For many years, access to sports supplements in Thailand has been very limited and expensive. The cost alone has been prohibitive for the average Thai to gain access to quality supplements. Fortunately today, there is a wide variety of imported sports supplements such as whey protein available in Thailand at prices similar to that in Europe and Australia.

The registration process for food products in Thailand is notoriously complicated and expensive. For example, a whey protein product needs a separate registration for every size and flavor of essentially the same product. The entire process to register one product can end up costing several thousand dollars and there is no guarantee that the product will even be accepted. Another issue lies with supplement ingredients. The English ingredient needs to be checked against an approved ingredient list which is in Thai. Even though the ingredient exists, if its not in the Thai approved ingredient list chances are the product will be rejected. Fortunately today, the Thai FDA appears to be relaxing their registration process for sports supplements.

Companies such as Dymatize Nutrition and Optimum Nutrition now have official distributors in Thailand and their products are officially registered with the Thai FDA. Prior to this, sports supplements were often smuggled into the country and sold illegally usually at very high prices.

Musashi, an Australian supplement company, has been trading in Thailand for several years and had essentially cornered the market for supplements such as whey protein. Because of this, the company was able to charge extortionate prices giving them a bad reputation in Thailand.

Many new sports supplement retailers have emerged in the past year in Thailand making the market competitive. One such retailer, Phuket Health Shop, now has over 300 imported sports supplements in stock making them one of largest retailers of


Sports Jerseys Talismans

October 8th, 2015 / / categories: Sport & Diets /

Can anyone forget the vision of Brandi Chastain embracing the U.S. soccer team’s victory over China in the 1999 Women’s World Cup by tearing off her sports jersey and going to her the ground in her completely demuresports bra? The image of that jersey waved overhead was displayed internationally and is a wonderful depiction of what sports jerseys have come to stand for talismans of the ability of sports to create joy; engage attention;tap emotions; and even to cure. Jersey wholesalers have made jerseys readily available to all, from professional athletes to childrens’s informal pick-up teams. But wholesale jerseys have also become a way for fans to satisfy their wish to be closer to well-known athletes and memorable moments in sports history.

Jerseys have become synonymous with well-known users in the world of famous athletes. Followers recall their favorites by jersey number alone. Who wears jersey number eight in the National Basketball Association? Maybe a lot of guys do, but the answer from a true follower will be the Laker’s “Kobe Bryant.” When the Lakers achieved victory over the Magic in the 2009 NBA Championship finals, jersey wholesalers were trying hard to keep #8 in stock. Likewise, if a fan hears #7 and Pennsylvania football — the conclusion is instantaneous: Ben Roethlisberger, winner of the Super Bowl. Identifying with their winners by wearing sports jerseys helps followers bond their favorite sport.

Anecdotes abound about the kindness of sports heroes who have donated their own jerseys to individual fans, often kids who have suffered sickness. Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and a gold-medal Olympian broke his ownsingle- game scoring record and then gave the jersey he wore that night to a kid who had suffered amputation of hands and feet due to a bacterial infection. On a broader


Each child over the course of their athletic pursuits will develop passions for certain sports. It is essential that parents encourage these passions as continued positive exposure could lead to a childs lifelong love of a healthy activity.

How to Facilitate your Childs Passion

One of the best ways to foster a childs passion is to look into sending them to a specialized youth sports camp that focuses solely on a specific sport. These camps will give your child an intensive day long experience where instruction will be focused on the many unique aspects of the sport.

Day or Overnight Camp?

To determine whether you should enroll your child in a day or overnight camp it is important to understand the benefits that each type of youth sports camp offers.

Day camps are enjoyable for many athletes who have other obligations that they need to address. These camps are also beneficial to younger children who may not be used to being away from home for long periods of time.

The downside to day youth sports camps is that parents are required to drive their child to the camp every morning and pick them up every evening. With the busy schedules of most Americans this can be a difficult task to accomplish without substantial assistance.

Overnight camps are a great way for a child to experience more than just the sport. Overnight camps allow children to build friendships with their teammates, develop independent living skills and experience an overall college like setting. Normally students are housed in dorms and are fed at a campus dining hall. These are great experiences for children as it can spark their interest not only in athletics but college life as well.

One of the issues with overnight youth sports camps is the health


Healthy Lunch Recipes At The Office

October 6th, 2015 / / categories: Healthy & Beauty /

Most of us are not home for lunch on most work days, and it becomes a challenge to find healthy lunch recipes which are easy to prepare, nutritious to eat, and yet do not spoil while away from home until lunch time.

If you have a refrigerator at work, where you can store food, make full use of this facility. This will allow you more options as to what to prepare, as it will remain fresher for longer.

Toss a few lettuce leaves, salad tomatoes and pieces of cucumbers in a bowl. Keep a few chicken strips in a separate bowl. At lunch time, add the chicken strips, a low fat salad dressing, and serve with fresh pita bread.

A tuna salad can be versatile and refreshing, yet healthy and filling too. Tuna salad can be made ahead of time, using fresh lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced onion and tuna. Mix in a little vinaigrette, low-fat salad dressing or mayonnaise. Store in the refrigerator, and serve with a fresh roll, rye bread or crackers.

Another simple lunch to make in the office kitchen is cream cheese and crackers. Sliced sweet pepper pickles, sliced cucumber pickles or any other pickles you enjoy can be prepared ahead. Place a spoon of fresh cream cheese on a cracker. Top with pickles and enjoy.

Fruit salad makes a delicious light but healthy lunch. Fruit salad can be made ahead of time easily, and stored in the fridge. Dice your chosen fruits. Sprinkle with a little lemon juice, and cover tightly with cling film, making sure no air can get to the fruit. Seal tightly. Serve your fruit salad with yoghurt.

If the office kitchen has a microwave available, you might want to try a couple of these ideas.

Fry an onion until golden. Add


Urban Sports As A New Lifestyle

October 4th, 2015 / / categories: Sport & Diets /

Many young people living in crowded places seek an outlet. So they turn to urban sports. Very little gear is required, and the sport can take place anywhere, and at any time. Since they are commonly seen in cities, these sports activities are given the name “urban sports”.

Note that urban sports is not the same thing as extreme sports. Urban sports are much safer, when compared to extreme sports. Extreme sports are much more dangerous exercises. Very often, extreme means the execution of highly difficult and usually dangerous stunts. There is no strict definition for extreme sports. To participate is to push limits. Of course, in exchange for all the thrill and excitement, a certain amount of risk is necessary.

If you are interested in taking up a sport, take a look at the urban activities in your area. It could be street soccer, skateboarding, stunt biking, or even basketball. Any urban activity can be taken as an urban sport. There are no strict definitions. If you observe closely, you will quickly realize that there are some similarities between these activities.

Before you start, you will need some urban sports clothing and gear. These items are usually readily available in major sports retail shops. Sports like ball games don’t require you to own much equipment. You don’t even need special clothing. A cotton T-shirt in good condition and a pair of street shoes may be all you need.

Be sure to dress comfortably for the activity that you have chosen to participate in. If you need to have flexible movements, a pair of casual street shoes will do fine. Major brands like Nike and Adidas now have street shoes that can be worn for casual outings or for street sports.

The sport that you are engaged in comes with