Researchers have revealed many benefits of L-citrulline — an uncommon amino acid found in watermelons— such as preventing post-workout muscle pain.
Lactic acid builds up in muscles when intense exercise necessitates energy production faster than oxygen can be delivered. Normally, the body breaks down glucose into a substance called pyruvate, which is then metabolized aerobically, to be broken down for more energy. However, when there’s a limited supply of oxygen, the body converts pyruvate into lactate, which can also power up the muscles, but with side effects, including increased acidity and next day soreness.
Researches found that the cells absorbed 19 percent of the amino acid in watermelon juice after eight minutes, compared to only 12 percent of that in the water.
Citrulline is considered an essential amino acid. It has also been shown to benefit blood flow throughout the body and rid the liver of ammonia and other toxins. The citrulline content in watermelons has been shown to lower blood pressure and help with sexual dysfunction for males.
In order to get the most out of your workout, and the most out of your recovery, try consuming these foods pre-workout:
Sources: Medical Daily & Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Don’t forget there is a difference between added sugars and sugars that occur naturally in foods like fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are healthy foods that contain water, fiber and nutrients. However, added sugars are those that are added to foods and the most common added sugars are regular table sugar (sucrose) or high fructose corn syrup.
If you want to lose weight and optimize your health, then you should do your best to avoid foods that contain added sugars.
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. Some people can eat some sugar without harm, while others should avoid it as much as possible. (more…)
Do you struggle like so many others? Getting a flat belly is directly linked to your diet. I wish there was another way around it, but you absolutely have to eat a clean diet & drink enough water or that ol’ belly isn’t going anywhere. Here are a few tips to help get you there:
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For example why quinoa is better: Quinoa is a complete protein based grain, so it contains all the amino acids necessary for our nutritional needs. It is super high in iron and calcium, as well as a good source of magnesium, copper, and fiber. White rice is a carbohydrate based grain. It may have slightly less calories per serving than quinoa, but it’s irrelevant since the gluten and carbs in the rice turn into sugar after we consume it, which can eventually turn to unwanted fat. Quinoa on the other hand, processes through our body efficiently, providing fuel as a clean protein. This make quinoa the better choice every time! Click here for more information from Picklee!
Are you a fan? They are packed with omega-3 vitamins; have more calcium than milk & spinach; and five grams of fiber per 70 calorie serving. Folk are claiming they are loosing weight just by adding them to their diet. What do you think?
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It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program”. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits (you must burn more
No doubt that the healthiest juices are the ones that contain greens. Green leafy vegetables contain the most vitamins and nutrients, and you’ll feel almost instantly better after drinking a green juice. Typically the guidelines for making green juice is 60% dark green leafy vegetables and 40% other vegetables/fruits. You can try variations of any of the green recipes until you find one that suits your needs and tastes. –myjuicecleanse.com