The relationship between correct nutritional intake and optimum athletic performance is well established – the old saying ‘you only get out what you put in’ rings true here. But without discrediting the basics of sports nutrition, there is growing anecdotal and scientific evidence that completing a Cleanse can be of significant benefit to athletes and those living an active lifestyle.
Cold pressed juice Cleansing has long been considered a fringe health trend, which is now steadily becoming recognised as a credible addition to any active lifestyle. Scientifically, fasting has been shown to have several key benefits for the body including; increased lean muscle, improved recovery time and strengthened immune system. Anecdotally, many athletes report feeling most revitalised after a 2 or 4-Day juice cleanse with common immediate benefits including better sleep quality, reduced joint pain and reduced muscle soreness.
Because athletes breathe more and have higher metabolic demands they tend to have a higher exposure to toxins and waste by-products (oxidative stress, for example). It has been sighted that an alarming number of healthy young athletes are at risk of illness “caused by excitotoxins (nerve cells are damaged and killed by excess stimulation) from training combined with food additives and artificial sweeteners such as MSG, hydrolyzed protein, soy protein isolate and concentrate, natural flavoring, sodium caseinate and aspartame.” (Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon & author of "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills and Health & Nutrition Secrets to Save Your Life."
The metabolic response to Cleansing and cold pressed juice fasts involves a series of hormonal and metabolic adaptations leading to protein conservation. An increase in the serum level of growth hormone (GH) during fasting and cleansing has been well-substantiated. The reason that GH secretion is increased during a specific period of cleansing (between 2-4 days) is due to improved levels of key hormones in supporting metabolism and building muscle. Based on our personal experience, and that of our clients, there is first-hand evidence of an enhanced ability to improve lean-muscle, overcome strength plateaus and enhance performance following a well balanced cleanse program coupled with a suitable nutritional and exercise plan.
(*source: Sam de Bruin post KARMIC Cold Pressed Cleanse)
The key indictors to look for when deciding on a Cleanse program should be based around the nutritional integrity of the Cleanse. Any 'artificial' Cleansing agent products should be avoided. Cold pressed juice Cleanses are great because they provide the body with a myriad of easily assimilated nutrients and live-enzymes that promote cellular repair and protection. Additionally a low fructose Cleanse is crucial whilst fasting as this will protect blood glucose (insulin) levels – a sugary-based Cold pressed juice Cleanse is actually very harmful to the body and will result in unsatisfactory results (i.e weight gain).
Everyone will have individual results whilst Cleansing, as we are all different, KARMIC Cold Pressed does encourage athletes to simply try a Cleanse first-hand. We are happy to assist where possible.
KAMRIC Cold Pressed Juice
Fasting Enhances Growth Hormone Secretion and Amplifies the Complex
Rhythms of Growth Hormone Secretion in Man
Klan Y. Ho,* Johannes D. Veldhuls,* Michael L. Johnson,* Richard Furlanetto,9 William S. Evans,*
- G. M. M. Alberti,11 and Michael 0. Thomer*
Departments of *Internal Medicine and tPharmacology, University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908;