Monday, September 16, 2013

My Favorite Probiotic Source is Lifeway Kefir containing seven to ten billion CFU's of the following 12 live & active #probiotics

I've been adding either the Strawberry or Blueberry to my morning whey post-workout.

The below information is from the Lifeway website.

Kefir is a cultured probiotic beverage similar in taste and texture to drinkable yogurt, and made from milk fermented with kefir cultures. Originating over 2000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains-where many people live well over 100 years-kefir has been associated with a long list of health benefits.

All Lifeway products contain seven to ten billion CFU's of the following 12 live & active Kefir cultures per cup: 

Produces exclusively L(+) lactic acid
Increases digestibility of milk
Improves stomachal digestion

Inhibits the growth of most harmful bacteria in the intestine. It is used as a natural preservative in yogurt and other dairy products to extend the shelf life.

Has the same properties of Streptococcus lactis
Produces diacetyl and CO2. Diacetyl is a characterictic aroma of kefir

Exhibits antagonistic activity against Listeria monocytogenes
Produces plantaricin, a bacteriocin inhibiting microorganisms which cause spoilage.
Strong producer of lactic acid.
Tolerates high concentrations of bile salts
Adheres to intestinal mucosa

Produces L (+) lactic acid
Produces large quantities of lactic acid
Colonizes intestinal tract
Adheres to intestinal mucosa
Creates a favorable environmental for the desirable microbial balance.
Limits intestinal putrefaction, thus controlling production of toxins and their noxious effect upon vital organs and body cells
Inhibits pathogenic bacteria and prevents diseases caused by intestinal infections.
Limits lactose intolerance. Contributes to Immunity.

Boosts immune system after taking a course of antibiotics

Produces lactic and acetic acid
Produces acetyl-methyl carbinol and diacetyl, two aromatic agents of kefir

Keeps the digestive system running smoothly, blocks the growth of harmful bacteria, and boosts the immune system

Modifies the intestinal flora, helps balance intestinal flora

Ferments lactose into lactic acid
Protects against some unhealthy organisms
Benefits include improved gastrointestinal function, a boosted immune system, and a decrease in the frequency of yeast overgrowth

This live and active probiotic culture is especially good at enhancing immunity. It does this by balancing the level of good bacteria in your digestive tract and strengthening the function of your intestinal lining. It has been tested in multiple clinical trials and is proven to improve your gastrointestinal ecology and strengthen your natural immune response.

Lactobacillus reuteri is a live and active probiotic culture that is clinically proven to enhance digestion. It helps balance your intestinal ecosystem, which also helps improve immune response. This culture has been shown to help break down lactose, making dairy products – including Kefir – easier to digest. It is especially helpful at alleviating diarrhea and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It can even have a positive effect on reducing allergies, lowering cholesterol and fighting cancer.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Prolactin Control Complex | Inhibit-P | Relieve Gynecomastia | Boost Testosterone | Improve Libido and Sex Life


Prolactin Control Complex

SNS Inhibit-P contains a precision blended Prolactin Control Complex that may help lower prolactin, increase dopamine, and improve feelings of well-being.

Is Inhibit-P for you? Ask yourself:

  • Are you concerned with high prolactin?
  • Do you have symptoms of high prolactin (sensitive nipples, gyno, etc)?
  • Is your mood and natural level of energy not what it used to be?
  • Do you have a tough time getting to sleep and staying asleep?
  • Is your sex life lacking?

Inhibit-P's precision blended Prolactin Control Complex is a comprehensive all-in-one solutions designed to help:

  • Lower Prolactin*
  • Naturally Boost Testosterone Levels*
  • Relieve Symptoms of Increased Prolactin such as Nipple Puffiness or Sensitivity Associated Gynecomastia*
  • Improve Libido and Sex Life*
  • Produce Deeper and More Restful Sleep*
  • Relieve Symptoms of Increased Prolactin such as Nipple Puffiness or Sensitivity Associated Gynecomastia*
  • Improve Mood and Sense of Well-Being*
  • And Much More!

SNS uses only the finest, clinically backed ingredients in the formulation of Inhibit-P.

Let's examine them more closely:

Mucuna pruriens

Mucuna Pruriens, also known as Velvet Bean, is a plant known for its high concentrations of levodopa (L-Dopa), the precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Unlike dopamine, L-Dopa easily penetrates the blood bran barrier where it exerts its positive effects on hormones, especially prolactin. In fact, L-Dopa has been shown to significantly inhibit prolactin release from the anterior pituitary (1,2) meaning that the nasty issues associated with high prolactin levels may be relieved through the proper use of Mucuna Pruriens because the L-Dopa found in Mucuna Pruriens boost your brain's dopamine levels, and dopamine is a key inhibitor of prolactin (3).

In addition to its powerful role in the reduction of prolactin, Mucuna Pruriens have also been known as a libido aid (4) but it wasn't until a few years ago that researchers uncovered just how this amazing herb exerts its effects. Men taking Mucuna Pruriens experienced increases in testosterone and luteinizing hormone (LH) (5), which can produce a favorable hormonal environment for bodybuilding, sex life, and overall sense of well-being.

Finally, it should be noted that Mucuna Pruriens is rich in serotonin and opioid receptor ligands, which along with L-Dopa may contribute profoundly to mood improvements (6). This, along with strong anecdotal feedback regarding L-Dopa's ability to reduce the refractory period associated with sexual activity gives Mucuna Pruriens very strong potential for helping increase pleasure and enjoyment.

Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P5P)

P5P is the bioactive from of vitamin B6 and offers enhanced absorption and bioavailability and far improved effects over other inferior forms of vitamin B6. P5P is an important cofactor in the synthesis of dopamine, which as mentioned above, is the prime neuroendocrine inhibitor of prolactin release. In addition to helping control prolactin, P5P has a host of other benefits including optimizing amino acid metabolism, boosting immune function, facilitating neurotransmitter balance and brain function, and much, much more!

Vitex Agnus Castus

Vitex Agnus Castus, also known as Chaste berry, has long been used as a treatment for sexual disorders and insufficiency. However, it wasn't until recently that scientists examined the compounds in the plant and discovered that many of them can reduce prolactin as much as dopamine itself (7). Other human trials have confirmed that Vitex Agnus Castus is a strong inhibitor of prolactin (8). The key is dosing it properly, and Inhibit-P does just that (9).

As an added bonus, Vitex Agnus Castus has also been shown to significantly improve acne conditions in a large clinical trial (9)!

SNS Inhibit-P's Provides Consumers With
A Precision Blended Top Quality Prolactin Control Complex
At a Cost Effective Price.

The Goals of the Serious Nutrition Solutions Baseline Series are simple ones – to provide top quality products at the most cost effective prices, and to provide a straight forward approach to the consumer about what the products are, and what they are used for.
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Straight Forward, Top Quality, Cost Effective Sports Nutrition


As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule 1 to 2 times per day, preferably with a meal.


This product is for healthy adults over 18 years of age. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing a baby. Consult with your physician before use if you are taking any medication(s), or suffer from any health condition. Keep stored in a cool, dry place away from children.

SNS X-Gels contain Arachidonic Acid


SNS X-Gels contain Arachidonic Acid, a key anabolic Omega-6 essential fatty acid that amplifies the body’s response to resistance training. This in turn helps aid in increasing lean muscle, strength, power, endurance, and pumps.

To understand how this unique supplement can benefit you, it is important to take a look and learn more about this powerful nutrient - Arachidonic Acid.

What is Arachidonic Acid?

Arachidonic Acid is an essential fatty acid. It is found mainly in small concentrations in the fatty parts of meats and fish (mostly in red meat). It is considered an ‘essential’ fatty acid because it is a requirement for the proper functioning of the human body.

Who can benefit from Arachidonic Acid supplementation?

Arachidonic Acid can be used by athletes, weight trainers, and bodybuilders that are looking to build lean muscle and strength, and improve power, endurance, and pumps.
Two specific groups that stand out that may gain even more from Arachidonic Acid supplementation are vegetarians and bodybuilders/athletes that follow strict low fat diets. Since Arachidonic Acid is found mostly in the fatty portions of red meat, both of these groups of people tend to have lower than normal levels of Arachidonic Acid consumption.

How does Arachidonic Acid work (in layman’s terms)?

Arachidonic Acid is the base material used by the body to synthesize a key series or hormones referred to as dienolic prostaglandins (these are the major prostaglandins in people). The ability of the body to output normal levels of prostaglandins (PGE2 and PFG2 included) is directly dependent on the availability of Arachidonic Acid.
Arachidonic Acid also has a role in muscle growth beyond just that of being a prostaglandin precursor. It has been shown in studies to serve as the core stimulus for protein synthesis.

How does this affect the athlete?

Prostaglandins are integral to protein turnover and muscle accumulation, are at the core of muscle growth, and are responsible for regulating the direct local muscular response to physical exercise.
Prostaglandins begin to exert their effects on muscle growth immediately following physical exertion. The eccentric muscle contraction first triggers the local synthesis of these hormones. They play an important role in what will be going on in your muscles during the days that follow (your recovery days).

Why supplement with Arachidonic Acid?

The most obvious answer is because you want the best results to come out of your training, diet, and supplement regimen.
The benefits of Arachidonic Acid are stated above, and it is important to understand that the concentrations of Arachidonic Acid are so low in the food supply, that if you want to get the most out of this key nutrient, supplementation is a must.
Also, there is a Catch 22 with this exercise and Arachidonic Acid. Even though Arachidonic Acid can play such a beneficial role in helping athletes and bodybuilders achieve their desired results, it has been shown that exercise can actually lower the amount of Arachidonic Acid in skeletal muscle tissues. This makes supplementation even more important.

Some important notes:

- X-Gels users may notice higher than normal levels of muscle soreness in the days following workout. This is due to Arachidonic Acid intensifying the body’s normal response to weight training.
- Due to the mechanism of action of Arachidonic Acid, you may need to increase your total daily protein and calorie intake in order to obtain significant muscle growth. (Often in the 500 to 1000 calorie range)

X-Gels Stacking info:

X-Gels is versatile and can be stacked with a variety of other sports nutrition supplements. X-Gels can be stacked with Optimize-T™, CVM Xtreme™, VasoForce XT™, Agmatine caps or powder, or other select Serious Nutrition Solutions products.



Take up to 4 soft gels per day with meals. For best results, on workout days take 4 soft gels 45 minutes before a workout. On non-workout days, take 4 soft gels per day. Do not exceed recommended dosage.


This product is for healthy adults over 18 years of age. Do not take this product if you are pregnant or nursing, or have a history of diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, prostate enlargement, gastrointestinal surgery, or any inflammatory disease. Consult with your physician before use if you are taking any medication(s), or suffer from any health condition. Store in a cool, dry place away from children.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Real Milk or Muscle Milk

I recently purchased a 1 quart container of chocolate milk for a post-workout. That is 4 cups of chocolate milk for $1.79 in my local Target Store.

For that price I received.

Calories 880
Fat           32 grams
Carbs     116 grams
Protein     32 grams

versus Muscle Milk RTD 17 fl. oz. at about $3.99

Calories 340
Fat           16 grams
Carbs       16 grams
Protein     34 grams

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Leucine is King (Part 6) How much leucine is in 100 grams of your favorite protein?

According to the experts, you need between 3 and 4 grams of leucine to stimulate protein synthesis. The below photo should give you an idea as to what protein options give you your best shot at getting the proper amount post-workout.

Click on the photo to enlarge.


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Monday, September 9, 2013

1981: My First Time at the Gym

I was doing push-ups, sit-ups, curls and shoulder presses at home but really wasn't doing much more at home. It was my sophomore year in high school and I wandered into the weight room after school. I took a look around and decided that I would start lifting.

Of course I started with the teen age boys idea of power, the bench press. I put maybe 100 pounds on and proceeded to get stuck with the weight on my chest. I probably weighed about 120 pounds at the time. I swallowed my pride and started with maybe 55 pounds.

Over the next six months I went from that 55 pound bench press to a 1RM of around 225 pounds. I weighed somewhere between 135 to 140 pounds by spring and had transformed my body.

My first workout was full body, 3 to 4 times per week and went like this. I always increased the weight with each set. Usually rested 2 to 3 minutes.

Sit-ups  3x25
Pull-ups 3x10
T-bar rows 3x10
Bench Press 3x10
Incline Bench 3x10
Leg Press 3x10 (sometimes hack squat)
Leg Curls 3x10
Tricep Press Downs 3x10
Curls 3x10 to failure
Shoulder Press 3x10

Walked about 1 mile home.

My diet was pretty much.

Breakfast:  Cereal maybe orange juice. I sometimes drank a couple of whole eggs mixed with orange juice.
Lunch:  Milk or Kool-Aid like drink. Cookies (if I was saving my lunch money) sometimes the hot lunch.
Snack after school workout. Milk maybe a sandwich.
Dinner: Whatever mom made. She was big on a meat, green vegetable, yellow or orange vegetable and a starch.

I didn't track calories, do muscle confusion, get a protein shake within 30 minutes of working out or have casein at bedtime. I just lifted progressively increasing the weight, ate when it was time and sleep. Never heard of over training. Played basketball some evenings and weekends and rode my bike everywhere.

I didn't have a coach but I did pick up a Muscle and Fitness magazine with the money I saved from limiting my lunch.

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