Exercise and Nutrient Protection

by Dr. Michael Colgan

When you exercise on a regular basis, you generally use 12-20 times more oxygen than people with sedentary life styles. This extra use of oxygen increases free radicals.

Millions of free radicals are formed during heavy exercise that can damage every muscle cell they contact. The muscle soreness and weakness athletes experience after training is the result.

Unfortunately, the Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamins and minerals makes no allowance for the nutrient demands imposed on us by exercise.

Some who exercise are severely deficient in important nutrients because of the demands of their training, yet ignorance continues to abound regarding this matter.

Many continue to push the myth of the good mixed diet as optimal for everyone. This does not hold true, especially for those who exercise on a regular basis.

Exercising without nutritional protection is downright unhealthy. Increasing the body's protective reserve of nutrient antioxidants minimizes the destruction of cellular membranes and reduces wear and tear on muscles during heavy exercise. That is why anyone who is on a regular exercise program needs to consider an adequate nutritional system of high-potency supplements to aid in his or her training.

Allow time to build a stronger, fat-burning body. Better nutrition builds a better fat-burning body--within nature's time frame. Unless there is a turnover of blood and muscle cells (taking from three to six months) so that superior cells can grow in an improved nutrient environment provided by supplementation, you cannot expect improved performance.

Be patient. Follow an effective workout program and protect your cells by nourishing your body with a nutritional system containing adequate amounts of antioxidants.

Prepared by Ricardo B. Serrano, DAc, MH, ADS
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