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Inside the World of Gut Bacteria and Probiotics.

  The human gut and its role in our health has become an area of intense research over the past decade - for excellent reason. You may have heard the statement “we’re more bacteria than we are human” due to the fact that we have roughly 10x more bacteria than human cells in our body. The ‘normal’ gut has hundreds of bacterial species, each of which has profound effects on our health and well-being. Some of these species are considered good, and beneficial, while others are detrimental when conditions allow them to grow out of control. The gut plays major roles in digestion, metabolism, immunity, protection from infection, and regulates 80% of our immune system. Granted the scope of our gut and its relationship to the rest of our body, I’m always surprised at how poorly people treat it (usually secondary to having no education on the subject). There are a few kinds of bacteria to understand first, let’s take a look at those. Each type as a ‘time...

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THORNE AMINO ACIDS

This article on amino acids has been long-time coming – it’s part one of several! Among the supplements I recommend to my clients, amino acids (AA’s) are high on the list, for several reasons - some of which I’ll cover here. Let’s start with the basics. Many people aren’t familiar with the term amino acids, or, aren’t aware of what they are. There are three key players in the nutritional world of macronutrients (macro = something large-scale, nutrients = substances that provide nourishment essential for growth). Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats. Collectively, these three macronutrients (often referred to as macro’s) provide the bulk energy we need to function. Try exist without them and you’ll quickly find yourself grumpy, fatigued, and sick. Protein can be broken down further into what are called amino acids - 20 of them, specifically. 8 are categorized as ‘essential’ because they cannot be made by the body, and thus must be obtained from the diet - these 8 will be the focus of this article. Essential...

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Make a Comeback (featured in STRONG magazine)

Slash your recovery time with these four science-backed supplements. Written by Ashleigh Gass, MS, CSCS, CCN, CNS, CISS N & the STRONG Editors Dietary supplements are a hot button topic these days. With sports nutrition becoming more mainstream, a lot of us are wondering if popping the right pills can really help with everything from muscle building to a faster recovery, and if so, which ones are best? Although numerous studies have recently questioned the quality and reliability of some brands of pills and powders, plenty of science still backs the benefits of supplementation when it comes to post-workout recovery, particularly when supported by a sound nutrition strategy. Check out the full article here: View PDF...

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My confidence and smile are back. I feel great!!

Proper State of Mind… I started working with Ashleigh at the beginning of April, 2015. I had been inthe gym since my 46th birthday in late February of that same year; the reasons for going back were simple… I recently turned another year older; I was out of shape and going downhill physically, as well as mentally. And to top it off, 3 of my friends called me fat…. I have always had a sports background. I like endurance training and sports such as long distance cycling and running. But the further I went down the path I was on, the more I started disliking those activities that I once loved and made me happy. I started working out with an old program that I had some success with 6 years prior that helped me lose 40 pounds and gave me the strength to run a half marathon and complete a double century. This time, after a month or so, I simply wanted help. That is when I approached...

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Featured in STRONG Magazine

This article was just released in STRONG Fitness magazine, in their digital training guide for this quarter. HOW DO YOU GET PUMPED UP FOR A GOOD WORKOUT? Do you throw some high-energy tracks on your playlist and blast it on your drive to the gym? Or do you watch the latest viral fitspo video circulating the Internet? Or are you like a growing population of fitness buffs that turn to a pre-workout formula to help get you through the grind? Check out the full article here: View...

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The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy

For those of you with interests in Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN), a fantastic resource has just been launched and I'm privileged to be a part of the advisory board.  Sheila Dean​, a long-term friend, mentor and colleague has launched The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFN).  Here's an overview of the mission statement of the academy, along with a link to the advisory board and website.   "IFN training includes skill-building in key clinical areas including: nutrition-focused physical assessment, conventional and functional labs and diagnostics including nutrigenetic testing, mind-body modalities such as meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, art and science of dietary supplements and other lifestyle-oriented practices. A “whole food as medicine” approach is central to IFN therapy, thus an understanding and application of culinary nutrition concepts, condition-specific healing foods and bioactive compounds in the “food farmacy” will also be included".   http://www.ifnacademy.com/meet-the-experts/ifna-advisory-board/ Till next time, Ashleigh Gass Brilliant Fitness and Nutrition, INC. www.brilliantfitnessandnutrition.com www.brilliantathlete.com MS, CCN, CSCS, CISSN, Pn1 Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Medical Exercise Specialist Certified...

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New eBook available on Amazon!

The 12 Practical Steps to a New You Forever: From Shame and Sadness to Sheer Bliss This new eBook was written by Dr Francisco Torres and Ashleigh Gass and is a practical approach to weight loss, health, and more!. It is now available on Amazon... Here is a link where you can download your copy today! Click Here This book is dedicated to all those who are working on managing weight for a healthy lifestyle. Your perseverance encourages us. When times get tough, remember that you can and will win. Thrive to be forever young! This is an example of one client that has flourished in part because Ashleigh taught her years ago to follow key points covered in this book... In September, 2012, I was referred to Ashleigh. For a few years, I’d really been having challenges. Kidney transplant in 2005, hysterectomy in 2011, years of immune compromise, with a frozen shoulder to boot. At that time, I was also on full dose medications for infections, chronic shoulder and neck pain, and...

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