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Location: Garden Hotel, GZ
Latest Activity: May 11
Started by Brad Jul 1, 2011.
yes I'm very interested. i've send a mail to the adress on your webpage already, but never got a reply...could you send me details about the location and classes you can join to email@example.com!
Hi, is this group outdated or something? can't find any recent informations about it..
Here's Tom, Pat, and Sebastian lifting heavy stuff at Apollo.
Functional Fitness in Guangzhou!
We made a little homemade video about Firozi. She is such a sweet lady and awesome mom. She also is becoming a great athlete! First month result: She lost 4.1 KG!!! 2.8 in her first 3 weeks.
Hey guys! Check out the new Vid Max and Tom made about their return to The Program! Its uploaded to GZStuff site.
Optimize The benefits of your Vitamins by taking them at the right time of the day:
Biological rhythms or phases were first recognized in plants. Many plants exhibit strong circadian rhythms. In certain plants, this can be readily observed with their flowers opening up at regular times during the day. This behavior is consistent enough that Carolus Linnaeus planned a garden of various plants that could be u....
At the most basic level, there is a dark – light cycle, with cells and organisms performing certain functions during the daylight hours and other functions during darkness. At the cellular level, it is believed that photosensitivity arose as a method of protecting replicating DNA from harmful ultra-violet rays. At the macro or organism level, the human circadian rhythm follows a dark – light cycle. The mechanism for this appears to be a circuit from the retina of the eyes, where photoreceptive ganglion cells collect information, then transfer this data to the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus. The Suprachiasmatic Nucleus processes the data from the retina and provides corresponding information to the pineal gland for the release of melatonin. Secretion of melatonin commences with the onset of the dark cycle and ebbs during daylight. In healthy adults, the periodicity for the human circadian rhythm is quite strict, measured at 24 hours and 11 minutes (with an error of +/- 16 minutes).
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This basic division between dark and light serves as a good starting point for our efforts to supply our body with vitamins, minerals, and other supplements at the most effective times.
There are two types of vitamins, water soluble and fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins include the B vitamins and vitamin C. Fat soluble vitamins include vitamin A, D, E, and K. Fat soluble vitamins are absorbed through the intestinal tract with the aid of lipids. For maximum effectiveness, they must be taken with a meal that contains some fat (a point bacon lovers may want to keep in mind). Water soluble vitamins as the name implies require water to be absorbed properly. Thus, taking both types of vitamins with food and drink is recommended.
Given the need to take vitamins with a meal, we can use an AM / PM pill divider to separate our supplements to take with breakfast or dinner. The known effects of the supplement help us determine whether to take it with a morning or evening meal. For example, B vitamins give you energy and protect against stress, so we will want them hitting our system first thing in the morning. On the other hand, the mineral magnesium tends to cause sleepiness. This would be a good one to take in the evening. With these concepts in mind, I worked out the following schedule for taking my vitamins, minerals, and other supplements.
AM: —B vitamins (Biotin, Folic Acid, Niacin, Panothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin, B6, and B12) are associated with improved energy and protecting the body from stress. Unless I need to be awake at night, I take my B vitamins with my morning meal. —Vitamin C - I take vitamin C both in the morning and the evening. —Vitamin D is naturally produced from exposure to the sun, thus making this supplement available during daylight hours seems logical. —Multivitamins – Because they contain B vitamins, I take my multi with a morning meal. Also, because they contain fat soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin A, I make sure that I have some fat with my breakfast, usually whole milk yogurt. (Note: If taking calcium supplements and your multi contains iron, then you will want to take your calcium at a different time, as it can interfere with iron absorption. Also, iron can interfere with the absorption of zinc, so best to take your zinc supplement at a different time.)
PM: —Magnesium is known to induce sleepiness, making this an obvious candidate for the evening meal. —Zinc has also been known to induce sleepiness and lethargy, so I take it in the evening. —Vitamin C – I particularly like vitamin C in the evening, because it helps to minimize follow-on muscle soreness from a hard work out. —Vitamin E with its vasodilating effects and relationship to heart health would seem to be best taken in the evening. —Essential Fatty Acids (Flax Seed or Fish Oil) are also associated with heart health. Their ability to help with inflammation also indicates to me that there may be a benefit to taking them at the end of the day. —Coenzyme Q-10 also falls into the category of supplements that are associated with heart health, so I take it in the evening. It is also fat soluble and best if taken with a meal that includes some fat. —Melatonin is released at night. Melatonin supplements can be taken in the evening as a sleep aid or to speed up recovery from jet lag.
You want to give your body the best opportunity to get the most out of your supplements. In life, timing is everything. So, do not be afraid to experiment with the times that you take your supplements. You may just find that you can optimize the health benefits of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements by changing the times that you take them.
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