Naturally Grown Food Beats Supplements and Pills

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The American culture today presents a rift between many different lifestyles: to the rest of the planet, we’re known as the fattest country in the world, the creator of fast food and drive-throughs, and as a nation constantly seeking indulgence. Within the United States however, we see a growing trend in fitness and overall health consciousness (although we still have a long way to go). We celebrate the shredded bodies we see on places like Instagram and MTV, and marketing companies have taken notice. The experts tout supplements, pills, and powders as the elixir to a muscular, strong physique. Anyone who regularly lifts weights at the gym will easily notice the protein-shaker bottles, supplements, and various additives that athletes use to “get big.” With so much misinformation presented by unknowledgeable peers and paid sponsors, how can we acquire meaningful instruction on healthy living? The fact of the matter is this: supplements, pills, and synthetic nutrients pale in comparison to wholesome foods. Foods rich in nutrients like protein and carbohydrates play a significant role in protein synthesis. Our bodies were designed with natural foods in mind; engineered supplements don’t work nearly as well with the body. The path to greater muscle gain involves hard work, wholesome food choices, and proper timing. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They combine together via dehydration synthesis (they lose water molecules when bonded) to create peptide bonds, which consist of a nitrogen-containing amine group, acid group, and a side chain (which gives the acid its identity chemical nature). These peptide bonds link amino acids together to form chains of polypeptides. Proteins range from single chains, to more complex ch... ... middle of paper ... ...lips S, Sproule J, Turner A. Carbohydrate Ingestion during Team Games Exercise. Sports Medicine [serial online]. July 2011;41(7):559-585. Available from: SPORTDiscus with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed March 10, 2014. Poole C, Wilborn C, Taylor L, Kerksick C. The role of post-exercise nutrient administration on muscle protein synthesis and glycogen synthesis. Journal Of Sports Science & Medicine [serial online]. September 2010;9(3):354-363. Available from: SPORTDiscus with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed March 10, 2014. Haraway A. The effects of a pre- and post-excercise whey supplement on protein metabolism and muscular strength among elite wrestlers. Ovidius University Annals, Series Physical Education & Sport/Science, Movement & Health [serial online]. March 2013;13(1):5-10. Available from: SPORTDiscus with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed March 10, 2014 .

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