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  • ONE MORE TIME... OUR POSITION ON MALTODEXTRIN
    ONE MORE TIME... OUR POSITION ON MALTODEXTRIN
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    Prefatory comments: The information in this article is something I've written about before. However, with the number of emails I continue to receive questioning Hammer Nutrition's use of maltodextrin in our fuels--primarily coming from athletes who are following a carb-restrictive diet, and convinced that it is some kind of "evil" substance--it's time to set the record straight again.

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  • START 2019 HEALTHY AND LEAN!
    START 2019 HEALTHY AND LEAN!
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    Ring in the New Year feeling and looking your best, with a super strong immune system, and hitting your target weight! We can help! With Phytolean and our three immune system-boosting Daily Essentials—Premium Insurance Caps, Race Caps Supreme, and Mito Caps—you’ll have our strongest arsenal of supplements, ready to work for you right now!

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  • THIS COLD AND FLU SEASON - AND ALL YEAR LONG!
    THIS COLD AND FLU SEASON - AND ALL YEAR LONG!
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    We’re definitely entering that time of year when the potential for getting sick increases significantly. One of the reasons this occurs is because of the dramatic drop in temperatures, which can make getting sick more of a probability than a possibility. Even for those of you who live in milder climates, it’s arguably still the time of year when catching a cold or getting the flu is...

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    WHY WHEY HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS
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    This is the time of year when keeping those unwanted pounds off can be tough. Many of us are in “off-season mode,” meaning our time spent exercising has decreased. Plus, in colder weather, our bodies want to insulate in an effort to stay warm. Unfortunately, this makes putting on unwanted pounds nearly effortless. A weight loss and weight management “weapon” that you...

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  • EXCESS SALT HARMS THE BRAIN
    EXCESS SALT HARMS THE BRAIN
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    The research was published nearly a year ago, but its message remains unchanged and vitally important to know: High salt diets can have seriously negative effects on a number of areas of brain function, leading to an increased risk of cerebrovascular diseases and dementia.

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EXCESS SALT HARMS THE BRAIN

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The research was published nearly a year ago, but its message remains unchanged and vitally important to know: High salt diets can have seriously negative effects on a number of areas of brain function, leading to an increased risk of cerebrovascular diseases and dementia.

This particular study was conducted by researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, who used two groups of mice for this study. One group had a diet that was comprised of 4% salt, and the other group’s food content consisted of 8% salt (comparable to a high-salt diet for humans.)

After an 8-week period, the researchers used MRI imaging to photograph and analyze the anatomy and physiology of the mice’s brains. The negative results they found were astounding:

  • A 28% decrease drop in blood flow in the cortex, the part of the brain associated with thinking and processing information from the five senses
  • A 25% blood flow drop in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for processing emotional responses and long term memory

The mice on the higher-salt diet were shown to have a dramatic decrease in the production of nitric oxide, resulting in impaired blood flow in the brain. This translated to the mice developing dementia, as they performed poorer than the other mice on tests such as object recognition and navigating through a maze.

Interestingly, this decline occurred in the high-salt diet mice regardless of blood pressure. Lead researcher, Dr. Costantino Iadecola, states: “We discovered that mice fed a high-salt diet developed dementia even when blood pressure did not rise. This was surprising since, in humans, the deleterious effects of salt on cognition were attributed to hypertension.”

What Dr. Iadecola and colleagues discovered was the high-salt diet increased levels of a protein known as interleukin 17 (IL-17), whose job is to regulate immune and inflammatory responses. However, when levels of IL-17 are too high, that can decrease the production of nitric oxide, which affects brain functions. It should be noted that by discontinuing the high-salt diets and administering IL-17-lowering drugs, Dr. Iadecola was able to reverse this negative process in the mice.

Based on this study, it’s clear that excess salt leads to levels of IL-17 that are too high, which can disrupt and even destroy many functions of the brain. Just as alarmingly, if not more so, elevated IL-17 levels are also associated with many other inflammatory diseases such as asthma, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of children and 89% of adults in the US—irrespective of age, race, gender or having high blood pressure—consume more than the recommended limit of 2,300 mg a day for sodium.

A massive amount of research shows that excess sodium (salt) is not beneficial for exercise performance and, even more importantly, is harmful for health. To perform at your best athletically, and to help stave off the detrimental health effects of too much sodium, the answer is abundantly clear: Cut back on your salt intake!

Címkék : Blod pressure, Brain, Salt
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