As a full time Personal Trainer I am passionate about training and nutrition. "Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things". Everyday, I strive to share and transfer this passion to my clients, my friends, and my family in order to help them live a healthy lifestyle. I refuse to be average: I am willing to risk going too far in order to find out how far I can go.

"The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless" - Dean Karnazes. This has inspired me to commit to the journey of ultramarathon races.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Why do i take Glutamine...?

In my post a few weeks ago, "My Supplement Grocery List", i told you guys that i was taking 2-3 tsp of Glutamine a day. Here's why:

Protein builds your body, and amino acids build protein. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in your body. If you combined all the other amino acids in your bloodstream, glutamine would still be triple the amount. And considering how important amino acids are, that's really a big deal.

Benefits of Glutamine:

Helps build protein within your muscles
Helps prevent muscles from breaking down
Helps restore glycogen levels which increases performance
Helps boost your muscle recovery time
Helps to improve digestion/intestinal health
Help to reduce risk of upper respiratory tract infections from training and racing


L-glutamine plays a crucial role in strengthening your immune system. Your immune system is your body armor, your bullet proof vest. It keeps you healthy by defending against illness. This makes it a powerful supplement for everyone, not just athletes. When people get very sick, their glutamine levels become depleted. Numerous studies have shown that supplementing glutamine while recovering from various illnesses and surgeries actually speeds the process up. For a lot of people, overtraining is very common. When we try and follow the regimes that top athletes and bodybuilders do, we tend to overtrain.

People who don't really study and read about supplements, don't know the value and benefits of this supplement. It's not flashy or heavily marketed. It stays under the radar, but it certainly get its job done.

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