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Minerals and Muscle Recovery

1 April 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under ,

Did you know that minerals like magnesium aid with stress response from exercise and speed recovery?

Minimizing stress through magnesium supplementation helps the body to recover from exercise-induced stress more efficiently. According to Kevin Cann (writer for www.RobbWolf.com), “Magnesium has an important protective effect in the body against damage produced from all kinds of stress. When we exercise, our sympathetic nervous system turns on and we experience a flight or flight response. In order to recover quicker, we need to switch the body into a parasympathetic (relaxed) state. Magnesium has a natural calming effect on the body. Magnesium actually plays a role in turning on our parasympathetic nervous system.” – Read More

In a double-blind randomized study1 carried out by Gulf, Bender and Gruttner (from Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, University Medical School, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany), 23 competitive triathletes competing in an event consisting of a 500-meter swim, a 20-km bicycle race, and a 5-km run were studied after 4-week supplementation with placebo or magnesium. The stress-induced modifications of energy and hormone metabolism described in this study indicate altered glucose utilization after Mg- supplementation and a reduced stress response without affecting competitive potential. Magnesium supplementation reduced the stress response in the body for these athletes.

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Book Review: Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield

31 March 2015 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Beyond Training, by Ben Greenfield

Can something as essential to our wellbeing as fitness be detrimental to our health? Of course it can. The complex machine that is our body has the potential to do amazing things – but our challenge is to unlock this potential without triggering the numerous land mines buried along the way.

“I love getting fit, feeling good about the way my body looks, and fulfilling my deep-seeded drive to live life to the fullest by achieving difficult feats of physical performance. But I was fed up with feeling like crap from all the extreme exercising, strange foods, feeling of constant stress and soreness, and worry about the toll my hectic lifestyle was taking on my body. So I created a way of training, eating and living that is perfectly healthy and natural, but still allows me to look, feel and perform at my peak capabilities. And then I wrote this book to share with you.” – Ben Greenfield

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Cortisol, DHEA and Magnesium

4 January 2013 - Posted by Ashley under ,

If you haven’t had a chance to read Improving Fitness with Magnesium, take a moment to pit stop over there and read the  precursor to this article – it gives a nice lead-in to the deeper aspects of magnesium in relation to fitness, weight loss, and muscle building.

As for this article, let’s head straight for the topic that’s at the top of everyone’s (or at least, quite a few of you) list right now, since it’s the beginning of the new year: weight loss.

Cortisol, Stress, & Fat Retention Improving Fitness with Magnesium: Cortisol, Stress, Fat Retention, DHEA, and Sleep | by Ancient Minerals

Anyone that has cable television can bear witness to the fact that diet pills are rampant amongst the commercials that the viewing public is deluged with. One of the weight-loss industry focuses within the last 5-10 years has been drugs that affect cortisol levels.

The claims may be preposterous, and the pills may be unpredictable and dangerous, but in one regard they do have a point: cortisol levels in the body do have a strong influence on weight gain and other problematic issues.

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Improving Fitness with Magnesium

14 December 2012 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Improving Fitness With MagnesiumAre you a workout nut? Do you live to sweat, and go to sleep each night dreaming of your next delicious endorphin rush?

Well, good for you!

Now onto the real discussion…

The exercise world is a veritable treasure trove of the physically fit, but the internally unhealthy – people that showcase sleek, muscled bodies that cleverly hide a limping cellular ecology. In fact, I hear it quite frequently these days, and it sounds a little like this:

I can run 10 miles without getting winded! Pullups? No problem! Dead lifts, bicycling, squats, rowing, hiking, swimming, sports? I’m Superman! Hear me roar…

…well, at least until I get home and have to take a handful of painkillers for my migraine. Or toss back a few acid-reflux pills, alongside my nightly sleep prescription and anti-depressant. You know, the usual.

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