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In 2003 a 51 year old woman took on one of the most impressive feats of endurance of the last 20 years.
And chances are you never heard about it. Not even once.
Because she didn’t do it for media attention or earning a world record or even as part of a competition.
She did it to prove it was possible. She did it for science.
Shannon (not her real name) was an athlete. She trained hard, was in great shape, and took care of her body.
Later into her athletic career discovered the performance-enhancing power of essential amino acids to help her push through her barriers of endurance.
She became fascinated with their effectiveness. As long as she kept taking essential amino acids, she found she could push herself further and blow past limitations that used to hold her back.
So she had an idea. What if all her body really needed was the barest of essentials.
And with that idea, she came up with a new kind of challenge.
One of time and temperature and austerity.
So she coordinated with an Italian research team, working with the essential amino acid formula found in PerfectAmino.
It would be a scientific exploration into the limits of endurance.
Shannon endeavored to cross the entire wasteland of Taklimakan Desert of China with NO FOOD.
She would walk 341 miles over 24 days wearing a 48.5 lb pack, with nothing but the barest nutrition essentials:
She believed as long as she had electrolytes and water to stay hydrated along with essential fatty acids for her cells, the essential amino acids would provide everything her body needed to fuel the arduous journey through the scorching desert heat and icy cold night.
The temperature ranged from a freezing 23ºF at night all the way to a blistering 90ºF in the day.
And her only “food” was 24g of amino acids per day.
With such an austere challenge, you’d expect her body to take quite a beating. You’d expect her to lose weight and potentially exhibit signs of malnourishment.
The science tells a different story:
Every single one of these measures points to an even healthier woman than when she started.
And all without a single bite of “food.”
This is not one person’s profitable marketing idea about diet. This was a scientific experiment.
The essence of science is to strip out as many variables as possible to test your hypothesis.
The hypothesis here was that the human body would not only survive, but thrive during this epic feat of endurance using only the bare essentials of nutrition:
Water, vitamins & minerals, electrolytes, some carbs., essential fats, and essential amino acids.
This unconventional experiment in nutrition and endurance was scientifically verified, peer-reviewed, and published in the journal of Advances in Therapy .
It received little fanfare. There was no marketing blitz or podcast interviews or book launch.
Just pure, published science.
This story may have happened 22 years ago, but the benefits are more relevant to athletes today than any fad diet clogging social media and popular blogs.
Amino acids are the secret weapon of high-performance around the world. From Tour-de-France teams to Ironman Champions, to weekend warriors pushing themselves to new personal bests in their own life.
I personally use them to finish 43 Ironman Competitions. And I still compete today at the age of 71.
One popular podcaster and renowned endurance athlete takes them every single day saying “essential amino acids are like steroids for athletic performance”...
I agree, except for two things:
Meaning no matter where you find yourself competing –– whether in a high-stakes race, the highest echelons of athletic competition, or by yourself in the gym –– Essential Amino Acids will help you perform better, go further, and be healthier.
At BodyHealth, we provide you with what Shannon used to cross the desert without food.
We call it PerfectAmino.
You can get it in tablets or a delicious powder that mixes easily into water.
Or, if you want to deep dive into the incredible performance-enhancing and body-healing power of essential amino acids, you can download my book “The Search for the Perfect Protein”
Click here to download the book
Growth Hormone (GH or HGH) is one of the most important hormones in regard to muscle gain and fat loss for men and women:
It increases muscle mass, increases protein synthesis, strengthens bone, internally makes your metabolism “younger,” and is, to a large degree, “anti-aging” in its effects. And it does this in large part by stimulating the uptake of amino acids in the cells.
In fact, GH is so closely tied to amino acids, that not only does GH stimulate the uptake of aminos, but taking aminos stimulates the release of GH to get the cells to take in the aminos.
Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades, and many people are curious whether it is right for them.
Those who believe they have a “slow” metabolism are especially concerned that any form of fasting might further slow the metabolism, leaving them feeling groggy or less energetic, not to mention hungry.
Surprisingly, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Intermittent fasting can improve your metabolism while helping you lose weight, along with a slew of other health benefits.
So-called “energy drinks” litter the shelves in health food stores and grocery stores. Each brand promises to deliver the energy boost you need for workouts or just to make it through the day.
The sad truth is that most commercial drinks and drink powders come with a steep price to your health.
Most of the popular brands contain stimulants such as caffeine and high levels of sugar. They make you feel jittery and wired, with a crash that comes soon after.