Monthly Archives: August 2013

An Alternative Approach to Improved Health

I have a pretty cool article from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily… it shows a very simple and quick drink you can use first thing every morning with some major health benefits!

Drink THIS first thing in the morning (3 major benefits of warm lemon water)
contributed by TheAlternativeDaily.com

Although we may go to sleep each night, our body continues to work to rebalance, heal, repair, restore and revitalize so that we can have ample energy to face the next day.

Because we are exposed to so many environmental toxins from what we breathe in to what we put on our skin, in addition to the damaging impacts of our Western diet, our body quickly shifts into toxic overdrive.

If you knew that there was one simple, inexpensive thing you could do every day to help build health and rid your body of toxins, would you do it?

Ayurvedic philosophy states that the choices that we make each day can either build us up or make us more susceptible to life-destroying disease.

Consuming a cup of warm lemon water upon rising is one small change that can make a dramatic impact on how our bodies function. If this seems too simple to be true, we invite you to read on…

The health promoting benefits of lemons is old news. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser.

Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.

How to Make Warm Lemon Water

While it is not rocket science, making warm lemon water involves paying particular attention to a couple of things. The water you use should be purified and lukewarm. Don’t make the water super hot, and avoid cold water.

It is hard on the body, especially first thing in the morning, to ask it to process ice cold water. Always use fresh, organic lemons in your water, never bottled lemon juice. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into each glass of warm water. Be sure to drink the lemon water before you eat anything. This also makes a nice pre-workout drink.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider adding a warm glass of lemon water to your daily routine:

Improves Digestion: Your body works hard to digest all that you give it. Lemon juice helps flush away unwanted materials and toxins left from the digestive process. Because lemon juice is similar in atomic composition to digestive juices and saliva, it does a great job breaking down material and encouraging the liver to produce bile.

Warm lemon water is a great tonic for heartburn, indigestion and bloating. The American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to encourage regular bowel movements.

Balances pH: Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood.

Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and drinking warm lemon water helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints. This reduces the pain and inflammation which many people feel.

Boosts Energy and Improves Mood: Have you ever gotten up on the “wrong side of the bed?” If you are often lethargic and cranky in the morning, or any time of the day, for that matter, you may want to consider a little glass of lemon and water. Our energy comes from atoms and molecules in our food.

When positively charged atoms flood the digestive tract and mingle with those that are negatively charged, a positive reaction occurs. Lemons contain more negatively charged ions than positive ions, which gives you a boost as the warm drink enters your digestive tract.

Just the scent alone of lemons can improve your mood and elevate energy levels. Lemons also promote clear thinking and help reduce anxiety and depression. Enjoy!

-The Alternative Daily

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The Essential Supplements for Women

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Last Saturday, August 3, 2013 I published a post: “The Five Essential Supplements for Men.”  That blog received a good response and naturally begged the question: What about the essential supplements for women who are into fitness training?  With that said, all women should read the blog last week of the five essential supplements for men as they too should be taking a Multivitamin, Omega 3s, Whey Isolate and Casein Protein Blend like the men.  However, all women should also add the Calcium, Vitamin D and should substitute L Carnitine instead of taking L-Glutamine like the men.  Here are the reason why women should take these supplements:

  • In addition to a women’s multivitamin, many healthcare practitioners now recommend, extra calcium and vitamin D, because it’s tough to squeeze the right amounts of these into your diet every day.  A good multivitamin and omega 3’s combined with calcium and vitamin d is linked to health benefits, ranging from lower risk of cancer and heart disease to better mood.
  1. Calcium is crucial for strong bones— especially for women, who are five times more likely than men to develop bone-weakening osteoporosis. According to the USDA, pre-menopausal women under 50 need about 1,000 mg a day; those over 50 or who’ve gone through menopause need 1,200.
  2. Vitamin D  aids in calcium absorption (which is why it’s often added to milk), so look for supplements that combine the two, or be sure to take your D and calcium pills at the same time.
  3. L Carnitine with omega-3 fish oil is one of the simplest things you can do to lose weight and raise your energy levels. The cool thing about carnitine is that by elevating the amount of carnitine stored in your muscles, you will see improvements in your quality of life.  Fat loss and more energy are two of these benefits, but taking carnitine is known to improve work capacity, increase performance, speed your recovery from intense exercise, and make your brain work better.  It will also prevent oxidative stress that leads to longer term health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic inflammation.

The Five Essential Supplements for Men Involved with Fitness

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 Here at iLiveFit we are constantly asked: “What supplements should I be taking?”

The answer: All MEN in fitness should be taking the following five supplements:

1) Multivitamins are critical to supplement the daily vitamins and minerals lost on low calorie and poor diets.  Vitamin deficiencies are found to cause lethargy, depression, exhaustion and depression.  Dieting causes hunger pangs and blood sugar fluctuations however, a multivitamin that is rich in chromium aids in preventing swings in blood sugar level AND assists your body in using fat storage.  Intense workouts drain your body of essential nutrients that can be replaced by good a b-complex multivitamin.

2) Omega 3 Fatty Acids, have been found to eliminate depression, improve skin health/complexion, lift brain fog, ease joint pain, prevent cancer cell growth, boost your immune system and lower risk of heart disease.

3) Whey Isolate/Casein Protein Blend is far superior to all other forms of protein.  It provides the body with the perfect amino acid profile for muscle building strength and recovery.  Body builders, professional athletes all use Whey Isolate protein to increase lean muscle mass, strength, metabolism and muscle repair.  Hydro whey also works to reduce recovery times and post-workout muscle breakdown.  Hydro-whey protein is fast ingesting and works as an antioxidant to boost the body’s immune system. Casein protein is considered to be the “slow” acting protein and can be taken in conjunction with whey or not.  While whey is fast acting and intended to be ingested ideally within 15 minutes of exercise (and before a workout for mass, and weight building) Casein is slow acting and generally intended to be ingested before bed. Any athlete or body builder will experience benefits of Casein as it is a slow digesting protein that is optimal for recovery, size and strength gains.  Casein works by providing a steady stream of amino acids and suppresses protein breakdown for muscle sparing.

4) L-Glutamine causes healthier intestines, a stronger immune system and improved exercise endurance, fewer infections. Glutamine supplements may also help in recovery from severe burns and play a huge role in a healthy gastrointestinal system. This amino acid is the primary nutrient for the cells lining the digestive tract and allows these cells to better absorb nutrients.

5) Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) – are a group of essential amino acids that are absolutely vital to the proper health and functioning of skeletal muscle and are considered to be the raw building blocks of muscle tissue. The three branched chain amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine are metabolized in muscle tissue while all other amino acids are metabolized in the liver. This means that branched chain amino acids go directly into muscle tissue.  The three branched chain amino acids affect the body in different ways, but they must work together to be completely effective and because of their importance in muscle tissue creation and retention, branched chain amino acids supplements are very popular with athletes who are seeking to get the most they can from their bodies.

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