Friday, August 31, 2012

L - Glutamine

I have tried many alternative remedies and nutritional supplements over the years, including naturopathic, homeopathic, vitamin, mineral, and herbal products.  I have not had any success with them.

That doesn't mean I think they don't have value.  I just haven't found any helpful for addressing my particular needs.  Anything I have tried for anxiety, insomnia, allergies, hormone balance and immunity has not had any beneficial effects and in the end, I have always felt like I had just flushed my money down the toilet.

But I am right now in awe of one supplement: L - Glutamine.  This stuff has CHANGED MY LIFE!

I have long known that it is recommended to aid muscle recovery after strenuous exercise, all the body builders, male and female, take it.  But I stubbornly decided a few years ago that I wasn't going to bother trying anymore supplements (the last thing I tried was oregano oil, but honestly I don't think it really helps prevent or treat colds, it just tastes super nasty). So even though recovery has been an issue for me for the past year, I never considered taking anything for it.

Nevertheless, the situation was getting worse, and I found myself achy almost every day and heating pads, epsom salt baths weren't doing enough to alleviate my pain.  Many athletes swear by ice baths, but I wasn't sure I wanted to put myself through that torture on a regular basis.  I was actually starting to lose motivation to workout because I knew how much it would hurt afterwards.  It was very frustrating and upsetting to me as I have never had this problem before( I refuse to believe it's just AGE causing this, so I will assume it's because I do more intense exercise now, compared to when I was younger and did more volume...). I was begging Adam so frequently for back rubs that he was getting annoyed.   I finally decided it was time to explore taking something to aid my recovery.

A little research told me that taking this amino acid is a safe and effective way to aid muscle recovery from strenous exercise, and I found some at my favorite health food store and discovered that it is not overly expensive.  I bought Now Brand:

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I started taking 2000 mg per day, one capsule (1000mg) directly after my morning workouts, and one right before bed. 

So? What happened, you ask?

My. Mind. Is. Blown.

Just 3 days later I felt like a completely new woman.  No more muscle soreness!  I feel like I'm turning 28 in a few weeks, not 38.  Seriously, I feel FANTASTIC!  Best of all, my love of all things fitness has been renewed!! I now may have to start looking at other sports supplements a bit more seriously...stay tuned.

Disclaimer: Check with your doctor first before taking any type of supplement or medication.

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