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Meet the expert! An internationally recognised knowledge broker with more than an ace up his sleeve

Dr. Colin Robertson is Zinzino’s Scientific Research Specialist, currently working out of his home in the outskirts of Liverpool. Colin is a qualified nutritionist, a published author and he holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology. He firmly believes that everyone – regardless of personal circumstances – has the right to the absolute best support and guidance when it comes to making positive lifestyle changes. And, that is not an empty promise. Just ask the people he’s helped climb Everest and row the Atlantic.

Colin has been involved in human performance and sport science his entire professional career. From starting out as a PT in the gym, all the way through to being a clinical exercise physiologist, a strength and conditioning coach and a nutritionist for governing bodies of sport. He is an avid environmental physiologist and has prepared numerous global adventurers to undertake unimaginable challenges. Colin truly believes in living life to the full, and he has no respect for the status quo. He wants to break the collective narrative and show that problems are solvable, that we’re not better off by distancing ourselves from them. This Doctor of Philosophy also has another, quite literal, ace up his sleeve. One that might make you do a double take.

So, Colin. What brought you to Zinzino?

I believe that health, wellness, and fitness are the building blocks of a life worth living. The driving philosophy at Zinzino is perfectly aligned with what I want to achieve. I want to work in a research capacity, generate new understandings and share them. I also like the concept of direct sales and the inherent step away from anonymous retail environments towards having real, profound, conversations with people.

Colin acknowledges that this business model is all about communication, connecting with people and giving anybody the chance to improve their situation from a financial or health point of view. This mindset to help change things for the better is in perfect harmony with the qualities that Colin is bringing to Zinzino.

I’ve operated within the fitness and health space for 27 years now. Understanding the academic rigor that is required, as well as how to make things work in real life, is game-changing. I am triggered by the collective passive acceptance of a poorer quality of life in the modern world. We’ve made comfort so accessible; we’ve become numb. There’s a pill, a remedy, or a distraction for every single thing that might actually prompt a person to own their situation and do more.

Colin wants to break this victim mentality and he brings that cultural understanding with him onboard, along with a never-ending ambition to change things for the better.

Life is incredible and you get to live it now! Everyday should give you something back. I truly believe that, as whimsical as it might sound.

How would you describe what you do?

I wear a pretty eclectic range of hats, but I typically say that I’m a knowledge broker. My job is really to give people access to information and expertise that can help them make informed choices and decisions about their lives. Zinzino has created a global conversation about health. We get to reframe the information circulating at universities and share it with the general public across the world. I love that. In that sense, all of us here at Zinzino are knowledge brokers.

Colin says that the upcoming gut biome testing is going to be a real passion project of his. Finding out more on the interaction between the brain and the gut and being able to quantify that for people is not only a huge step forward in Zinzino’s test-based, personalized nutrition strategy, it’s at the core of his own way of working. He is looking forward to exploring more future-proofed ecological solutions that will give people a real sympathetic and proactive strategy in regards to their cellular health. And he sees even more ways to put the Zinzino vision “Inspire change in life” to practice.

I’m here to help foster a deeper understanding amongst people, to support them in making positive changes. It requires consistency and endurance. You’ve got to see it through. A lot of people today fall by the wayside and give up because they’ve reached a point in life where their drive and the fire in their belly has been extinguished. What I bring to this – and everything I do – is an unquenchable fire. I won’t be satisfied until we’ve changed as many lives as possible for the better.

Tell us something about yourself that might seem out of character!

I’m not a crusader. A big part of what I do is to reassure people. So, I’ve got to be sensitive about this hobby of mine. I’m probably what you would qualify as heavily tattooed. To this day, being a researcher is having a doctor’s hat, wearing a white robe, and so people always do a double take when they see my tattooed skin. I find it quite entertaining.

The tattoos are mainly an art form according to Colin and he maintains that there’s no real deep or personal meaning attached to them. Except perhaps for the one on his foot – “There’s no strength without unity”.

That one is a treasured memory from a great rugby victory many years ago. All of us in the team got one done after the game.

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Why are vitamins & minerals so important and essential for good health?

Eating a balanced diet is the best way to capture the necessary vitamins and minerals. But given the broad mix of essential nutrients and the varying diets in modern lifestyle, consuming enough vitamins and minerals through food alone isn’t always possible.

To know what might need to be supplemented, it’s best to understand the role of micronutrients in the body and the benefits of vitamins and minerals.

What is the purpose of vitamins and minerals in the human body?

Why do we need vitamins and minerals? The body requires them to stay healthy and strong. From converting energy and cellular repair to wound healing and immune support, micronutrients help power the body.

With the long list of vitamins and minerals, it’s difficult to make conscious food choices that garner the perfect micronutrient mix. It’s also important to know that many interact, both improving and blocking absorption, so understanding this delicate interplay is important.

Vitamins are organic and can be broken down by heat, air or acid. They’re categorized into water and fat-soluble vitamins. Minerals, on the other hand, are inorganic and retain their chemical structure. This is why minerals in soil and water are best delivered to the body through plants, fish, animals and fluid.

Benefits of water-soluble vitamins and minerals

Found in the watery part of food, water-soluble vitamins help release and produce energy, build proteins and cells and make collagen. These micronutrients include Vitamin C and the group of B vitamins:

  • Biotin (vitamin B7)
  • Folic acid (folate, vitamin B9)
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Thiamin (vitamin B1)
  • Vitamin B6 & B12.

What do major & trace minerals do in the body?

The body is a house for major minerals that balance water and salt levels in the body and many other important functions. These minerals include calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulfur.

Equally important, trace minerals perform vital jobs in the body. However, they do interact with one another, so ‘the more the better’ approach isn’t a good strategy. These trace minerals are chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc.

Why do we need fat-soluble vitamins?

Fat-soluble vitamins are most abundant in high-fat foods and are much better absorbed into your bloodstream when you eat them with fat. The vitamins are used for bodily functions, as well as stored to tap into when low. These vitamins are best explained as time-release micronutrients: Vitamin A, D, E, and K.

What foods have minerals and vitamins? And how much does the body need?

It’s useful to have a daily intake suggestion for each vitamin and mineral. For food ideas for each micronutrient, take time to research each one. Start by putting this information on the fridge.

Vitamin D is found in fatty fish, egg yolks, and fortified foods such as cereal.

Magnesium is primarily sourced from pumpkin, spinach, beans, tofu, brown rice, and nuts.

Calcium comes from milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, kale, nuts, beans, lentils, and fortified cereals.

Zinc-rich foods include oysters, grass-fed beef, pumpkin seeds, spinach, brown rice, and tempeh.

Vitamin B12 sources are animal-based such as meat, fish, poultry, and eggs.

Let the Xtend+ food supplement give you a leg up

While attaining the perfect amount of all the vitamins and minerals can feel overwhelming, there are supplements that help make this possible. Instead of eating upwards of 3,000 calories, Xtend+ is an all-in-one, natural multi-immune food supplement that delivers 22 essential micronutrients, as well as purified 1-3, 1-6 beta glucans derived from baker’s yeast, in easy-to-consume plant-based capsules.

With all the essential vitamins and minerals in four daily Xtend+ capsules, you can perfectly complement a wholesome diet*.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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A sensational spiced strawberry & goji berry vegan smoothie recipe with 3 secret ingredients

When people ask if you’re a spicy or sweet person, you say BOTH! Because really, how could one be expected to choose between flavorful, exotic spices and that insatiable sweet tooth. If you’re nodding and saying, mm-hhmm, this vegan mixed berry smoothie recipe is going to positively shake up your morning routine.

Get ready to start your day feeling both healthy and satisfied. Dust off that blender and grab these vegan fruit smoothie ingredients on your next trip to the supermarket.

Your strawberry & goji berry vegan smoothie superfoods ingredients list

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana (frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries (soaked in water)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pitted date
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 scoops ZinoBiotic+
  • 2 capsules Xtend+
  • Your daily dose of Vegan Lemon BalanceOil+.

Not a fan of almond butter? Feel free to replace it for coconut butter. For the goji berries, soak them before making the smoothie to enjoy an even bigger flavor profile. You’ll love the texture it introduces to this vegan fruit smoothie recipe. Just leave a mason jar of goji berries submerged in water in the fridge, for a week’s worth of smoothies.

Goji berries have been used medicinally for over 2,000 years to increase total antioxidant activity in the body. Beta-carotene, which gives the goji berries the orange-red pigment, supports many healthy functions in the body. Both cinnamon and ginger have also been used in cooking since ancient times probably due to their natural high content of antioxidants.

ZinoBiotic+, Xtend+ & BalanceOil+ boost this spicy-sweet goji berry smoothie

If this party of vegan smoothie recipe ingredients isn’t enough to start your day right, wait until you add in the last three ingredients. With two scoops of ZinoBiotic+, enjoy eight natural dietary fibers that metabolize in the colon to support the growth of healthy bacteria. This improves balances cholesterol, blood sugar and microbiome, and improves overall gut health*.

Then, open two Xtend+ capsules to stir in 22 essential vitamins and minerals, plus purified 1-3, 1-6 beta glucans. This will give you more energy, contribute to a normal immune system, deliver necessary nutrients for tissue growth and repair, and support bone and joint function*. Talk about a ‘pre-workout.’

And finally, don’t forget the ingredient that brings it all together, BalanceOil+.

High in olive polyphenols, omega-3 and vitamin D3, this supplement safely maintains your all-important Omega-6:3 ratio. With 15 EFSA-approved health benefits (brain, heart, immunity and cell protection), BalanceOil+ works to harmonize the body all day long.

This special spicy-sweet vegan smoothie recipe is the best action you can take every day to improve your health, from head to toe.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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What does a plant-based diet mean?

More and more people are switching to, or toying with, the idea of going vegan. Today, there are more meat and dairy alternatives around than ever before, but given this shift in food types, it’s important to understand the different nutritional needs that come with the package. Is it possible to get all the vitamins and minerals you need by following a vegetarian or vegan plant-based diet?

There are a handful of essential nutrients not available from plants that you need to pay attention to when making the switch to vegan food. Vitamin B12 is usually branded as the number one vegan vitamin supplement to maintain adequate B12 stores in your body, but there are a few others to keep in mind as well. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you should consider to supplement your plant-based diet with.

Vitamin B12

An essential nutrient to supplement a plant-based diet that is critical for neurological function, maintaining normal brain function and a healthy immune system, and even for making blood cells and DNA. It is most naturally derived from non-vegan sources such as meat, fish, milk, cheese and eggs.

Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that is important for many bodily processes, including cognitive function, a healthy immune system, and fertility in both men and women. The best natural, vegan source of selenium is Brazil nuts.

Vitamin D

Named the ‘sunlight’ vitamin as the sun is our best natural source of vitamin D. It is an essential vitamin for vegetarians, particularly for bone health and muscle function. It’s also important for a strong immune system.

Calcium

This mineral plays a role in many of your body’s basic functions helping your blood circulate, move muscles and release hormones. Calcium is a major part of tooth and bone health. Your bones are your body’s calcium reservoir and naturally sourced from milk, cheese and green, leafy vegetables.

Iodine

Sourced from dairy and fish, iodine helps thyroid function and supports fertility. Unless the plants are grown in iodine-rich soil, it’s hard for vegans to capture iodine in everyday diets.

Zinc

A nutrient found throughout your body, zinc helps your immune system. Zinc is found in meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc in the diet, but you will also find it in chickpeas, lentils and beans.

Magnesium

Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA. Dark chocolate, avocado and nuts are natural sources of magnesium.

Vitamin K2

This vegan vitamin is one of the more incognito nutrients that could be a potential power player in a vegetarian diet, in terms of blood coagulation, bone and heart health. Normally only found in animal foods and fermented foods.

Essential fatty acids

The Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, are necessary for maintaining a healthy heart and brain. They are the building blocks for many of the body’s normal functions, and common Omega-3 vegan sources include algae, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts and hemp seeds.

All-natural ingredients + BalanceOil Vegan Supplement

A heavily fortified vegan diet can cover many of your nutritional needs, but you might want to consider plant-based supplements to fill the gaps. However, be aware of the overly processed vegan foods that parade as ‘healthy’. Aim for natural foods, made with organic integrity.

In terms of supplements, a good place to start is to check your fatty acid status with the Zinzino BalanceTest and consult your doctor. Check out products like the BalanceOil+ Vegan from Zinzino. It is part of their signature range of BalanceOils based on a scientifically certified measure of extra virgin olive oil, natural fish oil and vitamin D3. They deliver those all-important essential fatty acids that are otherwise difficult to achieve through a plant-based diet.

BalanceOil+ Vegan is an all-natural marine micro-algae oil high in EPA, DHA and DPA, extra-virgin pre-harvest olive oil (OA and polyphenols), echium seed oil (SDA, ALA, GLA), and vegan Vitamin D3. With 15+ EFSA-approved health benefits, BalanceOil+ Vegan does wonders to the body, including protecting cells from oxidation1, and supporting normal brain2, heart3 and immune function4.

Supplements for vegans with The Vegan Society’s trademark

Ultimately, to add most of the essential vitamins and minerals to your vegan whole-foods diet in one go, take a look at Zinzino’s vegan, all-natural advanced immune and nutritional supplement, Xtend+. It perfectly pairs with BalanceOil+ Vegan, helping boost the vegan diet. Xtend+ features a range of active ingredients from sources such as rice, potato, coconut, and extracts from turmeric root, tomato, broccoli, and seaweed. Look for vegan-approved food supplements that can help lift the diet and know the recommended daily allowances for each vitamin and nutrient.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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What are essential fatty acids and why are they so important?

Essential fatty acids are aptly named, given that the body can’t make them naturally. The only way to get these nutrients is through your diet, which is why foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids are so important to us.

There are two families of essential fatty acids: Omega-3 and Omega-6, both of which are important for a healthy life. Both essential fatty acids support the functions necessary for the body to thrive, and as a society we have a disproportionate intake of Omega-6 over Omega-3. This throws off the all-important Omega-6:3 ratio in our bodies, resulting in the majority of the population living out of balance.

The functions of essential fatty acids include contributing to normal brain and heart health, normal vision, and blood triglyceride levels, while supporting the structural components of cell membranes.

Saturated & unsaturated fatty acids

Circling back to the Omega-6:3 ratio, culturally we’re consuming too many saturated fats and not enough unsaturated fats. Fats that are tightly packed with no double bonds between fatty acids are known as saturated fats. This includes foods such as fatty beef, lamb, some chicken products, and dairy products.

Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are loosely packed. They come in the form of monounsaturated (olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds) and polyunsaturated fats. The body needs the latter to function, and these can be split into two types: Omega-6 and Omega-3.

The Mediterranean diet is favored when it comes to maintaining overall wellbeing. This means opting for healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), olive oil over butter, low-fat yogurt instead of ice cream, and high-fat fish as a replacement for processed meats.

Consuming enough Omega-3: Do you need fatty acid supplements?

While it’s important to eat seafood two times per week to maximize the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, and DHA, this doesn’t guarantee an optimal Omega-6:3 ratio. ALA, the most common Omega-3, is found in vegetable oils, nuts, and leafy vegetables. While it’s not difficult to consume, ALA is generally used for energy, which limits its conversion into EPA and DHA. This tells us that simply eating these foods won’t guarantee a balanced Omega-6:3 ratio.

The Zinzino BalanceTest is one of the very best ways to determine your personal Omega-6:3 ratio, as it provides you with a measure of 11 fatty acids in your blood – all of which offer empowering data to make better health decisions.

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A change of heart turned into an opportunity of a lifetime for rugby player Carel Greeff

At the age of 23, he decided to leave rugby and pursue other directions in life. A year later an old coach reached out and soon Carel Greeff was drafted into professional rugby. Today, this south African is making a living on the sport he could never let go. And judging from his track record so far, he should be pretty pleased with his life changing decision.

Four years ago, Carel Greeff traded the South African scenery he grew up with for a slightly more Northern rugby field when he moved to Italy to join the National Championship of Excellence side I Medicei. He is currently playing loose forward with Italian Top12 side Rugby Rovigo Delta. His recent achievements aside, the highlights in Carel’s sporting career are still from playing Currie Cup and Super rugby back home in South Africa.

Please share your name, age and country of origin.

My name is Carel Greeff, South African born and currently playing professional rugby in Italy. I am 30 years of age.

What is your sporting profession?

I am a professional rugby player at Rugby Rovigo Delta in Italy.

Could you share some of the personal goals or achievements you have reached in your sporting profession so far?

Personally, for me it is playing Currie Cup and Super rugby. Two major rugby competitions in South Africa.

Could you tell us a little about the challenges you’ve faced and overcome?

I stopped playing the sport I love when I was 23 years of age. A year later I received a message from a coach I know asking me if I still wanted to play. I took the opportunity, had a great season with that team and was drafted into professional rugby after that. 

Did you consider your body’s Omega-6:3 balance before learning about the Zinzino concept? 

No never. I did not even know about this. I knew I had to eat healthy fats like salmon, avocados and nuts etc, but I had never considered my Omega-6:3 balance.

Did your initial ratio come as a surprise to you and what is your fatty acid profile today? 

Yes, I did not think I was so unbalanced. But I knew that the BalanceOil should get my Omega-6:3 in better shape.

How did you first hear about Zinzino? 

Well, I was contacted by a guy who works with professional sportspeople and he wanted to work with me as well. He arranged for me to to join Zinzino, and we became really good friends.

What Zinzino products do you use today and what is your experience so far? 

I use Xtend+, BalanceOil and Energy bars.The Xtend multivitamins are great. My body needs vitamins and minerals daily especially for the sport I do. The energy bars are filling and tasty. I take one after a massive workout. The BalanceOil is a daily 15ml shot per day for me. It tastes nice so I don’t mind waking up and having a sip.

Do you take any other supplements/health products? 

I take a LeanShake after working out. I feel that both the shakes and BalanceOil help me recover quicker after a heavy workout.

Have you noticed any difference in your performance from using Zinzino’s products? 

Yes, I have noticed my energy levels are higher. I feel sharper and my skin feels healthier. I don’t know I guess I just feel better overall.

Why do you think people should take BalanceOil (or other Zinzino products)?

The quality of the products is unheard of. There are millions of products on the market, but the Zinzino brand and quality products are in another league. It feels like they are made specifically for me. And they are tasty, but most importantly healthy. 

Are these products mainly suited for athletes or do you think anybody could benefit from them? 

No, these products are for anyone. They will improve everyone’s life. I’ve spoken to people who have experienced massive benefits from Zinzino at the age of 70.

In one sentence, could you describe the impact Zinzino’s products have had on your life?

The best quality anyone can ask for and your body will reward you greatly in return.

See Carel in action on Rugby Rovigo Delta Instagram account.  Make sure to follow him on Instagram and Facebook for his personal updates.

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What is a healthy gut and why is the gut microbiome important?

Having a ‘gut feeling’ isn’t just a turn of phrase. Our gut is called the second brain for a good reason. The brain and gut are intimately connected by an extensive network of neurons and a ‘nerve highway’ of chemicals and hormones. This provides constant feedback and communication about how hungry we are or how stressed we feel.

To quantify the brain-gut-health connection, notice how the body responds to anxiety, for example. It’s not uncommon for someone to experience digestive disturbances, prompting a trip to the bathroom.

To have a healthy gut is to enjoy daily bowel movements without obstruction or pain. No bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea. A ‘happy’ gut also means having a good balance of bacteria, or microbes, in the gastrointestinal tract. The gut microbiome helps absorb nutrients (and therefore, energy) and fight harmful viruses.

The most common causes of gut health issues

Constant gas after meals, excessive burping, heartburn and fatigue post-meal are all signs of digestive woes. But what causes these issues? Tummy troubles can be caused by bacterial overgrowth (undigested food by the time it reaches the colon), partial digestion (fermented and putrefied), low bile and enzymes, nutrient deficiency, and poor chewing.

The importance of gut health for overall well-being 

Gastrointestinal functioning is not just a system that works in isolation. It impacts the health of the entire body. Dozens of conditions come into play when it comes to the state of gut health – many of which might be of surprise, including our mood. Microbial function is the driving force of good health and nutrition plays a key role.

How to improve gut immunity and microbiome

There are broader should-do’s when it comes to leveraging the power of good health through the gut. Cut back on processed foods and stick to the perimeter of the supermarket where all the real food is. Stay hydrated, exercise regularly, engage in de-stress activities and positive sleep habits. Consume probiotics, fermented foods and prebiotic fiber. And of course, avoid smoking and the exposure to toxic products that wreak havoc on the stomach.

Eat like you live in the Mediterranean

Foods that are perceived or labeled as ‘healthy’ don’t always agree with the gut. Dairy, soy-based products and meat alternatives are good examples. For chronic issues, it’s worthwhile keeping a food diary and tracking how the digestive system behaves.

Follow a clean, wholesome diet that is high in fiber1, like the Mediterranean diet and support it by gut-balancing nutritional supplements such as ZinoBiotic+. It’s a tailored blend of eight natural dietary fibers2. digestion resistant starch3 from whole grains, inulin from chicory root, beta glucan4 from oats, and fructooligosaccharides (FOS) also from chicory root and psyllium husk.  ZinoBiotic+ promotes healthy bowel functions, reduces feelings of bloating and helps you maintain normal cholesterol levels.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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What are beta-glucans and how do they improve gut health?

This is a fancy term for a type of soluble fiber. It consists of sugar molecules (polysaccharides) naturally housed in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens and plants. Oats are high in beta glucan-containing fiber, and you will also find high counts of it in wheat, wholegrains, seaweed, algae and shiitake mushrooms. Beta-glucans are praised for their string of health benefits, from gut support to immunity. It’s why beta-glucans are introduced into food supplements. The body doesn’t produce beta-glucans, either.

The health benefits of beta-glucans

Soluble fibers, like beta-glucans, break down easily as they pass through the gastrointestinal tract and dissolve into a gel-like substance in the gut. This essentially slows down the transit of food and supports slower digestion, resulting in better absorption which helps produce steady, balanced blood sugar levels. This process is different from insoluble fiber, which remains whole as it travels.

Beta-glucan supplements and more fiber in the diet

Mushrooms are a wonderful source of beta-glucan. Look out for these variations: Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi, Turkey tail, Oyster, Splitgill, and Enoki. But you don’t have to fill every plate with these nutrient-rich fungi to enjoy the incredible health benefits of beta-glucans.

When it comes to fibers, as a society, we’re just not consuming enough of it. We should aim for a total intake of 30 grams per day and in fact, records show we’re only meeting half of this daily count. For digestive health and overall wellbeing, it’s important we understand our fiber intake and adopt ways to introduce beta-glucans into our diet.

The ZinoBiotic+ all-natural dietary high-fiber1 blend is one such example. It features oat-derived beta-glucans, inulin and FOS from chicory root, psyllium husk, guar gum fiber from Indian guar beans, and resistant starch from corn, green banana, and potatoes. Designed to support gut health, balance cholesterol2 and microbiome, aid bowel functions3, and reduce that post-meal blood sugar spike4.

Eight fibers (unlike most products on the market) move through the body and ferment in the colon, ‘feeding’ the good bacteria, enabling them to outgrow the less desirable. This fiber mix also helps to satiate and reduce feelings of bloating. While the ZinoBiotic+ is a fiber blend supplement, it has positive effects on the whole body, from head to toe.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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The powerhouse digestive smoothie recipe to improve gut health

Stomach bloat. It’s frustrating, embarrassing and often-times downright unfathomable. Is it the food you’re eating, stress, too much coffee, not enough of something else…? You can’t put your finger on it.

Before you jump to conclusions and label it as a gluten problem, make this smoothie for digestion part of your morning routine. If you’re experiencing any of the issues below, this is the remedy for you.

  • Struggling to fit into your jeans at the end of the day (for no good reason)
  • Having difficulties going to the bathroom regularly
  • Stomach pain and just overall ‘blek’ feeling, post-meal

The digestive smoothie for a healthy gut

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 scoops of ZinoBiotic+.

Blend it well, pour into a glass and sprinkle with chia seeds that are high in fiber and ‘feed’ the gut flora.

Among the ingredients of this smoothie for digestive health, bananas are high in potassium and magnesium, which help to settle the digestive system. Raspberries offer fiber and water levels that support a healthy digestive tract (and fight constipation), while avocados are nutrient dense and low fructose, meaning it’s less likely to cause gas.

A fermented food, Greek yogurt is a staple for gut support. With plenty of probiotic cultures, it makes for a digestive smoothie that strengthens the digestive tract by increasing the ‘good bacteria.’ And ginger, the food that features in many remedies, is a natural antimicrobial. In other words, ginger helps create an environment that’s conducive for good bugs.

For this powerhouse smoothie, avoid adding any artificial sweeteners, as they’re known to upset the stomach. Have a library of ‘yes’ foods at your disposal that you can play with and recreate this smoothie for an upset stomach. Ingredients like dark chocolate, honey, kombucha, pears, apples, carrots, beetroots, and oats. To soothe your gut, aim for foods with high fiber. Fibers contribute to a feeling of fullness in the stomach (which can help with appetite control), but at the same time they reduce bloating.

It tastes so good, you’ll forget the smoothie is made for your digestion

Enjoy these superfoods in a stomach-settling drink, supercharged with ZinoBiotic+. This is an all-natural dietary fiber blend that promotes digestive health by supporting the growth of healthy bacteria.* The eight natural, dietary fibers are created to time-release metabolize in the large intestine, supporting the growth of healthy bacteria.*

Eat nutritiously, get this smoothie into your daily routine and ‘feed’ your gut well. Cheers to that! Click here for more great recipe ideas.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Empowering body and mind accelerate Ras Sarunas Rasalas’ downhill skating career

While his street ‘rep’ as a pro downhill skateboarder is legendary, Ras Sarunas Rasalas is also an inspirational role model through his passionate outlook on life. “The most unhappy person is the one who has no courage to dream.” It’s a live-fast philosophy that’s needed not only in downhill skating.

For an extreme sport ambassador, Ras is surprisingly grounded. Uniting people, nature and ‘one-ness’ can be encapsulated in one word that Ras lives by – IŠVIEN. When he’s zig-zagging downhill with Europe’s most enviable sceneries all to himself, there’s no chaos, just bliss.

What’s your name, age and sporting profession?

I’m Ras Sarunas Rasalas. I’m 36 years old and originally from Lithuania. I now live in the UK. I have a strong shared love for sport and nature, which led me to becoming one of the most active riders in the downhill skateboarding scene.

What awards and recognition have you received?

I’m vice-champion of the 2016 British Downhill Skateboarding League (BDSL), as well as the Baltics division. I was the first (and only) Lithuanian representative at the World Roller Games (WRG) in Barcelona 2019. I’m also the first Lithuanian athlete to compete in the International Downhill Federation (IDF) since 2013. I am a proud founder of BTR Leathers producing downhill skateboarding suits. In summers, I work with kids as a longboarding coach.

Can you tell us about any challenges you’ve faced?

Maintaining my healthy body and avoiding injuries is an ongoing challenge. It’s not easy, when we race downhill at speeds of up to 120km/hour. At that speed, one slight move or wrong decision can have huge consequences. I put my body and mind under great pressure, so it’s vital I care for both.

What was your understanding of the Omega-6:3 ratio as a professional athlete?

Surprisingly, I didn’t have much of an understanding at all. It was only when I heard about Zinzino that I started to explore it. It wasn’t a shock when I learned that my ratio was off balance.

What Zinzino products do you currently use?

“I currently use BalanceOil+, LeanShake, Xtend+, and ZinoBiotic+. I feel healthy, energized and motivated to get things done. I don’t take any other supplements.”

Tell us about your performance since using Zinzino?

I definitely have more clarity and energy. It’s been a huge investment in my health and wellbeing.

Why should people think about BalanceOil?

BalanceOil is a high-quality food supplement that anybody can benefit from. It’s not just for athletes. We all need to take care of our bodies. Zinzino’s products not only help me achieve my professional goals but also enable me to live well in every regard.

Explain your experience with Zinzino in one sentence?

Zinzino helps stretch my limits by supporting my mind and body. These products empower, nourish and re-balance everything. It has a flow-on effect to all parts of my life.

Follow Ras’ journey on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Check out his company, BTR Leathers. And yes, you’re going to want to see life through his rad perspective behind the goggles.

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