by Dr. David Minkoff April 10, 2023 5 min read
We know about amino acids, hormones, and how different foods affect our ability to build lean muscle, burn fat and stay healthy.
But if we want to achieve maximum levels of energy, recovery, health and performance, and build the most lean muscle, then we need to go down to the cellular level.
After all, our bodies are just one big mass of some 100 trillion cells all bonded together.
How well we're doing is an exact reflection of how well our cells are doing.
by Dr. David Minkoff April 03, 2023 5 min read
We've spoken a lot about hormones but not how toxins affect these.
Testosterone levels have been dropping for decades, while estrogen levels have risen sharply. And thyroid is a huge problem.
Hormonal imbalances are no longer just being deficient in one or another hormone.
There are exact chemicals in the environment, in our food, air, and water, which didn’t exist before, that block hormones from being created, block them from being able to communicate their instructions to a cell, disrupt their normal actions, or impersonate them entirely.
by Dr. David Minkoff April 02, 2023 8 min read
In an earlier article we covered the truth about cholesterol and heart disease.
It covers what’s called the cholesterol hypothesis — and it is only that, a hypothesis (a proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation).
This hypothesis states that higher levels of cholesterol, particularly LDL Cholesterol, are associated with higher rates of Heart Disease due high blood pressure, caused by narrowed blood vessels.
And to prevent heart disease, we must lower our cholesterol intake and take drugs known as statins, which lower our liver’s ability to produce cholesterol.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 29, 2023 7 min read
Getting good sleep is one of the most important things we can do, not just for muscle building and fat loss, but for our mood, energy levels and overall health.
As sleep is when our body is able to recover and repair cells, a lack of it even affects our aging process, speeding it up internally, as well as visibly, causing wrinkles and sagging skin.
Yet a third of Americans get poor sleep.
What causes this and what can we do about it to not only get better, deeper sleep, but reverse the effects of poor sleep?
by Dr. David Minkoff March 28, 2023 5 min read
In the last article we covered cortisol, a hormone which, among other things, acts to break down our muscle, breaking down the proteins in it into amino acids, which are then converted to energy sources such as sugar.
At the same time, it holds onto body fat and acts to raise body fat levels, while also preventing protein synthesis for new muscle growth.
But it also lowers key muscle building and fat loss hormones, so let’s cover what those are and how to maximize their production and use within the body for best results.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 25, 2023 7 min read
As we enter Week Three of the Lean Bulk Challenge, our hormones are balancing to allow for maximum muscle building and swifter fat loss.
So this week I want to cover the points that can either prevent muscle gain, or slow it, and the things that allow us to maximize muscle gain and fat loss, and speed recovery from workouts.
So make sure you’re pushing hard in your workouts and lifting heavy, because we want to build as much lean muscle as we can now.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 22, 2023 8 min read
In both women and men, estrogen exists and is necessary.
But when estrogen levels rise too high, it can unbalance other hormones.
This not only causes excess body fat to be built, which can be hard to remove, it lowers key muscle building hormones as well — testosterone and growth hormone.
And it lowers levels of the hormone thyroid, which regulates our metabolism.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 21, 2023 7 min read
Your digestive tract’s ability to fully digest and absorb protein determines, in large part, your body's ability to build muscle and lose body fat.
When protein isn’t properly digested, this triggers a sequence of actions, involving our immune system, which leads to inflammation in the body and higher levels of cortisol, the hormone that prevents fat loss and breaks down muscle.
But also, without full digestion, our body receives less of the protein we consume in a form it can actually use.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 19, 2023 6 min read
As we enter Week Two of the Lean Bulk, cravings for junk food or processed sugars should be lowering or gone.
And you may not have added much in the way of muscle yet.
That’s fine, you’ve just started and it will come. Right now we’re dialing things in and balancing hormones for muscle building and body fat regulation.
You also may have found it hard to eat all of the natural proteins on the protocol. But this protein is necessary.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 16, 2023 9 min read
How does PerfectAmino actually work? And what is it really doing in our bodies?
PerfectAmino is the perfect protein source. But there is a point there. It’s the perfect protein source. It isn’t protein in itself, but amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
When these amino acids are bonded together into chains, that’s when it becomes a protein.
That’s what any protein molecule you eat is — hundreds or thousands of different amino acids all bonded together into a long chain.
But PerfectAmino is different than other protein sources you’ve had. Very different.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 11, 2023 4 min read
In the first week of this challenge we have several things happening.
We’re trying to switch our diet so we’re getting what we need to build lean muscle without the other calories or hormone-triggering foods that would cause excess fat gain.
With this comes restructuring our cells so they will use the foods we’re giving them properly and balancing or increasing hormone levels so our body will prioritize building lean muscle over body fat.
Then we’re addressing digestion, which is crucial to your overall health as well as building muscle, as you need to be getting all of the nutrients and vitamins you’re consuming.
And, improperly digested proteins lead to inflammation, which leads to higher levels of cortisol, a hormone that prioritizes building fat and breaking down muscle.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 08, 2023 5 min read
Wow, those are some big claims in that title.
But note the, “over time,” part of the title. Because, no, it isn’t immediate.
But, yes, BCAAs, or Branched Chain Amino Acids, do contribute to building fat over time, as well as reducing muscle gains… and kidney trouble, and type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, and obesity, and…
Here. Let me explain.
by Dr. David Minkoff
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