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.
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.