- Fun Fact Friday -
I hope you've had a great week and are glad that it's Friday.
Here's your Fun Fact Friday to end the week with some extra pizazz. Enjoy!
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Question of the week
Q: Should I use NDT or synthetic isolated thyroid hormones? - Ben
A: NDT if it's from a reliable source, should work well for most people. However, some people might have digestive issues, so then they can't digest the protein that carries the thyroid hormones and/or doesn't absorb it very well. If you're using NDT and your temps aren't going up, you feel nothing or you start to feel worse, then it's best to get your thyroid hormones checked.
Look at TSH, T4, T3, and rT3. If TSH dropped since using NDT and T4 went up, that indicates that your body is absorbing the thyroid hormones. If T4 or T3 didn't go up, that shows that your body is not absorbing the thyroid hormones. If T4 went up, but T3 stayed low, then you might have a conversion issue. If T4 and rT3 went up, then your stress hormones are blocking the thyroid hormones from working.
If your body is not absorbing the thyroid hormones from NDT, then it might be a good idea to switch over to pure T4 and T3, such as TyroMix from IdealabsDC for example.
If your T4 and rT3 are very high, then consider doing T3 monotherapy for a while to get your rT3 back to normal.
Check out my article on thyroid hormone analysis.
Fun fact 1
If you're really fatigued and feel like your muscles aren't getting enough oxygen, then have your lactate checked.
"The rate of deoxygenation of hemoglobin/myoglobin (R2 = .23, p = .03) in resting muscle and skeletal muscle homogenate fatty acid oxidation (R2 = .72, p = .004) were inversely associated with fasting lactate. Likewise, cardiorespiratory fitness (time to exhaustion during the VO2 peak test) was inversely associated with lactate (R2 = .20, p = .05). Lactate concentration was inversely correlated with HDL:LDL (R2 = .57, p = .02) and positively correlated with the waist to hip ratio (R2 = .52, p = .02). Plasma lactate was associated with various indices of cardiometabolic health. Thus, early determination of fasting lactate concentration could become a common biomarker used for identifying individuals at early risk for metabolic diseases." (R)
If your lactate is high, two of the first supplements to consider to help lower it are vitamin B1, magnesium, and a redox modulator, such as methylene blue, CoQ10, PQQ, beta-lapachone, thymoquinone, etc.
Fun fact 2
If you have liver problems (elevated liver enzymes, fatty liver, etc.), then blocking fatty acid oxidation can be very helpful (stopping excess lipolysis is also very important).
"Through the increased hepatic activation of the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2, meldonium improves the antioxidative defence in the liver of animals subjected to I/R, as proved by an increase in serum and liver ascorbic/dehydroascorbic acid ratio, hepatic haem oxygenase 1 expression, glutathione and free thiol groups content, and hepatic copper-zinc superoxide dismutase, manganese superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase activity." (R)
If you want more info on improving liver function, check out this guide that I wrote.
Fun fact 3
Salicylic acid is beneficial for the gut (at least shown in rats as it hasn't been tested in humans for that purpose yet). I was quite amazed when I read this. Salicylate has been shown to reduce leaky gut, reduce endotoxin translocation, lower inflammation, and correct the balance between gram-negative (endotoxin-producing bacteria) and gram-positive bacteria.
"ZDF and Zucker lean (ZL) rats were administered a high-fat diet with or without SAL intervention, and their relative rates of diabetes were compared. Our results showed that all rats in the placebo group developed diabetes, whereas only 10% of the SAL-treated rats presented with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). None of the latter progressed to diabetes. Relative to the untreated rats, SAL lowered plasma glucagon and insulin while improving insulin sensitivity and β-cell function. SAL may protect against hyperglycemia by increasing the microbial diversity, ameliorating gut dysbiosis, restoring intestinal epithelial cell connections, inhibiting endotoxin influx into the blood, and attenuating inflammation. Together, these findings suggest that SAL may be a candidate prophylactic therapy against diabetes. The protective role of SAL may be attributed to its ability to reduce intestinal inflammation and improve gut dysbiosis." (R).
This study also showed that aspirin increases the production of short-chain fatty acids in the gut (R).
Weight training concept
The idea of weight training is like a parasite. Hear me out.
Why do people lift weights?
On a professional level, to be a bodybuilder, powerlifter, strongman or to promote sports performance.
On a recreational level, they think it's the best thing for gaining muscle. Also, if you have muscle, it's guaranteed that someone might ask you: "How much do you bench?"
So your progress is often compared with how much other lifters lift.
But what if I told you spending 45-60 min in the gym is not the best approach?
What if I told you there was a better way of training where you can use less weight, but properly stimulate the muscle for equal if not better muscle gains? And the best part is, each workout takes between 10-15 minutes and you can do it 2-3 times per week.
This new style of training can give you significant muscle and strength gains, even better than 45-60 min gym sessions, and instead of making you feel tired, it will leave you feeling energized after each workout. Plus, you get the optimal hormonal release that promotes fat loss during the rest of the day. It's important not to exercise to burn calories during the workout but to exercise in such a way that you boost your metabolic rate and burn calories the rest of the day.
So, what if I told you that you can build more muscle and strength in 10-15 min sessions vs a 45-60 min session, but you'll not be doing weight training the conventional way?
Would you be interested?
Let me know by replying to this email.
Myth: Black ants are high in zinc.
Fact: Black ants are actually not a good source of zinc at all. Although black ants are said to contain very high amounts of zinc, it's actually a very poor source of zinc. Even if you were to consume 30g of black ants (or even the extract) you would consume less than 2mg of zinc. That's how low it actually is in zinc. I don't recommend using it as a source of zinc at all. Oysters and red meat are far better. You can check out a proper analysis of black ant extract here.
Myth: Bananas are high in potassium.
Fact: 100g of banana contains about 7% of the daily value of potassium. 100g of chicken breast contains 6%. 100g of potatoes contain 8%. Although it's not a bad source, who is going to eat 10 bananas a day to get 70% of their potassium from bananas, right? Plus, the way bananas are harvested and treated before being sold, causes a lot of gut irritation for a lot of people, so it really isn't the best source to get your potassium from.
Milk, potato, meat, orange juice, and other fruit are good enough sources to get your daily value of potassium, and of course, a banana or two can be included if you tolerate them well.
Myth: Shilajit is an awesome source of iron.
Fact: Although it contains a fair amount, the recommended amount of shilajit to consume per day is so tiny, hence the amount of iron is not going to be insignificant. And no, taking more isn't the solution as that would just be very reckless as it would be entering unknown and untested territory. Red meat and organ meat (especially beef liver and spleen) are vastly superior as iron sources. If you already consume liver and it's not increasing your iron, get yourself some spleen (Just 100g contains 556% of your DV of iron (44.6mg) compared to only 61% from beef liver (4.9mg)).
Myth: Weight training is the best way to overload the muscle.
Fact: This is incorrect because, with weights, you only overload the weak area of the movement (usually at the bottom of a squat or bench), but underload the strong area of the muscle, thus providing insufficient stimulus to the muscle.
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Quote I like
"Sometimes you have to let go of a belief in order to learn the truth"
- my wife
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