A couple of us from the Dherbs team attended the Skechers Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, March 16th, in Los Angeles, California. The expo took place two days before the Los Angeles Marathon and served as an opportunity for runners to learn about new products, recovery methods, and various health & wellness supplements. Runners weren’t the only ones invited, though.
These expos are great opportunities for everyone to discover different health foods, healing techniques, or various fitness products. Most of the booths give out free samples of things, but it is important to read the labels! We almost tried a supplement for healthier skin, but then we realized that the product used cow hooves. We ran away quickly! Not every booth is bad; in fact, we learned a few things that were of great interest to us.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that can help to support gut health. A lot of people suffer from gut problems because they have an imbalance of gut bacteria, which can ultimately lead to other health conditions. You might be interested to know that there are certain strains of probiotics that help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, as well as blood pressure. You just have to make sure that you are getting your probiotics from natural sources. Don’t just buy something that says it has probiotics without doing your research. Kombucha, kimchi, miso, tempeh, fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, and sour pickles are all great sources of plant-based probiotics!
Plant-Based Protein Powders
Finding a great plant-based protein powder might be easier said than done. The benefits of plant-based protein powders are fantastic, provided you find a reliable brand. Because plant-based protein powder companies want to make their products palatable and delicious, many will use artificial sweeteners, colors, added flavors, fillers, soy derivatives, thickeners, or inorganic ingredients that are sprayed with pesticides. For more info about plant-based protein powders, click here.
It’s always best to get your coconut water straight from the source. You don’t have to shimmy your way up the coconut palm; rather, you can purchase young coconuts in grocery stores and drink the water. Here’s a pro tip: coconut water will always be sweeter and nutrient-dense when the coconuts are young. Coconuts are rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, electrolytes, and they helps to boost the immune system. When you buy bottle coconut water, make sure that the only ingredient is 100% pure coconut water. You don’t want added sugars or preservatives and it should preferably be certified organic. Harmless Harvest, Trader Joes brand, and Exotic Superfoods make great coconut waters. Avoid brands like Zico, Goya, Vita Coco, Cona Zona, and Naked Juice coconut water because they use added sweeteners, preservatives, poor pasteurizing methods, GMOs, and synthetic substances.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Health & Fitness Expo and look forward to attending more!