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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
Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.
But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?
In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.
The simplest way to reduce toxins in your body is to avoid them. Despite today’s crazy world that has toxins everywhere, there are steps you can take that will reduce your toxin intake. This gives your body a chance to get rid of the “backlog” and catch up.
Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has been used for centuries as a natural herbal remedy for those who fall ill.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest,” and it has been noted as early as the 5th century BC as a medicinal tonic – forever cementing it as a staple in human nutrition.
But, it wasn’t until recently that we understood WHY it is so helpful to the body. And with this understanding came advanced methods of harnessing the incredible power of this medicinal plant.