A Few Health Tips During Corona Lockdown

This is a tough situation, but that does not mean we have to hit rock bottom in our health. Here are a few good tips for maintaining health during this period.

 

DECREASE CORTISOL LEVELS

High cortisol can wreck havoc on us physically and mentally, here are a few tips on balancing your levels:

DITCH THE ALARM CLOCK

Alarms immediately wake us up into a fight or flight state. This is the opposite of what we should strive for (waking up peacefully…) During a period like this, if waking up early for school or work are not a concern, this is a great opportunity to get on your natural clock. Aiming to fall asleep and wake up around the same times daily will generally allow your body to get in rhythm, and should decrease high cortisol.

BREATH.

Pay attention to your breathing (or lack thereof) especially during times of stress. When I am extra stressed, I will find myself almost naturally holding my breath and then taking short shallow breaths until I realize what is going on and I change my focus to full inhales and deep exhales. It’s amazing how I begin to feel better after 10-15 deep breaths. (TRY IT)!

Look for APPS like Headspace, follow a YOGA video on Youtube, or close your eyes and listen to your favorite songs while you focus on 6-10 second inhale and 6-10 second exhales. Meditation and stretching are both great ways to breath and maintain healthy cortisol levels!

P.S. – One of the reasons aerobic exercise is great is because IT FORCES YOU TO BREATH!

FASTING

Time restricted eating habits can improve immune function, improve blood glucose and insulin levels, cholesterol & triglyceride numbers, decrease inflammation, and balance hormones (to name a few). If you have concerns, talk to your physician about whether or not time restricted eating or intermittent fasting is a good option for you.

The most common time restricted eating practice is eating your full days worth of food in an 8 hour time frame. Calorie restriction is NOT the goal of fasting. The break you give your body from constantly eating on a regular basis (habitual) will pay off.

MODERATE EXERCISE

Exercise in the right dosage is one of the best ways to improve health and boost immune function. There is no debate here.

Chronic cardio -or- extreme amounts of exercise can compromise our immune health. So during a time like this, balance is key (150-300 minutes per week). If you are locked up in the house, over exertion should not be an issue, move as much as you can- to overdue it, you typically have to be going to the extreme day in and day out.

ZERO exercise | sedentary lifestyle in today’s world  is one of the best ways to guarantee health issues arise at some point. Not always, but the odds are against you. Get outside and sweat.

EAT THE RAINBOW

Aim to eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and foods that are not in a package. This is a good time to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen!

SLEEP

Aim for 7 – 9 hours of sleep every day.  This is an excellent opportunity for many folks to create healthy sleep patterns and get our your proper biological clock.

Inadequate sleep is linked to shorter lifespan, hormone imbalances, chronic inflammation, and just about every stress related disease you can imagine… if there is one most important lifestyle factor to focus on, sleep might be at the top.

NOTE: If you get 7+ hours of sleep regularly, but still feel exhausted then you might not be getting quality sleep.

Some things that can disrupt proper sleep patterns may include : more than 2 alcoholic beverages before bed, caffeine consumption after 1:00 PM (even if you think you can drink it and go straight to bed, try tracking your sleep patterns),  THC, too much exercise (it takes A LOT ) , not enough exercise, not consuming enough nutrients, WIFI in or near the bedroom, blue lights in the bedroom,  dehydration, stress, and… well maybe children. Some things are out of our control , most most are not.

GET OUTSIDE

Sunlight, fresh air, dirt, and the sight of earthly objects (like trees, grass, clouds, etc…) all have positive effects on our health. The last thing you want to do is lock yourself inside. You also do not have to go out in public if you are worried, your backyard is just fine 🙂   15-20 minutes of sun hitting as much skin as possible may do the trick.

If you are not getting regular sun exposure, adding in 2,000-3,000 IUs of vitamin D3 with 100-200mcg vitamin K could be a great option.

 

In good health,

Kyle Flowers

 

Getting Back on Track

Getting back on track after a break (more than 2 weeks) -or- in a “sore achy slump.”

Getting back on track or starting a new fitness adventure can go from a great idea full of spark and motivation to a week of crippling pain and regret real quick without a smart plan! I’ve been there, ready to get back where I was in my prime and mentally prepared to crush a week of workouts. There I was, so sore I was embarrassed to be at the gym and so worn out it was hard to get daily activities outside the gym completed.

A comeback doesn’t have to hurt! But you need to keep your pride aside, start back light, lessen the reps, “sandbag” the intensity for a bit, and get high quality nutrients to recover!

1.) Keep all lifts under 60% of your abilities for 2 weeks. Light-perfect movements.

2.) Cut total reps on workout in 1/2 (or more) and do not “redline” your heart rate. Just do the workout for movement and completion for at least 1 week.

3.) Be careful with extreme dieting. Often times people will decide to get back to working out and also jump into a carbohydrate restrictive diet. This can be shocking to your body and leave you mentally and emotionally exhausted.

4.) Talk with a coach about a safe and effective “come back” approach. We want you to accomplish your goals and feel your best. Communication with how you are feeling will help both sides!

KTX Natural Sunscreen

Traditional leading brands of sunscreens are full of harmful chemicals and toxins.

There are more than a few issues with lathering our bodies with this type of  “protection.” FEAR NOT.  Here we come to save the summer… KTX Natural Zinc Lavender Sunscreen for your DIY needs!

A few reasons we believe most sunscreens are trash rather than protection:

1.) Many sunscreens and their ingredients interfere with the utilization of Vitamin D from the sun. The sun is detoxifying (by design) and we not only block this mechanism, or at least minimize it, but we also decrease the absorption of one of the greater cancer fighting vitamins available… vitamin D.

2.) Chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are known to be endocrine disruptors, estrogenic and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.

3.) The most common sunscreen chemical, oxybenzone, was found in 96% of the population by a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is especially alarming since oxybenzone is considered an endocrine disruptor, can reduce sperm count in men and may contribute to endometriosis in women.

4.) The EWG warns against using oxybenzone, especially on children or pregnant/breastfeeding women.

5.) Rather than us having to “prove these chemicals are dangerous” they should first have to prove they are safe before selling us the products. Environmental concerns led Hawaii to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. The ban cited these chemicals as harmful to coral reefs and ocean life. Other places have followed suit, including places like Key West in Florida. Why would we use this on our skin?

6.) Artificial flavors -or- scents as well as the ones that add colors are also estrogenic. For those who care. Why does a sunscreen need to have colors added?  How do you know if colors are added? They list on the ingredients RED (#), BLUE (#), LAKE(#), YELLOW (#)… none of them are safe. Just because you do not die instantly does not mean they are healthy for you.

A short list of other “things” we found in leading brands (even many “natural” ones):

Keep in mind… it took awhile to write these out, there is no way I’m going to examine each one… some may not be bad at all but why risk it when you can do without them?

Avobenzone
Homosalate
Octisalate
Octocrylene
Oxybenzone
Phenyl trimethicone
Ethyl methicone
Triethoxycaprylysilane
Dicaprylyl ether
Ethylexyl isononanoate
PVP
Dimethicone dymethicone crosspolumer
Polyester-27
Acrylates c12-22 alkyl methacrylate

And a short list from the leading “BABY LOTIONS”:

This is the disturbing list… how do we have to recommend people consult their physician to use our homemade suncreens but then this is a list sold for $14 to put on babies? I would NEVER put this on a baby.

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Ethyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Glyceryl Behenate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone/Bis-Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

Lastly, how does 96% of the population encounter oxybenzone? Well, most “things” with the letters “BENZ” in the name are estrogenic in nature. They linger around in our water (similar to ATROZENE) and other herbicides/pesticides like the more popular Roundup Glyphosate…

CHALLENGE: Next time you are in a public swimming pool, river, or lake look around at how many people are lathering these chemicals all over their skin… then look at how the chemicals float on top of the water around these groups of people. Then, watch as they come up out of the water and have a mouthful to spit out… I’m sure the fish love it… and the frogs.

BEFORE WE CONTINUE: WE ARE NOT ADVOCATING AVOIDING SUNSCREENS, especially with long term sun expsosure! – Just the poopy ones. 

Just like in our food chain, we are pushing for cleaner sources. Earth provides every tool we need to live long prosperous lives, we just need to pay attention. Below is one alternative- The KTX sunscreen.

The upfront cost of these supplies is an immediate “turn off.” Purchasing what you need on Amazon will cost around $60 but then you will have way too much sunscreen so unless you are “TEAM MOM” it makes sense to pitch in with a group of like minded humans (or give it to all your children’s friend’s parents so your child isn’t swallowing their friend’s chemicals). Hehe- that was a joke… kind of. You can create a large amount and as you will see BELOW the healthier sunscreens are not cheap. But how many tubs of sunscreen do you go through per year? Not that many…

What you will need:

Coconut Oil
Raspberry Seed Oil
Lavender Oil
Frankincense Oil
100% Zinc Oxide Powder
Shea Butter
Glass Jar

Why we chose each ingredient: (The nerdy stuff)

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil should not be used as a stand-alone sunscreen. You can find battles in the DIY community vs. the I hate everyone community & it is comical. At the end of the day coconut oil has a very low SPF (but still some) but it is very good for your skin… it is the “base” of this formula, we use it for oil (like a lotion) not for the “sun protective properties.” We just need to make that clear.

Raspberry Seed Oil

Raspberry Seed Oil (RSO) has a lot of misinformation behind it… Here at KTX we have formed the belief that it is great for your skin, great in addition to OTHER sunscreen ingredients, and just… GREAT.

If you are interested in a long post on raspberry seed oil benefits here is a link… https://thebestorganicskincare.com/7-fantastic-raspberry-seed-oil-benefits-healthy-skin-for-life/

For those who are skeptical… here is a paragraph from one of the most detailed reads on SPF you will ever find… with the nerdy link below it.

“It is also noted that red raspberry seed oil and caneberry seed oil may be used as all natural SPF essential oils. In the present disclosure an SPF of 30 or greater is enabled using red raspberry seed oil (in lieu of titanium dioxide) in a 4:1 ratio with ZnO (16%) concentration to raise the SPF of a base formulation to above SPF 30. With an 11% concentration of ZnO and red raspberry seed oil in a 4:1 ratio, a spray formulation with an SPF 22 was achieved. The amount of the ultramarine pigment in the composition can range from about 0 to about 25 weight percent of the composition, and preferably from about 1 to about 5 weight percent of the final formulation. Optionally, the sunscreen emulsion can contain one or more additional ingredients, including emollients, waterproofing agents, dry-feel modifiers, insect repellants, antimicrobial preservatives and/or fragrances.”

https://patents.google.com/patent/US9095522B2/en

Lavender Oil

Honestly, it smells delightful. But there is plenty of Google-able information available on lavender’s healing properties. That is why it was our fragrance of choice. If you are concerned about lavender being “bad for boys” fear not… the estrogenic nature of lavender oil compared to things like flax, soy, fragrances, plastics, dyes, etc. is so marginal it is a joke… the joke is so strong that if you use sunscreen from a plastic bottle you are guaranteed to have more of an estrogenic effect than using lavender. The pros outweigh the cons. Don’t buy into the nonsense.

Frankincense Oil

Known as the king of oils. Frankincense oil promotes healthy cell regeneration and keeps existing cells and tissues healthy. It’s useful for skin health, and can help treat dry skin, reverse signs of aging and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.

100% Zinc Oxide Powder

The key SPF ingredient in the mix.

Zinc oxide particles in sunscreen sit invisibly on the surface of your skin bouncing the UV rays off like balls bouncing off a hard surface. There is no chemical reaction at your skin level as there is with chemical sunscreens.

-One of the two UV-A1 sunscreen ingredients approved by the FDA. The other one, avobenzone Is too sketchy in our opinion.

-Gives you broad spectrum protection from UVB all the way through to UV-A1, meaning your skin is getting the best sun protection possible.

-Stable sunscreen ingredient that is much less likely than chemical ingredients to break down in the bottle or on your skin.

-Gives broader protection than titanium dioxide and is cosmetically more elegant to use (aka invisible on your skin)

-Does not typically irritate sensitive skin.

-Not absorbed into your body; it stays on your skin where you put it and where it can protect you from the sun.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.

But if you need more… https://wellnessmama.com/27324/shea-butter-benefits/

Sunscreen Brewmaster Period of Instruction:

Combine following ingredients in a glass jar*

1 Cup Coconut Oil
1.5 Tablespoons Raspberry Seed Oil
2 Tablespoons Shea Butter

Place glass jar in a pan that has a few inches of water slightly heated (we had it on 3) until it was all melted together then turn off the heat…

Once mixture has melted together stir in the master SPF:

2 tablespoons of Zinc Oxide powder.

Once the lotion has cooled add the following*:

10 Drops Lavender Oil
10 Drops Frankincense Oil

*We did not want to cook the essential oils. They have nourishing properties & they might remain after heating, but we did not want to risk it.

The sunscreen is ready for use at this point, however it seemed “more legit” after sitting out a day or so.

Notes:

We made a bulk batch… so to come up with these numbers we just divided the total amounts used by 12… also, this is not advanced chemistry, if you add more or less of each ingredient you will be just fine.

*8+ oz mason jar should be fine. Just make sure the opening is large enough for your hand when it is time to apply. We ordered the fancy looking jars on Amazon. I will use a mason jar next time because it was a mess.

You could use more or less zinc oxide depending on the level of blockage you desire. This amount did not leave the skin white and prevented all “test subject” participants from sunburn at the beach. Tanning still occurred.

FAQs

Please ship any questions to the comments or email info@ktx.fit ! 

1.

Q: Is this safe for babies?

A: Always consult your physician. However, when inspecting “leading brands” of baby/toddler sunscreens it is astonishing how many chemicals are in some of these. So, always keep an eye on the ingredients.

2.

Q: What is the total SPF?

A: We have not tested this in a lab, so the exact number is unclear. The more zinc oxide you add the greater protection you will have.

3.

Q: Can I use different essential oils rather than lavender and frankincense?

A: Yes.

4.

Q: Does the oil separate?

A: We experienced some separation as the warm liquid began to cool off (harden). Simply swirl your finger in the sunscreen before applying. (We assume this is the reason for many additives in traditional sunscreens.

Metabolic Side of Cancer

CANCER RADIATION: We highly encourage everyone to focus on key life markers but particularly if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer and is considering radiation.

If you have elevated insulin above 3

Igf levels above 100

A1C above 5

and/or

Fasted Blood Glucose above 85

cancer cells will not respond appropriately to radiation.

These same markers as well as many others should be tested on a regular basis as part of a “panel” starting at a young age.

Parents should be aware of their children’s baseline numbers including what genetic factors put them at higher risks and how their gut biome. This may all seem extreme, but it should be common talk.

Exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle habits are key to maintaining healthy panels.

Beyond Aminos for Performance, Anti-anxiety meds, and All the Essentials

FOOD for thought:

Branched-Chain Amino Acids only account for roughly 35% of the essential amino acids in our muscles. That leaves 65%…. BCAAs are out. Vegans trying to gain muscle or “vegan athletes” could consider supplementing LEUCINE specifically due to MANY vegans lacking proper leucine levels for muscle growth but we see no reason to load up on BCAAs without other essentials. BCAAs are cheaper than EAAs (duh). There is an abundance of marketing claims behind BCAAs (but they are so 2005). We recommend eating real food sources of protein and supplement with EAAs for specific application.

Specific applications may include:
Brain health (sleep, mood, anxiety)
Muscle Preservation (growth and maintenance)
Gut Health
Sports Performance
Nursing (yes, that is correct…)
… and many others.

How we formulated KTX Nutrition’s Essential Amino product:

1.) There is a very specific ratio needed of essential amino acids to make protein. The balance study is done on nitrogen utilization.

2.) We removed L-histidine. Arguably an essential amino acid, L-histidine can be formed by the body with the proper ratios of the 8 essentials and has been proven to decrease the efficacy of the other EAAs from 99% to 94% when consumed in addition to Arginine. Every % counts.

3.) We use 100% L-Form aminos. Any aminos not “L-Form” are essentially useless and a waste of money. Many supplements will claim high numbers of amino acids but really they are just loaded with “fillers” like “r-form” or those no listing any “L-” before the amino type.

4.) Our aminos will not cause a blood glucose spike, insulin sensitivity, and are not “cheap quality” like BCAAs. The essentials contain branched chain aminos L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine however these BCAAs are not “superdosed” like many other products and they are in proper nutrition balance.

EAAs compared to FOOD:

Products like “whey protein” may only convert 15-20% of the protein by weight into useable Aminos. This means 100 grams of whey protein consumed would compare to taking 20 grams of essential amino acids, but will also likely add some undesirable gastric effects, unfavorable uric acid levels, as well as inflammatory issues at this amount.

Similar to Aminos in the form of BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), up to 70% of a beef steak can be converted into carbohydrate once consumed. Over consumption of these proteins will spike blood glucose, create insulin sensitivity, and are not ideal protein forms. This is one of the main reasons many people who eat excess flesh meat protein without a balanced diet have metabolic health concerns.

Lastly, egg whites are still trending (we don’t know why). Approximately 16% of the protein consumed from egg whites is effectively utilized into body protein. This is a horrible conversation rate and the egg white lacks the nutrients and supportive aminos that come along with the yolk. This is mainly in part to the majority of the methionine existing in the yolk, which increases the efficacy of the protein retention from the WHOLE EGG. We encourage whole egg or no egg at all. (+ they should be free range eggs).

SO What Are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and serve as the catalyst for nearly every chemical process in the body. Most people associate amino acids purely with protein synthesis and muscle gain, but they’re also necessary for nearly every other physiological function, including enzyme production, hormone regulation, cognitive ability, neurotransmitter balance, and metabolism. There are 20 amino acids in total, and all of them are required to make these vital processes happen.

What Are the Essential Amino Acids (EAAs)?

Of the 20 amino acids, nine are classified as essential. Essential amino acids are the ones that the body can’t produce itself; they must be acquired through diet, specifically from protein-rich foods like meat, fish, and eggs, and of course, amino acid supplements. EAAs support the body in several critical ways:

Lysine plays a role in growth hormone secretion, which supports muscle repair and recovery. It’s also a critical component of structural proteins like collagen and elastin, which are important for building strong connective tissue.

Methionine helps the body process and eliminate fat, promotes cardiovascular health, and supports liver function to help the body eliminate toxins.

Phenylalanine has a pain-killing and antidepressant effect and is necessary for the synthesis of norepinephrine and dopamine. It also stimulates the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are critical for nervous system function.

Threonine supports fat metabolism and immune function. Like lysine, it’s also a crucial component of structural proteins and connective tissue.

Tryptophan is a precursor for serotonin, which regulates sleep, appetite, and mood. It also has pain-suppressing qualities and can increase pain tolerance during hard workouts or competitions.

Leucine is critical for protein synthesis, blood sugar regulation, and growth hormone production.

Isoleucine helps prevent muscle from breaking down during exercise, which could lead to faster recovery. It’s also important for immune function, hemoglobin production, and energy regulation.

Valine helps stimulate muscle regeneration and is involved in energy production.

Histidine is a precursor to histamine. Histidine’s status as “essential” is debatable since it can be easily produced in the presence of the other essential amino acids. This is why histidine did not make the cut in our “essentials blend.”

What Are the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)?

Three of the essential amino acids – leucine, isoleucine, and valine – are known as the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), named for their branched chemical structure.

The BCAAs are unique because they are metabolized in the muscle instead of the liver. This means that they’re available in the bloodstream soon after ingestion and can be used for quick energy during exercise. BCAA supplements are popular among athletes because they’ve been linked with increased muscle mass, decreased fatigue, and improved glycogen storage.

However, the supposed benefits of BCAAs are often embellished, misunderstood, and some even flat out wrong.

The Problem with BCAAs:

A recent meta-analysis of research conducted between 1985 and 2017 revealed zero human studies in which BCAAs alone were responsible for more efficient protein synthesis or improved athletic performance.

In fact, the meta-analysis detailed two studies which found that BCAAs decreased muscle protein synthesis and actually accelerated the catabolic rate of lean tissue. This means that muscle was being broken down faster than it could be repaired.

The catabolic state was so aggressive in the presence of BCAAs because the body was rapidly trying to derive the other essential amino acids to complete protein synthesis. Without a complete profile of essential amino acids, the body was left with no choice but to break down muscle to derive the six that were missing.

In other words, BCAAs do not work in isolation; all of the essential amino acids are required to complete protein synthesis.

The study concluded that the idea that BCAA supplements stimulate muscle growth or produce an anabolic response is entirely unwarranted. And that’s just the beginning. In addition to being ineffective for building muscle or faster recovery, BCAAs can also have deleterious effects on overall health:

High doses of BCAAs can deplete B vitamins. The utilization of BCAAs requires several B vitamin cofactors. This siphoning of B vitamins can disrupt the hundreds of other biological functions that require them including digestion, nervous system function, cognition, and hormone production.

An overabundance of BCAAs can hinder serotonin production. The BCAAs and tryptophan both use the same carrier system to get to the brain. This means an overabundance of BCAAs will disrupt the brain’s uptake of tryptophan and therefore create a shortage of serotonin. Low serotonin can cause depression, anxiety, sleep problems, carbohydrate cravings, attention disorders, and more.

BCAAs may cause insulin resistance and interfere with blood glucose regulation. Increased BCAA levels are associated with a high risk of metabolic disorder and insulin resistance, and may even predict the development of type 2 diabetes

Why EAAs Are Superior to BCAAs

Despite all of this, BCAAs are still essential for human health and actually serve as a good source of fuel for workouts.

They simply don’t build muscle in isolation.

You need adequate levels of all of the essential amino acids to optimize health and complete protein synthesis. Think of it this way: BCAAs begin the process of protein synthesis, and the other six EAAs complete the process.

This is why it’s best to choose supplements that contain all of the essential amino acids if you truly want to maximize performance, recovery, and well-being.

Health Benefits of Essential Amino Acids:

Muscle Maintenance: EAAs have significant muscle-preserving effects, especially when training in a fasted state. These include decreased indicators of muscle damage and the maintenance of a healthy inflammatory response.

Exercise Recovery: Supplementing with EAAs post-workout increases muscle protein synthesis and net muscle protein balance. This may stimulate faster recovery and reduce fatigue after training.

Appetite Regulation: Having a sufficient balance of amino acids may help normalize appetite because EAAs activate the brain cells that regulate hunger and satiety.

Cognitive Function: Appropriate levels of tryptophan are necessary to produce serotonin and optimize cognitive performance.

Improved Sleep: Amino acid supplementation has been shown to improve sleep and mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

Metabolic Health: Proper ratios of amino acids could increase red blood cell count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and serum albumin. They can also lower fasting blood glucose, support better red blood cell formation, and improve glycogen replenishment

Fasting and Ketosis: Ingestion of high amounts of leucine triggers an insulin spike, which may “break a fast” and interfere with ketosis. However, this only happens when leucine levels aren’t balanced by the other EAAs, which help buffer the glycemic response. The insignificant insulin response from a supplement with the proper ratios of EAAs won’t interfere with fasting or ketosis, and might even make them easier!*

*The one exception is fasting for autophagy or cellular healing. In this case we support water fasting with nutrient dense re-feeds, where EAAs can be used in conjunction with healing foods. For the proposes of insulin and performance goals EAAs may be used in a fasted state pre, intra, and post workout with great success.

Conclusion

EAAs crush BCAAs as the best amino acid supplement, and their benefits go far beyond building muscle. EAAs are a true nutritional powerhouse that can help you optimize your training, recovery, sleep, mood, and so much more.

If you would like to purchase the greatest aminos in the history of the world we won’t judge… just follow the link below.

https://ktxnutrition.store/products/ktx-eaa

Life is More than Just Flesh Meat

Most of our culture today views “protein” as animal meat. This protein obsession at overly high levels is not only toxic to us but the meat we consume is lacking the structure and nutrients that they once contained.

“Flesh meat” makes up the mass majority of the animal consumed today. Although this flesh meat contains large amounts of essential amino acids, the majority of the micronutrients and healing components come from areas of the animal we need to re-familiarize ourselves with. Our ancestors consumed the vital organs, connective tissues, bone marrow, and used every bit of the animal. Today we end up with all sorts of different “meat products” loaded with chemical flavorings and preservatives as well as MSG and many “others.”

One way to alleviate health issues we are experiencing today we need to take steps BACK to how our earth and foods were designed. This is much more complex than just eating clean animal sources and more varieties of organ meats…

Animals originated on earth eating luscious clean grass high in omega 3s & “CLA” as well as fruits and vegetables. Not grain pellets. Chickens were small and ate bugs… not genetically modified corn.

Herbicides and pesticides came in the form of herbs, spices, and he right balance of “bugs” which allowed for a healthy environment. We are a long, long, way from the way things were designed but we can use these ancestrial principles and COMMON SENSE applications to begin the “reversing process” or at the very least try our best to avoid these damaging chemicals and replace them with healthier options.

MEAT EATERS

Carnivors should eat more than just flesh meat. Bone broths, organ meats, or supplemental liver, kidney, heart, & collagen products should be used in addition to consuming meat products. ESPECIALLY for those who do not get these vital enzymes and vitamins through vegetables and fruit consumption.

Organ Meats

We like local, grass fed and free range organ meats from places like Katerra Market in Katy i.t found at your local farmers market.

Bone Broth

We make our own bone broths but we also support Kettle & Fire Bone broths found commonly at local grocers.

Collagen & Supplemental

This is the most practical starting point for most people in this process. They are easy, convenient, and when purchased from reliable sources you know they are high quality. We like Ancestral Supplements and Vital Proteins.

Many of the nutrient deficiencies commonly seen today can be fixed with adding in a wide variety of these vital animal organs and tissues. We believe they are better options than traditional synthetic vitamins and this is a step in the healthier direction!

MORE RESOURCES

https://chriskresser.com/how-to-eat-more-organ-meats/

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/05/are-organ-meats-good-for-you.aspx

https://ancestralsupplements.com

https://www.vitalproteins.com

No see ums Rant

Oh no, here I go again… the relapse. Started talking about bug reactions then all hell broke lose. This is what happens when I have an hour to kill sitting in a parking lot. Don’t worry, I wasn’t mugged. I know everyone is scared to sit in a parking lot these days and the only people who sit in their cars in parking lots are crazy guys waiting to attack (that was sarcasm).

So it all started with…

The great bug outbreak “no see ums” of 2019 is leaving people feeling miserable and scared of bugs. Let me first ruffle some feathers by saying this is going to be more and more common due to the auto immune epidemic we are facing that we all seem to be ignoring.

Trust me, I get it… without anyone trying to throw the race card at me please just understand growing up I was often told I had “that white boy skin.” I would react to EVERYTHING under the sun (literally the sun too). The further removed from real food and natural healing we become as a culture the more prevalent these systematic reactions are going to be.

Listen… I didn’t have white boy skin I had poor gut health, my body was inflamed, and I didn’t have the nutrients I needed to heal because I was living the traditional western modernized “dream.”

Wake up: eat sugary stuff covered with cows mucus.

Take allergy medications so I could breath followed by anti biotic to “cure” my acne & be on my way to school…

oh wait I skipped a step… I had to brush my teeth with the leading brand of artificially sweetened fluoride toothpaste and lathered my armpits with chemically infused aluminum deodorant because heaven forbid I sweat. Oh and then I had to squirt aqua di gio Armani right on my neck so It could absorb into my pours & the ladies would think I smelt like a true flower 🌸 not like a Kyle flower.

Then I would sit in classroom ready to eat my heavily processed “excellent school district food choices.” More concerned about the headache I had and the anxiety from my acne than what the teacher was saying. Kinda hard to process all that info with the brain fog I was experiencing anyways.

Then I would make sure I had my 50grams of sugar sports drink with extra yellow 5 since that’s what Micheal Jordan drank & I wanted to be the best. I would make sure I had extra fresh hose water at practice so I didn’t get cramps.

When I got home I was careful that I had at least a quarter gallon (32+ ounces) of cows milk with dinner since I would choke if I didn’t drink when I ate and I needed to have strong bones.

I want everyone to know it doesn’t have to be like that. These dramatic reactions seem “NORMAL” now since so many people have them.

I believe these reactions, although each unique, prove weakness in different systematic processes.

Here me out….

Histamine reactions, food sensitivities, allergic reactions, inability to handle the sun, auto immune symptoms, acne (just to name a few) all tie into the SIBO or small intestine bacterial overgrowth, a distinctional gut lacking the bacteria and enzymes it needs (dysbiosis).

These dramatic skin reactions directly tie into our full systematic healing.

INFLAMMATION

DISFUNCTIONAL GUT

CELLULAR HEALTH

Same words all day long…

The last week I just handled a poison ivy reaction the best I ever have in my life. Traditionally speaking that stuff would last me around 3 weeks spreading around my entire body and nether regions. This time however, the reaction was controlled for about a week, no creams or crazy chemical baths involved like I tried in the past.. my immune system is almost to where it should be.

Mosquito and bug bites used to tear me up also. I would get huge red swelling and if I itched them the red scratch marks would show and would swell also. During this same time frame I would need regular doses of the trending allergy medications as well.

The signs of poor health were all so obvious looking back:

Allergies

Asthma

Acne

Anger

Anxiety

Depression

Athletes foot

Extreme food intolerances

Skin reactions to you name it

Sunburn easily

I’m still healing… it’s a long process and lifestyle shift.

You can do it. Your family can do it.

But…. good luck doing it alone. It requires understanding, patience, persistence ( all the Ps), and lots and lots of practice.

People are going to call you crazy. Those are lies.

There will be times when you want to say EFFF this because it’s so much more convenient to go back to your old habits. Reach for people stronger than you in different areas that will push you to grow.

Continue to learn and grow together.

People will act like you aren’t the same anymore… well… if you are growing then you aren’t the same.

Changing your lifestyle is hard because ITS YOUR LIFE.

Changing an entire families’ lifestyle is impossible if you haven’t changed your own.

Katy Texas needs help. We do not have the quality restaurants, fresh foods required, clean water sources, and enough TRUE health practitioners readily available to handle a QUARTER MILLION PEOPLE.

I’m sick of preaching like a clown because the misinformation out there is what the 99% believe in the Katy area. But it is what it is. I’m sick of it but I won’t stop so “whatever.”

I love Katy. I was born and raised here. The “Health Revolution” Dr. in Katy “dr. Hotze” is not affordable to anyone under the top 15-20% financially in Katy particularly the middle class who have 3+ kids.

If you want to start a health revolution how about you offer services to middle and lower class as well as train up a network of local physicians who can practice what you preach. Trust me, I get it, it’s not that easy. I am trying to do the same in Katy except I’m not even a doctor and I don’t have even close to the amount of money as this dude so I’m just whining cause I’m surrounded by this stuff 24/7. Ooops “shots fired.”

Well we all are surrounded by this stuff just open your eyes and look around.