Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vitamix 5200

It's hard to believe that loving a kitchen appliance is possible but now I know it is. Enter the Vitamix 5200. This is no ordinary blender, it's a 2 horsepower, 11.5 amp, 1,380 watt machine that is strong enough to micronize whole fruits and veggies. You can actually make hot soup such as chicken soup, just add boneless chicken breasts to the mixture and watch it liquefy everything. It spins with so much force the soup actually comes out steaming in 6 or 7 minutes. I've used this almost every day in the 3 years I've had it. My go to mixture normally consists of chunks of pineapple, organic beets (read about beets for the athletic benefits) organic spinach, whole organic apple, banana, frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries. The shakes come out tasting outstanding. Though my combination of ingredients varies at times I normally make a pitcher of it for the day. There's simply nothing store bought that can be as nutritious as what you can make with this machine. For the athlete it could be your most essential tool to enhance your nutritional needs. The simplicity of the Vitamix is great, there's no keypads or digital displays that break over time. There are 2 switches for on off, high low speed and a variable speed dial all for reliable operation. It's made in America with a 7 year warranty, that's right 7 years. Some might frown at the $449.00 price but it's the most valuble appliance you'll ever use to increase your health or athletic performance. When you see how strong and well made the Vitamix is and what it's capable of it's really a bargain. I have no connection with the Vitamix people I just rave about a product when it's deserving of it. I just wish I thought of it.
Loaded and ready for launch

This things like a rocket engine

After blending for approx. 2 minutes

Blades spin at 240 mph

Monday, November 11, 2013

Vitamin I

There's an abundance of research that conclusively shows that taking NSAIDs (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) before during and right after exercise inhibits exercise induced muscle breakdown and repair. There's a natural system in which our body reacts to exercise stress and breaks down tissue and then repairs it so we actually progress athletically. NSAIDs work by inhibiting a hormone called prostaglandin, which is vital component involved in the protein synthesis that occurs post-exercise. The anabolic process of repairing tissue is dependent on levels of prostaglandin. Some endurance athletes actually have nicknamed it Vitamin I and an alarming number of athletes pop it before during and after an event or in training. I had a friend whom was a great marathoner and he would buy ibuprofen in the largest containers available. It was literally a small jug.  At times he would consume 800 to 1000 milligrams at once if something felt a little "tweaked". To say the least we would have many discussions about it. It not only halts athletic gains but regulates blood flow to the kidneys. During exercise, it's vital that the kidneys have adequate blood and oxygen in order to function normally. Basically it reduces the kidneys’ ability to flush out the byproducts of exercise, putting athletes at increased risk for rhabdomyolysis. In this extreme form of muscle breakdown, myoglobin is released into the bloodstream, where it can cause severe kidney damage. Another side-effect is gastrointestinal damage that can lead to colonic seepage into the bloodstream. I've used NSAIDs myself from time to time, heck we all have. I really try to limit any usage to maybe once or twice a month and only if the situation really requires it and never before or during or right after exercise.