By Toshiba Humphries
By Toshiba Humphries
Just received my hardcopy of “Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics & Exercise Enthusiasts” thanks to http://www.vivalavegan.net
I had the honor to contribute and to be included to this amazing list of successful Vegan Athletes who have contributed to this book from around the world.
Get your hand on a copy all while helping and spreading a positive and uplifting message. “Over 100 vegans share their fitness training, knowledge, advice, favourite foods, and more in this epic 340-page interview book.
About The Book:
Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics & Exercise Enthusiasts is a collection of interviews with inspiring vegans who are immersed in the fitness world. You will be introduced to over 100 vegans who share their fitness training, knowledge and advice, their favourite foods, and just what to say when someone asks where they get their protein from!
Many different athletes from all over the world have been interviewed for this book, which started as an online series in 2012. There are Olympians, professional sports people, personal trainers, and those who simply live for working out and being fit.
Many vegan athletes have found success in their fields by adopting a plant-based diet, and a more compassionate, ethical way of living. Use their knowledge and stories as a guiding light towards a brighter future, and as a source of inspiration to encourage your own focus on your chosen fitness goals, and guarantee that you also excel.” Get your copy on www.amazon.com
The human body contains over 10 times more microbial cells than human cells, although the entire micro biome only accounts for about for 1-3% total body mass. Hundreds of trillions of microbes live in the human gut, with 300 times the total DNA as humans. The products of this “forgotten organ” include large amounts of DNA that are critical to create necessary human nutrients, for essential metabolism and to develop the most effective immune system. Recent research shows dramatic effects of microbe products from the gut on mental function—depression, stress, autism, and degenerative illness. In humans, many studies show microbes affect anxiety, mood, depression and social behavior. Direct effects are through secreted products, stimulation of the enteric nervous system and travel of microbes into the brain, while indirect factors are microbes’ influence on immune function affecting behavior. Microbes produce molecules that transform into hormones and neurotransmitters or they produce neurotransmitters themselves. Microbes effect on the brain includes fetal development and neurotransmitter function.
Increasing evidence suggests that the composition of the human gut microbiome is important in the etiology of human diseases; however, the personal factors that influence the gut microbiome composition are poorly characterized. Animal models point to sex hormone-related differentials in microbiome composition. In this study, we investigated the relationship of sex, body mass index (BMI) and dietary fiber intake with the gut microbiome in 82 humans. We sequenced fecal 16S rRNA genes by 454 FLX technology, then clustered and classified the reads to microbial genomes using the QIIME pipeline. Relationships of sex, BMI, and fiber intake with overall gut microbiome composition and specific taxon abundances were assessed by permutational MANOVA and multivariate logistic regression, respectively. We found that sex was associated with the gut microbiome composition overall (p=0.001). The gut microbiome in women was characterized by a lower abundance of Bacteroidetes (p=0.03). BMI (>25 kg/m2 vs. <25 kg/m2) was associated with the gut microbiome composition overall (p=0.05), and this relationship was strong in women (p=0.03) but not in men (p=0.29). Fiber from beans and from fruits and vegetables were associated, respectively, with greater abundance of Actinobacteria (p=0.006 and false discovery rate adjusted q=0.05) and Clostridia (p=0.009 and false discovery rate adjusted q=0.09). Our findings suggest that sex, BMI, and dietary fiber contribute to shaping the gut microbiome in humans. Better understanding of these relationships may have significant implications for gastrointestinal health and disease prevention.
Get Omega-3s from Plants—Not Fish Oil
Omega-3 supplements don’t keep your brain healthy, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers followed 4,000 patients over a five-year period and found that the supplements don’t slow cognitive decline.
It’s not the first time the supposed benefits of omega-3 supplements—typically derived from fish oil—have been debunked. Recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Archives of Internal Medicine all found that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids does not improve heart health. Omega-3 supplements may also increase men’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body, but they are best obtained through a plant-based diet, not fish oil supplements.
In Greek mythology the Phoenix was a bird that lit on fire and was consumed from it. Then from the ashes it would be reborn and come alive once again.
Do you feel like you need to be reborn to greater health and vitality at times?
A powerful class of herbs known as the “Superior Herbs” in both Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda can do that for you.
Why settle for an herb or supplement that may help you with a symptom you’re suffering from?
The other option is to get a powerful formula of some of the VERY BEST herbs in the world. Something that can support your health, your hormones, your immune system, just about everything in your body.
My friends at Super Man Herbs put together Phoenix Formula for this reason.
This blend of four herbs has some of the most powerful stuff on the planet.
Shilajit – The Destroyer of Weakness and Conqueror of Mountains, the #1 substance in Ayurvedic medicine
Polyrhachis Ant – The Herb of Kings and #1 Qi Tonic in Chinese Medicine
Pine Pollen – The Superfood of the 21st Century and a Rare Source of Phyto-Androgens
He Shou Wu – The Ultimate Jing Fortifier and #1 Anti-Aging Herb in Chinese Medicine
You have to try this out.
Earth Warrior X & Vegan Athlete Performance founder Juergen Anthony Riedelsheimer is featured in the upcoming & new release of the “Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes” book by Leigh-Chantelle from Viva La Vegan. Release date is scheduled in the fall. Forword by the vegan bodybuilding authority Robert Cheeke & a lot of amazing helpful content from other plant-based crazy athletes around the globe. Stay tuned!! Cheers 🙂
Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics & Exercise Enthusiasts
Compiled by Leigh-Chantelle
Published by Epicentre Equilibrium
Print & eBook versions will be available.
Can you imagine a mushroom so powerfully good for you…
That its called the Mushroom of Immortality?
That it is painted into artwork carried by Gods and Goddesses in China?
That it is literally carved into the stone of Shaolin Temples?
That is has a history of being the #1 herb in all of Chinese Medicine, which is being well studied to back up the claims scientifically in both the East and the West?
That many top herbalists say the world would be an infinitely better place if every single human consumed this mushroom every day of their life?
Think that this might be something worth investigating for yourself?
Think it might be worth consuming on a daily basis?
I’m talking about Reishi mushroom, also known as Ling Zhi or Ganoderma Lucidum.
Read more about it here and get some for yourself.
Estrogens vs. Androgens
We live in a world of estrogen dominance and this is a leading factor in many of the health problems people face today. To investigate this we’ll discuss what estrogens and androgens are, the many effects of estrogen dominance, how we become overloaded with four bad kinds of estrogens, and lastly what you can do about it.
This article is important for both men and women. Women have much more estrogen than men. Men have many more androgens then women. But both genders have both. And both are affected by the modern day environment to become estrogen dominant in a way that undermines their health and performance.
There are many hormones in the body, in fact, there’s over 240 of them. For this discussion we need to dive into a few of these varieties. Estrogen is not just one hormone, but a class of several different forms.
So its important to note that while all estrogens are necessary in both men and women, especially women, their effects will depend on the ratio and amounts of them.
As we’ll discuss in more depth, estrogen dominance is an overburdening of excess estrogens, especially of the “bad kinds”, leading to all sorts of health issues.
Having your androgenic hormones working properly will allow you to build and retain muscle mass better, support weight loss, enhance sex drive and function, increase “zest and vitality” and a sense of well-being in life, and even support cognitive function.
In addition to these effects for both sexes, androgens serve as the precursors to estrogens. So the androgens are required as precursors to some of the hormones they need and must be converted.
So just what will estrogen dominance do to you? Here’s a list of a variety of illnesses and problems it can contribute to.
Age Related Decline
Unfortunately, after puberty our “healthy” hormones, in both men and women go on a decline that appears to last the rest of our lives. It appears we’re made to become men and women, and be able to pass on our genes, peaking in our 20’s, then it’s a slow decline from there.
Eventually, this leads to menopause in women and andropause in men. Both of these occur when the hormones have suffered enough to lead to some massive changes in the body.
While this is a natural process it can be “put off”, and certainly become an easier transition, by taking the right steps to support your hormones. The whole field of anti-aging is largely about keeping your hormones at the healthful levels of your youth.
Aromatase is an enzyme that converts androgens to estrogens. While necessary, this can become a problem especially in men if it is being done too much. If so, this takes all the hormones that would give you health and vitality and convert them into something that does the opposite.
A variety of factors, like too much toxicity and impaired detoxification can contribute to increased aromatization.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
SHBG, as the name suggests, is a protein that binds to androgens making them unavailable for use in the body. This and other binding molecules are the difference between total and free testosterone. The sad fact is that testosterone can’t deliver its benefits if it’s bound up. While SHBG serves its role in the body, once again, too much can contribute to estrogen dominance.
As previously mentioned the modern day environment is the biggest contributor to estrogen dominance and all of the problems that it brings. Here we’ll explore just how prevalent these estrogens are in our everyday lives.
The different types of estrogens can be classed in a number of ways.
From pesticides, chemicals, plastics and more. Common sources include:
These estrogenic compounds are found in nature. If we lived in a “natural” world these probably would not be a problem, but in combination with the other estrogens it is best to avoid these completely.
While many people in the field of health are aware of the problematic effects of heavy metal toxicity it is not well known that these metals contribute to estrogen dominance. Heavy metals contaminated products include:
These toxins are from various fungi that contaminant many foods.
The best thing you can do is limit your exposure to all of the above. But because these things are everywhere that’s a tall order even for the most health-conscious of people.
Because of all of the estrogens in the environment our androgens, for both men and women, need support.
Even if we do everything we can, and let’s face the truth, that very few people are, avoiding estrogens is like a losing a war against an over-whelming enemy.
So let’s bring in the CAVALRY.
Earlier we discussed phyto-estrogens. These are estrogen mimicking compounds in various plant foods. While some may serve a purpose, the problem is with all the other estrogens, it is probably best to avoid these as much as possible.
Many people in the field of health are aware of these. But most are not aware of phyto-androgens. Part of this reason is that these are far more rare.
Luckily there is one substance that is fully loaded with them, the pollen of pine trees. (As a side note, pine nuts do contain some androgens, but in much smaller amounts.)
Pine pollen, as the male reproductive part of a pine tree, has many phyto-androgens.
Pine pollen contains gibberellins which are structurally very similar to testosterone. In fact, they have been found to actually connect with testosterone receptors in the human body. Basically, they can mimic testosterone in the body and, as Stephan Harrold Buhner tells us in his book The Natural Testosterone Plan, “because of their adrenal and pituitary actions, they stimulate androgen production in the body; energy levels increase.” They act as prostate regulators, upregulating when the prostate is too small (one study had castrated rats keep their prostates from shrinking) and down regulate when the prostate is too big and inflamed. They are also anticancerous and anti-inflammatory in the rest of the body.
Pine pollen also contains over 30 different kinds of brassinosteroids.Two of these brassinosteroids are used in the mechanism through which the liver safely removes xenoestrogens and other chemicals from the body. They have strong antiviral actions and are, “considered to be highly novel steroidal compounds with unique anticancer actions while possessing very low toxicity.”
Pine pollen has substances that are similar to testosterone, DHEA, androstenedione, androsterone and more. And that’s not all. Its chock full of nutrition with over 200 bioactive antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other super nutrients.
Understand that this is not like hormone replacement therapy. These are small amounts of hormones, but combined with the intelligence of all the necessary co-factors found in pine pollen. This doesn’t boost your hormones to unsafe levels, but instead helps to educate your body towards a more normal or optimized function.
Wolfe, David, Longevity Now
Buhner, Stephen, The Natural Testosterone Plan: For Sexual Health and Energy
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I like watching the ships sailing by.
Ships are the muse of the sea.
They’re the dancers of a musette, the play of life.
Joggling inside the palm of the waves, without comfort and control,
and at the mercy of of the sea.
The ocean and it’s vastness, with it’s beguile equanimity,
a theatrical affirmation of life which one should accepts
what’s left behind and welcomes of which will enter.
The beauty I’ve seen, the one truly revealed to me,
will always challenge my gazing eyes and prevails
until I’ll come to know as the day of my death.
Becoming an observer, the truth you cannot see,
it’s called the only reality.
Many lives have been wasted in the search of love,
trust and faith, when everything I was longing for,
is right in front of me.
I wish for me to change the world.
The evil and injustice, which brings my eyes to tears.
The mantra I’ve to call upon is change begins with me.
To heal its own imperfection, to strive for better days,
the power given, the grace perceived,
will touch a thousand people,
I’ll have to prepare for this.
~Juergen Anthony Riedelsheimer