While food (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) is the gas that allows our bodies to run (macronutrients), we also need oil, in the form of micronutrients (from vegetable and fruits) or else our engine will fail.
As depicted by this apple. The one of the right shows our cells when nourished properly with whole foods, while the one of the left shows our cells rusting as they do on a daily basis.
Every time we exercise, train, workout – whatever you want to call it- it causes oxidative damage (the apple on the left side) to our healthy cells (in fact every time we breathe we create rusting from within known as free radical damage, oxidative stress, reactive oxygen species. About 2-5% of available oxygen is converted to free radicals but it’s increased about 10-20% higher when we exercise).
Free radicals attack your cell membranes, proteins (your building blocks) and your DNA and if not neutralized they will attack the mitochondria which can’t repair themselves (and you won’t know about it). Without repair your mitochondria shuts down and so does your energy (you also will have more inflammation (which you won’t be able to notice in your heart and tendons, pain and age faster).
I’m sure you’ve all heard of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), it’s the pain that shows up about 24 hours after a workout – it’s the continued free radical production at the cellular level in the muscle.
Some people take Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory which has been shown (McAnulty Steven R. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise – July 2007) to INCREASE oxidative stress in the body. Therefore this is not a solution nor recommended.
Some people take Creatine (Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition) but it too has been shown to be harmful as it induces oxidative stress and decreases antioxidant capacity.
Some people take vitamins and minerals (which are synthetic isolated vitamins – think multivitamin or singles C, A, B etc.), and these synthetic isolated vitamins are doing more harm than good. “A growing body of evidence indicated detrimental effects of antioxidant (vitamin) supplementation on the health and performance benefits of exercise training”. (The American Sports Journal of Sports Medicine – Dec 2011).
We do not have a vitamin deficiency we have a WHOLE FOODS deficiency. “A variety of fruits and vegetables remains the best nutritional approach to maintain optimal antioxidant status.”
Whole foods work synergistically as Mother Nature intended it to be. We need more raw, non-GMO, whole based vegetables and fruits in our diets.
If you are experiencing pain, you could have tendopathy (fraying of your tendons) or muscle weakness or fatigue (another sign of inflammation), you are in need of proper nutritional supplementation.
How many servings per day are you getting?
We all need Nutritional Protection because although it’s recommended to get 10-13 servings PER DAY of vegetables and fruits and 16-18 servings/day if you exercise to preserve your potential for future gains for your performance; we are falling extremely short of this.
Our systems work best with a variety of vegetables and fruits to get all of the phytonutrients that we need. Phytonutrients work synergistically in our bodies to protect us from free radical damage.
This is why I have aligned myself with Juice Plus. There is no other company that offers a raw non-GMO salad bar in a capsule or chewable. There is no other company that offers a kid’s free program with adult purchase. There is no other brand company that is this thoroughly researched. Juice Plus is not a vitamin, it is WHOLE FOOD.
Sure I was skeptical (I’m already healthy why do I need it. I eat fruits and veg, why do I need it), but after reading the 19 years of research (double-blind placebo) on this company & listen to top peditrician Dr. Sears and countless others, it made me take the leap for myself and my family and I have never turned back from taking Juice Plus.
“Juice Plus helps reduce permanent oxidation to proteins during intense exercise, allowing the body to adapt to the benefits of exercise without long-term damage to proteins.” – Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise – January 2009 (Top Journal in the World) (Gold Standard Study, randomized, double placebo study).
Lastly, Juice Plus holds the honor of being NSF certified which means any athlete can take it and it will not contaminate their urine. It’s an expensive and credible certification used by the NHL, NFL, NCAA, NBA etc.
Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and has coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 day program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.moveyourbody.ca
Tanya has created FREE Healthy Living Challenges that you can sign up for HERE, because even though we know all this “healthy stuff” it’s good to be reminded to keep it in our awareness. Tanya created the Busy Mama Healthy Mama Facebook page so that like-minded mama’s could get great healthy information and recipes in a fun and light-hearted way.
Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending, the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Fat Loss, How to Get Rid of Cellulite and more. Her blog, www.tanyamorrison.ca has lots of great articles to help you navigate your way to the healthy life you want, tons of recipes and great tips!
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