Two Key Supplements for Women’s Health: HER ESSENTIALS and PRO5 HERS!

Continuing with our theme of top women’s fitness and health this week, we’d be shortchanging our readers to not point out that while exercise is crucial for a good figure — hence all the help we’ve gotten from Chico Sports Club trainer Allie Campagna, who’s written a great workout and top training tips for women this week —  there is no more important phase of good health than a solid nutritional plan and a good diet.

But sometimes, even with a personalized menu designed to drop the fat and build muscle, you need to fill in the blanks to maximize the benefits — to get the most bang for your buck, in other words. That’s where NUTRISHOP comes in, and for women, there are few better options than HER ESSENTIALS and PRO5 HERS. These products are specifically designed for women’s health, because as we know, what works for men is totally different. NUTRISHOP is after giving a fully customized plan, and that includes specific products as well, not just “one-size-fits-all” advice.

HER ESSENTIALS is designed to supplement your nutrition to provide healthier hair and stronger nails, as well as improved skin appearance. HER ESSENTIALS is based on a formula called Synergistic Ultra Support Technology, combined with superior delivery nutrients to provide one of the best all-in-one hair, skin and nail products available.

Synergistic Ultra Support Technology is a comprehensive blend of  minerals, amino acids, collagen and antioxidants, as well as a formula of herbal extracts that helps provide a top-notch overall women’s supplement:

  • Three vitamins crucial to proper health and growth of hair, skin, and nails. Not only that, but HER offers added immune, antioxidant and hormonal support to help keep the body healthy and fight the aging process.
  • A stress support formula that reduces daily stress factors that can affect the nervous system, leading to stress and advanced aging — both factors that reduce your overall appearance and well-being. Scientific research has shown that nerve care and stress reduction both play a part in energy, happiness and beauty, and HER provides both with a special blend of B-vitamins.
  • Calcium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and a full spectrum 72 trace mineral complex are part of an advanced formula that has been proven to strengthen skin, hair and nails, improving their overall look and feel. These essential minerals are often missing in most people’s everyday diet, especially if that diet isn’t clean. HER ESSENTIALS fills in those gaps, offering a noticeable difference where it counts for women.

We also are sure that our loyal followers know that protein is one of the most important supplements and macronutrients you can take. But that doesn’t mean you should just find whatever’s cheapest in the grocery store or big box wholesaler. PRO5 HERS offers not only the five-protein blend that has made PRO5 NUTRISHOP customer favorite, but it’s also specifically formulated the recipe just for women.

With five different types of protein, PRO5 offers five different absorption rates, which create the best overall effect as your muscles are searching for amino acids to convert and rebuild tissue. This process, known as protein synthesis, relies on more than just one hour of protein absorption, as is offered with most whey isolate products. Instead, PRO5 has five different stages of protein absorption, meaning a longer, more sustained protein delivery system that is much more beneficial.

Now, NuTek could have simply kept the formula the same, thrown on a pink lid and said it’s “for women.” Instead, this product is definitely designed for the fairer sex (and no, men, you should not take this product — it’s not for you!).

The big difference is with the inclusion of soy protein isolate, which has been shown to help fight bone loss, particularly in women 30 and older, and also may significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer. Osteoporosis and breast cancer are two giant health issues middle-aged women face all around the world, and studies have shown that soy protein isolate supplementation can address them directly (though men are not advised to consume soy protein, as it can have anti-testosterone properties).

On top of all this, PRO5 HERS contains a digestive enzyme that helps process the product smoothly, removing the bloating that women often experience with low-grade, Mickey Mouse protein powders bought from big box stores.

The Benefits of Strength Training for Pregnant Women

Allie Campagna, an ACSM-certified personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Chico State, is a personal trainer at Chico Sports Club and specializes in women’s fitness. But on top of that, he’s also finishing up her ICEA certification as a prenatal fitness director and has was willing to help illustrate the myriad benefits of prenatal strength training.

“Fitness is huge for pregnant women,” Allie says. “This is an area that has so many positives, so many benefits.”

On top of research-backed statistics showing that prenatal strength training can lower the chance of birth complications and C-sections, other benefits include:

  • Maintaining healthy body weight, and not gaining extra, unnecessary fat during pregnancy
  • Shorter, less complicated labor
  • Higher energy levels throughout pregnancy
  • Fewer physical symptoms and fewer pain complaints during pregnancy
  • Greater tolerance of stresses of labor
  • Quicker post-partum recovery — getting your fit body back quicker, dropping baby weight and maintaining body throughout pregnancy.

You might be wondering how workouts would even work while you’re pregnant — that’s where a specialist like Allie comes in. Obviously, nutrition throughout all stages of pregnancy is important, and NUTRISHOP has certain, everyday products to keep muscle tone good and body fat levels healthy, but what to do and how to do it in the gym is an area where Allie excels.

“When it comes to fitness and pregnancy, you want to make sure your workouts are completely well-rounded,” Allie says (no pun intended!). “The focus is not so much on training for anything, but for working on developing and strengthening bodies and doing exercises more specific to build up to delivery.”

Allie likes to have pregnant clients focus on proper warm-ups and cool-downs, getting into a moderate cardiovascular zone and performing low-impact resistance and strength training with compound muscle exercises. It would seem like pregnancy can be a tricky time to gain motivation for the gym, but Allie says many women can find it just from the standpoint of being in the best possible frame of mind.

“The biggest motivation is just feeling good, healthy and fit throughout the pregnancy,” she says. “It’s important to create positive energy that entire time. Day to day, everything changes, and you can see your mentality and physical well-being changing.”

Workout of the Week: Allie’s Fat-Burner

“Here is an example of a higher intensity strength training circuit aimed to help burn calories, lose fat, and build beautiful muscles to look firm, fit, and sculpted. If you are new to strength training, consider hiring a trainer to help build a specific program to your needs and to learn safe and proper form for any weight bearing exercise.
Do the following circuit 2-3 days per week, along with aerobic exercise, a clean diet and lots of water. Healthy Living!” — Allie Campagna, Chico Sports Club
Go through entire circuit, then rest 1-2 minutes before starting again. Repeat 3-4 times.
1. Dumbbell Plie Squat 12-15
2. Push-ups 10-12
3. Incline Dumbell Row 10-12
4. Bench Step ups 12-15
5. Dumbbell Bench Press 10-12
6. Dumbbell Pullover 10-12
7. Seated shoulder press 10-12
8. Triceps Kickback 10-12
9. Reverse Lunge with hammer curl 10-12 each side (curl after both legs have lunged)
10. Straight leg Bicycle Crunch 15 each side
11. Reverse Crunch 15
12. Plank (as long as you can hold – time to challenge yourself!)
If your want to further challenge yourself, use a stability ball instead of a bench.

NUTRISHOP’s Women’s Health Week: A Personal Trainer’s Top 5 Fitness Tips!

Allie Campagna, an ACSM-certified personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Chico State, is a personal trainer at Chico Sports Club and specializes in women’s fitness. She’s also finishing up her ICEA certification as a prenatal fitness director (more on that later this week). She took some time during her busy schedule to help us present the best tips she could come up with for women looking to achieve what we at NUTRISHOP have come to realize are the top goals we see with our female clients: Tone, tighten and shape up!

“Strength training is something that’s always been something women have been on the cautious side about, but now it’s more popular,” Allie says. “There’s still this fear women have that they’ll bulk up with resistance training, and that’s the biggest mentality breakdown I have to do. The fact is that it’s almost impossible for women to have muscle gains similar to males, just because of our hormones. We have one-tenth the testosterone men have, so again, it’s almost impossible to have that drastic bulk women are so afraid of.”

Allie helps many clients, from novices to experienced athletes who are looking for an edge, or a way to break a plateau, so her range of clientele makes her perfectly suited to help us figure out the best overall plan of attack for women.

“Women always have the idea that they want to tone up, or get lean, and I always tell them that any strength training plan will get them there,” Allie says. “Once you’re into a good program and using weight functionally, past your level of comfort, you can work it in with your cardio and get really awesome results.”

And, of course, Allie is sure to point out the one thing that makes it all come together, the foundation for any lean body: proper diet.

“It’s the biggest thing, really,” Allie says. “When I go over clients, I look and see, are they eating enough? Are they eating the right things? What needs to be changed with their diets? Then I work to find a dietary goal for them.”

NUTRISHOP will always be able to help in this regard — we do diet plans for FREE for our customers. Now, pair our certified employees’ nutrition knowledge with Allie’s Top 5 General Tips for Women, and let the results happen!

Top 5 Fitness Tips for Women
1. A good weight training program. “Just allowing them to build active muscle tissue that will allow them to burn more fat is key,” Allie says of her clients. “With the resistance program, more muscle equals more fat burn, and that of course means more muscle, less fat and better toning.”

2. High-intensity cardio. “We want to make sure you’re getting a good balance of cardio and strength training; one supplements the other,” Allie says. “When you have a balanced routine, especially when it comes to weight loss, you want to look at intensity vs. time. The key to fat loss is burning more calories, training more intensely, and doing it in a shorter amount of time. It’s a better overall effect, and it increases metabolism.”

3. Motivation and self-discipline. “Create a larger goal, but develop small ones to keep going. People get a high burnout rate, where they get into a program really fast and hit it hardcore, and then a few weeks anymore they’re not seeing specific, not seeing drastic results and they drop off,” Allie explains. “Meeting with a trainer will help develop smaller goals that are attainable, so you feel like you’re not looking too far into the future. It will help keep you on track.”

4. Just be more active in general. “Find different ways you can get more physical activity in, whether you’re taking the stairs, washing your car, walking your dog — anything you can do to get more physical activity in will be beneficial.”

5. Nutrition. “Properly fueling your body is huge,” Allie says. “You need to make sure you’re eating enough of the right energy to help your body be more efficient in its workouts. For the most part, generally speaking, I don’t tell people to cut anything specific. I just basically teach my clients to eat clean. The more you can break down food to its natural source, the better. Good healthy protein, healthy fat, complex carbohydrates are essential as fuel to burn. It will really trigger your body to let go of fat.”

How the Contour Elite Weight Loss System Works

Diet and exercise are obvious; some people want more results and FASTER. The Contour Elite Weight Loss System, comprised of HYPERCOR, DETOXIN and SOMNILEAN, is the headline fat-loss stack at NUTRISHOP in Chico. Here’s just how each one is designed to work to help get you the lean body you’ve always wanted.

  • HYPERCOR is designed to attack the fat-storing and producing properties in your body specifically, in a number of ways:

Taking HYPERCOR is basically telling your body, “Look, we have all this extra blood sugar floating around and a bunch of fatty acids. Don’t let it get stored up as fat — get it out of here!” It does this with its Thermo-Lipolysis Blend, a blend of compounds that controls the levels of blood sugar in the body, promotes better break-down of fatty acids and improves the availability of oxygen in the bloodstream to allow for more fat and carb breakdown into energy, instead of storage.

Not only that, but within the adipose tissue (cellulite, love handles, beer gut — FAT) in your body are beta-3 receptors, serving as “activators” for the process of fat-burning. The National Center for Biotechnology Information confirms that these receptors are stimulated by naturally occurring adrenaline in the body; HYPERCOR provides the stimulation for the hormonal release necessary to start the fat breakdown with the Lipo-Adrenaline Blend.

Of course, there’s the issue of just flat-out eating too much. This often is what makes a reduced-calorie diet the hardest for most people to stomach — they don’t feel full with the smaller portions, etc. What HYPERCOR does is suppress the appetite by ultimately signaling to the brain that you are full (drinking a large glass of water, for instance, also does the same thing just by virtue of filling up your stomach). HYPERCOR actually does it by reducing serotonin absorption and setting the blood’s sugar to a level that fools the body into feeling full, with the P57 Appetite Suppression Blend.  If you’re not as hungry, you probably won’t eat as much, probably won’t take in as many calories and definitely won’t have those calories left over to burn tomorrow.

Plus, HYPERCOR is also known as a “happy pill” thanks to the Neuro-Phoric Blend. It contains several herbal extracts, including 3 from chocolate, that give you clean energy, mental alertness, and an elevation of your mood for a greater sense of well-being. With all the stress we have in our lives, being able to take an all-natural capsule that makes us feel awesome is a no-brainer! In addition, a happy person with less stress is less likely to binge on the wrong kinds of food.

  • SOMNILEAN’s combination of four powerful ingredients is the backbone to this nighttime metabolic formula:

Melatonin, L-Theanine, 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) support proper sleep by regulating the body’s pattern of day and night. GABA also promotes a calming effect while assisting the brain to naturally inhibit the high number of neurons over-firing, a main culprit in mental over-thinking. GABA is referred to as the “brain’s natural calming agent.”  By inhibiting over-stimulation of the brain, GABA may help promote relaxation and ease nervous tension. By inducing deeper stage sleep patterns, many GABA users notice indirect increased fat loss and lean muscle growth which, when combined, leads to an increase in daytime energy levels.

SOMNILEAN also contains a blend of Valerian Root, Mucuna Pruriens and Chamomile Flower extracts engineered for anyone looking to achieve ultimate, restful sleep. Without deep sleep, you can’t maximize proper recovery or the optimal environment necessary to support intense exercise and fitness requirements for a healthier, better you. Poor sleep also reduces immune system function, protein synthesis and growth hormone levels. SOMNILEAN launches athletes into a deep sleep faster, so their muscles can properly heal and recover for the next round at the gym, athletic event or even to deal with the daily stresses of life.

Plus, the Mucuna Pruriens extract found in SOMNILEAN contain the highest grade of L-DOPA, a powerful brain neurotransmitter that has been used in the traditional Ayurvedic systems in India for thousands of years. Mucuna can be a very beneficial supplement for weight-trained athletes but increasing dopamine may also have other benefits including maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, balancing blood sugar levels, natural diuretic effects and increasing the production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone). An increase in HGH levels can increase the body’s ability to build lean muscle and break down fat. Additionally, its powerful metabolic sleep action, SOMNILEAN takes its effectiveness one step further with a specific ratio of potent extracts of Green Tea, Guggul Lipid, Apple Cider Vinegar and Acetyl L-Carnitine to fuel lipolysis, pushing your metabolism into high-gear amplifying calorie burning and muscle definition.

  • The “Synergistic Blend” in DETOXIN targets all four detoxifying organs (kidneys, liver, gall bladder and colon) specifically, boosting support to your system:

Liver Detox and Support Blend: Your liver plays a huge role in almost everything health-related you can imagine in your digestive system. It synthesizes amino acids to help build muscle, it processes insulin and other hormones and it breaks down fats. When your liver is burdened with excess toxins, it simply cannot do these things as efficiently as possible, meaning you have waste that needs to be broken down but is instead just sitting there. Ever hear people say “My liver’s going to hate me” after a night of heavy drinking? Well, they’re right. Alcohol toxins in the liver are pure poison, and your body sees it as a priority to get rid of it first and foremost. Many processes get put on hold to deal with these alcohol toxins; the result is often a hangover. Bonus: Consider DETOXIN a hangover helper!

Gall Bladder Detox and Support Blend: If you’ve ever wondered where “kidney stones” or “gall stones” come from, look no further. And if you’ve heard of people who have had them — some say the word “excruciating” is putting it gently — they all say their doctors told them the same thing: They should have watched the crap they were putting in their bodies. People who routinely don’t drink enough water or take in boatloads of chemicals and toxins fall in this category, meaning we’re more at risk than we might think. Your gall bladder serves as a backup to the bile the liver produces, and when too many toxins interact with that bile over time, they form stones. And you don’t want to have to pass one to know how painful they can be.

Kidney Detox and Support Blend: “House” fans should recognize the phrase “renal failure,” but even if you’re not into hospital drama on TV, you’ve got to know how important the kidneys are to your entire body. They’re responsible at least to some degree for your body’s waste management, blood pressure, water management and a ton of other filtering processes that are crucial to your system. Because they serve as filters, they bear the burden perhaps the heaviest when you overload your system with toxins — they take on all the unprocessed garbage your other organs can’t handle. It is essential to take care of your kidneys, and this blend helps promote kidney health.

Colon Detox and Support Blend: As you might have suspected, some of us are more full of crap than others — literally! The waste storage unit in the lower intestines, the colon is responsible for doing the final clean-up job of your digestive system. The problem with many people’s digestive tracts, though, is that they are so full of toxins and insoluble waste that they never do get processed. Instead, the accumulate in the colon, giving the feeling and appearance of bloating and distension. In some people, up to 20 POUNDS of excess waste can be stored, severely blocking the body’s ability to further rid itself of toxins and harmful bacteria in the colon.

Workout of the Week: Ditch the Treadmill, Burn Fat

The rainy season can be challenging for those who are trying to burn fat. Many people get their cardio outside of the gym, and the fresh air and scenery is often the best option for going on a run. Others like to hit the pool to get their heart rate up. Winter weather can be a bummer for those trying to trim the waistline.

But you don’t have to let it get you down — you can still steer clear of the treadmill (to many people, the physical embodiment of boring exercise) and get an intense fat-burning workout. Keeping three major guidelines in line, we’ve put together a sample workout that will help you achieve leanness and strength while challenging yourself to something different than the rest of the sheep watching TV while plodding away on the “Cardio Theater.”

  1. Activate big muscles. Your legs, butt, chest and back need to get some work if you want to burn fat. It takes a lot of energy (that’s calories to you!) to make these muscles move, so work them.
  2. Activate many muscles. Compound lifts are your best friends for overall strength, even development and fat loss. Isolationary, single-joint exercises are fine for their own purposes, but for torching body fat, you want functional, multi-muscle lifts.
  3. Keep rest periods short. Weight lifting doesn’t have to be anaerobic — and if you’re trying to lose fat, it shouldn’t be. Move from exercise to exercise quickly. You shouldn’t surpass 60 seconds of rest at any point between sets.


4 Supersets: Squats (12 reps)/Barbell Bench Press (12)

4 Supersets: Pull-Ups (to failure)/Stiff-legged deadlifts (12)

Alternating Dumbbell Lunges: 4×15 (per leg)

4 Supersets: Incline Dumbbell Bench Press (12)/Seated Cable Row (12)

3 Supersets: Hanging Leg Raises (8)/Wall Sits (45 seconds)

Jump Rope: 3 sets x 1 minute (If you don’t have a jump rope, just simulate the movement. It will look silly but you’ll get the same effect. Alternately, you can do jumping jacks.)

The Contour Elite Weight Loss System: NUTRISHOP’s Most Effective Fat-Burning Stack

One of the most common questions we get at NUTRISHOP isn’t a surprising one:

“How can I lose the most fat?”

Whether you have a lot of work to do to get down to a slimmer size, or you’re trying to get your abs to show, almost everybody has some fat they’d like to get rid of. We’ve got a stack for that.

The Contour Elite Weight Loss System combines a powerful fat-burner with HYPERCOR, helps reduce stress-based cortisol with the nighttime supplement SOMNILEAN and keeps the body running clean and efficiently with DETOXIN. We’ll show how they all work together here, and later in the week show the benefits of each product in more detail.

By adding HYPERCORSOMNILEAN and DETOXIN to your diet and exercise regimen, the weight will come flying off and you will get a much healthier system. All three of these supplements are designed to work hand-in-hand with the others. HYPERCOR is one of the best mood-boosting, fat-torching supplements available, and we got a look at DETOXIN and how good it can be for “opening up” the body to better digestion and absorption, as well as waste excretion.

But imagine pairing the two together: You’ll get a clean, flushed system that’s primed for supplement uptake, and at the same time you’ll be powering it with HYPERCOR, which will really start the fat igniting. We know DETOXIN helps improve kidney function and therefore blood flow, for example.

HYPERCOR can take advantage of this within the system by efficiently breaking down the fatty acids and controlling the blood sugar without being bound up by those nasty waste products in the blood and organs that would have been there without DETOXIN. They are MADE to work together!

On top of those two, the Contour Elite Weight Loss System includes SOMNILEAN, a nighttime metabolism booster that further allows your body to burn fat at a high rate while you sleep. Insufficient sleep is one of the sneakiest reasons behind fat gain, and most people fail to account for adequate sleep levels when putting together a weight-loss plan. SOMNILEAN not only has indirect fat-burning properties that take place while you sleep, but it promotes deeper sleep and better sleep patterns, helping clear your head as soon as it hits the pillow. High levels of stress related to poor sleeping pattern promote production of a fat-producing hormone called cortisol, which signals the body to store fat.

That’s another benefit of taking this stack together: Both SOMNILEAN and HYPERCOR include ingredients designed to improve well-being (we’ve even had HYPERCOR referred to as a “happy pill” before!), reducing stress and the fat-promoting cortisol that comes with it. With a clear mind and positive energy, you’ll find you’re much more likely to achieve your fat-loss goals.

With all three stacked together, people seeking to accelerate their fat loss and digestive efficiency can really see the difference! Talk to any of the certified staff, and they will get you burning fat in no time!