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Muscles do more than lift weight and impress our friends


Muscles do more than lift weight and impress our friends

Healthy by Nature radio show this week

A Nobel Prize was awarded in 1998 for the discovery of the important role of nitric oxide (NO) in human health. Unfortunately, our production of NO declines with age and that has health consequences such as premature aging, inflammation, high blood pressure, clogging of arteries, sexual dysfunction, pain, and low energy. Insufficient NO is also a factor in Alzheimer’s disease and Cancer. Nathan Bryan, PhD is in the Dept. of Molecular and Human Genetics Baylor College of Medicine. He will help us understand how to improve our blood levels of NO. We’ll also sort out how NO differs from that nitrous oxide that mellows us out at the dentist’s office. Up first is one of our favorite regulars, nutritionist/herbalist/educator, Tim Mount. I heard him give a great seminar to health professionals about supporting bones, muscles and other soft tissues such as arteries. I’d like to go over my notes from that conference lecture.

Use it or lose it


Sure, muscles can help you lift a gallon jug of milk and look good in a tank top. But, muscles do a lot more than that and it is easy to forget about them. You might be surprised just how critical muscle tissue is to overall health. For example:

  • We know that exercise benefits the brain and exercise requires muscles.
  • Muscles help us to be mobile so we can better enjoy life and maintain social networks.
  • Muscles maintain our posture and therefore reduce the risk of skeletal problems and the pain those can bring. (Our chiropractor can put bones back where they belong, but our muscles have to keep them there.)
  • Core muscle strength helps hold our organs in place.
  • A strong core helps maintain balance and avoids falls.
  • Muscles burn fat and help maintain healthy blood sugar.

Wasting away of muscle mass is a gateway to disease and is a typical (but not necessary) sign of aging. Those over age 60 with strong muscles have a 50% lower risk of an untimely death! The medical photos of muscles of a 74-year-old triathlete look just like those of a 40-year-old triathlete. (However, the muscles of a sedentary 74-year-old are not a pretty sight.)

It sure looks like we should pay attention to whether we are building muscles or tearing them down. Increasing muscle mass requires eating adequate high quality protein and a variety of nutrients. Of course, it also requires doing the kind of exercise that uses muscles. (Oops, strong thumb muscles from texting or hitting play on the remote do not count.)

Next week we will begin looking at what the science says about supplements for muscle building; what boosts muscle function and stamina; factors that interfere with muscle building; and what to do about muscle cramps.



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The Probiotic Cure. We now know that the microorganisms in our gut are a crucial part of our human instruction manual and that they control thousands of biological functions in our bodies. It is past time that we learned how to care for them because important varieties are disappearing and leaving illness behind.

Fat-Free Folly. Challenges dangerous mainstream thinking about fats. Supported with generous amounts of current science and grounded in a common sense historical framework. Learn how to build health and lose weight while enjoying more delicious food.

Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & Other Acid Blockers. Subtitle: What to Use to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Gastric Ailments.
Besides explaining the dangers of these medications and helping fix the real cause (which is seldom too much acid) this book is also helpful for solving other digestive problems.

Aloe Vera – Modern Science Sheds Light on an Ancient Herbal Remedy. Research shows that Aloe has benefit beyond skin and digestion–also for immune function, detoxification, nutrient absorption, blood antioxidant levels, blood sugar regulation and more. Learn how to pick the most potent brands.

The information contained in this newsletter has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The contents are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

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