A question I often get is: Do we get enough protein from vegan sources to build muscle? The answer is, Yes! First of all we know for sure now that we don’t need as much protein as we think (only about 10% of calories) and we definitely don’t need animal sourced protein. We can digest it, which is the evolutionary success of the human being, but not the most healthy. As animal-based food is very acidic, it breaks down our tissue as a whole rather than building it up. People (mostly men) are reluctant to become vegan/vegetarian as they don’t think they would get enough protein to build muscle. That’s not true, it is the opposite and in body-building a common fact today. Frank Medrano is a body builder and a devoted vegan.
Watch his video and you’ll see that there is a difference in suppleness and leanness in vegan/vegetarian bodies. Basically this is because of the acid forming residue that animal-based food leaves in us. Frank Medrano – Superhuman Bodyweight Workout Domination
I’m sorry to break it to you, but the only way to build muscle is through training. So do your push-ups! And if you want to help your body make sure to have all the components to build muscle; amino acids (the components of protein mostly found in plant based food) water and micro nutrients like vitamins and minerals, etc. If you also have a healthy heart (when you can run or do Pranayamas breathing as we teach at Olive Retreat) to support your muscles with oxygen, and glucose from mainly carbs (the fuel to build muscle), you will help yourself a lot. Clean, pesticide-free and additive-free food is of course a plus and will help even more.
Another group of exercisers that have lean and strong bodies are runners and yogis. Both groups often eat plant based food. More on the differences of what vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, fruitarian and all the other -arians are in a future blog. Food and nutrition is on everyones mind today. I think it’s good. We have to know what we eat to be healthy when 75% of what is sold in a supermarket today is not even food.
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Naturopaths who deeply believe Natural Immunity is still the best, and therefore we work in defense of it.
Since 20+ years we have successfully been consultants in the natural health sector to support individuals and we are in particular working with entrepreneurs and professionals. Our mission is to defend natural health, the only one that really works so far. We mainly but not entirely use Eastern philosophy such as Ayurveda, TCM, Yoga, Thai chi, Falun Gong, and only honest modern science.
Everyone can heal naturally, it's what bodies and (free) minds want. Our O• Method is based on physics, chemistry and biology with emphasis on the first one as the rest often follow naturally. We divide our work in three parts: Body-Mind-Soul. To allow them all to detox and let go we work with energy (Prana, Xi, Vitality, Spirit, Pneuma or whatever you call the life force, it's the same force mentioned in ancient texts) to heal on all levels, i.e. from chronic disease, toxicity, depression and traumas using our own method, reaching 96% success rate which is unheard of by others in our sector. Would you know of anyone with that result, let us know.
Considering that we invented and dumped >120.000 (petro)chemically derived substances since 1945, of which many are very toxic, getting healthy will most likely include a good old body detox sooner or later.
My love for Ayurveda started in 1993 with Deepak Chopra and after a few turns in life I quit my job as a Nordic Brand Manager and BI strategist at the largest Nordic telecom operator and re-schooled in natural medicine. Besides Dr. Chopra I have studied Dr. Lad, Dr. Siva (Pune, India) and other prominent teachers in their field, but the real difference comes with a practiced. I added nutrition, Orthomolecular Medicine with Dr. Nielsen (USA/Spain) and herbalism.
Today we teach those whom want to continue our work and we love to dig down in etymology and the original (mainly Avestan, Pali and Sanskrit) scripts to understand the words fully and I fall in love with the concepts over and over again for every sutra. This love affair that created a few books (Amazon), presentations, essayes and many events and consultations, is still giving us Yang-Yin balance and inspiration. I guess with that we are recognizing the value of Dao De Ching 💚🌿💜
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