by Dr. David Minkoff July 12, 2023 3 min read
Water retention is swelling in some part of the body, usually the feet and ankles, caused by large accumulations of fluid in the spaces between the body’s cells or in the blood vessels.
But it’s a symptom of something, not a condition in its own right.
And, while it can be caused by specific physical conditions of the kidneys, heart or circulatory system, most cases are actually due to lifestyles or diet, and they’re pretty easy to fix.
But there are many things that can cause this, so let’s jump in and see how this all works so you know what to do to help you.
by Dr. David Minkoff July 10, 2023 4 min read
Most people think of electrolytes as something to take when they’re dehydrated. And this is true.
But there’s much more to it than that.
They allow your nervous system to function, your cells to function, and energy to be created.
When they’re low we can get brain fog, have headaches or back aches or feel exhausted.
They’re even necessary for protein synthesis for recovery and muscle building, and this slows down when we don’t have our electrolytes.
And they’re absolutely vital for hormonal creation and balance.
So let’s take a good look at what electrolytes are and what they actually do in the body. Because they’re very important.
by Dr. David Minkoff July 05, 2023 5 min read
We’ve all seen energy drinks advertised on social media, by influencers, and even by athletes.
And the number of people drinking these on an almost daily basis has been growing for years, affecting their sleep, mood, nervous system, heart health, weight and overall health and energy levels.
Even some elite athletes have begun drinking them, causing trouble down the road.
These energy drinks have high amounts of caffeine, and higher amounts of straight sugar, often under the guise of several different ingredients so you don’t see quite how much is in there.
So let’s look at what they’re actually doing in the body, how they give that first energy high, then crash, and their effects down the line.
by Dr. David Minkoff July 02, 2023 6 min read
Many people think of bodybuilding as just trying to build the biggest muscles we can. And that’s not quite true.
Bodybuilding is about building one’s ideal physique. And, while that includes achieving bigger muscles, it also means achieving balance, symmetry and aesthetics.
But there are those who do try for building the biggest muscles they can, which there is nothing wrong with.
Unfortunately, many of them employ substances which, while helping to achieve their goals faster, and in some cases achieve more than they could naturally, also result in serious health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, something which is becoming more and more prevalent amongst bodybuilders today.
In this article we’re going to cover the use of steroids and insulin injections, why they're used, how they work, and how these significantly increase the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes down the road.
by Dr. David Minkoff June 28, 2023 4 min read
Anyone who works out, runs, bikes or does any type of intense exercise, knows about DOMS — Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
This is the soreness you feel not right after a workout or exercise, but 24-48 hours later.
At one point it was thought this was caused by lactic acid build up, but this isn’t the case.
(Lactic acid is an acid that starts to build up just before we reach our VO2 Max and can’t go any further in our exercise or workout.) But lactic acid actually helps you. Your body can metabolize it (burn it and use it as fuel).
So what really causes DOMS? And how can we prevent it or lessen it?
by Dr. David Minkoff June 26, 2023 5 min read
While this article covers something very important for an athlete, or anyone into fitness of any sort, as it has to do with their endurance, performance, overall health and ability to recover — it’s also important for anyone wishing to raise their overall health and energy levels.
It’s called VO2 Max. V is for Volume, O2 is for Oxygen, and Max is for Maximum.
VO2 max is literally the maximum amount, or volume, of oxygen that your cells can utilize during intense exercise, before you burn out.
And raising this allows us to raise overall performance, energy and endurance, as well as health.
by Dr. David Minkoff June 21, 2023 8 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 the aging process, speeding it up internally, as well as visibly causing wrinkles and sagging skin.
Yet a third of Americans get poor sleep, and athletes are no stranger to this.
In fact, many athletes, due to overtraining at times, can raise cortisol levels so much that they can have a very hard time getting good sleep.
by Dr. David Minkoff June 19, 2023 5 min read
In this first article of the Extreme Athletes Series we’ll start by going over one of the key, over-riding aspects to maximize not only the ability and performance of an elite athlete, but of anyone.
Because when you put your body through as much stress and pressure as an athlete does, every one of your organs, muscles, nerves, bones, hormones, etc., all play a part.
And, while any weak links will bring down the rest, improving any weak spots in health will help increase the energy production and performance of the overall.
Let’s dive in.
by Dr. David Minkoff
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