Sunday, June 6, 2010

Stop Drinking your Protein Supplement Until you Read This

In it's July 2010 issue, Consumer Reports has issue a statement of concern against 15 very popular protein drinks.

The report indicates that the protein may be unnecessary and that there are heavy metal contaminants in these popular protein drinks.

It is very important that you not purchase ANY supplement based on price. If you are looking to save money, don't buy anything. As mentioned in the "Homeopathic and Allopathic Approaches" page on our site, "In May of 2009, Sports Illustrated published an article that mentioned that there are more than 5,000 companies that sell supplements 'but only a dozen companies have volunteered their products for certification.' Without this certification, you are playing a form of Russian roulette."

Unnecessary protein
What do they mean? Aren't soy and whey protein good for everyone? The protein is good, however the American diet already offers more than the recommended .8grams of protein for every kg in weight (1kg = 2.2lb). The body does not store excess protein. When you drink this (especially close a meal) the body will use as much as it can for muscle. If there is an excess, it will convert as much as it can (and as much as it needs to) into glucose, the rest is immediately removed from the body via urine. So most of the protein simply passes through your body without doing anything. You are literally peeing your money away (as with most supplements that are not absorbed by the body).

This is very bad. Inexpensive supplements are very likely to not follow Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) protocols. This allows for a variation in nutritional content from dose to dose but even worse... It allows for contaminant, in this case heavy (lethal) metals, because there is no process set into place that removes these and later checks before packaging. There have been several reports of people overdosing on vitamins and minerals because a pill had 200 times the amount that the label said. The product is not standardized... Some pills could have a lot more than supposed to and some pills could have none. But heavy metals should never be present. Do not purchase products based on price because one supplement is almost never the same as the next.

Heavy metals can kill you.

Our recommendation
That you try this whey protein blend. The manufacturer follows the strictest GMPs for all of their products. It has since the beginning. It is one of those 12 companies that Sports Illustrated says have voluntarily asked for NSF International certification. While not all of the products have been evaluated by NSF International those that have, passed with flying colors. All products are manufactured by the same quality assurance guidelines (it just takes time and a lot of money to get all products certified). This will eliminate the heavy metal scare...

But what about the fact that we are already getting enough protein? These scientists thought of that. They found active peptides in whey protein and removed them using natural enzymes. A peptides is a shorter chain of amino acids than a protein. Most of the whey protein is discarded in the process. Instead, you get a serving of the specific amino acids that have been scientifically proven to help eliminate fat and reduce muscle loss during diet and exercise.

This advanced peptide technology has four mechanism by which it aids in fat loss.

[Consumer Reports]: Alert: Protein drinks
[Sun Warrior Blog]: Arsenic in Your Protein Shake?

Still not convinced that this whey protein blend is superior to other "similar" products sold in stores? This product comes with a 6 month money back guarantee... Who else believes in their products enough to offer a guarantee like this? Contact us for more information, including a video with a scientific explanation of how the product works and three clinical trials that were completed before the product was released.

Friday, June 4, 2010

News Report: 2yr Old Baby Smoke 2 Packs a Day. Why did so many of you get mad at the parents?

A few days ago this video of a two year old smoking 40 cigarettes a day was sent all over the web.

The kid started to smoke because his father TAUGHT him to smoke. Critics said the parents should be thrown in jail, other said they should get the "s**t slapped out of them", and so on. We agree...

But it got us thinking...
Shouldn't we do the same to parents who TEACH their kids about happy meals and that fast foods are okay to consume?

After all, certain health experts believe that "One French fry is worse for you than one cigarette, so swapping your pack for an extra value meal a day is NOT a good choice."1

Lesson to learn
Kids don't know about fast food vs health food. They simply trust you and believe in what you teach them. But once you get addicting chemicals in them (as are found in cigarettes and fast food2) they will, as the video says, "gets crazy, screaming, banging his head on the floor, even getting sick if he doesn't get his two packs a day". Next time your kid throws a fit because he would rather eat chicken nuggets for breakfast, you know why.

And no one is to blame but you (the parent) for teaching them this unhealthy habit that may have got them hooked for life

[1] Mercola, J. Healthbit. Twitter. 7:00 AM Jun 2nd via HootSuite.

[2] Junk Food 'Addiction' May Be Real