The Power of Vanadium For Muscle Recovery

I just found a great research article on Vanadium. Vanadium is a trace mineral that we all get a little of in our diet.

I used to take Vanadium back in the early 90’s as it was supposed to promote better cell maintenance for training. I have not used it since but have found some more information on Vanadium today.

Vanadium Plays Role In Speeding Recovery From Infections

The Power of Vanadium For Muscle RecoverySeveral animal studies and a few very small human studies suggest that vanadium may reduce blood sugar levels and improve sensitivity to insulin in people with type 2 diabetes.

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In one study of people with type 2 diabetes, vanadium also lowered their total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

However, the dosages used in these studies were far above the tolerable upper intake level (UL), and scientists don’t know whether taking vanadium at those levels is safe — or whether it actually works. Other studies suggest that vanadium has no benefit on blood sugar levels.

Vanadium as Body Building Performance Enhancement

Vanadium is sometimes touted as a sports supplement, but there is no evidence that it works to enhance performance. In fact, one clinical trial examining vanadium use in athletes found no benefit whatsoever.

What the article says is that with some infections such as e. coli and some others that taking Vanadium can reduce the time to recovery.

Besides taking Vanadium with ChromiumThe Power of Vanadium For Muscle Recovery as a supplement you can also find it in black pepper, mushrooms, shellfish, parsley and dill seed.

Because of the varying amounts in foods due to concentrations present in soil, a food graph is omitted. The richest sources of vanadium are achieved through various oils, including specialized fats, vegetable and olive oils, soy, sunflower, and corn; all have been shown to provide a fair amount of this mineral.

Grains and vegetables also contain moderate amounts of vanadium. Sea foods, with the exception of herring and oysters, contain minute amounts and should not be used as a major food source contributor, for achieving proper daily intakes of Vanadium.

Risks of Vanadium Supplementation

Some researchers have speculated that a vanadium deficiency may contribute to elevated cholesterol levels and faulty blood sugar control manifesting as either diabetes or hypoglycemia. Making things more difficult is the fact that vanadium exists in five different forms, with the most biologically significant being either vanadyl or vanadate.

Vanadium has been suggested to be a factor in manic depression, as increased levels of vanadium are found in hair samples from manic patients, and these values fall towards normal levels with recovery. Vanadium, as the vanadate ion, is a strong inhibitor of the sodium-potassium pump.

You should keep Vanadium supplements down below 500 – 1,000 mcg daily.

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Questions To Ask To Improve A Healthy Lifestyle

A few days ago I wrote about the small decisions that govern your life and how making those little changes in controlling your decisions can make huge changes in your lifestyle.

Now that you may or may not have had a chance to digest that concept I thought it would be nice to write a follow-up to this and see how we can make changes in our diet and exercise.

First of all there has to be a decision made on a broad basis of how important exercise and diet are to you. Do you already eat pretty well? Do you exercise regularly? Do you have conflicts in your life as to how to fit these things in?

Questions To Ask To Improve A Healthy Lifestyle

OK once you can answer those questions here are some of the little questions that you should ask to make healthy changes. Feel free to add more as you think of them.

Questions To Ask To Improve A Healthy LifestyleExercise And Lifestyle Questions

  • What time do you get up?
  • Do you have time to workout in the morning?
  • How do you get to work?
  • Where is the closest workout facility with showers to your work?
  • How long is your lunch?
  • What is your schedule in the evening?
  • What kind of exercise do you do now?
  • What would you like to learn this year as far as exercise goes?
  • Are there any interesting sports you want to try?
  • If you could only workout for 30 minutes what would you do?
  • If you could workout for 2 hours what would you do?

Eating Questions

  • How many meals a day do you eat?
  • What do you eat for breakfast?
  • What time is breakfast compared to when you get up?
  • Do you have many meals prepared ahead of time?
  • Do you plan all your meals the night before?
  • Do you have snacks at work?
  • Do you have protein powder and meal replacement bars at work and home?

OK, enough. I hope that these questions help you out in making changes in your eating and exercise to improve to a healthier lifestyle.

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You Don’t Have To Be Great To Start But You Have To Start To Be Great

I can become really inconsistent when I get lazy, in fact I think that this is my fatal flaw, inconsistency and getting started.

I have just gotten over a case of Walking Pneumonia and I am hoping to get back to the gym some time in the next few days. The only problem with this plan is the first time going to the gym. I will make excuses, I will procrastinate, I think I even find strange illnesses to stop me, but once I make it into the door of the gym I find that I am unstoppable.

Life always tends to be like that. We will work toward getting started for a long time when we should actually just be diving in haphazardly and then maybe treading water a bit until be are stable.

You Don’t Have To Be Great To Start But You Have To Start To Be Great

I find this same thinking all over the place, I am not alone I am sure. How many times do you hear people start sentences with “I have to start” or “I really know I should” or my own favorite “I know it is important but…”.

I know first hand that it might be hard to start eating better, but it isn’t hard to buy some healthy food at the store. I know that it is really important to get or stay in shape, even in winter, but it takes almost nothing to throw on some shoes and go walk around the neighborhood for half an hour. I even use to live with being tired all the time, until I decided that no matter what I would try to crawl into bed at 9:30 every night.

Most of the big changes in our life are not really really big to start. They are easy to start just by doing one simple task like throwing on some shoes, walking in the gym door, or buying a few more vegetables. Do this starting today and later today your pride will push you to doing it one more time.

You Don't Have To Be Great To Start But You Have To Start To Be Great

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