There is a revolution underway that is completely changing how we thinking about sustainable energy.
No, not solar or wind. Not tidal power or even small-scale hydro.
This is energy to keep you powered, to keep you going, to keep you mentally sharp and physically strong for hours at a time.
We’re talking about fat.
The energy to energy to fire your neurons, flex your muscles, beat your heart, and expand your lungs is all mediated by a small molecule called ATP.
And your body makes ATP through a complex shuffling around of electrons derived from the food you eat. So it follows that the more “electron dense” the source of food, the more energy it contains.
So what’s the most electron dense food source?
Fat has long chains of carbons that can be broken down piece by piece to yield electrons and drive ATP synthesis.
Deep in our evolutionary history, when proto-humans were first wandering around the Serengeti, food wasn’t always plentiful. The life of a hunter gather inevitably involved periods of fasting between large catches of game.
For our ancestors, fat was the way to survive the lean times. It is not just an incredible source of energy, it is also easily stored. Our cravings for fat in foods like bacon or butter or avocados are based in our evolutionary drive to survive.
Most of the time, when we’re eating a diet of meat, fruits, vegetables, and such, our body makes energy through a process called glycolysis. This is process creates ATP from metabolizing sugar. During periods of fasting, our body begins surviving on our fat stores. When fat is metabolized, it is converted into something called ketones.
And ketones, it turns out, are actually a more efficient fuel for your body. They are actually your body’s preferred fuel source: given the choice, your tissues will use ketones over glucose.
This is especially true in the brain, which uses nearly a third of your energy resources. Many who go on ketogenic diets report increased energy, mental clarity, and focus.
If you were an ancient hunter who hadn’t eaten in 4 or 5 days, this is when you want to be your sharpest, on your best game, because this is when your survival is truly on the line.
Fortunately, you don’t have to starve yourself just to enjoy the benefits of ketones in your system. And you don’t have to eat a pound of bacon (it’s probably better if you didn’t). There are many different kinds of fats, and some of them convert to ketones better than others.
The best ones, are Medium Chain Triglycerides, or MCTs. They are a special form of fat with chains between 6 and 12 carbon atoms long. Their length allows them to be directly absorbed into the blood, immediately available for conversion into energy.
Caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10) are especially effective, completely bypassing the liver altogether and going directly to the tissues that use them the most.
Like your brain.
These two MCTs are like rocket fuel for your mind, proving energy, clarity, and stamina.
And because they are so energy dense, they can actually keep your whole system running for hours without feeling hungry.
Coconut oil, one of healthiest fats out there, happens to be one of the best sources of MCTs, typically between 62 and 65%.
But there’s one one problem.
The 90% of the MCT content in coconut oil is lauric acid (C12). While lauric acid is technically an MCT, it doesn’t behave like C8 or C10. It has to be processed in the liver before being released to the rest of the tissues, so it doesn’t have the same powerful, energizing effect as caprylic or capric acid.
If you really want to experience the sustainable energy and mental clarity these two MCTs can provide, you need a high quality MCT Oil.
And that’s exactly what you get in PerfectAmino Power Meal. We use the highest quality MCT oil containing only caprylic and capric acid – the ones that get you results.
And that’s only 1 of the ingredients.
PerfectAmino Power Meal is the most advanced meal replacement on the market, a complete source of energy and full-spectrum nutrition to power your best performance: in athletics, business, and life.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.