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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