Olympic athletes show us what can happen when you put your mind to it and practice, practice, practice. Not every athlete makes it to the finals, but in the process they become changed forever and understand what it means to try that hard and become something more than you ever imaged for yourself.
Why is it that with all the benefits that come with being in shape like feeling better about ourselves, increasing our energy level, reducing our risk of chronic disease, and maybe even fitting back into our sexy clothes, do we continue to self sabotage our success?
So many things happen to make it hard to stay on track. Life has a way of throwing all kinds of obstacles in our path.
Knowing how much obesity costs our country in lost productivity and added healthcare costs alone, there is no doubt how important it is to find better ways to help people achieve success and stay on target.
Not only is America more obese than any time in history, but we are in denial about it as well. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington found that most people underestimate their total weight and how much they think they have lost.
As nutrient levels in food diminish as soil becomes more depleted, research verifies the value in nutrient dense, higher quality foods. In other words, that little bit more you pay for higher quality, fresh organic produce, dairy, and grassfed meats could be paying off higher dividends than we ever thought before.
This new information could change athletics forever. Not only is nutrient quality important to increasing strength and endurance, while preserving muscle and protecting it from damage, but also the ability to absorb those nutrients.
This can be huge for a professional athlete because it will allow you to push harder to increase strength without causing more harm than good. The process of exercising produces chemicals that can damage muscle, but antioxidants and probiotics intervene to preserve muscle and reduce damage.
Stephen Daniells presented the evidence for the effectiveness of probiotics to enhance protein utilization, increase strength and lean body mass, and reinforce immunity in the June 2012 issue of Nutraingredients-
Last month in the July 2012 of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition a study was published that compared soccer players that had a diet high in antioxidants versus another group that didn’t. Blood tests showed elevated markers for antioxidants such as glutathione peroxidase were present in those with the high antioxidant diet and low amounts of creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase which signal muscle damage or breakdown.
Other studies reinforce the concept of quality over quantity. Dr. David Ludwig, Children’s Hospital Boston looked at which diets help us burn more calories all the time. Balanced diets consisting of whole foods supplied the best results for calorie loss without triggering damaging stress chemicals.
Besides high antioxidant levels, higher quality foods tend to be higher in fiber, contain less refined products such as sugar and flour, and contain lower calorie counts.
Quality foods also contain higher amounts of Omega 3s, which work along side antioxidants to control inflammation. High inflammation levels trigged by foods such as those containing transfats, refined and processed flour and sugar, and processed meats, along with stress, and environmental factors can cause a cascade of chemical reactions in our body that are responding to a signal there has been cell damage.
Just as your body reacts to a cut or burn to stop the pain and bleeding, your body will send in forces to repair the “inflammation damage.”
Knowing what foods to eat, how to get started and set realistic goals, and the characteristics of those that fail and succeed is what Dr. Kevin Steele has dedicated his life to understanding. Dr. Steele will be joining us today on Smart Health Talk Radio Show from 4:00-5:00 pm PST to share his years of experience in key positions within the fitness and sports medicine industry to help anyone embarking on a workout program achieve the highest level of success. Just type in “KCAA Radio 1050 AM” into your radio app, “listen live on KCAARadio.com,”