Nutrition for Endurance: Finding Another Gear

 
9780966839906: Nutrition for Endurance: Finding Another Gear

Dr. Bill Misner Ph.D., C.S.M.T., is a sports nutritionist who knows and tells exciting secrets--how to unlock outstanding athletic performances and win by using a healthy diet that works with your body's own natural processes.

For the first time, Dr. Misner explains, in terms all of us can understand, how our muscles and bodies really work--what fuels endurance and athletic performance, what nutrients and minerals are essential for good health, and how they are depleted to cause premature exhaustion, stress--even the onset of disease and infection.

He tells why, what, how, and when to use athletic and nutritional supplements, nutrients, micronutrients, ergogenic substances, and fluids to "find another gear" for competition, and to live better, healthier, and more energetic lives.

He also explores and explains many of the myths that plague modern nutrition; how drinking distilled water does not leach vital minerals from the body; why alcohol and caffeine are enemies of high performance and strength; and what carbohydrates to eat--and which to avoid entirely!

Perhaps most intriguing, Dr. Miser relates his work with elite athletes to find dietary formulas that anyone can use to live a healthier life. He explains how good nutrition can reverse and slow the ravages of aging, disease, and chronic degenerative conditions.

Dr. Misner practices what he preaches--he's a 58 year-old with more than 4,000 miles just this year on his running legs (his goal is 10,000 miles in a 12-month period)--and the winner of the national Masters 50-mile run championship in 1989 and 1991. He has set eight regional USA Track and Field long-distance running records for distances of one to 100 miles, all of which remain unbroken.

Nutrition for Endurance goes the extra mile to make sense of the often-confusing field of sports nutrition and supplements.

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About the Author:

Dr. Misner holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physical education, athletic training, English and nutrition from Indiana University and the American Holistic College of Nutrition. He is an A.S.M.A.-certified Sports Medicine Trainer.

Besides authoring numerous articles for national magazines, including Runner's World, Muscle Media, and National Bodybuilding and Fitness, Dr. Bill Misner, Ph.D. is an accomplished athlete himself.

Winner of the national Masters 50-mile run championship in 1989 and 1991, as well as one member of the championship masters 4 X 800 meter relaty team in 1992, Dr. Misner set eight regional USA Track and Field long-distance running records for distances of one to 100 miles, all of which remain unbroken. He is the national record holder for foot races of 50 miles, 100 kilometers, and 100 miles. In 1998, at the age of 58, Dr. Misner became the first man to run 10,000 miles in a regulated athletic competition.

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(From Chapter 9: Ginseng and Adaptogens) An endurance athlete angrily complained to me, "here I am spending $200.00 per month to take all of these supplements, and I am so wired up I have not had a decent night's sleep in three weeks! I'm constantly depressed and occasionally have a temper-tantrum like I was a little kid. My training is trashed, since my rest cycles have not allowed me to completely recover or do the hard stuff! What can I do, Dr. Bill?"

Initially I was baffled. Most athletes wish to be "wired" or "pumped up" during intense training--and definitely before a competitive event.

After a careful inspection of his supplement list, I advised him to discontinue taking a product that contained ginseng. Within three days, his sleep patter returned and his general mood was elevated, and within ten days his training pattern had resumed a more near-normal, hard-easy pattern for optimal performance gains.

Most athletes using a supplement product containing adaptogen substances, such as Ginseng, will initially experience an increase in energy levels and mental alertness. They are likely to eventually experience side effects from this exogenous endocrine-stimulation. Any increase in serum testosterone, for example, beyond those of the individual's genetically-derived, natural tolerances, may adversely affect liver, cardiovascular and reproductive gland metabolism.

If DNA-regulated cellular growth patterns are predisposed to any sort of a mutagenic growth-response, some increased growth hormones from prolonged adaptogen use may become a factor with the potential for contributing to irreversible, degenerative disease. It is well-documented, for example, that elevating serum testosterone levels reduces the good cholesterol (high density lipoproteins, or HDL) while elevating the bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, or LDL) Increased serum cholesterol is associated with a variety of harmful effects and risks for stroke, thrombosis, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, and other circulatory diseases.

Nor do we always get what we pay for. If the supplement you are taking is real ginseng, it will have an endocrine-stimulatory effect. Not surprisingly, if no stimulant effect is noticed after ingestion, congratulations--your health may not be in jeopardy, but you've been had! It is increasingly likely, in such cases, that you may have just been sold phony "ginseng": i.e., table sugar! Some "ginseng" supplements may be candidates for the rip-off of the century award.

There are 12 active triterppenoid saponin glycosides (ginsenosides) found in genuine ginseng. Products whose ingredient labels suggest they contain real ginseng: panax ginseng, panax notoginseng, eleutheroccus senticosus (wujia/ciwujuia), or panax quinquefolius may, in fact, not contain ginseng at all!

Dr. V. E. Tyler of Purdue University (1987) tested 54 varieties of over-the-counter supplements claiming such ingredients and found that 32 of them were virtually absent any true gensenosides. The Colgan Institutes tests results from 1982 to 1993 showed that 95% of all the products they tested instead were "table sugar."

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