Gut-Brain “Sports” Nutrition?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

I thought this recent exchange of comments from the blog was worth sharing as it’s own post…

A few years ago, we sold our sports nutrition company, Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition, to a larger company (LifeVantage) – but when our existing inventory was gone, they decided not to pursue the endurance nutrition category.

Too bad, because our products for energy/endurance/stamina (Energ-Ease) and post-exercise recovery enhancement (Recover-Ease) were among some of the most effective natural supplements on the market – and had a dedicated following in the ultra-endurance niche (trail runners, triathletes, etc).

My products of choice for improving both physical and mental performance are from Amare (as you’ll see below) – because they’ve helped me to set recent PRs, achieve age-group podiums, and qualify for the 70.3 World’s – all with very minimal training loads and while feeling GREAT despite a grueling travel schedule. Something is working – even though these aren’t promoted as “sports” products per se…

Here is our comment exchange…

Michael Palmer / August 23, 2018
Hello Doc Talbot. I was a big fan of your wickedfastsportsnutrition recoverEase. I was into trail running at the time and it was a huge help in recovery from runs. When the product line first transferred to the new company they seemed to be the exact same product and I continued to use it. Unfortunately I stopped running for the past 6 years (various reasons) and I’m now starting to get back into it. My training is sufficient that I feel I could benefit from recoverEase again. Is the current product still the same high quality product you sold? What is the best source for getting it. I see it in various places and it makes me leery of old product getting resold. LifeVantage does not seem to have it on their website.

DocTalbott / August 24, 2018
Hey Michael – it’s great to hear from a former Recover-Ease user and fan of Wicked Fast! It was great to make that sale a few years ago to LifeVantage, but after they sold thru our existing inventory, they killed off the product, that’s life.
In the meantime, I formulated a range of even more comprehensive products for Amare Global ( – they’re focused on improving “mental wellness” but they also deliver a range of “physical performance” benefits. I use a combination of the Fundamentals (gut-brain-axis) and Relief+ (anti-inflammatory) as my new regimen to enhance post-exercise recovery. It seems to be working, as I’m off to compete in the 70.3 (half-Ironman) World Championships in South Africa next week!
I would say that with Amare products, I’m able to get higher levels of mental/physical performance with lower inputs of training? I travel extensively, and with minimal training, I’m hitting personal bests across swimming, biking, and running – including several recent age-group trail-running podiums. Check them out at


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Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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