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The Other Side of the Supplement Coin


Although we have thoroughly convinced ourselves otherwise, many of the signs and morbid symptoms associated with senescence, such as obesity, type II diabetes and high blood pressure, are not a function of chronological age. In fact they have more to do with nurture (lifestyle, state of mind, stress management, nutrition, fitness, rest & environment) than nature (genes) although both play a role. Pain, illness and disability are a function of biological age accelerated by damage and injury, some of which is reversible, most of which is preventable.

Many Canadians are now taking vitamin & mineral supplements to ensure an adequate intake of micronutrients and to improve their resistance against disease. Additional antioxidants and botanical medicines such as coenzyme Q10, lutein or gingko biloba are known to provide added protection from free radical oxidation and stress. And it gets better if you’re fit!

But there is another side to the supplement coin that everyone in this new era of technology and information should consider. This “other” side emphasizes the importance and quality of macronutrient supplements (protein, carbohydrates & fat) and the systematic use of energy products designed specifically to enhance everyone’s immunity, weight loss objectives and participation in physical activity.

One of the best ways to start your day with excellent nutrition begins with a blender. As an exercise primer, try mixing ½ cup of fresh orange or grapefruit juice, ½ cup of filtered water, one T. of The Sport Oil and 1-2 scoops of whey protein isolate. Take your regular vitamins and antioxidants with this delicious and smooth energy drink 1-2 hours before physical activity and I guarantee you’ll feel stronger and have more endurance, especially if you’re consistent.

For a nutrient rich, balanced and complete breakfast, or as a post-workout recovery drink, add a mix of fresh & frozen fruit (papaya, banana, blueberries) to 1 cup of filtered water, one T. of The Sport Oil and 1-2 scoops of flavored or plain whey protein isolate. For added muscle strength, joint mending or recovery value add up to 5 grams of pure creatine monohydrate and 5 grams of L-glutamine powder, depending on your weight and type of activity (refer to Sisu Body Elite reference charts via my website for exact quantities based on lean mass).

Without functional muscle tissue supported with ATP, creatine, glycogen, essential fatty acids and glutamine, you can’t knit or lift yourself out of the bathtub, let alone exercise or play recreational sport. The secret to maintaining muscle as we age is to push and pull them routinely against resistance through their full range of motion AND to nourish them with the building blocks from which they are made. Otherwise, they shrink and whither away, along with our vital capacity, physical form and strength, stamina, vertical height and resistance to infection, fatigue and disease.

Like the earth, our cells work best in a pristine whole environment. Healthy muscle fibers require optimum amounts of oxygen and the right nutrients. If they are not challenged, adequately sustained and nurtured, their functional capacity and ability to withstand stress and decay will decline. Scientists believe we have the ability to live in good health until the age of 120-150. But we abuse ourselves, poison ourselves and neglect ourselves. And because almost everyone is doing it, we think its normal.