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Saturday, September 10, 2011

"The Missing Ingredient for Long Lasting Energy and Focus for School (or Work)*"

"The Missing Ingredient for Long Lasting Energy and Focus for School (or Work)*".  I looked at this type of product for about 5 years and even tried some.  YUK!, that is until I found two whey products that are delectable and powerful super nutrition.  One of them is by Dr. Mercola, and here is what he has to say, excerpted below. You can read the full article by clicking on the link in the text.
"Ever had one of those days that just seemed to get started on the wrong foot… and as a result the whole day seemed ‘off’?
Perhaps it had something to do with how you began the day…
Isn’t it time to rethink lightning speed breakfasts of nothing but processed ‘stuff’ containing who-knows-what? Why not ADD a speedy, wholesome, energy-infused drink to your breakfast to boost the value of whatever else you eat?*

No longer do you (or your child) have to sit at your desk feeling droopy or lethargic all morning because you had to get up ‘too early’ for work or school. Or rely on a ‘junk food’ breakfast.
Ideally it would be best to prepare a wholesome breakfast from raw whole foods that you enjoy and that nourish and sustain you. However, many of us simply do not have the time to do this every morning, or wake up late and are unable to squeeze something healthy in.
A healthy option would be one made from high quality, whole, raw foods which flood your body with the ‘master’ antioxidant –and also supply you with high protein levels that help keep you going without that mid-morning ‘crash’ you might get from carb-heavy breakfasts.*
What could be better?
I’m sure you’ll also be happy to know that my recommendation provides for immune health support – something every parent wants for their children (especially during the school year), and adults want for themselves.
Plus, you’re going to love how quick and easy this is. It takes about one minute to mix liquid and powder… You can drink it by itself or add a couple free range organic raw eggs and maybe a few fresh berries. You’ll have an extremely nutritious drink to add to your breakfast that’ll help get your day started off on the right foot.
Your body is designed to be healthy. If you provide it with the raw materials it needs such as healthy foods, exercise, pure water, sufficient sleep and avoidance of toxic influences, it will move away from less-than-optimal health and towards health.
One of the ways your body achieves this is by using antioxidants to limit free radical damage that can undermine your health.
Free radicals are reactive particles that bounce around your cells, damaging everything they touch. They become active (or reactive) due to stress, poor diet, toxins in your environment, and even as a result of the process of metabolism.
They can accelerate aging.
Fortunately your body has a number of antioxidants that help to sweep up free radicals and neutralize them so they can't rob you of your good health.

You have an antioxidant network comprised of vitamins, minerals, and special chemicals called thiols (glutathione and alpha-lipoic acid).

But the thiol glutathione has a unique role. It seems to have claimed lead status, and keeps all the other antioxidants in line and performing at peak level.*
Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants in your body. It is present in every one of your cells. It's different from other antioxidants in that it is actually inside your cells. It can maximize the activity of all the other antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, and the fresh veggies and fruits you eat every day.*
So the main function of glutathione is to protect your cells and mitochondria from oxidative and peroxidative damage.* As might be expected, the aging process reduces your body's ability to produce glutathione.*
Since glutathione is so incredibly capable at thwarting those free radicals, you'd think there'd be a big rush to make it into a supplement. And you'd be right.
But glutathione doesn't appear to be as effective in supplement form as it is in real food.
Most oral glutathione supplements are poorly absorbed and often a waste of your hard-earned money. And ironically, glutathione supplements may actually interfere with your body's ability to produce glutathione naturally over time. "

"...the overall top food for maximizing your glutathione is high quality whey protein. It must be cold pressed whey protein derived from grass fed cows, and free of hormones, chemicals, and sugar.
Quality whey provides all the key amino acids for glutathione production (cysteine, glycine and glutamate) and contains a unique cysteine residue (glutamylcysteine) that is highly bioactive in its affinity for converting to glutathione.
Glutamylcysteine is a bonded cysteine molecule (cysteine plus glutamate) that naturally occurs in Bovine Serum Albumin – a fragile immune component of whey. This unique cysteine is exclusive to whey and rarely appears in other protein foods – which makes whey protein the best glutathione-promoting food source.*
Furthermore, whey provides critical co-factors, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and alpha Lactalbumin (also a great source of cysteine), which together help create the right metabolic environment for high glutathione activity.*

Why Supplement Your Diet with an All-Natural Whey Protein Powder?

"Particularly as you age, your body gradually loses its ability to produce critical amino acids -- the essential proteins you need for energy production, immune actions and protein buildup in the muscle.

Therefore, the need to supplement with these amino acids increases as you get older and increases even more in times of high physical stress, like after a workout, or when recovering from injury or illness.
 That's where whey protein comes in...
Whey protein contains all the essential amino acids*. Plus it boasts the highest protein quality rating among all proteins. Thus, it is a complete protein.
Whey protein is a by-product of the cheese manufacturing process. At one time it was discarded or used for animal feed, but researchers later realized whey protein has incredible benefits for humans.
High-quality whey protein can have dramatic effects. Benefits include:
  • Supports your immune health*
  • Boosts your energy*
  • Supports your joint and muscle health*
  • Supports your beneficial gut bacteria*
  • Promotes your muscle strength, endurance and recovery*
  • Protects all your tissues' cells via its antioxidant properties*
  • Provides critical amino acids and proteins for overall optimal health*
  • Supports your body's optimal metabolic rate and fat burning level*
You can quickly see why whey protein is so beneficial for anyone living an active lifestyle.
Personally, I enjoy drinking shakes from whey protein powder -- there's no better way to greet the day or finish a workout than with a tasty cold protein shake.
To boost the protein content even further, I sometimes add two organic, free-range eggs that I purchase from a local farmer. It’s an excellent post-workout meal… it keeps me going all morning.
But, finding a protein powder that contains the right proteins, in the most effective blend, with the most nutritionally beneficial outcomes, AND actually tastes good can be a real challenge... "
"The Missing Ingredient for Long Lasting Energy and Focus for School or Work (or Work)*".  I have been using protein powder whey for about 3 months now and I can say it really, really makes a difference in my energy and strength.  It also has increased my stamina which is much appreciated by any person who is dealing with the effects of aging upon the physical body.

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