The Two Secrets To Performance Enhancement (legal) that's taking the World by storm!
Author Avocado Ninja / Category Sports / Published: 5th July 2018
If you are someone that likes to train, run, cycle, swim or just want more fitness and energy, there are two things that can make an incredible difference, and it's all scientifically proven!
Our approach to health is called the Ninja Path, this covers everything you need to massively improve your body and fitness.
In this article, we single out the two most effective supplements that are proven to have a huge effect on performance and recovery. Even if you're not currently training, this is still relevant, as these supplements also improve your body functioning, your mental health and energy.
The combination of the two substances we will cover, have a dramatic impact on performance, co-ordination and recovery. Read on to find out more.
Performance Enhacing Benefits of Alkaline Salts
The first of our performance enhancing super substances are called Alkaline Salts. They are a combination of healthy salts that your body needs to function properly, and are missing in most diets. They have 13 EU Approved Health Benefits and hundreds of scientific articles demonstrating how they work together to support every function in your body.
When it comes to sports and performance, they really stand out though. With incredible enhancements to strength, stamina, performance and power. Read below to find out more.
We’ve all heard about lactic acid, but as new science shows, it’s not the cause of muscle fatigue as originally thought.
The actual cause of muscle fatigue is exercise-induced decrease in pH, which is also known as metabolic acidosis.
(Lactic acid build up is more about recovery times and we will show you how to cut this below!)
According to Food and Nutrition Sciences, a build-up of acid inside the muscle cell is a factor responsible for muscular fatigue. Thus, the total muscular capacity is limited by the progressive increase in acidity within the muscles caused by an accumulation of lactate and acid.
This inhibits energy transfer and the ability of muscles to contract. The body’s defense against this is bicarbonate buffers, which help neutralize the acid produced by intense exercise.
Alkaline salts reduce the acidity of the blood. This draws more of the acid within the muscle cells out into the bloodstream, and thus reduces the level of acidity within the muscle cells.
By taking alkaline salts, you are providing your body with an abundance of bicarbonate buffers! This in turn delays the onset of fatigue.
A study conducted by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested alkaline salt supplementation on tennis athletes.
Prolonged tennis matches result in fatigue, which invariably impairs skilled performance. Looking at all ground strokes, the consistency scores showed a trend of decreased co-ordination in the placebo trial, while it increased in the alkaline salt trial. This study shows that alkaline salts supplementation prevents the decline in co-ordination.
A study conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine sought to assess the effect of sodium bicarbonate ingestion upon repeated bouts of intense, short-duration exercise. Subjects completed trials of cycle sprints. One group took alkaline salts and the other a placebo.
The ones who took alkaline salts produced higher over all power outputs and higher peak outputs in all ten of the ten-second sprints. The results also revealed that the difference in the average power outputs attained during the bicarbonate and placebo trials increased as the number of sprint repetitions increased.
Improves Performance Times
A study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine has shown that by increasing the pH of the blood (with alkaline salts) elite swimmers were able to significantly improve their performance times. Dr Folland, who led the study found that over 200m freestyle, the athletes who alkalised their blood with the salts took 1.5 seconds off their time.
In this study, athletes who added alkaline salts to their usual hydration routines during the competition took 26 minutes less to complete a medium-distance triathlon course than those who only used sports drinks.
This is just a sample of the research out there. Alkaline Salts have proven to reduce the onset of fatigue, increase power, co-ordination, reduce acid build up and improve overall performance.
How To Get The Benefits
You can get alkaline salts in a powdered form you add to your drinking water. Find out more here.
Drink this water before and during your training to get all of these benefits!
Performance Enhancing Impact of Molecular Hydrogen
While alkaline salts work brilliantly before and during exercise, hydrogen works during and after. It is the perfect complement.
Overall, molecular hydrogen has far-reaching benefits not restricted to athletic performance. There are now over 1000 scientific articles suggest that H2 has therapeutic potential in over 170 different human disease models, and essentially every organ of the human body. You can read about these articles here and here. Here we will focus on the specific benefits to athletic performance.
Instant Impact on Blood
We recorded this video at Ninja HQ, 5 minutes after taking AquaRx capsules that release Molecular Hydrogen inside the body. It is actual footage of live blood, showing how the blood moves much more quickly and freely. This means that oxygen and nutrients are transported around the body extremely quickly, significantly improving performance and recovery.
Molecular Hydrogen "significantly improved VO2max" in this study. VO2Max is the maximum or optimum rate at which the heart, lungs, and muscles can effectively use oxygen during exercise. This means hydrogen improves your aerobic capacity or ability to exercise.
Molecular Hydrogen "significantly increased arterial blood pH" making it more able to cope with acid produced during exercise and offset fatigue. "Hydrogen Rich Water administration is safe and may have an alkalizing effect."
Molecular Hydrogen acts as an antioxidant to reduce muscle fatigue: "Adequate hydration with hydrogen-rich water pre-exercise improved exercise-induced decline of muscle function."
The impact of AquaRx Molecular Hydrogen on the blood, 5 minutes after taking. Measured at Ninja HQ!
Lactic acid forms naturally in the muscles from this vigorous exercise but the body can't always clear lactic acid or lactate quickly enough, which causes the acid levels in your body to build up.
Molecular Hydrogen has been shown to "significantly reduce lactate response during the recovery period". Another study found that lactic acid was significantly lower when drinking hydrogen rich water. In this study "oral intake of HW prevented an elevation of blood lactate during heavy exercise".
This study found that "hydrogen rich water significantly helped post-exercise blood pH and reduced lactic acid as compared to a placebo... being an appropriate and safe hydration strategy that helps athletes become less susceptible to exercise induced acidosis."
By neutralising lactic acid quickly, it not only gets our body back into balance faster and reduces pain, but also cuts recovery time, meaning we can train harder and improve more rapidly.
After studying elite athletes, this study found that that hydrogen prevented oxidative injury during exericse. By acting as a powerful anti-oxidant it neutralises inflammation during exercise. This again increases performance and cuts down on recovery times. There are countless studies showing how molecular hydrogen is one of the most powerful selective anti-oxidants.
Mitochondria take the electrons, carried by hydrogen, to produce ATP, the energy currency of our cells. Our body needs ATP for growth, repair, and regeneration.
Albert Szent-Györgyi, a Nobel Prize winning physiologist, explained that hydrogen, rather than oxygen, is the fuel of life. It is common knowledge that oxygen is necessary for humans to live. However, hydrogen is the fuel that powers our cells by donating electrons to the electron transport chain and combining with oxygen to form water. Oxygen is simply the receiver of the used electrons during combustion in the mitochondria.
By supplying more hydrogen to the body, we are directly fuelling our cells with energy!
Molecular Hydrogen now has over 1000 studies showing it's profound impact on overall health. For athletic performance it is the "secret weapon" that will give you more energy, more power, offset fatigue and eliminate lactic acid and inflammation of muscles and tendons. It improves performance and cuts recovery times significantly.
How To Get The Benefits
There are three ways to get hydrogen into your life. You can either create hydrogen rich water using the Ultrastream straight from your tap, infuse your water with I Love H2 tablets, or generate hydrogen inside the body using AquaRx.
Drink hydrogen infused water, or take AquaRx during and after exercise to get these incredible benefits. Together with alkaline salts, it will totally transform your enery, co-ordination, performance, endurance and recovery times!
Molecular Hydrogen Institute: Over 1000 studies proving the medical benefits of Molecular Hydrogen.
Molecular Hydrogen Studies: More studies on the effectiveness of hydrogen.
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