Peak Endurance for Recovery

Study after study has come out denouncing the benefits of over-the-counter, store-bought sports and energy drinks that mainly target inactive teenagers and youngsters with their marketing. The biggest complaints are that these drinks contain too much sugar, caffeine, have an overabundance of sodium and not enough healthy stuff.  My theory is that there is some degree of willful ignorance when consuming these products.  For instance: “Oh. It’s a sports drink. It can’t be anything but healthy. I will not read the label.”

That’s where Peak Endurance differs. Peak Endurance was developed with performance in mind. Instead of containing a ton of sugar. It has only one gram per serving, enough necessary to deliver its full compliment of electrolytes, B-vitamins, oral ATP and vitamin C. But we’ve discussed why Peak Endurance is better than all the other “sports” drinks on the market. Let’s take the time to get into specifics on how Peak Endurance helps athletes and heavy exercisers recover.

1. Electrolyte Replenishment 

An electrolyte is a substance that helps electricity move through the body, and they are found in every cell: Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphate and chloride.  When you pump iron, go for a run or do any sort of strenuous activity, you will sweat. Sweating leads to an imbalance of electrolytes which can snowball into cramps, nausea and fatigue. Severe, long-term electrolyte imbalance can lead to kidney failure, irregular heart beat and seizures.

2. ATP

Adenosine triphosphate is the cellular currency of energy.  In order to exercise, your body needs to produce ATP. If it cannot, you are done exercising. Cells can store excess ATP, so replenishing your ATP levels after exercise will keep the proverbial “barn” stocked. Also, it plays a huge role in anabolic signaling for muscle recovery and repair.

3. Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is essential to muscle growth. It is thought to keep your cortisol levels in check. Although the body needs cortisol, too much can increase appetite and interfere with amino acids and hormones essential for building muscle. Additionally, a lack of vitamin C reduces the amount of collagen the body makes, and you need collagen because it helps to repair muscles and maintain lean muscle mass.

4. B-Vitamins 

All B vitamins help the body by breaking down fat and carbs for energy. The also assist the body in metabolizing fats and protein, and protein, I hear, is great for building muscle.

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Low Levels of Magnesium, A Risk Factor of Type 2 Diabetes

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Studies in the last few years have investigated magnesium’s ability to regulate insulin secretion and/or action, and this is why low levels of magnesium are commonly considered a risk factor in the development of type 2 diabetes.

Scientists at Brown University are now looking at ways to tailor nutritional therapy for diabetes based on several factors: genetics, gender, ethnicity and magnesium intake. Researchers hope to discover if certain genes found in differing populations influence the body’s ability to process or regulate magnesium.

Studies have already isolated genes in specific populations that decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, but they do not know how or if magnesium is a part of this process. Once they are able find the link, they plan to craft nutritional programs tailored to specific populations and even individuals.

Source: Science Daily 

We can’t control which genes we’re born with, but we can make sure that we get plenty of magnesium in our diets and topically with Mag-nificence and CalciAIM.

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A New Reason to Use Cranverry+

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Cranverry+ is very good at what it does. It promotes urinary tract health and protects the body against the candidiasis, more commonly known as a yeast infection. Most of us don’t deal with these problems on a daily basis, knock on wood. So you might then say, “Hey, now that my UTI problems are all gone, what will I do with the rest of my Cranverry+?”

Well, folks, some new research indicates that resveratrol is good for more than just keeping the bladder blues at bay. It also has been directly linked to heart health. Resveratrol–a compound commonly found in wine but also in Cranverry+–has long been associated with cardiovascular wellness, but the mechanisms, the hows and whys, were unknown. A collaboration of researchers from all across Europe finally figured out the process by which resveratrol protects against cardiovascular problems.

From Medical News Today

“The researchers discovered that the natural substance binds to the regulator protein KSRP and activates it. KSRP reduces the stability of messenger RNA (mRNA) in connection with a number of inflammatory mediators and thus inhibits their synthesis. We now know more precisely how resveratrol inhibits the formation of the inflammatory factors that trigger cardiovascular diseases.”

“This is an important finding in view of the fact that more recent research has shown that cardiovascular diseases are significantly promoted by inflammatory processes in the body,” said Pautz. Cardiovascular disorders, such as myocardial infarction and strokes, frequently occur in association with chronic inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis. The natural substance resveratrol thus has major therapeutic potential, particularly when it comes to the treatment of inflammatory diseases that can cause serious damage to the cardiovascular system.”

The 8 Micronutrients People Aren’t Getting Enough Of

In an interview with NutraingredientsDr. Baiz Frei from the Linus Pauling Institute said he’s concerned that people aren’t getting enough micronutrients in their diets. He also said that a healthy diet is the first step toward correcting these deficiencies and that supplements are the next one. What are the 8 biggest micronutritional deficiencies according to him? Here’s a list and here’s our products that have them.

1. Vitamin A- Just Carrots 420%

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2. Vitamin C- Peak Endurance, 72%

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3. Vitamin D- Veggie D,  250%

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4. Vitamin K– BarleyLife, 100%

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5. Vitamin E, CoCoa LeafGreens, 2%

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6. Calcium- CalciAIM, 38%

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7. Potassium- Red Rush, 20%

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8. Magnesium- Mag-Nificence, Topical

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Added Sugar Linked to High Blood Pressure. Salt Linked to Headaches

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How many comic strips have we sat through where a stereotypical husband stares longingly at a hoagie or sits slumped over a salad because their stereotypical cartoon wife disallows them from eating salt due to high blood pressure?  The husband is usually wearing a white tank top and a pork pie hat, the wife with arms crossed,  possibly holding a rolling pin or wearing curlers in her hair. Comic strips are weirdly bleak when you deconstruct them. But anyway, the good news for salt lovers and cartoon husbands is that according to a new study published in Open Heart, added sugar contributes to heart disease more than salt. However, more bad news about salt has soon followed.

In fact, according to this new study, the blood pressure reduction achieved by cutting down on sodium is “slim” and “debatable.” And it’s thought that the carbs and added sugars found in processed foods contribute more to heart disease than the salt.

Medical News Today: 

Ingesting one 24-ounce soft drink has been shown to cause an average maximum increase in blood pressure of 15/9 mm Hg and heart rate of 9 bpm. Those who consume 25% or more calories from added sugar have an almost threefold increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, according to the research.

The biggest offender is high fructose corn syrup. Most natural sugars have a balance of fructose and glucose and are considered beneficial in fruits and veggies, but HFCS is not balanced, and the current thinking is that this imbalance can lead to acidic blood that damages the lining of the veins.

Although this study may take some heat off of salt. Another study published in BMJ Open, put the heat back on. Researchers found a link between salt and headaches.  Test subjects who ate 8 g of sodium suffered one-third  more headaches than those who only consumed 4 g. Headaches occurred in the participants regardless of how healthy their diets were otherwise. The average American consumes 3,400 mg of sodium. The daily recommended amount is 1500 mg.

5 Reasons to Quit Drinking Soda

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Soda pop dominates our culture. The average American drinks 57 gallons a year.  It’s served in nearly every restaurant, stocked in the cooler of every gas station, you’ll find it in vending machines in hospitals and on posters adorning the walls of almost every athletic event.  But the stuff has a ton of calories and is bursting with artificial sweeteners and doesn’t really quench thirst very well. And if it can’t even quench thirst well, why  in the world would you drink it? It defeats the purpose of having a drink.

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When you are very thirsty or dehydrated you have low levels of saliva. Saliva helps to neutralize acids, but soda is the most acidic beverage you can purchase. Drinking soda actually makes you more thirsty, which makes you want to drink more.

I feel kind of blessed that I can’t stand the way it tastes, so I’m not tempted by its omnipresent fizzy sweetness.  If you are, here are five reasons to quit drinking the stuff.

1. Linked to Obesity

Drinking a can of soda every day can lead to one pound of weight gain per month.

2. Linked to Strokes

Today, the Cleveland Clinic tweeted that drinking a soda a day can increase your risk of stroke by 16%. They also did a 2012 study with Harvard where researchers found that soda consumption was correlated to stroke risk.

3. Linked to Depression

A recent study out of Emory University found a link between depressive behavior and high fructose corn syrup, especially in teens.  Fructose can stimulate neural pathways that affect the way that the brain reacts to stress. And the stress can turn into depression or anxiety. You may say “hey, juice has fructose.” And you’re right. Here’s some pertinent information about that.

From Princeton:

High-fructose corn syrup and sucrose are both compounds that contain the simple sugars fructose and glucose, but there at least two clear differences between them. First, sucrose is composed of equal amounts of the two simple sugars — it is 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose — but the typical high-fructose corn syrup used in this study features a slightly imbalanced ratio, containing 55 percent fructose and 42 percent glucose. Larger sugar molecules called higher saccharides make up the remaining 3 percent of the sweetener. Second, as a result of the manufacturing process for high-fructose corn syrup, the fructose molecules in the sweetener are free and unbound, ready for absorption and utilization. In contrast, every fructose molecule in sucrose that comes from cane sugar or beet sugar is bound to a corresponding glucose molecule and must go through an extra metabolic step before it can be utilized.

This creates a fascinating puzzle. The rats in the Princeton study became obese by drinking high-fructose corn syrup, but not by drinking sucrose. The critical differences in appetite, metabolism and gene expression that underlie this phenomenon are yet to be discovered, but may relate to the fact that excess fructose is being metabolized to produce fat, while glucose is largely being processed for energy or stored as a carbohydrate, called glycogen, in the liver and muscles.

It’s like nitrate. If you eat nitrate in a plant it’s good for you. But if you stick it in meat. It gets all angry.

4. Linked to Endothelial Damage

Again, the Cleveland Clinic, those soda-pop haters,  had this to say about what soda does.

The sugar in sugar-sweetened sodas may increase blood glucose and increase insulin. Over time, these may lead to glucose intolerance, insulin resistance and inflammation. Those changes in turn influence atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries), plaque stability and thrombosis (clot formation), a risk factor for strokes caused by blockage of an artery.

5. Healthier Things to Drink

There are healthier things to drink out there. Stuff that quenches thirst and builds you up instead of tearing you down. If you like energy, try Peak Endurance. If you want to get a large battery of vitamins and mineral, then BarleyLife is your drink.

Breathe Easier With Vitamin D Supplementation

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A study out of England found that vitamin D supplementation reduced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms by forty percent in patients who were previously deficient in that vitamin. The symptoms of this disease include coughing, overabundance of mucus, shortness of breath and tightness of chest. These problems have the potential to worsen and lead to hospitalization.  All patients who supplemented with vitamin D saw a modest reduction in their flare ups, but those patients who were not vitamin D deficient did not see the dramatic forty-percent reduction.

This is the first clinical trial to investigate the impact of vitamin D supplementation on severity and duration of COPD symptoms. One previous trial has linked vitamin D to a reduction in COPD disease flare ups but this was limited to patients with very severe conditions. This trial is larger and studied patients with a much broader spectrum of diseases, ranging from mild to severe.

Source: Science Daily

Vitamin D deficiency is so widespread that it has been recognized as a pandemic, according to the American Journal of Nutrition.   Two-thirds of US adults and children are thought to be deficient in this most necessary vitamin. Possible side effects from vitamin D may include greater risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, cancer, diabetes 1 and 2, hypertension, glucose intolerance and multiple sclerosis: WEB MD.

The AIM Companies has two great products for vitamin D supplementation. CalciAIM and Veggie D. There is no need to go without.