The Best Type of Exercise for Recovery

Three main types of movements:

1. Isometric:  You are holding a pose. You are contracting your muscles, but you are not lengthening or shortening the muscles. 

For example you are in a push-up position and you are contracting your muscles but you are not lengthening or shortening that muscle. You are just holding that pose while your muscles are in contraction.  That is called isometric.

2. Concentric:           You are shortening the muscle while contracting. 

For example, you are bending your elbow. 

3. Eccentric:  You are lengthening the muscle while contracting. 

It is also called negative training.  For example, you are straightening your arm. There are many different examples of eccentric: walking down a hill you are going to use a lot of eccentric type motions. Another example, you do a pull-up okay and then you let yourself down very slowly or you are in a push-up position and you are letting yourself down you are not concentrically pushing you are letting yourself down slowly so it is kind of a reversal of a certain motion. Another example would be you have these bands at the gym this band is connected with your arm and you are contracting away from your body. That would be concentric.  Eccentric is letting it down closer to your body.

Eccentric motions can have a lot of benefits. There are actually more benefits of eccentric motions than concentric type motions.

Benefits of eccentric motions: 

1. It may produce bigger, faster, and stronger muscles.

For example, gym and you are doing bench press. Push the weight up to as far as you can and then you bring it down really slowly.  You are actually getting more benefit on this reverse motion. You are actually stronger you can do more reps that way but they are going to have to spot you too because you are not going to be able to do the other motion as much but you can get bigger muscles faster muscles and stronger muscles by focusing on the eccentric motion.

2. There is greater force. You are going to have more disruption and that is what creates the delayed soreness even more than the concentric motion.

3. You will get the best repair possible. A lot of people in rehab physical therapy chiropractic use this type of therapy.

4. Better for tendon. For example, if there is a problem with tendon, fascia or after surgery because there is way more strength in that direction and you can scale it down where there is just a little bit of motion and you can slowly progress and improve things on a nice gradual basis and see a lot of improvement in the tendon function.

5. Eccentric motions are more efficient (less mitochondrial adaptation)

6. Eccentric motion is good for people with sarcopenia, osteopenia, or tendon damage. It is really good for sarcopenia, which is a condition where people are getting older and they are losing their muscles this is a safer type of an exercise.

And then we have osteopenia, which is kind of a precursor to osteoporosis. It is a very good exercise to do for that.

Also, if you have tendon damage in the shoulder or you had you ripped your Achilles tendon or you damaged medial collateral ligaments on your knee this would be a great rehab type exercise.

Eccentric motions may produce more metabolic rate, more improvement with inflammation, and less inflammation.

This type of motion produces more metabolic rate more improvement with inflammation it actually produces less inflammation, which leads to a whole series of additional benefits.

This blog is meant to bring your awareness up of the eccentric movement. It is beneficial if you are trying to recover a certain part of your body.

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, The Best Type of Exercise for Recovery

Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.

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The Most Important Action You Can Take If You Have Adrenal Fatigue.

The Adrenal can become burnt out.

If you have too much adrenal function like too much cortisol it’s called Cushing’s.

If you have a deficiency of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, that is called Addison’s.

The two big symptoms of adrenal fatigue are chronic fatigue and chronic inflammation.  Cortisol normally is an anti-inflammatory. But if the adrenals are weak or you run out of cortisol or it does not work anymore because of cortisol resistance then you get inflammation.

Continue readingThe Most Important Action You Can Take If You Have Adrenal Fatigue.

The 9 Signs That You Are Eating Too Much Fat.

When you are doing the healthy Ketogenic diet, usually you are eating more fat and the body has to adapt to it but some people could overdo it.

You may be eating fat and it is not really fully breaking down. When you do keto usually you are eating more fat and you have to adapt to it. Your gallbladder and your liver have to adapt to that fat.  Some people can overdo it especially if they are adding MCT oil, butter, coconut oil and bulletproof coffee.

You need a good liver to make the bile, a good gallbladder to store it and then you also need a good pancreas to release the lipase enzyme. Your pancreas and your gallbladder work together to help you digest fat.

These are some of the signs that you are just overdoing it a bit.

Continue reading “The 9 Signs That You Are Eating Too Much Fat.”

Healthy Gut, Healthy Human. Good Health Is Our Birth Right!

Our bodies have complete power to keep themselves healthy, to repair any damage and heal themselves.

Unfortunately, many of us pollute our bodies with processed foods and chemicals and we use and abuse our bodies with our modern self-indulgent life styles.

When the body becomes ill from this abuse, it starts calling for help. We get pain, stiffness, inflammation and other symptoms.

Continue reading “Healthy Gut, Healthy Human. Good Health Is Our Birth Right!”

Ketogenic Diet – Dr. Jong Rho, MD – How Ketones Affect Whole Body Metabolism and Inflammation.

The connection between the Ketogenic Diet and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) has fascinated me.  Dr. Rho supports that connection in this very informative interview. Sit back and relax while Dr. Rho tells you how you can improve your health by diet.

Dr. Rho’s Elevator Pitch: The primary lesson from the ketogenic diet is that a simple alteration in the type of foods we eat is the basis for preventing disease, treating disease and is something that can be done pragmatically without billions of dollars and the decades needed for drug development. Fats are not bad. Through the unfounded philosophy that fats are bad, we have created a health problem throughout the world.

Continue reading “Ketogenic Diet – Dr. Jong Rho, MD – How Ketones Affect Whole Body Metabolism and Inflammation.”

Wheat Makes You Fat In Three Ways

Wheat Makes You Fat In Three Ways
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I know we love our bread, but did you know….
There are three major hidden reasons that wheat products, not just gluten is a major contributor to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, depression and so many other modern ills.
Today’s wheat products is made from a scientifically engineered food product developed in the last 50 years. It is different in three important ways that all drive obesity and more.

  1. It contains a Super Starch — amylopectin A that is super fattening. (It fluffs up Bread and Cinnabons).
  2. It contains a form of Super Gluten that is super-inflammatory. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt and oats.
  3. It contains forms of a Super Drug that is super-addictive and makes you crave and eat more.
    • Bottom line: wheat is an addictive appetite stimulant.
A major study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that hidden gluten sensitivity (elevated antibodies without full-blown celiac disease) was shown to increase risk of death by 35 to 75 percent, mostly by causing heart disease and cancer. 
How Eating gluten causes inflammation, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.
  • Most of the increased risk occurs when gluten triggers inflammation that damages the gut lining.
  • Then all the bugs and partially-digested food particles inside your intestine get across the gut barrier and are exposed your immune system.
  • Your immune system starts attacking these foreign proteins, leading to systemic inflammation that then causes heart disease, dementia, cancer, diabetes and more.
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May you Live Long Healthy,
Yours Truly,
Lydia Polstra
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