You’ve been sweating it out on a regular basis to achieve that weight loss goal or muscle gain for months now. In addition to regular exercise, you have taken advantage of supplements like protein shakes to boost your efforts.
But the results don’t seem to be materializing fast enough. This could simply mean a few more minutes on the elliptical are in order.
But it could be an indication that your supplemental regimen needs some re-examining.
Dr. John Young, M.D. emphasizes the importance of a nutritional foundation for those looking to improve their health. Young is a specialist in chronic illness treatment through nutraceutical, physiological, and biochemical methods.
“Many of us want to lose weight, gain muscle and improve our cardiovascular endurance, but those goals cannot be accomplished without addressing the body’s fundamental needs,” says Young, author of Beyond Treatment: Discover How to Build a Cellular Foundation to Achieve Optimal Health.
“A healthy body begins with a healthy cellular foundation, and a healthy cellular foundation begins with what we’re putting in our bodies.”
While health shakes are a great supplemental option, Dr. Young says most are missing one or more of the following key ingredients:
Whey protein can be an excellent option for protein enhancement.To ensure it is of the highest quality, look for a few requirements:
- It is in cold-processed (non-denatured) powder form, meaning its never been heated above 130 degrees
- It is made from the milk of hormone-free cows that have grazed on chemical-free, pesticide-free grass pastures
- The protein is free of artificial flavors, chemicals, and artificial sweeteners
Flax Seed oil and Cod Liver oil are two of the most important oils for consumption because of their molecular makeup. They provide many essential nutrients for almost all systems of the body, including the heart, brain, and immune system. But in order for these oils to be effective in protein shakes and successfully activated within the body, Dr. Young says they must be emulsified, or “hidden,” within a protein so they aren’t destroyed during digestion. This is the critical factor that is often neglected.
pH measures the acidity or alkalinity in the body, with a range of zero, the acidity end, to 14, the alkaline end. Research concludes that healthy, balanced pH levels increase muscular and bone strength, decrease chronic disease risk, and improve brain functionality. In today’s society, our diets are far more acidic than the past. Because of this, Dr. Young uses a pH balancing formula in his practice to ensure his patient’s pH levels stay within a stable range.
In addition to these three cornerstones of Dr. Young’s approach to effective protein shakes, he recommends sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.
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