The Mind Thing

As a fitness enthusiast and well I may add that I took up BS Psychology though was not able to finish my study, I am thinking that having a body that looks healthy will never be enough. Having a healthy mind correlates with having a healthy body. Why did I say so?

In every sport, it would require you to think clearly, of course and without a healthy mind, can you think clearly? Having a healthy mind is a wide subject to talk about I know as it is hard to distinguish having a healthy mind when we have clutters within us that are stopping us from thinking clearly. Having a healthy mind in my own opinion is connected to what attitude, on how we adapt to distractions. Again, this subject is too wide as there are many aspects that we need to consider like psychological tests and stuff like that. Okay then, let me simplify this by, finding ways how we can think clearly. How can we think clearly? By training our brain which we can find the full article about it here: http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/bdnf-basics-7-ways-to-train-your-brain

In my own personal experience, meditation plays a very important role after every exercise. It looks odd I know sitting inside the gym or outdoor after every exercise routine that I do but, I do not mind as it is for my wellness, my goal: a healthy mind and a healthy body.

The Milk Problem

which milk

If you are one of the few who is following my blog, then you already know that I am a fan of drinking milk instead of protein supplements which you may find my post about here. However, I have heard a lot of people who are having bad memories when it comes to drinking milk as the effect go like if they will drink milk, they will have a meeting inside the toilet afterwards and their digestion goes into havoc.

Their solution to this problem is drinking soy milk. If you are a woman, that is okay as it may give you enough protein for your daily intake need. However, if you are a man who wants to develop muscle and be fit, lean or get ripped, soy milk should be taken with precautions due to estrogen contents that may cause hormonal imbalance. I have read a story of a man who developed gynecomastia or enlargement of a man’s breasts, usually due to hormonal imbalance, and the suspect is none other than Soy Milk. You can read the article here: http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/soys-negative-effects

This stirred my curiosity because a lot of vegetarians I know substituted their milk intake to soy milk. So with the help of google, I found these sites:

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-975-soy.aspx?activeingredientid=975&activeingredientname=soy

http://www.livestrong.com/article/525809-soy-milk-and-estrogen-levels/

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/expertvoices/post/2012/08/02/the-bottom-line-on-soy-and-breast-cancer-risk.aspx

In my opinion, everything should be consumed with moderation. As I myself, I usually drink two glasses of milk before I sleep because I do not know if it is psychologically but bad dreams are lesser compared before. Make sure that you are not going beyond what is recommended intake, as everything that is “too much” is really bad for your health especially when you are into health and fitness, body building, or any exercises which aims to reach your fitness goal. Well, a lot just wanted to look good naked (I know a lot of them). If you are scared of drinking soy milk now, but you have lactose intolerance, the best solution is consuming Goat’s Milk.

Here are some benefits that you will get from drinking Goat’s Milk I got from this site http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/goat-milk-benefits/

Again, let me reiterate, yes I am in favor of drinking cow’s milk or goat’s milk rather than drinking soy milk but, everything needs to be consumed with moderation. Let me say one more time, everything that is too much, is bad (even loving too much is bad as well). Ask the doctors and they will still recommend balanced diet anyway.

Milk-Health

Which is a Better Source of Protein: Milk or Protein Shake?

When it comes to muscle recovery and building muscles, a lot of people go for protein shakes and only few people will grab a liter of milk as a source of protein. I personally recommend drinking milk as post-work out for health reasons. First, I have not heard of anyone who needs to go to their medical provider for kidney dialysis because of drinking milk, but I have heard a lot of people having to undergo such procedure because of drinking protein shakes. Second, did the ancient Greeks consume protein shakes? I am not aware hahaha but they are symbols of good physique. (Just look at the statues they have made and read the history on how many sports that were originated by ancient Greeks). Lastly, man, have you consider how much money you have to spend by buying whey protein or some other kind (variation or whatsoever) compared when you buy 4 liters of milk which gives you 4 servings per liter? (go on check google).

According to this site: http://stronglifts.com/milk-post-workout-build-muscle-gains/, there are 5 reasons why you should drink (or consider mik) as post workout.

  • Muscle Gains. Research shows a mix of slow and fast digesting protein is superior for lean body mass gains. Milk is 80% casein, 20% whey.
  • Fat Loss. Dairy calcium increases fat loss. The fat in milk keeps you full longer which decreases hunger and thus helps you to lose fat.
  • Recovery. Milk is a fluid and has electrolytes. Research shows milk is superior to water and sport drinks for rehydration post workout.
  • Cheap. When you consider the protein (whey/casein/BCAA) and calorie content of milk, it’s one of the cheapest foods available.
  • Easy. Milk requires zero preparation. 1 quarter (1 liter) milk can be a perfect post workout meal depending on your daily caloric needs.

Also, according to http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-drink/milks-benefits-fit-guys, milk has plenty of protein-about nine grams per 8-ounce glass—and that protein contains all eight essential amino acids, which means it’s complete and can be readily used by your body for repair and growth. For hard gainers, who need to cram down protein every three hours, milk can be a major boon. Drinking an extra, and inexpensive, 30 grams of protein a day won’t leave you feeling too stuffed for one of your regular feedings.

Okay, okay, you might say that you have lactose intolerance. Well, you can buy Goat’s milk which has less lactose and the chemical structure of goat’s milk is similar to that of breast milk. So, let us say, you are considering milk as a post work out drink. Now, which brand is better, if not, the best? (Ah! I really hate commercialism and consumerism but for the sake of giving information, here we go). Check out the table below:

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Source: http://www.chefjayskitchen.com/2014/10/philippine-milk-madness-best-tasting.html

Please keep in mind that most milk brands here in the Philippines are not really fresh from farms but are UHT processed to prolong its life (did I use the proper term). Well, I grew up in a province where fresh cow’s milk is available; I would say that cow’s milk has more distinctive taste than UHT Processed milk.

Are there any Health Risks in Drinking UHT Processed Milk?

Yes, I have said that milk is better than protein powders but let me clarify that not all brands are healthy as there are some brands that have some issues. Though I do not have the list of what brands are tested positive for melamine, please have time to check this link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/123257/news/nation/we-re-testing-more-than-50-milk-brands-bfad

Also, there are some issues wherein some people found strange contents inside their milk brand of choice like solidified paper, carton, or something. So, better have time to read more about milk.