Hearth Health & Amino Acids

L-Arginine is an Amino Acid our hearts need.

If you have a history of heart trouble, no doubt you’ve tried a variety of diets and have even taken medications such as Nitro Oxide.  A new study done in Israel explains how Nitro Oxide works with an amino acid called L-Arginine.  Apparently some people cannot process enough L-Arginine, causing the heart to spasm.  This amino-acid, L-Arginine, is found in foods such as dairy, meat and eggs.  All foods you may have removed from your diet in an effort to ‘eat better’.  However, doing so may have just exacerbated the issue.

L-Arginine is a common amino-acid found in several Advocare Products that we carry at Lexington Fitness. Catalyst is a popular amino acid supplement we suggest for those wanting to lose weight yet protect muscle wasting.  Each serving contains 100mg of L-Arginine.   Arginine Extreme is a pre-workout supplement our athletes take to increase blood flow.  It contains 2500mg per serving!   Nighttime Recovery is Advocare’s amino acid and herbal supplement within the Performance Elite Line that if taken prior to bedtime dramatically improves recovery and aids in sound sleep.  It contains 400 mg per serving.

Mike Stoddard – Lost 45# since Feb 1st !

“Lost 45 pounds since February 1st.”  

“People ask, “How did you do it?” The answer is simple. You have to burn more calories then you consume. That means a healthier diet and a good fitness program and Lexington Fitness has everything I need to achieve my fitness goals. Top of the line equipment, a clean and safe environment, 24/7 electronic access, and affordable. Cameron and Cassy have done a fabulous job bringing this fitness center to our community.”

Awesome job, Mike!

Why can’t I get rid of my belly fat?

Quotes taken from Dr. Barry Sears, PHD, Enter The Zone

“Of course we all need a certain amount of carbohydrates in our diet.  The body requires a continual intake of carbohydrates to feed the brain, which uses glucose as its primary energy source.

“The question no one has bothered to ask is this: what happens when you eat too much carbohydrate?  Here’s the answer: In the liver, where carbs are accessible for glucose conversion, you can store only about sixty to ninety grams (equal to 2 cups pasta)….this is the total reserve capacity to keep the brain working properly.

“Once the glycogen levels are filled, excess carbs have just one fate: to be converted into fat and stored in the fatty tissue.  In a nutshell, even though carbs themselves are fat-free, excess carbs end up as excess fat.

“Thats’s not the worst of it.  Any meal or snack high in carbs will generate a rapid rise in blood glucose.  To adjust for this rapid rise, the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin into the bloodstream.  Insulin then lowers the levels of blood glucose.

“All well and good.  The problem is that insulin is essentially a storage hormone, evolved to put aside excess carb calories in the form of fat in case of future famine.  So the insulin that’s stimulated by excess carbs aggressively promotes the accumulation of body fat.

“In other words, when we eat too much carbohydrate, we’re esssentially sending a hormonal message, via insulin, to the body….The message: “Store fat.”

“Hold on; it gets even worse.  Not only do increased insulin levels tell the body to store carbs as fat, they also tell it not to release any stored fat. (!)  This makes it impossible for you to use your own stored body fat for energy.  So the excess carbs in your diet  not only make you fat, they make sure you stay fat.”

Diet Info from CrossFit website

What Foods Should I Avoid?
Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates is the primary culprit in nutritionally caused health problems. High glycemic carbohydrates are those that raise blood sugar too rapidly. They include rice, bread, candy, potato, sweets, sodas, and most processed carbohydrates. Processing can include bleaching, baking, grinding, and refining. Processing of carbohydrates greatly increases their glycemic index, a measure of their propensity to elevate blood sugar.

What is the Problem with High-Glycemic Carbohydrates?
The problem with high-glycemic carbohydrates is that they give an inordinate insulin response. Insulin is an essential hormone for life, yet acute, chronic elevation of insulin leads to hyperinsulinism, which has been positively linked to obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure, mood dysfunction and a Pandora’s box of disease and disability. Research “hyperinsulinism” on the Internet. There’s a gold mine of information pertinent to your health available there. The CrossFit prescription is a low-glycemic diet and consequently severely blunts the insulin response.

Caloric Restriction and Longevity
Current research strongly supports the link between caloric restriction and an increased life expectancy. The incidence of cancers and heart disease sharply decline with a diet that is carefully limited in controlling caloric intake. “Caloric Restriction” is another fruitful area for Internet search. The CrossFit prescription is consistent with this research.
The CrossFit prescription allows a reduced caloric intake and yet still provides ample nutrition for rigorous activity.

Another Reason to be on a Low Glycemic Diet –Men!!

This page is specifically directed toward men.

I have an awesome doctor that I talk to often.  One interesting item she has passed on to me regarding High Glycemic diets is the way male hormones respond to these foods.  When anyone regularly takes in a high glycemic diet a greater amount of insulin is released to deal with this higher amount of sugar in the blood.  For men, when higher amounts of insulin is released……LOWER amounts of TESTOSTERONE is released.   yeah.  not good.  Guys you need all the testosterone you can get….especially as you get older!    This may be part of the reason so many men are turning to Viagra, etc. with all the awful side effects.  A simple fix that will help your waistline and your love life is within your control.  Choose low glycemic foods.