As many of us are into fitness I have come to realize why when people go vegetarian or even more so vegan people freak out about protein?
Yet when it comes to research more protein does not seem to equal to more strength or a longer life span.
When I first got a hold of weightlifting magazines all I could see was more protein and more protein. Even articles written that more protein was great for strength gains and strength. That there was no scientific evidence that it could or would cause harm. Yet when I went on a high protein diet, and I mean high, I got chronic heartburn, hives, gained weight and felt really sluggish. Not to say it was not good for my digestive system. In essence I was feeling more sick than healthy.
I want to make it clear that most of those individuals on the supplement ads were taking something else to make their muscles so large and young men were easily fooled into buying more protein supplements. I will state that I do not endorse nor recommend people take protein supplements. Eat enough whole foods and calories to compensate for any muscle damage, drink lots of water, and get plenty of rest. Believe me that your muscles will not wither away if you eat enough calories. But you have to stress the muscle to cause growth; this is the key.
Protein is a package deal, and you must look at protein with all its components and not synthetic isolated forms. Like broccoli is full of protein but it comes with so many other great nutrients that it makes an excellent protein source. I also see in the science that it is the combination of many types of whole foods that makes for the best recovery. Not just eating a lot of peanut butter.
So here is a study on how protein increases the risk for cancer and aging.
“our data provide evidence that protein intake is a key determinant of circulating IGF-1 levels in humans, and suggest that reduced protein intake may become an important component of anticancer and anti-aging dietary interventions.” LINK
“Based on the data of 1,455 study participants, we found no evidence to support the ‘blood-type’ diet theory,” said the senior author of the study, Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics at the U of T.
Jan. 15, 2014 — Researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) have found that the theory behind the popular blood type diet–which claims an individual’s nutritional needs vary by blood type–is not valid. The findings are published this week in PLoS One.
When I heard about the blood type diet it made no sense to me. I mean where was the hard evidence proving this to be true. Not only that when you look at vegans for example they come from all blood types and still can thrive on the diet. This study at least gives people some sense that anyone can come up with a theory and write a book n the subject as a expert in the matter. Most people don’t research nutrition and fall for these type of diets. I say stay a skeptic and question things. Do your own research on the matter and don’t do something just because a lot of people say to do it. Think for yourself.
I have been an athlete all of my life. I have covered many sports which include: soccer, lacrosse, tennis, touch football, breakdancing, CrossFit, bar workouts, parkour, snowboarding, skateboarding, skiing, running and so on. Since I am a breakdancer or breaker I have been approached multiple times by yoga instructors and students who have encouraged me to start yoga. I always felt it was too slow and boring. I never gave it a second thought until I ran into RX’d Yoga.
What made me change? Well the truth is I felt that my lack of flexibility out there was inhibiting me from reaching my potential also I wanted a yoga class that was fast moving and not long slow and drawn out. I went to my first class at a CrossFit gym in Ballston, VA where I began my journey to discover yoga. I always thought yoga was not really for the hardcore and rugged athletes, who like extreme sports but to my surprise I realized the strength, balance and coordination that I lacked by taking these classes. In addition many of those who attended were both non-athletes and super athletes. So I see that this program is for everyone no matter what level you are at.
Rx’d Yoga is not just a local series of classes but is now online and seems that there are more videos to come. Anyone worldwide can tackle these movements. I guarantee that this will improve your core, stability, flexibility and strength. The movements are much more fluid than other types of yoga and are designed for those who want to reach their athletic potential. I highly recommend checking out and following RX’D Yoga videos (7 Minutes With Sima). They can be found here:
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Yes, spinach everyday!
Researchers at Oregon State University have for the first time traced the actions of a known carcinogen in cooked meat to its complex biological effects on microRNA and cancer stem cells.
The scientists also found that consumption of spinach can partially offset the damaging effects of the carcinogen. In tests with laboratory animals, it cut the incidence of colon tumors almost in half, from 58 percent to 32 percent.
Jan. 6, 2014 — Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered novel compounds produced by certain types of chemical reactions — such as those found in vehicle exhaust or grilling meat — that are hundreds of times more mutagenic than their parent compounds which are known carcinogens
The findings were published in December in Environmental Science and Technology Journal
Many people are unaware of cooking and how it can increase aging and disease. I try to eat as much raw food or boil my vegetables when I can. Here is an interesting study that might help explain a bit more on why cooking specially animal foods can cause problems for health.
I recommend that everyone get their Vitamin D levels checked. I was low since I work indoors most of the year. Vitamin D is not just for your bones but so many different functions in the body. Get sun when you can and if not ask your doctor if you should supplement.