Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fountain of youth

Tonight @ 955p EST YOU WONT WANT TO MISS! 1712-338-8000 pin 8717# Ron Reid Interviews Isagenix Formulator John Anderson and Nobel Prize winning scientist and formulator of Product B

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Protein Requirements For Athletes

Protein Requirements for Athletes

Athletes require greater amounts of first-class protein to gain a competitive edge.

by Michael Colgan, Ph.D. (abstracted from Dr Colgan’s forthcoming book, The Anti-Inflammatory Athlete)

Suck the water out of a lean athlete and you are left with mostly protein. More than half the dry weight of your body is protein, over 100,000 different proteins, each precisely constructed from gene expression. The structure of your brain cells, your organs, and your muscles is pure protein. Even the hemoglobin that carries the oxygen in your blood is protein. The creation of a thought, the blink of an eye, the contraction of a muscle, every move you make, is controlled by thousands of different enzymes – and all enzymes are proteins, every one (1).

Body proteins are temporary. Each is being constantly rebuilt. Some enzymes last only minutes. Your skin is replaced every few weeks. Your blood cells are replaced every three months. Most of your muscle cells are replaced every six months. Yet, unlike carbohydrates and fats, your body has no store for protein (2). Body structure is rebuilt day-by-day, mainly from the proteins you eat, and from recycled amino acids from broken down body structures. To grow an optimum body you need to eat the right proteins every day.

If you eat garbage proteins you will grow a garbage body, no matter how hard you train. If you eat garbage proteins you will grow a pro-inflammatory body, no matter how good the rest of your diet. Any day you eat garbage proteins they build into the structure of your body and you have to operate with them for up to the next six months. With garbage proteins, you cannot construct the champion whose blueprints are residing in your genes.

This is not a book on protein. Nevertheless, because protein is your structure, I will briefly cover requirements for athletes, before I show you how the right protein also helps immensely towards your goal of an anti-inflammatory body. It’s a quick, rugged ride through the science, but, bear with me, it’s well worth the effort.

How Much Protein?

The politically mandated US Reference Dietary Intake for protein is 0.8 grams per kg bodyweight. It has not changed since the 1950s, and makes no distinction between athletes and couch potatoes for protein requirements. Contrary to the last 50 years of science, the USDA still claims today that an overweight, sedentary lump, and a lean athlete doing daily workouts, both need only 80 = 0.8 = 64 grams of protein per day (3). We treat such tomfoolery with the same disdain that we treat claims by the USDA that they have kept the American food supply safe and pure (4).

In the 1990s, I was the first to work out protein requirements from basic principles of human physiology. I calculated that an average 80 kg (176 lbs) athlete, with 11 percent bodyfat, requires about 105 grams of first-class protein each day to maintain existing lean mass (1). Athletes are also always working to gain more muscle power. To gain maximum muscle power with the right training, I calculated that my model athlete required a further 42 grams of protein per day. Total intake required is 147 grams of first-class protein per day. That works out to 1.8 grams per kg bodyweight, more than twice the RDI.

To see if I was on track, I compared my calculations with the measurements of protein requirements in exercising athletes, done by protein expert Peter Lemon and colleagues at Kent State University. Using accurate nitrogen balance technology they concluded that daily protein intake should be 1.7 grams per kg body weight, a mere one-tenth of a gram different from my theoretical assessment (5).

I also compared my assessment with numerous other nitrogen balance, radioactive labeling, and essential amino acid kinetics studies of the protein requirements of both endurance athletes and strength athletes. The first conclusion from a meta-analysis of this research is that athletes given the RDI of protein (0.8 grams per kg bodyweight per day) quickly go into negative nitrogen balance and lose both muscle and power (6-8).

Particularly good at assessing requirements were studies by Mark Tarnopolsky and colleagues at McMaster University. They used increasing levels of protein intake from 1.4 to 2.4 grams per kg bodyweight per day in exercising athletes. The highest level did not show any negative effects, but new protein developed in muscle only up to the level of 1.76 grams (7). So a higher intake than that is probably overload. We concluded from years of this research that athletes should aim for a protein intake of 1.7 to 1.9 grams per kg bodyweight per day.

Recent reviews show that the work we did in the 90s has held firm, and several policy making bodies in different sports now have official protein recommendations of 1.7 grams per kg bodyweight per day, more than twice the RDI. A recent review summarizes the evidence: Of relevance to athletes and those in clinical practice is the fact that higher protein diets have quite consistently been shown to result in greater weight loss, greater fat loss, and preservation of lean mass as compared with lower protein diets (9).


1. Colgan M. Optimum Sports Nutrition. New York: Advanced Research Press, 1993.
2. Young VR, et al. A theoretical basis for increasing current estimates of the amino acid requirements in adult man with experimental support. Am J Clin Nutr, 1989; 50:80-92.
3. US Dept Agriculture. Reference Dietary Intake for Protein, Accessed 10 December 2011.
4. Nowhere to Hide: Persistent Toxic Chemicals in the U.S. Food Supply,
5. Lemon PW, et al. Protein requirements and muscle mass/strength changes during intensive exercise in novice bodybuilders. J Appl Physiol, 1992;73:767-75
6. Meredith CN, et al. Dietary protein requirements in endurance trained men. J Appl Physiol, 1989;66: 2850-56.
7. Tarnopolsky MA, et al. Evaluation of protein requirements for strength trained athletes. J Appl Physiol, 1992;73:1986-1995.
8. Walberg JL, et al. Micronutrient content of a hypoenergy diet affects nitrogen retention and muscle function in weightlifters. Int J Sports Med, 1988;9:261-66.
9. Phillips SM. Dietary protein for athletes: from requirements to metabolic advantage. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2006 Dec;31(6):647-54.

About Dr. Colgan

Dr. Michael Colgan is a world-renowned research scientist, leading expert in the inhibition of aging, and a member of the Isagenix Science Advisory Board. Dr. Colgan has provided nutrition, training and anti-aging programs to more than 11,000 athletes, including many Olympians. He is director of his eponymous Colgan Institute, a consulting, educational and research facility concerned with the effects of nutrition and exercise on athletic performance, along with prevention of chronic degenerative disease, and prevention of degeneration of the brain.

Friday, January 6, 2012

For those looking to put on lean muscle mass

Using Isagenix to increase lean muscle mass

Many people start the Isagenix cleanse because one of the benefits of nutritional cleansing is weight loss, however there are also a lot of people who have the opposite problem and find it difficult to keep weight on and lack muscle definition/lean muscle mass.

lady with dumbellsIt’s a mis-conception that Isagenix is just a weight loss program, many athletes around the world use the Isagenix products to maintain performance levels and improve lean muscle development.

Often people with low muscle mass don’t get enough protein in their diets. When you work out you stress or tear muscle fibers. Protein is used by the body as part of the natural repair process, along with other amino acids and vital nutrients. It is during this repair process that muscle growth would usually take place. If your diet is deficient in quality proteins, then this process won’t be as efficient as it could be.

Note: many of the protein powders available in stores contain fillers or additives which can affect absorption in the body.

isalean vanilla shakeIsaLean shakes contain the optimum balance of proteins, carbs and a range of vitamins, minerals and amino-acids and the protein used in all Isagenix products is the highest quality whey proteins from small farms in pollution free New Zealand. The cows on these farms are grass fed and well treated resulting in a very high quality product with a great amino-acid profile.

If developing muscle is one of your aims, take a look at IsaPro – one serving contains 18 grams of pure protein. You can either combine this with your Isagenix IsaLean shake or take it on its own straight after a workout.

There are many amazing stories of ‘skinny’ people being able to develop a body they are proud of using Isagenix products – remember because you are doing a nutritional cleanse you may also experience other benefits such as increased energy, better digestion, clearer skin…..

Take a look at the Isagenix Athletes pack to find out more.

Some diets cause muscle wastage

One of the problems with some traditional or popular diets is that they can cause muscles to shrink or waste, this is because they focus simply on calorie control and can deplete the body of proteins (and therefore essential amino acids – the building blocks of the body).
Morning shown as the best time to consume protein

Research has shown that athletes should be increasing the amount of protein they take in the morning, as this is the optimum time to make it available for the body to use and the most effective when you are looking to gain weight (read full article here)

When you think about most peoples typical breakfast protein levels are usually quite low – cereal with low fat milk or toast with jam and margarine simply doesn’t provide the body with what it needs first thing in the morning.

Replacing your usual breakfast with an Isagenix shake will provide your body with 23grams of high quality whey protein, as well as a balanced form of carbs and all the other nutrients your body needs to kick start the day.
My Personal Story

I have always struggled to put on weight, but since using Isagenix products I’ve finally been able to ‘bulk up’ a little. I am not where I want to be yet, but I am on my way and feeling more confident about my body than ever before. When I was really skinny I was embarrassed to look in the mirror and although everyone said I was lucky to not have to worry about putting on weight, I didn’t feel very lucky.

My partner, who is also very skinny, is now using the products combined with a reasonable exercise routine and she is noticing the difference and putting on lean muscle.

These products are not a magic wand, however combined with exercise and a sensible diet they give your body the fuel it needs to bulk up and increase lean muscle mass.

Save Money on your Groceries!!

Save $1,476 on Your Annual Grocery Budget!

Did you know that the average cost of groceries has risen 8.4 percent this year? Whether it’s the increasing cost of healthcare, gas or groceries, it’s no secret that millions of people are feeling the pressure of tough economic times.

So how does our Nutritional Cleansing system fit into your shrinking budget?

Isagenix® is a cost effective, convenient and healthy solution in any economy, especially when compared to the average cost of groceries and eating meals out. Isagenix systems replace up to three meals a day and eliminate spending on groceries or eating meals out. Isagenix products are quick and easy to prepare and they provide your busy family with all the nutrients they need.
Can you really put a price tag on living your life to the fullest and achieving optimum health? We can. WithIsagenix® YouSave...

“Thanks to Isagenix®, my husband and I save over $200/month on our groceries.”
—Kerry L., Arizona
“I saved an average of $234 every month on food.”
—Corine L., Alaska

1 Cleansing and Fat Burning System: 30-day supply (64 meals)Cost $260
Non-Isagenix® Meals (26 meals) ($6 per day for a third meal)Cost $156
Total $416**

Groceries & Eating Meals Out
1 Month Groceries & Eating Out Cost $539
Total $539*

That’s nearly $18/day or $6 per meal.

With isagenix You Save

$1.36 $4.10 $123 $1,476
per meal per day per month per year

* The average American spends per month.
** The average person eats 90 meals per month. With a 30-Day System there are 26 Shake Days (52 meals) and 4 Cleanse Days (12 meals), totaling 64 meals. The remaining 26 meals are using groceries or eating out (26 x $6/meal = $156).
Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey; Average Price of Groceries & Food for Average American Household (March 2008.)

Recipe of the Day!

Low-Cal Entrees

Low-Cal Entree Recipe:

Encrusted Salmon Crunch

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2, 4oz filets of salmon
  • 3 tsp IsaCrunch® hulled hemp seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper
Brush filets with olive oil. Mix IsaCrunch, cinnamon, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle or press mixture onto salmon filets. Bake or broil (mixture side up) to desired temperature or when fish begins to flake.

Serving suggestion: Enjoy with a side of your favorite vegetable.

Serves: 2
One SERVING: 190 calories, 9.2g fat, 24.7g protein, 0.8g carbs, 0.2g fiber

Quote of the day!!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

How Does Whey Protein Signal Muscle Growth?

Sports physiologists know that maximizing muscle building requires adequate amounts of high-quality dietary protein—rich in branched-chain amino acids such as leucine—and a resistance training regimen such as weight lifting. Less known are the precise cellular and molecular signals that explain how these factors promote muscle growth.

A new study from New Zealand and Australian scientists reports that leucine-rich whey protein combined with resistance exercise stimulates muscle growth in young and older men by way of increasing the activation of molecular modification (mTOR signaling) of muscle proteins. Interestingly, while the combination of exercise and whey protein increased activation of some muscle proteins to a similar degree in young and old before training, the diet/exercise combination was distinctly blunted in the older subjects.

According to the authors of the study, just published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, while exercise and whey protein combined to effectively activate muscle proteins in young men, deficiencies in this signaling pathway were evident in muscles from older individuals.
“Strategies to improve muscle growth in the elderly should not dismiss the use of protein, particularly whole proteins high in leucine [such as whey protein], in conjunction with a resistance exercise program,” the researchers wrote.

The researchers compared the impact of whey protein supplementation (27 grams consumed after each of 36 resistance training sessions over 12 weeks) or a placebo on cell signaling protein activation. They also addressed the effects of aging on these specialized proteins by examining muscle from young (ages 18 to 25) and older (ages 60 to 75) males before and after the 12-week training program. The importance of understanding muscle growth and maintenance in aged individuals is particularly important considering the prevalence of sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) in elderly populations.

With this in mind, the IsaLean Shake containing 23 grams of protein per serving made up of primarily whey and IsaPro providing18 grams of whey protein per serving can be used advantageously by young and elderly for maximizing the signaling needed for maintaining or stimulating muscle growth when consumed along with a resistance training program.

Reference: Farnfield MM et al. Activation of mTOR signalling in young and old human skeletal muscle in response to combined resistance exercise and whey protein ingestion. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2011 Dec 13. doi: 10.1139/h11-132

Exercises to do while cleaning up after your kids

When picking up toys keep back straight, alternate arms, squat down (do not bend over)and pick one toy up at a time.

When sweeping/mopping the floors, do it as briskly a you can that is efficient to get your heart rate up.

When wiping down surfaces, use big and small circles alternating hands and direction of circles

When your done cleaning up, reach to the sky and hold for 10 seconds. Then reach down to the floor and hold for 10 seconds.

Thats it for now....more to come


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Healthy Lunch Ideas/Recipes

Low-Cal Entree Recipe:

Carrot Apple Crunch Roll Ups

  • 1 sprouted-wheat tortilla*
  • ¼ cup low-fat hummus*
  • 2 tsp IsaCrunch® (hulled hemp seeds)
  • ¼ cup julienned carrots
  • ½ red apple, sliced
  • ½ cup arugula leaves
Warm the tortilla, so it’s pliable. Spread the hummus over the tortilla. Sprinkle
IsaCrunch on the hummus. Layer with carrots, apples, and arugula. Roll tightly
together and refrigerate.

*Nutrition info may change based on actual tortilla and hummus used.

Serves: 1
One serving: 420 calories, 14.4g protein, 14.4g fat, 58.6g carbs, 5.0g fiber


Jay Dowdell just started the 9 day cleanse program and has lost an amazing 6.7 pounds healthily!!

New workout idea for those that have no time

Do 10 squats every time you are going to exit the Bathroom

Do 10 push-ups before and after you shower

Do 10 calf raises every time you get to the top of your stairs

More to come...

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