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High performance needs a robust balance

During extreme athletic performance, the body is subjected to all kinds of different stress factors from both outside and in, which may jeopardise its delicate balance.

In my experience, the body is generally confronted with two critical situations when it comes to high-performance sport: tiredness and exhaustion on the one hand and gastrointestinal problems on the other.

 

Tired connections between the brain and the muscles

 

Brain activity and neuro-muscular recruitment is a reciprocal process. If you want to achieve top performance, your brain has to be completely present and alert in order to guarantee optimal communication of the right messages to your muscles. As fatigue slowly gains the upper hand, the brain’s control of those signals becomes weaker and weaker. A flood of different signals starts peppering the muscles without interruption.

Within milliseconds millions of stimuli from the body's inside and the environment are send via different sensory organs and the spine to the brain.

All stimuli are processed in the brain, and up-dated with the reference values. The calculated differences between the actual and the target value are then adequately corrected and send to the periphery.

If the stimuli and impulses are from the muscles and joints, then the action following is the respective course of movements. This cycle is reiterated permanently. Without a break sensory signals are transformed into locomotor actions.

That loss of control in signal transmission between the brain and the muscle groups and vice versa can lead to cramps, complete over-exertion and total exhaustion. That exhaustion is localised within the central nervous system, not the musculature. Consequently, you need your brain to be at the peak of its powers in order to achieve your best performance. Ultimately, the outcome of any performance during a race, for instance, is decided in the head. Exercise ends in brain.

Regeneration – time to rebuild, control inflammation and heal

 

Regeneration is a highly active phase of physical development. If you see it from that perspective, it will probably be easier for you to accept the need to take a rest without feeling guilty. Biestmilch, with its potential to modulate inflammation, is of inestimable value in this outwardly inactive phase of training.

It is generally well known that strong physical exertion goes hand-in-hand with micro-injuries to the muscles, tendons, connective tissue and tiniest blood vessels. These mini-injuries are necessary to encourage the muscles to adjust to higher demands. Such injuries may affect only the muscle membranes, individual fibres or the entire bundle of fibres.

The tiniest amount of inflammation due to muscle fibre tears is necessary as a means of making the muscle cells adjust to higher levels of exertion. The cycle goes like this: trauma - inflammation – healing/adaptation, trauma – ...

The reasons for such microlesions s are not only the mechanical stress, but also temperature fluctuations within the tissue, impeded blood flow, a change in hydrogen concentration or a flood of free oxygen radicals and/or a lack of energy supply. The injuries may be so tiny that you don’t even notice them or so severe that they present as persistent muscle pain (DOMS, Delayed Onset Of Muscle Soreness).

Creatinekinase and higher myoglobin values than usual within the blood are typical in such cases. All these injuries stimulate the inflammation processes within the body. But such inflammatory processes should not be viewed as negative, for they also form the basis of all the healing and adjustment processes which ultimately produce the desired training effect.

Healing processes require a strong and balanced immunity

 

Our immune system controls the inflammation processes and subsequent healing processes. An intact immune system can heal micro-injuries within three to five days. When micro-injuries do not heal well due to a weakened immune system – which may occur, for instance, as a result of allowing insufficient recovery time – muscle tears and tendon injuries may eventuate.

Every form of inflammation requires energy, whether it be an injury or an infection, and thus leads to a drop in performance. Due to the fact that all muscle fibres are never activated at the same time – studies cite a maximum of 50% in the case of elite athletes – a muscle may be able to tolerate over-exertion for quite a long period of time. Different fibres are activated on a type of rotation system. The pattern of active fibres may even change during a single session of exertion, when parts of the muscles find the time to regenerate even though the whole muscle is not given an appropriate recovery period.

 

Efficient development processes require recovery times

 

During physical exertion, the decomposition processes predominate. The metabolism is catabolic, cortisol and catecholamine levels in the blood rise and the inflammatory components of the immune system are activated. During regeneration – the time for building up the cells and tissues – the opposite applies. In that phase, energy is urgently required for protein synthesis. The adjustment of the muscles to a higher level of performance can begin. Muscle development occurs only during this recovery phase and is the whole purpose of exerting the muscles in the first place. You may have a guilty conscience as you appear to be doing nothing, but your body is not being lazy. It is working very hard during your rest periods.

BIESTMILCH IN SPORT FOR REGENRATION AND ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

 

Biestmilch, with its immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory potential, can make a positive impact on regeneration and performance. Biestmilch is a food that is simple to take, irrespective of body weight or age. Immunity is at the heart of all wellbeing. Biestmilch not only strengthens immunity on a long-term basis during training and competition but also in the stressful situations of everyday life.  

 

Biestmilch for moderately regular sporting activity

 

If you feel healthy and well, the standard dose of 900 mg of Biestmilch per day is sufficient. You should take Biestmilch every day. Make Biestmilch part of your daily diet. It is not necessary to take breaks from consuming Biestmilch as there are no habituation effects.

 

Biestmilch for intense sporting activity

 

When you intensify your training (scope and intensity), you can increase the amount of Biestmilch by 3 to 4 times the standard dose (900 mg). Ideally you should take 2/3 of your Biestmilch in the morning and 1/3 after your training. Should you ever feel you are coming down with something, take some more Biestmilch. It is recommended you take 4 to 8 g for this purpose. The BIEST BOOSTER is an excellent choice in such cases.

 

If you suffer from lactose intolerance, start by taking a small amount of Biestmilch and increase the dose gradually. Milk allergies should not deter you from taking Biestmilch. But it always pays to be cautious and begin with a small dose (150-300 mg).