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Improve your gut health

Gut health is the current buzzword in the diet world. Without the gut, your body wouldn’t be able to extract nutrients from food and absorb energy.

Diet and gut health are very closely linked and good gut health means having a healthy microbiome, as these promote good bacteria and destroy growth of damaging bacteria. 

With such an important role to play in the functioning of your body, ensuring your gut functions normally should be of top priority. Not only can it help with your diet, but it can help with your overall wellbeing and health. 

Here are 5 proven ways to improve your gut health. 

1. Lower stress

Having high levels of stress is hard on your whole body, including your gut. It is a catch 22 situation, the more you are stressed, the less you can sleep, and you guessed it, lack of sleep can cause bad gut health. One of the results of bad gut health, inability to sleep.

Some ways to lower stress may include meditation, yoga, and making 7-8 hours sleep a priority.

2. Eat slowly

Chewing your food slowly and thoroughly is a simple and easy way to improve gut health. Eating slowly can help promote full digestion and better absorption of nutrients. This may help you reduce digestive discomfort and maintain a healthy gut.

3. Hydration

Water helps all bodily functions to work properly, including your gut as it helps to remove waste from the body, which is an important part of the digestive process. Drinking plenty of water has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the mucosal lining of the intestines, as well as on the balance of good bacteria in the gut.

4. Supplements

Adding a prebiotic or probiotic supplement to your diet is a great way to improve your gut health. Prebiotics provide “food” to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, while probiotics are live good bacteria. There are a lot of products on the market and not all probiotic supplements are high quality or will actually provide benefit as the good bacteria just gets killed off by stomach acid. It’s best to consult an expert when choosing a probiotic or prebiotic supplement to ensure you get the most benefit.

5 . Fermented foods

Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, miso, and kefir are great dietary sources of probiotics. While the quality of these foods may vary, their benefits on the gut microbiome are proven and well studied to increase gut-friendly bacteria.

The benefits of honest reviews for fitness products.

At Writeup all our reviews for fitness products are written by real-life fitness-loving humans, who share their honest opinion on all things within the industry. It’s becoming more apparent with large scale online stores, that although there may be thousands of glowing reviews, not all of them are genuine, which makes it difficult for you as consumers to know if a product is really worth your while in buying, and with so many amazing fitness products to choose from, how do you know which is best for you?

Real reviews allow you to gather a true idea about a company or a product before parting with your hard-earned money, and as many as 92% of customers read reviews before making an online purchase. We want to see the whole, unfiltered opinion of previous customers, and that means reading truthful (and sometimes negative) reviews along with the praise. 

No two customers are the same and we all value different qualities in products. What may be considered negative for one person might actually be positive for another, especially when it comes to things like protein bars and fitness foods. For example, if you are aren’t a vegan, it may make no difference to you if the 5 stars were given because the product does not contain animal products. Or if you are on a particularly low carb diet, that might be something you look for in a protein bar, whereas for others, the carb content isn’t an issue. By having a mix of reviews from a wide range of people, its a great way to see what someone with your goals and interests thinks of the product.

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Positive reviews can turn us from interested consumers into customers. A study found that 72% of people say that a positive review improves the trustworthiness of a business or a product. Based on this information, it’s clear why leaving reviews, and reading them, can be beneficial in helping you to make a decision on what fitness product suits you. 

Fitness brands also use us to see how they can improve. If we feature a brand on our page, the company will read the reviews to see any common occurring feedback that they may want to use for change in the future.

Fitness products are so important in helping us reach our goals, so it’s important that you find the right ones for you. If you would like to be part of our review team or have a product you would like to feature in our reviews, contact us. 


CLIF In The Spotlight


About CLIF

CLIF came along when founder Gary, was on a very long bike ride, and despite being hungry couldn’t face eating any more of the not so pleasant tasting energy bar. He then started a mission to create a nutritious energy bar, that tasted so much better than the rest. After countless hours of trying and testing different recipes, Clif Bar was created, named after Gary’s father and exercise companion, Clifford. Gary has truly put so much love and hard work into this passion project, and the results can be seen in the delicious CLIF products and their community of pro and amateur athletes who love the products.

For over 20 years they have been committed to organic ingredients and sustainable agriculture, advocating to help ensure it would one day become the norm in the food industry. Today their recipes honor sustainably grown, plant-based foods that nourish both our bodies and the outdoor places we play. Now more than ever their 5 Aspiration business model underpins everything they do: sustaining people, sustaining communities, sustaining the planet, sustaining our business, sustaining our brands.


CLIF are exercise experts who know what’s needed to fuel our bodies. They have created a great range of bars and energy gels, each range tailored to suit your needs throughout your journey from pre to post-workout.



The no.1  selling energy bar in U.K./Canada/USA original energy bar made with wholesome organic rolled oats and Rainforest Alliance Cocoa, in a huge range of flavour combinations such as White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Peanut Butter Banana with dark chocolate and Blueberry Crisp, there is a flavour to suit everyone’s tastes.

  • When to eat them – CLIF bars are designed to be eaten before exercise along with water to prevent hunger and supply energy to working muscles. During prolonged exercise such as hiking or bike touring. CLIF Bars can be also be eaten during activity to help satiate hunger and meet carbohydrate demands.
  • Nutrition – CLIF Bars are a source of protein and fibre with natural ingredients such as organic rolled oats, fruits and nuts. Each bar contains B6 and B12 which contribute to the normal release of energy for use in the body. With around 270 kcals, 40g carbohydrates, 10g protein per bar.

See the full range of CLIF bar products on our website.


CLIF Builders

This gluten-free, plant protein-packed bar was designed to help maintain and build muscle. It is the great-tasting bar that makes every ingredient count so you can get the most out of your workout.

  • When to eat them – Eat this bar post-workout, to aid recovery and to get the most out of your workout by contributing to muscle building, or consume a couple of hours before your workout for growth and maintenance of muscle mass.
  • Nutrition – Made solely with ingredients that you can recognize and taste like soy protein, rice flour, and cocoa. With an average of 280 kcal per bar, with 27g of carbohydrates and a huge 20g Protein.

See our full range of CLIF Builders reviews on our website.


CLIF Bloks

These are the latest source of carbohydrates for endurance athletes. CLIF Bloks are vegan-friendly chewable cubes, making it easy to customise and track calorie and electrolyte intake during long outings and races. The bloks come in mouthwatering fruity flavours like Mountain Berry, Margarita Citrus, and Tropical Punch which are a joy to eat.

  • When to eat – Half a packet of CLIF Blocks can be eaten 15 minutes prior to activity to increase blood sugar levels, followed by 1-2 packets per hour during activity to give you a boost of energy, followed by a mouthful of water.
  • Nutrition – This food supplement is made with ingredients such as tapioca syrup and natural fruit flavourings. With an average of 30kcal per Blok, and 7mg of potassium. Some flavours also include 25mgs of Green Tea caffeine for an extra boost!

See our full range of CLIF Bloks reviews on our website.



These energy gels provide a source of carbohydrate that give you a much needed quick energy burst of energy. CLIF Shot has fewer ingredients than most other energy gels, which means you don’t get loaded down with contents that don’t directly enhance your performance.  The Shots come in a range of five flavours, from Razz and Chocolate to the caffeine-filled Citrus or Double Espresso.

  • When to eat – One CLIF Shot can be consumed 15 minutes prior to activity to increase blood sugar levels, followed by 1-2 packets per hour during activity to give you a boost of energy. If you are using a flavour with added caffeine, we recommend limiting to only 1 Shot during activity. It’s really important to follow your CLIF Shot with some water.
  • Nutrition – This food supplement is made with simple ingredients such as Cane Sugar, Green Tea, Pottasium and natural flavourings. With an average of 100kcal per Shot, and 50mg of potassium. Some flavours also include around 40mgs of Green Tea caffeine for an extra boost.

See our full range of CLIF Shot reviews on our website.


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