GNC is proud to donate to the effort—in addition to the money raised through your purchases.

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FIND YOUR STRENGTH INSIDE.

 

Go the extra mile, hit the last set and achieve your new personal best with help from expertly formulated fitness and wellness support from fan-favorite Alani Nu. GNC Mansfield Towne Crossing located at the Target Shopping Center has several different flavors to help you meet your goals including the new Witches Brew.

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL!

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Supplements to Support Immune Health

With so many supplements claiming to boost your immune system, it can be hard to know what’s going to actually work for you. Don’t settle for just any supplement—make what you opt for ones that have evidence to back up the claims. Here are supplements with science to support their role in immune health.

1. VITAMIN C

Vitamin C tops the list in terms of supporting your immune health. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, working to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. (You can read more about antioxidants here.) Plus, vitamin C helps the body make collagen and helps improve the absorption of iron from plant-based foods. It also helps the immune system so it can do its job.

Fruits and vegetables like green peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and leafy greens are all great sources of vitamin C. But if you’re worried that you’re not getting enough from your diet, a supplement can also cover the bases for you. They even come in tasty, chewable tablets, so they’re not a total chore to take.

2. ZINC

Along with immune support, zinc is involved in the majority of metabolic processes in the human body. It plays a key role in carbohydrate metabolism, glucose utilization and insulin production. It’s also involved in collagen synthesis and is an essential nutrient for the formation of bone matrix. In addition, zinc supports the body’s natural resistance.

Zinc is found in many foods, such as red meat, poultry and seafood. Some plant-based foods, such as beans, nuts, whole grains and dairy, have some zinc, too. Fortified breakfast cereals also have zinc. Plus, zinc is present in almost all multivitamin/mineral dietary supplements and is available alone as a dietary supplement.

3. VITAMIN A

Vitamin A is most often associated with vision, but its role goes way beyond eyesight. When it comes to your body, it does a little bit of everything. It does a big part in gene expression, meaning it has influence on the body through its regulation of genes. Plus, vitamin A plays a role in the maintenance of body linings and skin, immune defenses and reproduction. There is considerable research supporting the need for vitamin A in the regulation of the genes involved in immune health.

To make sure you’re getting enough vitamin A, eat plenty of vegetables like broccoli, green, leafy veggies, carrots and squash. Fortified breakfast cereals, dairy products and some types of fish—like salmon—can also help you meet your daily needs. Of course, you can also get vitamin A as a dietary supplement, usually in the form of retinyl acetate or retinyl palmitate, beta-carotene, or a combination. Most multivitamin supplements are formulated to include vitamin A, too.

4. VITAMIN D

Vitamin D might be referred to as a vitamin, but it also acts as a hormone, participating in many roles in the body. Vitamin D helps to maintain strong bones, helps muscles move and—you guessed it—supports your immune system as well. Keeping your body supplied with adequate amounts of it can help boost your overall immune health.

Very few foods have vitamin D naturally. Fortified foods, such as milk, as well as some fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna, are among the best food sources. Due to the limited food sources, vitamin D supplements are pretty popular. It can be found in two different forms, D2 and D3—and both have been shown to increase vitamin D levels in the blood.

5. VITAMIN B6

Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, is a critically important nutrient with a wide range of functions in the body. In fact, the body needs Vitamin B6 for more than a hundred enzyme reactions involved in metabolism. It plays a big role in protein metabolism and is involved in multiple roles related to immune function.

Vitamin B6 comes from a variety of foods in your diet, such as poultry, fish, potatoes, starchy vegetables and non-citrus fruits. Vitamin B6 is also found in most multivitamin and mineral supplements, as part of a B-complex vitamin, or alone, as pyridoxine hydrochloride.

6. VITAMIN E

Looking for yet another powerful antioxidant? You’ll want to check out Vitamin E. It works in the body to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Cells use vitamin E to interact with each other and to carry out important functions. The body also uses Vitamin E to help boost its immune system.

Vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and green, leafy vegetables are all good sources of Vitamin E. Some breakfast cereals, margarines and other foods have vitamin E added to them during manufacturing—just another reason to read your labels! Most multivitamin supplements include vitamin E as part of the formula. You can also get vitamin E alone in a dietary supplement.

7. PROBIOTICS

If you want to do even more to support your immune health—be sure to go with your gut! The digestive track serves as an immune organ by protecting the body from potentially harmful microbes that have been consumed. Probiotics are known for their positive role in supporting digestive health, but research suggests that some strains of probiotics support immune health as well. You can find probiotics in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut or kombucha. Probiotics are also available as a dietary supplement. And for even more support, you can find probiotics that are formulated with vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc. GNC probiotics have been clinically studied, are guaranteed live and active until the end of shelf life and do not require refrigeration.

8. GNC EARTH GENIUS IMMUNE MUSHROOM COMPLEX

You might not think about mushrooms when you’re looking for immune health supplements, but this blend of seven mushrooms and other ingredients provides powerful immune support. Immune Mushroom Complex includes Wellmune, a beta-glucan from a proprietary strain of non-GMO baker’s yeast (Sacchromyces cerevisiae) and is clinically studied to support immune function. Beta-glucans can also be obtained from many types of mushrooms. Immune Mushroom Complex contains mushroom powders including Maitake, Reishi, Lion’s Mane and Codyceps. This formula also includes Elderberry Fruit Extract and vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps support your immune system.

9. SLEEP SUPPORT

Getting adequate sleep is so important for your overall health. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep are less likely to feel their best. Sleep and the circadian rhythm can influence your immune health. Adults ages 18-64 should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you need help supporting restful sleep, try a melatonin sleep supplement or GNC Preventive Nutrition® Tri-Sleep®, a triple-layer sleep supplement that supports relaxation, going to sleep and calm sleep.

OTHER RECOMMENDED HEALTHY HABITS

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these everyday healthy habits:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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