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“You are what you eat” is an old expression your grandmother’s grandmother probably used, but it’s not actually correct technically speaking. Putting on my nerd hat to be a stickler for the details, it’s more accurate to say “you are what you absorb.” Grandma’s sage advice does a good job of illustrating that what we ingest is obviously essential to our health, but what we ingest that actually gets absorbed and utilized by the body is the crux of the issue truth be told.
The piles of studies that have been growing in recent years showing all manner of potential benefits of various nutrients has been very encouraging. We are experiencing an exciting time in nutritional science where new compounds are being discovered – and tested for their potential benefits – almost daily. Compounds that may help prevent cancer, improve immunity, improve weight loss, improve brain function, or improve athletic performance, to name just the tip of the iceberg of where science is currently looking to isolate and test various nutrients for their bio active properties.
How the process works:
Once a compound is discovered, it tends to get isolated, and then tested in either animal models and or in vitro (test tube) to test what positive or negative properties may exist as well as elucidate how they work. That is, understand not just what system they may impact (such as increase an animal’s ability to resist cancer causing chemicals for example) but also examine the isolated compounds’ “mechanism of action” which shows how it achieves the effect. How does that work? Let’s say some spice has been used for generations to reduce infections or improve immunity. Scientists might then feed, or inject, large amounts to lab animals (e.g., mice, rats, rabbits, etc.) and see if it does indeed have activity; perhaps testing how that spice reduces the size of tumors when the mice are exposed to known carcinogens, or bacteria known to cause infections and so forth. If that spice shows biological activity, scientists will often look deeper into that spice to see which specific constituent(s) in the spice are having the “active” compounds, and once found, will concentrate and isolate that active compound and further tests on animals, or humans, or in vitro (test tube) will continue. Foods and spices for example, are highly complex and can have hundreds or even thousands of biologically active compounds in them.
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In this vid I cover the essential points I covered in a lengthy article by the same name: absorption, solubility – as a key factor in absorption – and a new technology that improves solubility.
For those in the supplement industry especially, you’ll want to watch this vid!
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Below is a short vid discussing my recent report on advice on how to succeed as a fitness model.
In this report, I cover the essential issues of why some are successful as fitness models while others are not! The successful fitness model can be found on the cover of magazines, working trade shows, or as a paid representative for sports and supplement companies, to name a few ways fitness models get to combine their love of fitness with their job. Many people attempt to “break in” to the fitness model business but don’t know where to start. Just having a great body does not guarantee success.
Do you need to compete? How do you market yourself? Do you need to use a professional photographer? How do you pick one? What are some tips and tricks for getting into the magazines? Is doing nudes a positive or negative for your career? What about the internet? Unlike traditional fashion modeling, fitness modeling has many routes to success and is a very different business and industry from traditional modeling.In addition to my advice, top fitness/physique photographers Eva Simon and Bill Dobbins give their thoughts to would-be fitness models on how to avoid common pitfalls often suffered by those looking to make it in the industry.
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How do you “break into” the supplement industry? What experience and educational background do you need? In this vid I cover the truth behind how different people get into the supplement industry.
Last week I put up a study showing more young girls are going into puberty at ever younger ages. The study found obesity was the number #1 factor.
It also spurred a heated discussion on my FB page between those who agreed with my take on that and some who did not. That gave me the idea for this vid which covers – using a real wold example – my take on dealing overweight kids.
For some reason I always seem to end up writing articles about contaminants found in various supplements we ingest, in particular creatine, but there have been others. First I wrote “What’s in your creatine?” which exposed the fact not all creatine supplement are created equal. That article single handedly changed the creatine market at the time. I followed that up with “What’s in your supplements” which was really just a continuation of the first article, with additional testing and comments. I’m calling this one, “What’s in your water?!” for lack of a better title.
I have always been conscious of the potential impurities in drinking water. My town sends out a yearly report on water quality, and has always been well below EPA limits on the chemicals they test for. Regardless, I have always used a water filter to filter my drinking water. (1)