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New Hope Network Recognizes Amare’s FundaMentals Pack

Best New Product!

I like the sound of that – and so does the leader in the natural products industry, New Hope Network – check out the feature article on Amare’s FundaMentals Pack being selected as the 2018 “Best New Product” – and how Amare is creating (and leading) the new “gut-brain-axis” category to help people improve their Mental Wellness.

To learn more about the FundaMentals Pack, click HERE.

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Amare Coming to a City Near YOU

Amare Global is in the middle of our Launch Tour – so many of us are traveling around the country to visit a city near you to spread the word about how Amare is leading the Mental Wellness Revolution – and how YOU can be a part of it to help yourself and others to feel better with improved mood, reduced stress, increased energy, and sharper mental focus.

Check out this video for an idea of what to expect – and look here to find out where we’ll be visiting next – we would love to see you!

Smoothies Featured in Women’s Health

Two of my favorite smoothie recipes were recently featured in Women’s Health magazine.

I provided the recipes – but they were created by my daughter (Courtney Talbott) and her friend (Jaclyn Optiz) who are both nutrition majors at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, CA.

The Women’s Health article touts them as “weight loss” shakes – but the reason that “our” smoothies have that effect is because of their benefits for balancing the microbiome (the “good” bacteria in your gut) – which can not only help you lose weight, but can significantly improve your mood.

I personally like to also add MentaBiotics powder (probiotics/prebiotics/phytobiotics) – which is part of the FundaMentals Pack that was recently named 2018″ “Best New Product” 
See the full Women’s Health article (and 20 smoothie recipes) HERE and see our specific recipes below.
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GREEN GODDESS

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple but you don’t have to eat it as cereal. The high-fiber, super-filling, whole grain is the secret ingredient in this shake from Shawn M Talbott, Ph.D., C.N.S., L.D.N., nutritional biochemist and author. “The combination of fiber and flavonoids in this recipe helps to feed and protect the good bacteria in your gut,” he explains. These good bacteria can go on to produce more “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain which in turn help with mood and weight loss.

Recipe: Blend 1/2 pear, 1/2 banana, 1/4 avocado, 1 cup kale, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 cup milk of your choice, and 1/2 cup raw rolled oats.

Nutrition facts: 295 calories, 35g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 17g fat

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHICKPEA COOKIE SHAKE

Chickpeas in a “cookie” recipe? Legumes are great for your gut and your waistline, Talbott says. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a great source of filling protein and fiber. Oh, and you can’t even taste them, he adds.

Recipe: Blend 1/2 avocado, 1 banana, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons chickpea protein powder, 3/4 cup milk of your choice.

Nutrition facts: 460 calories, 41g carbohydrates, 23g protein, 27g fat

NutrAward Winners for 2018

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NutrAward Winners for 2018

The NutrAward recognizes companies that invest in rigorous and measurable scientific studies to show the efficacy of their ingredients or technologies.

At Expo West/Engredea this year, OmniActive’s Lutemax 2020 won for Best Functional Ingredient, and Amare Global’s FundaMentals Pack won for Best Finished Product.

What Supplements Do You Take?

As a scientist who studies dietary supplements, the one question that I am asked ALL the time, it’s, “What supplements do YOU take?”

Now, as a developer of supplements (as well as a researcher), I may be a little biased and may favor some of my own formulas – but, hey – they’re all based on solid scientific principles and almost all of them will not only help improve mental wellness (stress, mood, tension, focus), but also physical health (inflammation, immune function, cellular efficiency, tissue repair).

The truth is that I take a LOT of supplements – and I also eat a relatively “clean” diet and exercise (a lot), but I also travel a ton (bad) and sleep too little (very bad, but I’m working on it) and work too much (see, nobody is perfect) – so the supplements help to nourish my body and mind while also helping me to adapt to stress and maintain stress resilience.

I fully realize that most people will have little/no interest in supplementing to the degree that I do – but I’ll outline my full regimen below FYI…

For others who are looking less for the “optimal” regimen – and more for the “best bang for your buck” approach, I would HIGHLY recommend taking a look at Amare’s FundaMentals Pack – which I formulated and which was just named “Best New Product” in the natural products industry for 2018.

FundaMentals is the first (and only) comprehensive approach to rebalancing the microbiome and optimizing the gut-brain-axis to enhance mental wellness (mood, tension, stress, etc) – little wonder that it was named “Best New Product” for 2018.

Early Morning (while the fresh-ground Sumato coffee is brewing):

  • Amare FundaMentals – which includes MentaBiotics, MentaFocus, and MentaSync to optimize my entire Gut-Brain-Axis (and which was just named “Best New Product” of 2018 by New Hope Natural Media). I mix my MentaBiotics powder in a “shot” of 3-4 ounces of water or juice and use that liquid to wash down the 2 MentaFocus and 2 MentaSync capsules.
  • Every couple of months, I will also do a Reboot to help keep my Microbiome balanced and my liver, kidneys, and GI tract functioning at peak performance.

Breakfast

  • VitaGBX multivitamin (Amare) – 2 capsules provide all the essential vitamins/minerals at optimal levels and in bioavailable forms, as well as a blend of phytonutrients that not only directly protect neurons (brain cells), but also activate a wide range of CDRs (cellular defense responses) throughout the entire body to improve antioxidant protection (Nrf2 activation), inflammatory balance (Nf-kB inhibition), longevity enhancement (SIRT1), metabolism optimization (MTOR) and improved cellular efficiency (autophagy).
  • Mood+ (Amare) – to balance out my mood and tension, while also improving my stress resilience.
  • CoQ10 (CostCo) & AstaZine astaxanthin (Amazon) – to improve cardiovascular efficiency, enhance mitochondrial metabolism, and enhance heart-brain-axis function. (Currently, Amare does not include either of these nutrients in its product line, but may in the future to support heart-brain-axis metabolism – hint, hint).
  • Relief+ (Amare) – to improve inflammatory balance and reduce muscle soreness/stiffness (especially if yesterday included a hard workout).
  • Digestive (Amare) – I take this one at every meal – it has really helped me to reduce symptoms of acid reflux that have plagued me for years.

Lunch

  • Digestive (Amare) – I take this one at every meal – it has really helped me to reduce symptoms of acid reflux that have plagued me for years.

Afternoon

  • Energy+ (Amare) – is hands-down the BEST “energy” drink that I have ever used (or formulated) – it helps to improve not only physical energy and mental acuity, but also improves “mental awareness” – which helps me to be more “present” and “engaged” with whatever I am working on. I’ll often enjoy a few Energy+ drinks, especially if I’m traveling, giving a lecture, or working late.

Dinner

  • VitaGBX multivitamin (Amare) – 2 capsules provide all the essential vitamins/minerals at optimal levels and in bioavailable forms, as well as a blend of phytonutrients that not only directly protect neurons (brain cells), but also activate a wide range of CDRs (cellular defense responses) throughout the entire body to improve antioxidant protection (Nrf2 activation), inflammatory balance (Nf-kB inhibition), longevity enhancement (SIRT1), metabolism optimization (MTOR) and improved cellular efficiency (autophagy).
  • Digestive (Amare) – I take this one at every meal – it has really helped me to reduce symptoms of acid reflux that have plagued me for years.

Before Bed

  • Sleep+ (Amare) – to help improve sleep quality – no matter how many (FEW!) hours of sleep that I get, I always wake up refreshed in body and mind because Sleep+ helps me to spend more minutes of every night in both Deep sleep (restoring my body) and REM sleep (rejuvenating my brain).
  • OmMega (Amare) – an ultra-pure and super-potent fish oil that provides 70% omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce inflammation and promote brain and cardiovascular function.
  • Relief+ (Amare) – which I’ll often take again on nights where I have had a killer workout earlier in the day – to help promote post-exercise recovery.
  • Probiotics (Amare) – a multi-strain beneficial bacteria supplement that helps with numerous “general wellness” benefits including gut health, inflammation, immune support, and mineral absorption.

 

As many of you know, especially readers of any of my books, the dietary supplements are just one piece of my overall lifestyle regimen. The SENSE program that I developed almost 20 years ago incorporates a variety of complementary interventions to help restore balance across the body and mind to improve “psychological vigor” (the opposite of “burnout”).

Here is what each component includes:
Stress/Sleep Management – to improve relaxation, mindfulness, gratitude, and sleep quality.

 

Exercise – perhaps the most effective method of lowering stress and improving the body’s ability to handle cortisol (the body movement is precisely what our evolutionary stress response wants us to do).

 

Nutrition – eating a Mediterranean style diet with lean proteins, high fiber fruits/veggies, healthy fats, fermented foods (yogurt), lots of phytonutrients (grapes, apples, dark chocolate, red wine) – the fermented foods, fiber, and flavonoids can help to balance gut bacterial populations levels and especially help to mitigate many of the detrimental effects of stress on metabolism, microbiome, and mood.

 

Supplementation – (you get the idea from seeing my daily regimen above) – this is where targeted supplements can help to reduce stress (herbs like Kanna or Ashwagandha), or maintain gut health (both the balance of good bacteria and the integrity of the gut lining with specific probiotic strains and prebiotic fibers), or elevate mental focus and mood (which can cut carb cravings and restore energy levels with New Zealand pine bark or Pomegranate extract).

 

Evaluation – taking stock every week or so to see what is stressing you out and what you can do about it (e.g. make a plan in advance). Equally important is understanding the sources of stress that you cannot do anything about – and accepting them so you can make the best out of the situation.

 

Each of these aspects of SENSE are effective on their own, but are even more effective when added together in a coordinated regimen. When used as a complete system, my research group has shown in numerous studies over the years, that an approach like SENSE can help reduce feelings of stress and cortisol levels by ~50% and improve psychological vigor by ~25% (vigor is a combination of physical energy, mental acuity, and emotional well-being; basically the way that everyone should want to feel on every day of their lives).

 

As the science progresses, we’re able to measure additional aspects of how a coordinated lifestyle approach like SENSE can integrate mindfulness techniques and gratitude to change brain wave patterns; how proper sleep and stress management can improve nervous system “firing” (to enhance brain function) – and eventually neuron “wiring” (to improve brain structure); and how restoring balance in our “2nd brain” (the gut, including the microbiome) can have implications for virtually every aspect of mind/body wellness.

Imagine someday, being able to answer a few questions and provide a few simple samples, and have a comprehensive lifestyle regimen “customized” for your unique needs. Imagine being able to improve your body, optimize your brain, and rebalance your biome – all toward the goal of ultimate mental wellness and physical health. That’s what our future looks like – and I think that looks pretty exciting – how about you?

Thanks for reading.

Shawn

About the Author:

Dr. Shawn Talbott received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Sports Medicine (B.S.) and Fitness Management (B.A.) from Marietta College, his Master’s degree (M.S.) in Exercise Science from UMASS, and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers. His research is focused on natural products to support human performance and psychological vigor (physical energy, mental acuity, and emotional well-being). Dr. Talbott’s recent projects include two academic textbooks, an award-winning documentary film, and several best-selling books translated into multiple languages. His work has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, the TED stage, and the White House.

FundaMentals is “Best New Product”

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We are excited to announce that Amare’s FundaMentals Pack is the
WINNER
of the 2018 NutrAward for BEST NEW PRODUCT
 We are extremely grateful for this honor and to celebrate it with all of you!
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The FundaMentals Pack was chosen for its merit in the following areas:

  • Viable Product
  • Emerging Category
  • Creative Product Concept
  • Distinct Health Application
  • Unique Packaging
  • Matchless Marketing
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Check out the winning moment!

Amare in Hawaii

Amare will be in Honolulu (Saturday March 8) and Maui (Monday March 12) – come out and hear how we’re changing the way the world thinks about (and improves) Mental Wellness.

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Best Future You (free eBook)

I wanted to share this FREE eBook version of one of my recent books (see PDF attachment below)

The book is, “Best Future You – Harnessing Your Body’s Biochemistry to Achieve Balance in Body, Mind, and Spirit” – and it covers a range of topics related to restoring “balance” in body and mind to help you feel and perform better on every level.

Even though the title of the book is “Best Future You” – and its overall theme is to help you achieve your ultimate peak of health, vitality, and mental/physical performance, the book is really about how to achieve all that through balance. The one common theme that runs through every concept and each chapter is the idea that maintaining balance, specifically biochemical balance, in our body, mind, and spirit is the secret to feeling our best, looking our best, and performing our best.

Unfortunately, this is not at all what we see in most of the popular “self-help” and health-improvement programs these days. In fact, most popular programs are the antithesis of balance because they focus on the complete exclusion of entire food groups (e.g. carbs or grains or meat or fat or gluten or whatever) – or the imperative that you “must” include one certain magical “superfood” that has miraculous medicinal properties.

What these misguided approaches fail to understand, is that such limited approaches deliver limited results (and limited benefits for you). In contrast, Best Future You takes a more comprehensive approach, to focus on a holistic approach to reducing cellular stress, restoring both physiological strength and psychological vigor, and thus improving how we feel, look, and perform on every parameter imaginable.

Being “out” of balance is a type of stress, specifically a state of cellular stress that leads to dysfunction and eventually to disease. The list of stressors that cause biochemical imbalance and cellular stress is a long one – covered in detail in Chapter 1 – and chances are good that you’re exposed to many of them on a daily basis.

Best Future You eBook = Best Future You Ebook

Heart AND Brain Health (the same?)

Earlier this week, I visited my friends at KUTV’s Fresh Living (CBS Channel 2 in Salt Lake City) to talk about nutrition for “heart health” – which also means “brain health” – take a look and let me know what you think?

http://kutv.com/features/fresh-living/psycho-nutrition-nutritions-impact-on-mental-wellness

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Heart Brain Axis Foods

Since February is “National Heart Month” – here are a few of my favorite foods and supplements to improve both heart health and mental wellness – or the connection between the heart and the brain that is emerging as a unique “Heart-Brain-Axis”

Salmon is the quintessential “heart-brain-axis” food because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant carotenoid, astaxanthin.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation throughout the cardiovascular system, including the miles and miles blood vessels in your heart and brain.
  • Astaxanthin is the nutrient that gives salmon it’s pink/red color – and can protect us from a variety of stressors such as air pollution and sunlight, while also improving both the efficiency of the heart and our mental outlook (less depression and fatigue).
  • Supplements – if you’re not a fish eater, you can supplement with high-purity, high -potency omega-3s (OmMega) and astaxanthin (AstaZine).

Apples and Grapes are rich in different types of plant compounds (phytonutrients such as flavonoids/polyphenols) that not only protect cells from inflammation/oxidation, but can directly activate internal cellular defense responses (CDRs) that help to “clean up” residual damage. Think of the CDRs as calling in a cellular “maid service” to remove dysfunctional proteins, improve cellular efficiency, and generally tidy up so the cell runs more smoothly. Supplements such as VitaGBX combine Applephenon (apple phenols) and Enovita (grape seed polyphenols) to activate the range of CDRs for enhanced cellular protection.

Pomegranates and Lychee Fruit contain phytonutrients (ellagitannins and catechins) that dramatically improve blood flow to tissues throughout the entire body, including the heart, the brain, and our muscles. This enhancement of blood flow can help to increase delivery of oxygen and nutrients to our muscles (for improved physical performance), our hearts (for improved cardiovascular performance, including reduced blood pressure), and our brains (for improved mental performance, including memory and mental focus). Supplements such as MentaFocus (pomegranate) and Oligonol (lychee) are available to support whole-body blood flow with particular emphasis on heart-brain-axis support.

By supporting the entire “Heart-Brain-Axis” with the right nutrition, we can not only improve heart health and keep our most important muscle strong and efficient, but we can also optimize how we feel with enhanced physical energy and mental acuity – allowing us to experience a healthy body (heart) and a healthy mind (brain).

About the Author: Dr. Shawn Talbott received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Sports Medicine (B.S.) and Fitness Management (B.A.) from Marietta College, his Master’s degree (M.S.) in Exercise Science from UMASS, and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers. His research is focused on natural products to support human performance and psychological vigor (physical energy, mental acuity, and emotional well-being).

Dr. Talbott’s recent projects include two academic textbooks, an award-winning documentary film, and several best-selling books translated into multiple languages. His work has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, the TED stage, and the White House.

Amare in Boston – March 3

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Amare Global Launch Tour, BOSTON

REGISTER HERE

Date: Saturday, March 3rd

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm (9:30am Registration)

Location: Crowne Plaza Boston Newton (Main Ballroom) – 320 Washington St. Newton, MA

Speakers:

Hiep Tran – Chief Executive Officer/Founder (via Zoom)

Rich Higbee – President of Sales/Founding Executive

Dr. Shawn Talbott – Chief Science Officer/Founding Executive

 

There has been a radical shift in scientific thinking that your mental health might not just be in your head . . . but it’s in your gut!

Come learn why.

10:00am – Noon Introduction to Amare (invite guests):

Amare, The Mental Wellness Company, is a new and exciting company in its launch phase. Amare’s vision is to lead the global mental wellness revolution, empowering people to live happier and healthier lives.

1:30pm – 4:00pm Product & Business Training:

Amare’s unique business model allows you to “Make a Difference” by helping other people to “Be Well.” Our mission is to create natural mental wellness products for a community of passionate people who desire an extraordinary life.

There is NO greater wealth than peace of mind!