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Pushing the Limits of Endurance: One Woman's Heroic Desert Crossing and The Power Of Essential Amino Acids

by Dr. David Minkoff February 27, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

Pushing the Limits of Endurance: One Woman's Heroic Desert Crossing and The Power Of Essential Amino Acids

The Power Of Amino Acids In Increasing Stamina & Performance

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.
 

An Unconventional Experiment

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.

Crossing the Taklimakan Desert

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:

Water. Electrolytes. Essential Vitamins and Minerals. Carbohydrates. Essential Fatty Acids. Essential Amino Acids. All in one liquid cocktail she carried in her pack.

That’s it. 

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.
 

Shannon’s Astonishing Results

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:

  • Lean muscle mass increasedby 2.75 lbs.
  • Fat decreased by 5.83 lbs
  • Heart rate decreased by 14% 
  • Resting oxygen consumption decreased by 15.5% 
  • Flexor and extensor shoulder muscle performance increased by29.5%
  • Red blood cell count went up
  • Hemoglobin content went up.
  • Blood nitrogen (urea) levels went down

Every single one of these measures points to an even healthier woman than when she started. 

And all without a single bite of “food.” 

Science Over Marketing Hype

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 [1].

It received little fanfare. There was no marketing blitz or podcast interviews or book launch.

Just pure, published science.

The Secret Weapon of High-Performance Athletes

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:

    1. Essential amino acids are healthy for you
  • They are NSF Certified for Sport

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.

Our Essential Amino Acid Solution: Perfect Amino

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.

You can order PerfectAmino at this link here

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



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Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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