LivingFuelTV: Exercise Medicine – How to Supercharge Yourself

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Posted on 3rd May 2012 by admin in LivingFuelTV |Super Health

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2:00 p.m.

Your friends march to the vending machine, coffee maker, or chug down a monster-sized “energy” drink to ward off their daily afternoon energy crash. Instead, you power through your day with abundant energy and mental clarity, all without these sugars, stimulants, and the subsequent crashes. How?

Tune into today’s episode of LivingFuelTV’s Exercise Medicine series with extreme human physiologist Dr. Greg Wells. Dr. Wells is an in-demand lecturer, researcher and physiology expert and the author of the outstanding new book Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes. Learn the importance of protein and amino acids, the three major areas of nutrition, and practical strategies to help you consume the “right nutrients at the right time.”

Enjoy a “high performance, high health life!”

Audio Transcript

KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV, I’m KC Craichy, with special guest, Dr. Greg Wells. Welcome back Greg.

Greg: Thanks so much for having me again.

KC: We were just having a discussioln and two minutes ago you had a blast of SuperEssentials Aminos, and I was telling you that within a minute or two you’re going to see things in terms of mental clarity, and color that you’re not going to believe. Tell us what just happened when you had some.

Greg: Let me give you a sense of my day so far. I woke up and went into a two and a half hour practice as a coach/physiologist with a national team, and I had fruit all morningm just becasue that’s just what was around. Berries and a banana. When I arrived here, we’ve been talking for a little while now. I was definitely feeling a little bit tired, so I pounded those amino’s and within about 45 seconds. I’m speaking as a scientist now so I’m a little bit unnerved by the fact that I can see colors like crazy. My concentration level has shot through the roof. I’m no longer tired it’s really a little bit unnerving, I’m not going to lie to you, it’s pretty crazy.

KC: I wrote chapter 11 in my book, The Super Health Diet, about protein metabolism and amino acid metabolism and presented all the research behind that SuperEssentials Aminos. But you really can’t understand it until you do it. I have pro athletes that say that they’re in the middle of their sport and they’re so hyper-concentrated. Every little detail matters when they’re hitting a baseball or golfball or whatever the case may be. I can’t explain to you the mental aspect of this and the concentration aspect of it, but I can tell you what is going on in the body is really good. You just had 15 grams, 15 grams is going to be in your bloodstream within 20 minutes, but obviously it was in your bloodstream within 45 seconds. Somethings going on here that’s pretty fantastic.

Greg: I’m going to have to think about it a lot more, about if we think about what amino acids and proteins do for the human body. All the enzymes deal with all the chemical processes in our body, those are proteins. Our neurotransmitters which communicate between nerves in our brain, and also between nerves and muscles. Those are based upon amino acids and proteins. In my book, which you wrote a wonderful supportive statement for. I deal with a lot of issues around how people can concentrate in the middle of the day, and trying to deal with that 2 p.m. crash that most people experince.

KC: 10 a.m. and 2p.m. in our body.

Greg: Yes, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sorry, I’m so overwhelmed by all these colors, and my ability to think, I’m making all sorts of mistakes. Because I’m excited all of the sudden. That involves trying to help people to take the right nutrients at the right times. Increasing the amount of protein that people are taking, and decreasing the amount of carbohydrate in our diets. Not to say that we don’t need any, because it does fuel the body. Although certainly increasing the amount of protein. What that does is changes the neurotransmitter levels in your brain and alters the relationship between two neurotransmitters, triptafan and terracyine. If we can do that properly that will supercharge peoples ability to concentrate during the day.

KC: Difference in test scores, difference in the concentration during work.

Greg: Clarity of concentration, mental ability to do problem solving. All of the things that we need in the middle of the day to be able to perform our jobs really, really well.

KC: How about these mid morning and later afternoon super coffee blast, sugar blasts, and the little energy drinks people by in the little bottles that people drink. How bad is that for the body?

Greg: When I’m a work and you go down at 10:00, or you go for a walk at 10:00 you see the massive line up for coffee and for simple sugars, and that will help people for a very short period of time. However it will then lead to another crash and another viscious cycle where we’re dumping sugars caffenine into the body, to try to deal with the pressures and stress of daily life.

KC: How has that increased the stress on the body?

Greg: Well it instaneoulsy will cause an inflamatory response and decrease the ability of the immune system to fight off disease. Our diet is unquestionably one of the reason why we’re seeing increases in the rate depression and anxiety and all these other problems in our society. I think if we can help people to use nutrition to super charger their concentration. To super charger their energy levels throughout thye course of their day, people will be better able to make the right kind of decisions. Use a balanced approach to nutrition, using all the different fruits and vegetables that are available to us. Using super foods to improve our immune system and our health. We really need to be able to support people do be able to do that through great education, through great information. Through in some cases, products in order to help people do it in the crazy busyness of their lives.

KC: I’ve been having a super smoothie for breakfast for more than ten years now. Never am I hungry between breakfast and lunch. I don’t think about food. I don’t want food. If I see food, I don’t grab it. It’s about getting the right meal at the right time. I always tell people to learn to fuel yourself for five to six hours. Instead of giving yourself a high carbohydrate meal like oatmeal with juice for breakfast. Or just fruit and you go up and crash like you said in the mid morning. Which puts some demand on you for some more stimulant or carbohydrate or something like that.

Greg: We never want to allow the body to run out of energy. There’s some interesting new information out that suggests that we may be actually to run out of fuel for our brains at certain times of the day if we’re doing lots of concentration, lots of work. There’s no stored energy in the brain, it’s all supplied by our blood. We really depend upon the nutrition that we take in every few hours, in order to maintain that level of concentration and focus we need throughout the course of the day. I know personally, if I eat well in the morning and support that with the right type of things throughout the course of the day, that I’m a completely different person in terms of my performance and on my job. In terms of my health, and specifically probably most importantly in terms of my ability to have a great relationships with the people I’m involved with. Both at work and at home.

KC: What’s the difference in a young person’s test score, even a college kid’s test score when they stay up late doing homework and then they play their video games and they go to sleep late, they have to wake up early to go to school. They skip breakfast or eat a Pop Tart or some kind of normal American breakfast and then go to school. What’s the difference in test scores of the person who slept through the night and had a super food smoothie for breakfast?

Greg: I don’t know the exact number on test scores, but I will tell you about the Canadian Ski team. They had a number of athletes who were at training camps, and in between morning and evening workouts they would play video games. And these athletes just simply couldn’t recover. Because they didn’t realise that when you’re playing video games, when you’re pumping information into your brain, that you’re actually activating all the neurons through your entire body and wiping out your neurotransmiter levels. As soon as the athletes played less video games, and it’s not like we have to eliminate them out, but we have to do it in a way in which the body can recover. Everyone’s performance went up, as soon as athletes started focusing on their recovery through sleep, their performance improved. As soon as all the athletes that we’re working with start using all three major areas of nutrition, proteins, high quality carbohydrate, high quality fats, everyone’s performance, their health improves. I think that’s one of the main reasons why, the last Olympics in Vancouver, there were no positive drug tests. It was the first time in probably 30 years where there hasn’t been a positive drug test. Because people are learning how to use nutrition, they don’t have to rely on the pharmaceutical interventions anymore. The information is out there now, to live a high-performance, high-quality, high-health life, and we just have to make the tough decision in the moment. In the middle of the morning, when you’re tired and stressed and that coffee and scone look so good, can you actually make the right decision, and have the things that your body needs. 5 seconds after you do it, as I just experienced this morning, your mind and your body thank you and you end up having a high-productivity, high-performance, high-health life.

KC: Fantastic. Great stuff Greg. Thanks for saying this, and thanks for being with us. Greg: Thanks very much. I hope you can use this in your own life. God Bless you and have a great day.


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