Tuesday, April 14, 2015

HERBS FOR MUSCLES !!!!

Did you know that if you incorporate certain herbs into your diet they can help to increase muscle growth??Building muscle and strength requires physical activity along with strength training exercises in addition to a healthy, nutrient-rich diet. By consuming the proper mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats, as well as vitamins and minerals, you have the potential to developing a strong set of muscles. BUT did you also know there are natural herbs that can help pack on some size and muscle strength !!
First off let's look at our bodies from a functional standpoint on why we need healthy foods in our diet !
Our body needs support; and this is best when provided naturally in our food, and when we exercise. In order to keep the systems of the body in good working order, our food must provide natural inhibitors or antioxidants that can stop any abnormal activities within the body such as the oxidation of cholesterol.
Fruits, nuts, wholegrain foods, vegetables, and some herbs will provide all the antioxidants that the body needs to eliminate excess free radicals, and inhibit the oxidation of cholesterol. Thus lowering the risk of heart disease, strokes and cancer.
Herbs were first and foremost used for their medicinal properties of healing powers. They are also used in many culinary dishes to add hints of powerful flavor. Now herbs are seen as tiny muscle builders and can have an increased benefit on our bodies to build muscle ! Adding these 5 herbs might help to increase your physical activity and performance goals !!!
Amalaki
-A moderate size tree found in India is recognized by its reddish/brown wooden bark.
This Herb helps to treatment of the following health conditions:
-atherosclerosis
-diabetes
-diarrhea
-high blood pressure/high cholesterol
-joint pain
-obesity
Amalaki is commonly used to promote longevity It's also used to improve the health of the blood, bones, digestive system, liver, and skin.
Ashwaganda
-It is a plant in which the root and berries are used to make the medicine.
Ashwagandha is used for
-arthritis
-anxiety
-trouble sleeping (insomnia)
-tumors
-asthma,bronchitis
-backache
-fibromyalgia
-chronic liver disease
Ashwagandha helps the body adapt to stress. It also has strong antioxidant properties that helps to increase energy levels, improve endurance, and recovery quickly.
Fenugreek
-It has the maple like flavor and scent that is a Native to Europe.
Fenugreek seeds have been found to contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin (which is a compound that has properties similar to estrogen).
Fenugreek seeds have been found to help
-increase libido and lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood
-Treat arthritis
-asthma/bronchitis
-improve digestion
-maintain a healthy metabolism
For athletes it includes amino acids, niacin, potassium, and absorbic acid. All of these help athletes to produce strong muscle tissues for endurance.
Flax Seed
-It's an annual plant with small and thin leaves, blue flowers, and brown and golden colored seeds. It is an ancient plant with a variety of uses.
-Flax seed is rich in phytosterols, antioxidants, such as lignans (also a phytosterogen) and other phenolic molecules.Flax seed is also a good source of other vitamines and minerals: vitamins E and B, calcium, iron, and potassium.
Flax seed contains properties that help athletes to produce more energy, faster recovery times and improved oxygen utilization.
Rhodiola
-Used for increasing energy, stamina, strength and mental capacity; and as a so-called “adaptogen” to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress. It is also used for improving athletic performance, shortening recovery time after long workouts, improving sexual function; for depression; and for heart disorders such as irregular heartbeat and high cholesterol.
Rhodiola helps to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and anabolic activity. It is great to use as a post workout supplement because of the increased enzymes and RNA that help to increase muscle recovery.
In learning about different herbs that can enhance your body from the inside out, it's important to stay as close to natural on many products. Keeping your body SAFE is most important. Rule of thumb is that if you do no know what the ingredient is please do not take it !!! If you need help with healthy supplementation please let me know and I would be happy to help !

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