Friday, January 29, 2016

Weight Loss and Nutrition-Are You Giving Your Body The Fuel It Needs?

Now that the New Year has started, most people have weight loss as a personal goal and some desire to lose one pound per week.

If you workout at the gym or at home, are you aware of the importance of making sure your body has the fuel it needs so that your workouts are more effective and not damaging?

In today's post, Dr. Paul Sullivan discusses the science behind a special product which just may meet your needs.

Here we are at the start of another wonderful year full of lofty physical and mental goals and rock solid New Year’s resolutions. I say rock-solid somewhat facetiously as I know that my own “great intentions” of losing weight, firming up and gaining strength are often burdened with the reality of a two week burst of activity followed by decreased energy, fatigue and reduced workouts both in quantity and quality.

How Could This Happen? 

For most, the crash of “great intentions” comes from failure to allow for the daily intake of nutrients that will provide strength and endurance to help you complete that last set, that extra rep or that last half-mile to reach not only your 2016 physical objectives, but even your daily goal or personal best.

Without the inclusion of the nutritional component, the potential for an underachieving workout is highly probable and so is the increased risk of breakdown of muscle during rigorous physical activity leading to injury, tissue damage and even muscle loss. Insufficient proteins and supportive nutrient intake can create a challenge to not only the generation of muscle but also its “preservation” via repair and prevention of muscle breakdown.

Mineral loss during and after workouts through sweating and excretion is NOT limited to electrolyte losses. Non-electrolyte losses can also lead to reduced bone density, reduced blood sugar control and impaired cellular metabolism. If circulatory nutrients are not addressed, potential for muscle fatigue and joint immobility increases as well as the lethal decrease in endurance and muscle output capacity.

Athletic performance or even “great intentions” are reliant on the RIGHT nutrients being available at the precise time they are needed. If sources of energy are exhausted due to enzyme shortage or transport failure, then high energy demands of our tissues and skeletal muscles CANNOT be met and endurance suffers. Also, ATP (the energy unit that fuels our cells and bodies) is diminished, resulting in reduced muscle contraction or possibly even our brain not optimizing its energy!

We Shall Overcome

IDLife delivers more than an amped up caffeine and stimulant powder that is provided by other workout products. The Pre Workout Formula is a carefully researched and contains a balanced complex of “targeted” amino acids, branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), vitamins, minerals, enzymes and energy nutrients. Together, these address and help maintain not only “great intentions,” but also athletic performance, muscle generation and preservation, endurance, electrolyte and mineral depletion, heart health as well as mental focus and brain health!

What is this “Balanced Complex” of Nutrients?

Targeted Amino Acids - L-Glutamine, L-Arginine and its precursor L-Citrulline are amino acids that in periods of extreme stress, such as heavy exercise or an injury, help support muscle preservation, improved tissue repair and reduced healing time. These also promote efficient blood flow, help increase muscle energy and aid in muscle detoxification and proper nervous system function.

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) - Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) that are essential amino acids and have important roles in the generation of various tissues. They also play a central role in the metabolism of muscle tissue, therefore contributing to both muscle generation and preservation and muscular health insurance. As further insurance, Biotin (Vitamin H) is added because it is also essential to the metabolism of Leucine, critical in muscle formation and growth. Glycine is one of the amino acids necessary for the biosynthesis of Creatine, providing the muscles with a direct energy source and helps to build muscle tissue and strength.

Vitamins - Vitamin B12 in the form of Methylcobalamin (the superior IDLife coenzyme form) combined with Niacinamide is critical for maintaining healthy nerve cells and converts the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) in the formula to energy (ATP) through the Krebs Cycle. Vitamin C helps the body produce collagen and is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is also an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. IDLife uses Quatrafolic®, the 5-Methylfolate coenzyme form of folate, which is better absorbed than folic acid.

Minerals - Sodium and Potassium are critical minerals that help minimize electrolyte loss, thus assuring better muscle contraction, energy production, nerve conduction and reduced muscle cramps. Magnesium and Calcium are added to help promote energy production, protein synthesis, ion transport, cell signaling and also has structural functions in bones, muscles and cell membranes. Zinc is included to enhance immune response, wound healing, and nerve function. Chromium is critical for individuals who train intensively and may be at special risk to increased blood sugar due to repeated increased urinary Chromium losses.

Enzymes - IDLife Pre Workout provides two powerful plant enzymes, Papain and Bromelain, which not only act to break down proteins and amino acids into absorbable forms but also in themselves act as anti-inflammatory enzymes.

Energy Nutrients - D-Ribose (Ribose) is a complex carbohydrate, used in the cell to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy unit that fuels our cells and bodies. Along with Creatine (also converted to ATP), these nutrients in the IDLife Pre Workout Formula provide an energy complex that supports high-intensity, short-duration exercise, such as lifting weights or sprinting. Also included is Beta Alanine, which research proves has beneficial effects on muscular anaerobic endurance and the potential to improve physical performance during high-intensity exercise, as well as reduce lactic acid build up in skeletal muscle.

Happy New You! 

Many dream and resolve to have a lean, muscular body and to attain their perfect weight in the coming 12 months. Like anything worth having, dreaming or resolving is not enough, as you have to commit to a disciplined exercise and training regimen that also includes appropriate nutritional support.

Make 2016 the year of the NEW you and to help you maintain those “great intentions,” be sure the IDLife Pre Workout is one of the mainstays of your nutritional and exercise arsenal.

-Paul Sullivan, IDLife Chief Formulator

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

How To Lose One Pound Per Week-Have You Tried This to Get Lean?

When it comes to losing one pound per week, it can be done and does not have to be daunting. This remains true even for the holiday season.

In today's post, you will learn about a product which can help you achieve your goals not only during this holiday season, but also throughout the year.

The Science Behind IDLife Lean by Paul Sullivan
‘Tis the Season to be….lean? What a contradiction that is. The truth is, ‘tis actually the season to be inactive, or even out of shape. The period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is one full of parties and more effort toward “eat, drink, and be merry” than maintaining our focus on exercising and preserving a lean, muscular body.
Assuming we have the ability to stay on track, what are the challenges we face?

The Challenge
Before, during, or between exercises, there is a risk of muscular breakdown during rigorous physical activity often leading to injury, tissue damage and even muscle loss. Insufficient protein and supportive nutrient intake can create a challenge to not only thegeneration of muscle but also its preservation via repair and prevention of catabolism.
While the focus is generally on muscle gain or weight loss during intense exercise, the risk of loss of immune strength and potential flu infection is very high, particularly those training for endurance events (hence the increase of colds and infections after events). Immune system decline can result in an increased risk of infection, fatigue and muscle strength.

Electrolyte loss during excessive sweating is common and if not addressed, can lead to depletion of minerals. This can result in increased physical stress, muscle fatigue and cramping as well as reduced regulation of the nervous system. Also, heart and blood vessel health is important to maintain nitric oxide levels, allowing your vessels to dilate and your blood to flow freely during exercise.

While all of the above affect the muscles and the physical side of exercise, the mental side must also be addressed to help maintain focus, positive mood and to keep our neurotransmitters at appropriate levels to support feelings of wellbeing and mental clarity.

The Solution

IDLife Lean delivers a carefully researched and designed complex of “targeted” amino acids, branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), minerals and energy nutrients to support muscle generation and preservation, immune function, electrolyte depletion, cardiovascular health and mental focus and vigor.

L-Glutamine and L-Arginine are natural amino acids that, in periods of extreme stress such as heavy exercise or an injury, support muscle preservation, improved tissue repair, reduced healing time, increased muscle energy and proper nervous system function. They both also support healthy immune function and healing of wounds and injuries. L-Glutamine helps increase lean body mass while supporting the minimization of fat absorption and also has a unique capacity to support a low carbohydrate diet regimen or sugar restriction when taken one hour before meals. L-Arginine also helps boost Nitric Oxide synthesis that promotes efficient blood flow and overall heart function.

Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), essential amino acids that cannot be synthesized in the human body and are critical for muscle growth and maintenance. They have important roles in the generation of various tissues, healing and metabolic processes via the protein synthesis in the liver. BCAAs play a central role in the metabolism of muscle tissue, therefore supporting both muscle generation and preservation and muscular health insurance.

Betaine (Trimethylglycine) is a natural methylation agent that helps increase the neurotransmitters Serotonin, Norepinephrine and Dopamine to better regulate mood, focus and mental energy during intense exercise. Magnesium and Potassium are critical minerals that help minimize electrolyte loss, contributing to better muscle contraction, energy production, nerve conduction and reduced muscle cramps. Magnesium is also depleted during period of physical and mental stress and is needed for 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.

Lean also includes L-Tyrosine, an amino acid precursor to the catecholamines Dopamine (helps regulate sugar craving) and Norepinephrine (vigilance and concentration) and is central to support thyroid and adrenal metabolism. L-Tyrosine aids in improving workout energy as well as thermogenesis and may be helpful in stress reduction.

Also supporting thermogenesis is Bioperine, a form of Piperine, which enhances nutrient digestion and gastrointestinal absorption. Thermogenesis is NOT just about heat, but how that heat converts to increased body metabolism by digesting and utilizing the nutrients provided to increase thermal energy and help the body “amp up”. In this specific formulation, Bioperine has been shown to help increase the digestion of Magnesium, Potassium, Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine; those nutrients shown to help maintain electrolyte activity and muscle generation.

The Take Home

During the Holiday Season many dream, and often make a New Year’s Resolution, of a lean and muscular body. Like anything worth having, dreaming is not enough, as you have to commit to a disciplined exercise and training regimen that also includes appropriate nutritional support. IDLife Lean delivers those nutrients with the following advantages:
  • Supports muscle repair and preservation
  • Helps maintain a healthy immune system and reduce downtime
  • Contains electrolytes to help minimize physical stress, muscle fatigue and cramping
  • Includes BCAAs that contribute to both muscle metabolism and muscle generation
  • Helps support neurotransmitters to better regulate mood, focus and mental energy
  • Supports low carbohydrate diets, thermogenesis and helps reduce sugar craving
‘Tis the season to be Lean….

-Paul Sullivan, IDLife Chief Formulator

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cleanses to Lose Weight-Use These 7 Nutritious Foods that Aid in Body Detoxification

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One of the easiest things a person can do to lose a pound per week and to feel more energized is to fuel their body with the rights foods. Cleansing can be an a effective way to meet both of these goals.

In today's post, you will learn about 7 nutritious foods that will cleanse or detox your body so that you will look and feel great!

7 Nutritious Foods that Aid in Body Detoxification

Toxins and excess fluids are among the worst enemies of the body because they cause illnesses, weight problems, and lack of energy. The body has its natural detoxification system that removes excess toxins and fluids. You can enhance your body detoxification system by eating foods that help cleanse the body and boost its power. The following are seven detox foods that you should include in your daily diet.

1. Garlic - For thousands of years, garlic has been known for its health benefits. True enough, garlic does wonders to the body. It cleanses the blood, boosts production of detox enzymes in the liver, and helps lower blood pressure. You can eat it raw or add it to any dish. Garlic supplements are also a good option for detoxification.

2. Green Tea - You can get your daily dose of antioxidants from green tea. Your body needs an ample supply of antioxidants to be able to flush out toxins, and green tea does the job well. Green tea contains catechins, a special antioxidant that enhances the detox function of the liver.

3. Fruits - Because fruits have high water content, they are a great asset in washing out toxins from the body. Fresh, dried, or frozen, fruits contain other elements essential for body detox such as vitamin C and antioxidants. For an efficient body detox, it is recommended that you eat fruits on their own not as part of a meal and before or after meals.

4. Green Leafy Vegetables - Plants are not the only ones that need chlorophyll for survival. Humans as well need chlorophyll to eliminate toxins that come from environmental factors such as cleaning products, smog, chemicals, and heavy metals. Chlorophyll helps your liver detoxify your body. What better way to get chlorophyll than eating green leafy vegetables? Your body will definitely thank you for it.

5. Omega-3 Oils - These oils, which can be found in avocado, hemp, olive oil, and flax seeds, make the walls of the intestines lubricated. Such function enables the oil to absorb toxins and be removed from the body.

6. Ginger - This strong-flavored root crop enhances sweating and blood circulation, making it easier for your body to detoxify.

7. Mung Beans - Used in Ayurveda healing system for many years, mung beans absorb toxin deposits on the intestinal walls.

Make body detoxification an easier and more efficient process in your system by making detox foods a part of your daily diet.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

How to Lose One Pound Per Week-Follow These 5 Simple Moves

Everyone knows that to  lose one pound per week, nutrition is most important followed closely by incorporating a good exercise plan to one's lifestyle.

When it comes to exercise, to get the most bang for your buck, one needs to use those exercises which burns the most calories which can help you lose weight faster.

The following are 5 simple exercises you can use which helps skyrocket calories and torch the metabolism.  I happened to find these over at Skinny

5 Moves That Burn Calories Like Crazy by Grace Hermanns

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To make your workout as efficient as possible, it may be necessary to switch up your routine. Keep your body guessing so it never gets adjusted to one or a few moves. Once you get good at an exercise, your body expends less energy to complete it. Engage all your muscles at different intervals; this will keep your body guessing, your metabolism working in overdrive, and your calories burning like crazy. Next time you’re looking to challenge the same muscles in new ways, try some of these moves!

Hamstring Ball Tuck: This rep will challenge your core muscles a lot more than a regular squat! It will sculpt your mid section without putting strain on your knees. You will need a stability ball for this. Lying on your back, place your heels and calves on the stability ball and have your arms resting by your side. Pressing your shoulder blades into the floor, lift your hips, bend your knees and drag your heels toward your butt, keeping your whole body lifted. Then, slowly extend both legs back into the resting position without dropping your hips to the floor. If this rep is new to you, only do a few at first and increase from there.

Side Plank Hip Dips: This plank is a challenging exercise, but challenging equals more calories burned! This rep is an effective way to increase your core strength, but in holding the pose, you’ll be contracting many different muscles such as the abdominals, obliques, hip flexors, quads and pecs. Repeat the rep on both arms to get the most burn.

Bench Sits: This is an awesome move that you can do anywhere there is a bench! Standing with your hands together in front of your chest and feet hip distance apart, bend your knees and push hips back over bench, keeping your knees over your ankles, and come to a sitting position. Next, you’ll want to lean back to make a V shape with your body. Tighten your core, stretch your legs out straight and lean back on your sitting bones. Stretch your arms out to the sides, hold it for a few seconds, and then slowly lower your feet to the floor and move back into your starting position. This rep will challenge leg and butt muscles!

To view the last 2 exercises and images of how to do them, click here

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Weight Lose Programs-You Can't Avoid This Combinaton

If you are one looking for at a variety of weight loss programs to achieve your goals, I believe an important component you should consider is if it provides a way for you to detoxify your body too. Here is why this is important.

The Ultimate 5 Ways of Detox Diets for Weight Loss by Michael Forthan

Detoxification plays a major role in crash diet programs. It will prepare the body for future weight loss. Anti-oxidants are best for the detoxification process. The purpose of this step in a detox diet is to remove all of the toxins from your body, which can slow your metabolism. Detox diets for weight loss are used because a lower metabolism can have negative effects on weight loss goals. Flushing the toxins benefit the body in many ways such as:

# Raise in energy level # Boost in cell renewal rate # Healthy and radiant skin # Boost metabolism # Improve in body vitality and strength

You will have many diets to choose from when you decide to detoxify your body. A detox diet is designed for short periods of time and should never be used for an extended period. This can be done during times that you eat without restriction including during festivals or holidays. It is one of the ways to prepare your body for a weight loss program. The foods that are included in detox diets for weight loss are those that are designed to flush toxins from the body.

Diet # 1: Citrus fruits: When searching for the best anti-oxidants consider citrus fruits.It has been found that citric acids are one of the best agents to flush toxins from the body. Your body requires the wide range of nutrients found in citric acid.

Diet# 2: Leafy green vegetables: Leafy green vegetables is one of the best ways to natural introduce iron and zinc into your diet. These rich elements improve hemoglobin level in the body. The water elements in these vegetables also aides in the detoxification of the body.

Diet # 3: Whole, raw and unprocessed food: This should include a wide variety of sprouts. It is important to remember that spouts can be made at home and they contain vital minerals and nutrients that aide in detoxifying your body.

Diet # 4: Organic and raw sugars: A surprising fact is that this type of sugar is sweeter than the more traditional version. The absence of chemical processing makes this type of sugar good for detoxifying the body. It contains natural sweetness.

Diet # 5: Fruits and vegetables that is high in anti-oxidants: Some fruits such as citrus fruits, apple, watermelon etc help to detoxify the body. Vegetables like cabbage, lettuce and celery are helpful equally.

It can be said that detoxifying agents are diets that flush toxins from the body. You should never use this type of diet to lose all of your excess weight. It is important to remember that detox diets for weight loss only deal with removing toxins from your body. Always consult a physician before beginning the detoxifying process. This may require professional advice to prevent bad effects on your health. Juice fasting is one of the ways to detoxify the body, but this may increase the acid level in the body , so make it sure to drink plenty of water during this process.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Do You Need to Lose Weight? Signs That You May

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Each day in the United States, million of Americans say to themselves “I need to lose weight.”  Are you one of those individuals?  While many of the individuals who tell themselves that they need to lose weight do need to lose weight, not all do.  So, the question that many ask themselves is “do I really need to lose weight?”  If that is a question that you have asked yourself before, you will want to continue reading on.

One of the many signs that you may need to lose weight is if you are obese.  Many individuals do not realize that there is a difference between being overweight and being obese. While different healthcare professionals have different definitions for obese, it is often said that those who are thirty or forty pounds overweight are obese.  If you are obese, you shouldn’t only be worried about your appearance, but your health as well.  Obesity has been linked to multiple health complications, including the early onset of death.

Another one of the many signs that you should lose weight is if you have been told that you need to do so.  Whether your physician recommended losing weight or if someone that you know on a personal level has, it is advised that you at least take their suggestions into consideration. Unfortunately, many individuals are embarrassed or become upset when they are told that they need to lose weight.  What you need to remember is that the individual mentioning your weight to you likely isn’t as concerned with your appearance as they are with your health.

Another sign that you may want to think about losing weight is if you are finding that your clothes no longer fit you.  Of course, it is normal for some individuals to gain weight or to have their weight fluctuate, but you may want to think about joining a weight loss program or developing your own weight loss plan if you find that your clothes no longer fit or are difficult to get into.  Unfortunately, many individuals do not just have a small weight gain. Small weight gain often leads to more, which could have a negative impact on your health.  It is also important to mention the cost of new clothes, which you may not be able to afford.

If you find many simple tasks or activities, like walking up a flight of stairs, difficult, you may want to think about losing weight.  Of course, becoming out of breath from simple activities may not necessarily just be a weight problem, but there is a good chance that it is. When you lose weight, even just a little bit of it, you will likely find it easier to do many of the activities that you love or even the tasks that you need to do, like take your kids to the park.

The above mentioned signs are just a few of the many signs that you may need to lose weight.  Should you wish to lose weight, you are advised to proceed with caution. There are a number of weight loss products on the market, like diet pills or exercise equipment, which do not work. To save yourself money and to protect your health, you may want to consider consulting with your physician before starting any weight loss program, even one that you develop yourself.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Belly Fat Diet Plan-How Soluble Fiber Helps To Flatten the Belly

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Belly fat- it's unsightly and unhealthy. Who wouldn't love to see it just melt effortlessly away? Very little happens without some effort, but a new tool has been found that can help in the battle against abdominal fat.

An accumulation of deep belly fat, known as visceral adipose tissue, has been linked to increased inflammation throughout the body. This, in turn, is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and excessive cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Science is learning that the deep belly fat secretes damaging hormones that can alter the body's metabolism. This can play a role in the development of Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases including cancer.

Visceral adipose tissue lies beneath the abdominal muscles, close to the organs. This makes it even more dangerous. It differs from subcutaneous fat, the fat beneath the skin that helps insulate the body and serves as an energy storage tissue.

So, just looking slimmer is not the main reason for tackling the belly fat problem. Did you know that dangerous visceral adipose tissue can accumulate even in people with an acceptable Body Mass Index? You don't have to be overweight to have excess belly fat.

Routine exercise has been shown to greatly reduce belly fat and slow the accumulation of more. If you don't participate in regular activities that get the body moving, try starting a daily walking routine. While you are upping your calorie burning exercise, take a look at how much soluble fiber you get in your diet every day. It has been proven to slow the accumulation of deep belly fat.

Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Food sources are always a better choice than supplements, since you are getting all kinds of valuable nutrients while eating the fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Insoluble fiber passes through the body pretty much intact. Its role is to add bulk to the fecal matter passing through the intestines, helping you stay regular.

Soluble fiber, on the other hand, forms a kind of gel in water and can bind to and usher substances, including fats, out of the digestive tract. It helps lower cholesterol levels, normalize blood sugar and slows the accumulation of belly fat. So grab an apple, make some oatmeal, or have a tasty bowl of herb-filled brown rice and beans.