Thursday, March 29, 2012

lyme disease

This post is in response to my friend Stephanie M Mejia  who is concerned about her friends condition. She asked what do you do when you have Lyme disease and what would be a good diet for someone suffering this disease?

First i want to specify that i am not a doctor and i can not talk about treating any kind of disease. And Lyme disease is definitely one of those conditions that Is definitely unable to be treated through dieting alone. So my first advise is to consult with a physician.

Some general advice about dieting, is to follow a gluten free, and a casein (milk protein) free diet, as well as low carbohydrate diet.

Some self help approaches are Colon hydrotherapy, Swedish sauna as warm/cold showers. It will help eliminate some of the toxins plus alleviate some of the symptoms.

Supplements: stick to a daily multivitamin and can have a mixture of fiber with Bentonite clay in the morning on an empty stomach to eliminate some of the toxins of the disease.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pregnancy and weight loss

Many women are concerned about losing weight after pregnancy and although the feeling can be despairing, the methods to combat weight loss should not be any different than the average person trying to lose weight. One competitive advantage that pregnant woman have is breastfeeding which utilities about 500 calories per day. Yet the best approach to combat weight loss is through proper training, diet and supplementation. 

The best way to lose weight is to train 3 to 4 times a week about 1 hour to an hour and a half in the morning before breakfast. I guarantee you, you will be amazed by the results. If you cannot tolerate to train on an empty stomach and you feel dizzy, i recommend you have a high quality whey protein shake before work out about 25g of protein. Some of the best exercises are yoga, resistance training exercises with increased weight and slow motion for maximum toning as well as cardiovascular exercises; for example interval training which means running 1minute and jogging 2 minutes on intervals.

Best foods to eat are low glycemic foods such as eggs, cottage cheese, chicken, fish, yogurt, nuts, peanut butter, greens, beans, avocado, turkey. Limit your intake of fruit, pasta, potatoes, bread including whole wheat, rice, corn and also many sauces that are high in sugar and sodium.

CLA 500 can be taken with food about 1000mg per serving 3 times a day for fat metabolism and stomach toning. Ultimate results will be achieved in 30-45 days.

Slimmetry: is another cool supplement that will help you increase your metabolism and curb your appetite for sweets. should be taken 30 min before meals, and at least 3 hours before you go to bed.

Carb Blockers: are good to be taken before any high sugar meal, if you decide to cheat on a meal, you can have 2 carb-blockers and it will eliminate 500 calories from carbohydrates.

Glucose health: will help you metabolize any fat protein and especially carbohydrates and the chromium in the supplement will help you burn more fat.

Rhodiola: if you have all the information but you lack the motivation, Rhodia is an awesome supplement, used by Russian athletes for training purposes. It helps with your motivation as well as your energy levels but it also assists in repair of muscles when injured due to training.

In addition if you are aiming for better helath you should always take you daily essentials which are your multivitamins and fish oil.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Is Sodium really bad for you?

Take the rumors with a grain of salt. there is a lot of pressure by medical association to lower dietary sodium, since it is linked to hypertension, strokes and deaths. However if you examine the Japanese diet, which has one of the highest sodium contents in the world also have one of the highest life expectancies. Sodium is actually extremely important for maintaining ultimate health, it is vitally important for maintaining blood pressure and for your nervous system function. In addition it is very important for your digestion one of the key components of digestion is hydrochloric acid and chlorine which is a key element of hydrochloric acid comes from dietary salt. My concern would not be that much the salt, but what kind of salt do you take and what foods you combine it with? the dangers of salt come from the refined salt or table salt that we eat and our food industry uses which has 2.5% toxins which puts a negative toll on your body. Lots of people have turned to sea salt thinking of it as as a better alternative, yet they do not consider the mercury content of the sea. The best salt in the market is unrefined Himalayan salt which comes from the Himalayan mountains. Now when it comes to refined foods you should definitely monitor sodium intake, make sure the sodium intake is less than the calories on the packet. i would however stay away from refined food overall since they use other taste enhancers such as GMO's to compensate for flavor, which are far worse. For bodybuilding purposes sodium does retain some water in your body but mainly when you combine it with a lot of sugary foods, So try not to have the two SS together. If you look at the typical body builder they keep their sodium levels high till a week before competition so their muscles can look round and full while they keep their sugars low and they reverse that the week of the competition to achieve the extra dry look.

What is CLA 500 and how does it work?

CLA 500 (conjugated linoleic acid) or as I describe it in my store as belly toner is a natural fat that is generally found in nature in small amounts and even larger amounts in grass fed beef and grass fed raw dairy products. It has been claimed that CLA supports fat loss and helps maintain muscle mass. So how does it do that? CLA keeps fat cells from getting big by blocking certain enzymes that let fat cells swell. Furthermore fat is being used as a fuel for the muscles instead of being stored and in doing so it prevents muscles from losing size. How much should you take? about 2grams daily. the other thing you need to note when you are taking CLA is to make sure it is from a high quality company since CLA is a fat and it can spoil pretty easy regardless of expiration date on package, which defeats the benefit.

Friday, March 23, 2012

true inspiration

Jimmy Is a close friend and a true inspiration to me. At the age of 42 he has developed a physique that is second to none. Jimmy is a true advocate of the sport of building and he shares some of his thoughts about a work out technique in a later post. scroll down to view!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My friend jimmy explains drop sets

What is a drop set? when you are doing a set of 8 to 12 reps and then you pull off some of the weight about 15-20% of the weight off and you do another set immediately. It allows your muscle to get as much blood into it as posibble and achieve maximum fatigue.
How much rest between sets should you have? 2-5 minutes rest between sets. some times when he feels like he has more energy he has less rest, but it all depends on the diet and on the individual. I personally like to take 1 minute rest for exercises that I focus more on definition and about 2 minutes rest on heavier weight exercises where I focus more on gaining mass.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nutrition Seminar coming next week

when is the best time to work out?

Lots of people ask me when is the best time to work out. depending on your schedule any time of the day would be great, but if you want to maximize efficiency, you should always consider doing your cardio in the morning, preferably on an empty stomach as well as your ab work out. Reason being is when we wake up our body goes into a catabolic state, which starts breaking down fat for energy, since you have utilized all nutrients from the diet during your sleep. As far as weight lifting goes, 7pm is the best time to lift, since your body is saturated with nutrients from your lunch meal and you are ready to use them to have an intense work out and in turn a good tear on your muscles, which will allow you for more growth as you go into your anabolic state(storing) towards your night rest. Always remember if you want to gain weight and add muscle it is best to give an 8 hour window between cardio and weights, if you cannot do that just do your cardio after weights, never before.

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