The Vitamin Blog - By SIX Nutrition

Welcome to the Team Christine Eikmeier aka Johny Ringo

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by Oct 28th, 2015

We are proud to announce and welcome Pro Mountain Biker Christine Eikmeier AKA  Johny Ringo to the SIX Nutrition team.


“Ever since I was a young child, I have had a dedicated passion for mountain biking! Whether it’s shredding a downhill trail or powering up a steep climb, nothing brings more joy than riding mountain bikes. I’m currently based out of Murrieta, just north of San Diego, California because the weather and local trails allow me to ride and train all year round. I am grateful to be able to pursue my biking dream and ride/train as much as possible. I love racing competitively and find it fun, challenging, and exciting! 2013 was my first year racing downhill. I had such a blast and progressed quickly. During this time, I have had great support from my current sponsors.  Most of all, I want to have fun riding, and become the best rider I can, which is truly my dream”!

Ringo1 Ringo6

Southridge Winter Series 2015 Downhill (Pro Women) Winter Series   2rd Place

Southridge Winter Series 2015 Super D (Pro Women) Winter Series     3rd Place

Sea Otter Classic (CAT 1 Women)  2nd

USA Cycling National Championships (CAT 1 Women) 1st

California Golden State Series (Pro Women)                            1st

Mammoth Kamikaze (CAT 1 Women)                1st


We’re excited about her future and being able to be a part of the mountain biking community.  Reach out and follow her on her social media outlets.


While you’re at it, follow us too

3 Ways to Enhance Your Workouts

3 Ways to Enhance Your Workouts

Whether you are looking to get a jump on a new you, tired of being tired or maybe you just want to change the way you look, here are 3 Ways to Enhance Your Workouts.

  1. Eat better – Changing the way you eat can enhance your ability to work out. If you eat the right foods to fuel your body, your trips to the gym will result in more progress.

    Astaxanthin in Salmon

    Red coloring in the flesh from Astaxanthin

  2. Take sports vitamins – As you increase the amount of activity in your day, you need your vitamins to keep up. Sports vitamins give you the nutrition you need to help your body build muscle.

    Sleep better with higher omega-3 levels

    Sleep better with higher omega-3 levels

  3. Switch up your workout – If you do the same workout for an extended period of time, your body gets used to it and you plateau. Find a new workout plan every eight weeks to switch it up.100 Mile Ultra Running

Give your body a complete makeover by adding complete nutrition to your intake. has the supplements for the six health benefits you need.

Cold Weather Hydration

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by Dec 28th, 2014

Cold Weather Hydration -or-  

Hydration Considerations In Cold Weather

Cold Weather Hydration

Cold Weather Hydration

With Winter in full swing and the much of the nation hit by one sort of polar phenomenon or another it is important to stay hydrated especially since we don’t realize how fast dehydrate.

By The Numbers

Water is an essential component for all processes the body completes each day. While most of these processes occur without our awareness, without adequate water availability they would not occur, and in cold weather, not enough water increases certain problems.

The human body is made up of 70% water; most of the water is found in and around tissues like skin and within the tiny individual cells that make up our body parts like organs. We lose water on a daily basis in the following ways:

  • 1/2L lost through normal breathing
  • 1/2L lost through perspiration
  • 1.5L lost through urine and bowel excretion
  • >2L lost through exercise

The loss of water throughout the day is usually replenished when we get thirsty. During warmer weather we are very aware of water loss because of the sweating mechanism our body uses to keep cool. But what about during colder weather; do we still lose water? Do we sweat as much during colder weather exercise?

How Does It Work?

The kidneys regulate the amount of fluid loss through urine output and actual water lost through exhalation is negligible. Food items containing caffeine (tea, chocolate and soft drinks) can increase output since caffeine acts as a diuretic. When our bodies have enough water on board to facilitate all the transactions each day, any excess can be expended through urine output.

What if there isn’t enough water on board throughout the day?


Dehydration can occur when we don’t take in enough water to compensate for the water lost during routine processes or exercise. How does one know if they are dehydrated?

The thirst mechanism is usually a slow reaction to an event that has already taken place and therefore not a reliable indicator of hydration.

Urinary markers for dehydration include a reduced urine volume, a high urine specific gravity, a high urine osmolality, and a dark urine color. Specific gravity and osmolality are measurements taken in a clinical setting by a healthcare professional. However, the individual easily assesses volume and color.

Other symptoms of dehydration can include:

  • Irritability, headache, fatigue
  • Weakness, dizziness, nausea
  • Having a dry or sticky mouth

Dehydration and Performance

Dehydration negatively affects competition, training and recovery during. Exercise heart rate increases, blood flow to the skin decreases which helps cool the body during exercise and the core body temperature can increase more than it should during exercise. Performance decreases with a loss of 1-2% of bodyweight. Figure 1 illustrates the relationship between performance and body water lost.

Cold Weather Hydration 

Awareness, recognition and education are the ways to help prevent dehydration during cold weather training.
While proper clothing is essential during cold weather, some of the same technology that keeps us comfortable may inhibit the ability to appreciate sweat rate or water loss during exercise.

The goal is to replace 100% of sweat and electrolytes lost during exercise outdoors. The recommendations are 1/2L of fluid per kg of weight loss. Use a simple weigh-in/weigh-out procedure to determine the amount of kg’s lost. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends ingesting 125 ml (5 ounces) every 20 minutes of exercise.

Understand that we continue to lose fluids, even during cold weather exercise, and the importance of replacing those fluids in order to stay healthy and have a positive effect on performance.

Originally posted at

Tablet vs Capsule Vitamins

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by Jul 29th, 2014

Tablet vs Capsule Vitamins; is there a difference?

There are a two opposing camps about the tablet vs capsule vitamins argument. Let’s break it down here though and see how the two compare.

The biggest differentiation in the tablet vs capsule vitamins argument is really in tablet disintegration. This is important because a tablet that breaks down too slowly will fail to provide the specific nutrient to critical intestinal sites, decreasing absorption and potentially causing gastrointestinal upset. For higher quality and often the more expensive tablets,  strict specifications for tablet disintegration and testing is the only way to that every lot meets industry specifications. Aside from disintegration, there is also tablet friability (chipping) and hardness (breaking strength).  Mineral tablets, for example should disintegrate in less than 45 minutes, as specified by the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP).

To round out the tablet vs capsule vitamins argument- capsules are usually made from animal source gelatin or, if vegetarian, from starches like plant fiber derivatives.  This allows them to dissolve from anywhere from almost instantly to within a matter of 15 to 30 minutes.

Here is a brief summary of the relative characteristics of tablet vs capsule vitamins:

Capsule vs Tablet Vitamins

Typical Multivitamin in a capsule form

Unique mixes and ingredients are possible 
Sealed hard gelatin caps are good oxygen barriers
Protection for sensitive ingredients
Shell normally breaks down/opens in 4 minutes
Reduced gastrointestinal irritation
Odorless, tasteless, easy to swallow
Oil and fat-soluble nutrient delivery 

Bulky materials can result in large capsule size
Can be susceptible to moisture


Tablet vs capsule vitamins

A typical multivitamin in tablet form

Custom size, shape, and appearance
Notching possible for dose splitting
Low cost
Low cost coatings for enteric delivery

Excessive compaction, poor dissolution
Granulation technique can add heat/moisture to viable components
Customer concerns/self-testing of tablet dissolution
Problems with irritant compounds exacerbated by poor tableting


Now there is often a price difference between tablets vs capsule vitamins.  Tablets are what many large scale manufactures use for their vitamins since they are cheaper when done in bulk.  At SIX nutrition we don’t use tablets in our vitamins.  We only use capsules so that we can deliver the right about of vitamins at the right amount of time.

Paleo Multivitamin?

Is there such thing as a Paleo Multivitamin and should I be taking it?

The paleo diet, by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin, is one of the most natural ways to improve your health. To adhere to the paleo diet, one lives by the guiding principle that our bodies evolved to digest certain types of foods. Since the agricultural revolution came after our bodies evolved to digest meat, vegetables, berries, and nuts, paleo diet proponents argue that it is not healthy for our bodies to make them process wheat products, legumes, or starchy carbohydrates.  These foods are some of the most nutrient dense but there are reasons to supplement.  If you want a paleo multivitamin it’s worth knowing what to look for.

Paleo Multivitamins

SIX Nutrition’s: Paleo Multivitamins

The idea of supplementing while living the paleo lifestyle is not inferring that our diets are not healthy but rather that there are nutrients that we might want more of.  Thats the reason we made SIX Nutrition and why a Paleo multivitamin is worthwhile. The wholesome foods considered to be paleo include game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits,  eggs, and nuts. As a general rule, these foods are high in animal fat and protein and low in carbohydrates and sugars. Here is a short list of reasons a paleo multivitamin, like SIX Nutrition, makes sense.

1. Most vitamins are tablets and are not readily absorbed.  SIX Nutrition only uses the highest quality capsules for rapid and proper absorption.  Whatever paleo multivitamin you choose, be sure to buy one that is encapsulated. See our post about tablet vs capsule vitamins here

Paleo Multivitamin 2. It’s not necessarily important to get high amounts of omega-3, but it’s really important to balance omega-3 and omega-6 consumption. The goal is not to eat more and more omega-3 fats, but less and less omega-6. Don’t go overboard and try not to have any thought, they are essential fats after all. If you don’t frequently consume more omega-6 fats than our ancestors would have, you would probably benefit from either eating more wild oily fish or 1 or 2 grams of high quality fish oil per day in your Paleo Multivitamin

3.  Probiotics improve the digestion of the foods you eat for the most natural pure energy from your normal foods.

4. Natural Energy from caffeine is superior to lab grown anhydrous caffeine. Green tea and Guarana seed extract have naturally smooth caffeine for all day energy.

5. Vitamin D- Unless you eat tons of wild caught oily fish and get plenty of sunlight exposure, chances are you would benefit from more vitamin D. 

6.  CoQ10.Heart disease is a major killer in our country, primarily because of our diet. A recent study in Japan revealed that clinically ill patients who suffered from severe heart failure readily absorbed ubiquinol CoQ10 into their bloodstreams and showed improvements in all health parameters.

7.  The Paleo diet provides a far better mix than the typical American diet but when we make the change to Paleo, we are already starting with a deficit, as evidenced by bad body composition, poor energy levels, and altered hormones.

Most people making the change to the Paleo lifestyle are coming from diet that is usually not optimal, like a typical American diet. Moreover, the USA food supply is so altered that most Americans may not be getting the full nutritional value that they could or should get.  This is the primary reason it is such a good idea to use a Paleo multivitamin.

Want to know more about paleo and how a Paleo multivitamin could be beneficial?  Check out our what is Paleo blog post here.

Long term multi-vitamin study shows reduction in cancer by 8%

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by Oct 17th, 2012
Long term multi-vitamin study shows reduction in cancer by 8%

  Daily multivitamin cuts men’s cancer risk by 8 percent, large study finds  – (Great article by NBC News, certainly…

Fueling for the Extreme: 100 Mile Nutrition run (Part 2)

Category : Uncategorized · No Comments · by Sep 21st, 2012
Fueling for the Extreme: 100 Mile Nutrition run (Part 2)

In the last posting, I discussed the vital importance of pre-race nutrition to build up the body’s store of glycogen,…