Reaching our full potential can be hard and confusing with the wide array of information out there. The term "Athletic Enhancement" refers to optimizing one's athletic potential to overcome plateaus and perform to our full potential. This requires balance in the body. Balance is attained through hormone optimization, vitamin and mineral utilization, proper diet and training. At the Health Integration Center, we look at this area and provide a full package service to help you achieve the best state you can reach.
Hormone regulation is complex in the body and requires proper stress responses to maximize potential. For males, this requires optimizing testosterone levels while minimizing aromatization of this hormone into unwanted estrogens. Another protein in the body called SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) can sometimes hold on to needed testosterone and prevent optimal release. Having the right approach and knowledge at hand can help decrease the SHBG activity as well as minimize aromatase activity thereby ensuring optimal testosterone levels are obtained in the body.
Another area that requires focus is on Adrenal Gland function and how our body responds to elevated stressors. When one is engaged in high-intensity activity, this produces an elevated stress response in the body. Each of us handle such stressors differently. Some of us gear towards a maladaptive state while when in "balance" and in contrast, we begin to adapt more proficiently. The key take-away here is preventing maladapive stress responses when active. There are ways to reach positive stress responses with adequate supplementation and nutrition.
Sermorelin and Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides 2,6 help with recovery from intense activity and promote lean muscle growth and tissue recovery. Prescription growth hormone is often utilized and sometimes if used properly can help individuals immensly. However, there are sometimes unwanted side-effects from use. Sermorelin on the other hand, helps to increase your "natural" endogenous growth hormone beyond baseline levels while minimizing potential side effects. Sermorelin may be helpful with weight loss, increasing strength, improving muscle tone and adding on lean muscle mass.
When engaged in an exercise program, nutrition and diet are key to obtain maximum results. Based on your activity, metabolic rate, and other factors, diets should not be "shoe-boxed" but rather be personalized. Here at the Health Integration Center we can offer customized dietary approaches based on your individual needs.
One of the breakthrough concepts from the Human Genome Project is that "genes in and of themselves do not create disease. Only when they are plunged into a harmful environment unique to the individual do they create the outcome of disease."
An advancing area of study called Nutrigenomics looks at how different foods may interact with specific genes to modify the risk of common chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.
Nutrigenomics also seeks to identify the molecules in the diet that affect health by altering the expression of genes. (For example, by triggering the genes that start the onset of Type II diabetes.)
For example, one study showed that participants who consumed a diet of whole rye (low-insulin-response) experienced changes in their gene expression that reduced their risk of developing diabetes. Participants who consumed an oat-wheat-potato (high insulin response) diet experienced the opposite-a change in their gene expression that increased their risk.
As an editorial published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2007) noted in response to this study-we are spending millions to find drugs that can impact our production of hormones such as insulin, when there might already be a simple dietary strategy. The editorial concludes, "The results of the present study emphasize the age old wisdom to use food as medicine.
We cannot change our genes, but we can change the environment which impacts how our genes manifest. One important component of this environment is food.