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Why Should You Invest on BCAA Supplementation?

Why Should You Invest on BCAA Supplementation?

Branched chain amino acid (BCAA) supplements have been getting a lot of buzz in the fitness industry lately. It has been commonly used by athletes, and even by individuals simply looking to lose some weight. But what are BCAAs? How does it differ from other supplements like whey?

What are branched chain amino acids?

Amino acids are considered the simplified form of protein. And as we all know, protein is a necessity in order to build muscles. There are nine essential amino acids that we could get from food and supplements that we eat. Three of these nine essential amino acids are considered branched chain amino acids.

So why exactly do you want to invest on BCAA supplements? Here are some reasons why you would want to invest on BCAA supplementation.

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Anti-catabolic

It is a common scenario wherein you are on a diet and you not only lose your fats, but also your muscles. BCAA supplementation prevents this scenario. Metabolized directly into the skeletal muscle, the branched chain amino acids are known to promote anabolic hormone profile. BCAA is also responsible for reducing the components of protein breakdown pathway. It becomes useful especially if you are the type who does a lot of cardio exercises.

Additional strength

Another reason why you should invest on BCAAs is the fact that you can have additional strength when taking this supplement. That means additional push when you needed it the most. In fact, according to fitness experts, taking BCAA as a pre-workout supplement gives you that additional strength that you need to finish your workout.

How does this take place? For one, it decreases the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with fatigue.

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Also, branched chain amino acids are easily absorbed in the skeletal muscles. So does it mean that you should be taking more whey with BCAAs? Not necessarily correct. BCAAs found in whey powders are peptide bound, which means it still takes hours before it gets into your system. Standalone BCAA supplements are easily absorbed as it bypasses the liver.

Maximizes your workouts

If you’ll ask a bunch of people in a gym why they workout, a common answer is to see themselves bulk up. How exactly do you develop mass? You have to take into account the activities that you do, not to mention the nutrition and the supplements that you take.

Whey is usually a good option when you workout. But other than whey and protein rich meals, it also helps if you include BCAAs to get the most results from your workouts.

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Perfect for athletes

Athletes are sometimes required to train twice or even thrice a day. Also, a lot of them need to lose weight. Athletes such as boxers and wrestlers need to constantly cut weight before they get to compete. With the help of branched chain amino acids, it is possible for them to do their job easier.

BCAA supplementation when coupled with proper nutrition could help build muscles, cut fats and initiate faster recovery. Not to mention that athletes will can avoid scenarios wherein they gave up mentally.

Conclusion

If you plan on transforming your body, or optimizing your athletic performance, it is crucial to take the right type of supplement. Without the right type of supplement, the benefits from your workouts could easily be lost.

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Protein is now a hot commodity in the fitness industry. However, what BCAA can bring to the table could even maximize the protein supplements that you are taking. BCAA not only creates an anabolic environment, it also help you get in the right mindset.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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