Sunday, May 1, 2016

How To Lose One Pound Per Week-The Science Behind Post Workout

Everyone knows that to lose weight, resistant training is a must. In many cases, it even supersedes cardo workouts.

Did you know that after a tough training session, its very important to fuel your body with the right foods and liquids?

In today's post, Dr. Paul Sullivan, Chief Formulator of the company, ID Life, shares what our body requires after we push it to the max.

Great Workout, Now What?

You feel tremendous after a great run and proud of yet another healthy workout, but now what? Along with rest, you must now include the nutritional component of after workout recovery. Without this component of recovery, there is an increased risk of breakdown of muscle during rigorous physical activity leading to injury, tissue damage, muscle soreness and even muscle loss.

Mineral loss after workouts via sweating and excretion is NOT limited to electrolytes, as non-electrolyte mineral losses can lead to reduced bone density, reduced blood sugar control, antioxidant loss, reduced wound healing and impaired cellular metabolism.
A training session or an athletic event can deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves and if not replenished, can create potential immune problems, infection risk or even the nuisance of the common cold. Cortisol can be another concern, particularly with endurance training and overtraining where it can be chronically elevated, as it contributes to weight gain, blood sugar havoc, cognitive decline and a compromised immune system.

Recovery is partially reliant on the right nutrients being available at the precise time they are needed; if digestive issues prevent breakdown of essential proteins, they may not be available in the necessary amount. If sources of energy are exhausted or not available due to enzyme or transport failure, then the high energy demands of the tissues and muscle gains are compromised. If all the nutritional components used in the cell to make ATP (the energy unit that refuels our cells and bodies) are NOT available, then even the functions we don’t consciously control will not be optimized, such as our heart pumping vigorously, our muscles and cells repairing or the restoration of our brain’s energy.

Next Step…..

The IDLife Post Workout Formula delivers a carefully researched and designed complex of proteins, vital electrolytes, vitamins, antioxidants, MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides), minerals and energy nutrients to address workout recovery and its essential components of:
  • electrolyte replacement, hydration, muscle soreness and repair
  • insulin sensitivity and sugar control
  • immune system challenges, promoting anabolic protein synthesis
  • cardiovascular health and proper nutritional support for the body’s muscular and nervous systems
  • increased endurance, muscle gain and increased muscle work capacity
Hydration is all about water and electrolyte replacement and supporting the cellular uptake of both. The IDLife Post Workout formula addresses these two pieces of the puzzle by supplying the electrolytes Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium that are most often lost during workouts or athletic events. These are the minerals that make the muscles and nerves work properly and should there be a deficiency, can lead to subpar exercise performance and other health issues.

The other mineral that should not be forgotten here is Chromium, a mineral that helps control blood sugar and insulin levels, and several studies show that urine loss of this vital mineral by runners was increased by endurance exercise. Coconut water (powder) serves as the MCT source that reduces lactic acid buildup and maximizes electrolyte uptake.

Vitamin C, Quercetin, Coenzyme Q 10, Zinc and Taurine serve as excellent antioxidant support and Taurine itself helps prevent muscle protein breakdown, acts as a cell volumizer drawing water “into” the cells and helps the fast-twitch muscles produce peak force. Used in combination with Magnesium (also included in this formula), they all support cardiovascular health.

Vitamin B12 in the form of Methylcobalamin (the superior IDLife coenzyme form of Vitamin B12), 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’s Cycle. Methylfolate (the superior IDLife coenzyme form of folic acid) compliments the Methyl B12 in this formula to help red blood cells and iron work for energy and increasing oxygen carrying capacity.

Creatine may also help increase lean muscle mass and enhance athletic performance, particularly during high-intensity, short-duration sports (like high jumping and weight lifting). L-Glutamine is a natural amino acid that in periods of extreme stress and recovery from heavy exercise or injury, supports muscle preservation and improved tissue repair.

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 and play a central role in the metabolism of muscle tissue, therefore contributing to BOTH muscle generation and preservation. As further Post Workout insurance, Biotin (Vitamin H) is added and also essential to the metabolism of Leucine, critical in muscle formation and muscle growth.

All of this amino acid power and all the advantages would be of little value without assuring they were broken down and absorbed. IDLife Post Workout Formula 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.

The Take Home

Everyone wants to look their best. To actually make changes and reach your goals, you have to do more than think about it, you have to commit to a disciplined exercise and training regimen that also includes appropriate nutritional support. The IDLife Post Workout Formula delivers those nutrients with the following advantages:
  • Supports muscle repair, muscle growth and preservation
  • Restores electrolytes plus other critical minerals to minimize muscle fatigue and cramping, elevated blood sugar, and immune challenges
  • Improves muscle recovery time and growth and in turn shortens recovery time between workouts.
  • Includes Amino Acids and BCAAs plus digestive enzyme support that contribute to both muscle metabolism and muscle generation in addition to sports performance
  • Helps reduce cortisol and limits accumulation of lactic acid
Post workout nutrition yields the best benefits if taken within the first 45 minutes after finishing your exercise period to maximize muscle repair, boost muscle recovery and build more muscle.



-Paul Sullivan, IDLife Chief Formulator

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Being Healthy-The Importance Of Taking Vitamin D


I was just reading a newsletter from Dr. Paul Sullivan in which he discussed the importance of making sure we have enough Vitamin D in our diets. Vitamin D serves many important purposes and we need to make sure our bodies have enough. I have to supplement with it as my blood work each year shows low levels. Plus, the vitamin protocol I take based on the ID Life Health Assessment includes this important nutrient based on my answers to the assessment questions.

We recommend that people take the free online health assessment each 3-4 times a year since sometimes things change with us. You can take the assessment by visiting http://www.freehealthtest4you.com

Hope you find this helpful.

Monique Hawkins

The Importance of Vitamin D by Dr. Paul Sullivan

While football season recently ended, our awareness for D-fense is not limited to the football field. When we speak of defense at this time of the year, keeping your Vitamin D at a sufficient level is one of the key factors to keep your immune system strong and help defend you from seasonal health challenges like sore throats, influenza, sinus problems, coughs, colds and general respiratory malaise.

Who is at Risk?

According to the CDC, those who are at greater risk for developing upper respiratory problems and influenza include:
  • People over age 65
  • Children, especially those under age 2
  • People with chronic disease, like asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease
  • People with weakened immune systems, like those with cancer or HIV/AIDS
  • People who are morbidly obese
  • Pregnant women
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives
Author’s Note: Many people in these categories have been shown to have low Vitamin D levels.

What Does D have to Do with it?

Vitamin D is a critical component of our immune system and studies that show that when Vitamin D levels are lower (for example in the winter), respiratory problems and infections are more likely to occur. Many studies regarding influenza correlate people with low Vitamin D levels with an increased likelihood to catch the flu. A specific study conducted on a group of healthy adults compared those with high levels of Vitamin D to those with low levels and found those with low levels were TWICE as likely to get influenza.

Studies have demonstrated that sufficient Vitamin D3 levels are beneficial to lungs and airways to decrease infections that affect the air passages, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Also, people who did not supplement with Vitamin D had nine times greater risk of winter flu than those who took Vitamin D. This is one of the many variables that IDNutrition covers; by taking your Assessment in the winter months, with all other factors being equal, you will be recommended more Vitamin D then you will in the summer.

What Does D Do?

There are Vitamin D receptors on cells in the respiratory tract that are looking to bind with Vitamin D in a modified form that will help the body both reduce inflammation and increase antimicrobial proteins called cathelicidins. Cathelicidins are critical in the role of building our immune defense against invasive bacterial infection and destroying invading germs and viruses. This dual action of reducing inflammation and increasing cathelicidins is the double barreled action that can help your body D-Fend itself and better fight respiratory challenges.

How much Vitamin D3 is safe?

Three years ago, a doctor I trained under, Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego and lead author of the study mentioned above, stated the blood level amount of Vitamin D associated with about half of the death rate was 30 ng/ml. He noted that two-thirds of the U.S. population has an estimated blood vitamin D level below 30 ng/ml.
At IDLife and with IDNutrition, we recognize that Vitamin D exposure from the sun will vary by latitude (northern latitudes have less than southern latitudes) and most of us will get more exposure in the summer than in the winter. Our software recognizes that unless you live at the Equator and wear a Speedo all day, you are not getting enough Vitamin D from food or the sun. We are hoping to drive the Vitamin D3 levels mentioned above to more than 50ng/ml, and of course advise everybody to have their blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitaminD tested every year when they have their annual physical.

The Take Away

Sufficient blood levels of Vitamin D3 are critical and IDNutrition considers it a foundational nutrient in your program to help reduce the risks of immune challenges and to help defend from seasonal health challenges like sore throats, influenza, sinus problems, coughs, colds and general respiratory malaise. While there is nothing more accurate than blood testing for Vitamin D3 levels, the personalized IDNutrition Assessment takes many factors into consideration. Questions on the Assessment ask what season it is, in what part of the country you reside and how much time you spend in the sun, all to better determine your Vitamin D levels.

The IDNutrition Vitamin D plus CoFactors formula is quite advanced compared to only Vitamin D3 found in competing products. It contains magnesium to assure D3 metabolism through the liver and kidneys, and also provides Vitamin A, Zinc and the enzymes Lipase and Protease. These enzymes assure that when the activated form of Vitamin D (1,25-dihyroxycholcalciferol) ultimately gets to those “receptors” we discussed above, they are completely prepared for binding to those cells in the immune system. This ultimate Vitamin D receptor binding will help the body both reduce inflammation and build our immune D-fense against invasive upper respiratory bacterial infection and help destroy invading germs and viruses.

-Paul Sullivan, IDLife Chief Formulator

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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