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In the past, the idea of quality protein has been attributed to whether or not a protein source provided all eight essential amino acids, which you must get from your diet. Whey protein (a by-product of cheese production), casein (the most common dairy protein, but not found in whey), and soy protein are all examples of complete proteins. According to 20th century theory, these should all be high quality proteins. This idea has enabled the purveyors of cheap soy products to flourish in America. (more…)
Acid-Base Nutrition Basics
When a food is ingested, digested, and absorbed, each component of that food will present itself to the kidneys as either an acid-forming compound or a base-forming one. And when the sum total of all the acid producing and the base producing micro and macronutrients is tabulated (at the end of a meal or at the end of a day), we’re left with a calculated acid-base load. If the diet provides more acidic components, it will obviously manifest as a net-acid load on the body. And if it provides more basic components, it will obviously manifest as a net-base load on the body. (more…)
Bromelain is an inexpensive enzyme supplement with many uses and health benefits. Enzymes don’t get much respect, yet they are considered more important functionally than vitamins and minerals. Without enzymes, food cannot be broken down into its constituent nutrients, and enzymes are needed for most cellular metabolic actions. (more…)
The other day I was reminiscing about the long swim I completed for charity. I also remember the nutrition and the first experience I had with supplementation.
I remember the day clearly. I had gone into a local nutrition and health supplement store, looking for the best whey protein supplement. I remember walking to the back and being completely overwhelmed by the amount of protein powder. I had no idea if I needed high carb, low carb, muscle builder, or soy. There were too many to choose from. (more…)
You go to the gym.
You do a CRAZY, STRENUOUS workout and then you leave.
You get in your car and start to drive, not really understanding what is happening in your body.
By the time you get home, your window of opportunity is closing to recover from the workout.
Pasteurization – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
I am going to assume that you all know that pasteurization is the method by which milk is heated to destroy bacteria that may cause harm, as I am not going to get into technicalities of what it is and the different techniques available. Anyway, it does seem all well and good right? It destroys harmful bacteria, making contamination almost impossible. Is it really all it is cracked up to be, though? (more…)