Categories Advice, Fitness, Health, Nutrition Advise, Sports Nutrition, Supplements

What are the most common sports supplements used for healthy diet plans in Dubai?

What are the most common sports supplements used for a healthy diet plan in Dubai?

Many athletes, bodybuilders as well as recreational athletes add supplements to their healthy diet plan to boost their strength, performance and recovery. The number of available supplements seems endless. Products start from multivitamins and minerals through to protein, creatine and various others.

Here are two of the most commonly used supplements for sports nutrition in Dubai:

Whey protein

Whey protein is one of the most used supplements for sports nutrition in Dubai. It is a protein made from cow’s milk and contains only small amounts of fat, carbohydrates or lactose. Lactose is the sugar found naturally in milk. The protein provided by whey is often referred to as a naturally complete protein and therefore commonly used in combination with a healthy diet plan. Complete proteins contain all nine essential amino acids which cannot be synthesized by the human body.

As part of well-planned sports nutrition, whey protein does not only provide the perfect combination of amino acids, it also contains BCAAs. BCAAs, or branch chain of amino acids, are the first amino acids used during intense exercise.

Combined with a healthy diet plan, whey protein provides the body with the required amino acids. These are needed to repair and rebuild lean muscle tissue. In addition to this, whey protein is very easy to digest for most people. It is absorbed quickly and can provide rapid nourishment to the muscles.

Creatine

Creatine is produced within the human body, occurs naturally in meat and fish or can be taken as a supplement as part of a healthy diet plan. Creatine supplements are used by many athletes and sportsmen and women in Dubai to boost their muscle strength and explosive power. It can help to train for longer and to increase overall performance.

Should you be taking supplements as part of a healthy eating plan?

Before you start to buy any supplements, you should make sure that your diet is healthy, well balanced and suitable for the type of sport you are conducting. If you are not sure if you are doing it right, you should consult a sports nutritionist in Dubai to discuss your diet and exercise regimen. We here at Beyond Nutrition can help you with a healthy diet plan and advise you on supplements. To design the best diet plan for you, we will take your lifestyle, eating habits, medical history, medications and supplements into consideration.

A healthy diet plan from a professional sports nutritionist in Dubai can help you to:

  • Increase your energy levels
  • maintain good health
  • help losing weight or body fat mass
  • help gaining lean muscle mass
  • speed up recovery
  • improve concentration

To read more about our sports nutrition experts or to book an appointment, click here.

Categories Advice, Bloating, Blood Test, Cramping, Diarrhea, Health, IBD, IBS, Nutrition Advise, Stomach Pain

What is the difference between IBS and IBD?

What is the difference between IBS and IBD?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are often mixed up, but they are not the same condition. IBS is a functional disorder (abnormal function of the bowel) that results in a group of different symptoms, but it’s not a disease itself. IBS does not cause inflammation, intestinal bleeding, ulcers, rectal bleeding, and/or permanent damage to the intestines.

The causes of IBS are currently unknown, but it is a chronic condition that needs to be managed on the long term. In many cases, the symptoms can be controlled by managing diet, lifestyle and stress.

Symptoms of IBS include:

  • Bloating
  • Gassiness
  • Cramping and abdominal pain
  • Altered bowel habits (alternating periods of diarrhea and constipation)

Females might experience that symptoms of irritable IBS may worsen during their menstruation.

There are different dietary approaches for patients with IBS and a qualified dietitian or nutritionist will help you to find the best method for you and guide you through the process of adapting your diet:

  1. High-fiber diet
  2. Low-fiber diet
  3. Gluten-free diet
  4. Elimination diet
  5. Low-fat diet
  6. Low FODMAP diet

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may have similar symptoms, but IBD is more serious than IBS. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe disorders that involves chronic inflammation of your digestive tract.

Types of IBD are:

  1. Ulcerative Colitis
  2. Crohn’s Disease

Ulcerative Colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the deepest lining of your large intestine and rectum. Crohn’s Disease on the other hand can affect different areas of the digestive tract and is also characterized by inflammation of the lining of the bowl tissue, which often spreads deep into affected tissue layers.

Symptoms of IBD vary depending on the location and severity of inflammation, but they may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss and anemia

Patients with Crohn’s Disease may get sores in their mouths.

IBD can also be associated with problems outside of the digestive system, such as:

  • Eye inflammation
  • Skin disorders
  • Arthritis

There is no special diet that is recommended for treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but some patients suffering from Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis manage symptoms with dietary changes and a low-residue or low-fiber diet that includes:

  • Eating smaller and more frequent meals
  • Taking vitamins and other nutritional supplements
  • Avoiding problem or trigger foods such as fatty and fried foods, meats, spicy foods, diary, and high fiber foods as these often lead to symptoms of bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain and cramps.

IBD are serious conditions that require medical attention. In addition to the medical treatment provided by doctors (medical or surgical treatment), a dietitian or nutritionist can help with dietary changes. Speak to one of our dietitians today to find the most suitable approach for you and find the right dietary approach to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

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