Heart Rate Variations Explained

    By: Dr. Bill Misner Ph.D.

    One common question from endurance athletes is why is my heart rate so high, so low, or varying in such-and-such a manner. Even experienced Cardiologists are not always able to define heart rate variations. When a heart rate is slowed, speeds up, or varies inexplicably, there

    are a number of mechanisms to consider. This article considers only a few of them as it would take volumes to describe every instance in which the heart is called to vary its rate in response to specific life-support demands.
    This paper reviews the science of slow heart rate, fast heart rate, the athletic heart syndrome, differences in between athletes and non-athletes, and a few of the numerous changes in heart rate frequency response.

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    Leaky Gut Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, & More

    by Zoltan P. Rona M.D., MSc

    The leaky gut syndrome is the name given to a very common health disorder in which the basic organic defect (lesion) is an intestinal lining which is more permeable (porous) than normal. The abnormally large spaces present between the cells of the gut

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    A New Way To Understand and Use Abdominal Muscles

    Dr. Jolie Bookspan

    You’ve heard that developing your abdominal muscles will help your lifting, posture and your back pain.
    So why isn’t it working?

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    Endurance Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During & After Exercise

    Endurance Nutrition: How and What to Eat Before, During and After Exercise? Pre-Event Meal Warning: Eat 3 Hours Before Exercise

    By: Dr. Bill Misner Ph.D.
    Endurance nutrition: how and what to eat before, during and after exercise? Pre-event meal warning: eat 3 hours before exercise.

    Both maltodextrin and sugar-based foods have corresponding high glycemic indexes which will elevate blood glucose and insulin release at similar rates. The high glycemic index
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    Why Water Is The Most Important Nutrient For Endurance Athletes

    By Mike Darnley, MS,RD

    Many people do not think of water as a nutrient, possibly due to its simplicity or maybe because there is no energy provided by water. Nevertheless, water is the most vital nutrient that we consume. Besides being a medium for cellular processes that occur in the body,

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    DLPA: Natural Relief for Chronic Pain

    By Ritchi Morris, Ph.D., H.M.D., D.N., R.H.

    Professional Member AANC

    There is a plethora of clinical and research data substantiating the extraordinary therapeutic efficacy of D-L Phenylalanine (DLPA).

    Abstract

    In this day and age the incidence of severe acute and chronic pain has been burgeoning progressively. This trend has spanned a multi-million

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    Amino Acids vs. Steroids—Is There a Steroid Substitute?

    Within the past 15 years, a great deal of controversy has centered around the use and effectiveness of synthetic derivatives of testosterone(anabolic steroids) by athletes to improve performance. During this same time controversy has overlapped in the use of aminoacids and now “steroid replacements” that claim “anabolic effects”.

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    Organic Calcium vs. Inorganic Calcium for Women

    The Importance of Organic Calcium vs. Inorganic Calcium: The Women’s Body’s Ability To Recognize and Utilize Calcium

    By: Mark J. Occhipinti, M.S., Ph.D., NDc.
    Chemistry defines organic as containing carbon or carbon-hydrogen or carbon-carbon bonds. Organic is also defined as a food produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, additives, anti-biotics, steroids, etc. An example of organic calcium is found in leafy green vegetables grown without pesticides

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    Guidelines for Exercise Training During Pregnancy

    The guidelines and attitudes about exercise during pregnancy have changed considerably through the years. Previous guidelines allowed a woman to walk one mile a day, ideally broken up throughout the day. Then the 140 beats per minute (BPM) limit guideline was instituted. While our knowledge of this particular area of exercise physiology is still incomplete, we now know a lot more about the benefits and risks of exercising during pregnancy. As a result, much more specific guidelines have been established.

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