Amino Acids & Workout Recovery: A Match Made in Heaven

As Tommy Boone, Ph.D. board-certified exercise physiologist, says, “tiny tears form in the muscles [when you exercise] that help them grow bigger and stronger as they heal.” Since exercise creates tiny tears in muscles, it makes sense that preventing muscle damage and starting the muscle recovery process should be a high priority for exercisers everywhere.

Muscle-Related Benefits of Amino Acids

Healthline identifies four muscle-related benefits of amino acids:

  1. Increase Muscle Growth
    1. “… leucine [an essential amino acid] activates a certain pathway in the body that stimulates muscle protein synthesis, which is the process of making muscle.”
  2. Decrease Muscle Soreness
    1. “It’s not uncommon to feel sore a day or two after a workout, especially if your exercise routine is new. This soreness is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which develops 12 to 24 hours after exercise and can last up to 72 hours. While the exact cause of DOMS is not clearly understood, researchers believe it’s the result of tiny tears in the muscles after exercise. BCAAs [Branched-Chain Amino Acids: leucine, isoleucine, valine] have been shown to decrease muscle damage, which may help reduce the length and severity of DOMS.”
  3. Reduce Exercise Fatigue
    1. “…

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The Truths We Can’t Seem To Rectify: Inactivity Leads to Physical, Emotional, Mental, & Financial Pain

2009CRCHealth.com reports that nearly 25% of U.S. adults know inactivity is a massive problem for children.2012DiabtetesInControl.com reminds readers that 2000 began with over 60% of American adults failing to be regularly physically active, and a quarter of them not exercising at all.2017USAToday.com releases an article entitled Kids’ inactivity rises, creating ‘health care time bomb.’2018ScienceDaily.com releases a report that compares lifestyles throughout 49 countries from 6 continents. They discover that, overall, children around the world are not physically active enough to maintain healthy growth and development. … Continued

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Exercise may help eliminate postpartum depression

Canadian researchers recently published a study in Obstetrics & Gynecology showing that exercise can help reduce postpartum depression symptoms.

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How running can heal the brain

Canadian researchers recently published in Cell Reports a study showing that they discovered a molecule that can repair some types of brain damage. The molecule is triggered by running.

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Does exercise help depression?

Looking for a natural way to reduce symptoms of your depression? Have you tried exercise?

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine published in The Primary Care Companion – Journal of Clinical Psychiatry an analysis of a vast amount of research exploring the connection between exercise and mental health over the last century.

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3 key areas for springing into better mental health

The first official day of spring is just behind us. Combined with the recent Easter weekend, now seems to be a prefect time to meditate on the things we’re thankful for and renew our commitment to good health.

Our health affects our mood, and focusing on 3 key areas can make a big difference in our mental health.

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Physical activity lowers depression and anxiety

Australian researchers recently published an article in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, showing a connection between physical activity levels and depression.

Researchers studied 109 participants who had been treated for depression, anxiety, or both and had been referred to a lifestyle intervention program. Each participant completed the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale and the Active Australia Survey, and researchers compared their fitness scores with those of the general population.

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Reduce stress in your life with these 18 easy tricks

Stress, both physical and emotional, affect digestion and nutrient absorption in the gut and can lead to vitamin and mineral imbalances and deficiencies. Truehope believes that these nutrient deficiencies, if left unchecked, can eventually result in a wide variety of mental health issues, including bipolar and depression.

Reducing the stress in our lives can positively effect better nutrient absorption in the body, thus having a beneficial effect on mental health.

So what can you do to manage stress?

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3 steps for setting goals to a healthier new you

It’s that time of year again: goal setting. The new year is everyone’s favourite time to set new goals. If you’re considering setting goals for 2015—especially health-related goals—here are 3 tips to help you get started.

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