Supplement Guide: Glutamine

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What is it?

  • Glutamine is an amino acid that helps with the production of muscle. Its a naturally occurring amino that’s already in your body. Not just glutamine, but all amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Its mainly known as a sport supplement to help with recovery, but has been show to improve the immune system, help with illnesses and help wit people who have gone through surgeries.

Some foods Glutamine is in include:

  • Milk
  • Beef
  • Peanuts
  • Pork
  • Cabbage
  •  Spinach
  • Soy
  • Yogurt
  • Chicken
  • Parsley
  • Egg Whites

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Using it for Sports Performance:

  • When you start training or even working out a lot, your body’s natural stores of glutamine begin to diminish. Therefor supplementation will help your replenish that amino along with aiding in recovery.  Its also been shown to help with cortisol levels, because cortisol has been known to break down muscles. So replenishing glutamine if you’re working out a lot is ideal.

How much should I take?

  • There are many types to take including pills, liquid, and powder forms. There also is usually BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids) and Glutamine in protein powders already, so depending on how much your working, how clean your eating and your lifestyle … the amount in their might be enough. The average recommendation is around 5 grams 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Personally I would judge it on how you feel too, if your SUPER sore, take a little extra and so on so forth.

I like to take it with every protein shake I make within the day (usually 2-3 shakes a day…and I use the powder form for this and just mix it in). I also take 3 grams at night (capsule form). When you’re sleeping or resting, its easier for your body to heal and recover.. that’s why its good to take towards the end of the day. =)

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Benefits of Egg Whites

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Eggs have been given a kind of bad rep because they are high in cholesterol and fat. But if you take out that yolk you save about 50 calories alone, along with no cholesterol or fat at all. Mission accomplished!

Even though you’re taking out the yolks, the protein from the egg white alone is still a good and high quality protein. The egg white contains the nutrients along with amino acids your body needs to function through out the day.Yes, you need fats in your diet to be healthy but make those fats come from things like nuts, seeds and healthy oils preferably.

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Egg whites are very low in calories as well, an average egg contains around 70 calories per egg, cut out the yolk and you cut out about 55 calories leaving you with anywhere around 15 calories total per egg white (give or take the size of the egg). So with weight management, egg whites are beneficial because you’re still getting all the nutrients you need without the extra fat and calories. Even if you were to make an omelet with 2 whole eggs and one egg white your still saving calories… and this might be an easier transition to eating healthier.

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