Probiotics and Overtraining
The exercise bug has bit many of us in the world today, but some go overboard. You may know them, they are at the gym 3 or 4 times a week giving it their all. Many people who are training 3 or 4 times a week could experience over-training.
Over-training can be described as burnout or chronic fatigue. It is an imbalance of physical and psychological training. Early stages of overtraining can be from too much exertion and not enough breaks. This is called the orthosympathetic form. In the advanced stages your orthosympathetic form is exhausted, which allows the parasympathetic system to become dominant.
The orthosympathetic over-trainee is in a permanent fight or flight mode, which should be incidental challenges where the adrenal gland will pump out hormones like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol while raising the human growth hormone and stimulating the thyroid hormone. These glands are the spinters of the group of glands; they are not designed to cope with the longevity of a marathon.
The parasympathetic over-trainee will mimic some of the symptoms of Addison's disease. Some times it is referred to as Addisonoid over-training. The adrenal glands are exhausted and they fail to regulate hormonal concentrations correctly, which causes a serious problem. If routine blood work were to be performed on the overtrainee, it is likely to show progressive anemia with low hemoglobin and low hematocrit.
The overtrainee will complain of underperformance while other common symptoms are susceptibility to common infections and injuries, persistent high level of fatigue, heavy muscles and depression. The athlete's reaction to underperformance is to train more rather than rest. Many times symptoms will be ignored until performance is affected on a regular basis.
Additional symptoms of overtraining is having trouble going to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night or waking up un-refreshed. Other symptoms can include the loss of appetite, loss of weight, loss of their competitive drive, increased emotional instability such as anxiety, depression and mental exhaustion, a poor attitude to training and musculoskeletal soreness.
There is a simple do-it-yourself method of monitoring. You can do this by checking your morning heart rate. Take your pulse immediately after you wake up while you are still in bed. If your pulse is elevated by more than 8 beats per minute above its average, you are falling into overtraining.
You can also check your morning body weight; your average weight for the week should not vary more than 2 pounds. If it drops more than 3 pounds on any given day, you are falling into over-training.
In a few cases, back pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. If your back pain does not ease in a few days and causes major disruption in your life, you should see a doctor. Experts say it is most important to see a doctor if any of the following apply to you:
To correct your condition, the first thing you need to do is to lower your stress load and increase your down time. In severe cases, the athlete should stop training for 7 to 14 days. Increase the amount of sleep to about 9 hours of solid sleep a night and increase your antioxidant intake to 200 percent.
You will also need to combine a whole food diet and probiotics. Many athletes have trained for 3 or 4 times per week without giving their bodies the fuel it requires to continue with that amount of training. Improving the immune system of the athletes help reduce the number and the length of the infection they may receive.
Many Probiotics Don't Deliver on Promises
A report from ConsumerLab.com, indicates that many probiotic supplements designed to provide beneficial bacteria do not contain the number of viable organisms listed on their labels. Researchers found that when a probiotic is purchased, it may contain as little as 10 to 58 percent of the amount of bacteria listed. Out of 13 products ConsumerLab.com selected for testing, only two, AdvoCare ProBiotic RESTORE ULTRA and Flora Udo's Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic were found to accurately list the number of cells viable at the time of purchase.
ConsumerLab.com stresses that a large percentage of organisms in a probiotic supplement may die before a product is even purchased, and that labels can be misleading. Before you give up on probiotic supplements altogether, know that even though most products tested provided fewer organisms than listed, they still delivered an amount that might provide health benefits.
Anyone suffering from an imbalance between physical and psychological stress should change their balance and use probiotics and highly absorbable whole food nutrition to recover.
Probiotics: Yogurt or Supplement?
A new study of Lactobacillus (probiotic) supplements found that none of the 20 randomly tested brands contained organisms that were identical to those stated on the bottle label. In fact, 30-percent of the brands sampled were contaminated with various other microorganisms, some of which could be harmful (such as those that can cause gastrointestinal illness). Twenty-percent of the brands sampled contained dead organisms, which provide no health benefit. Lactobacilli are beneficial bacteria that live in the body, generally in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina. They are also found in yogurt. Probiotics are often recommended after taking antibiotics, as the medication often kills both bad and good bacteria.
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