The tissues that comprise the human body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fasciae) can get pretty beat up if you are a sports enthusiast or just an extremely active individual. Keeping these tissues in top shape will prevent future injury and long term pain. Foam rolling, stretching, sports massage, chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, contrast bath therapy (hot and cold alternation) are just some of the modalities that should be considered as part of a regular exercise program. In keeping the blood flowing through these tissues they will remain healthy and most important flexible.
Source: Muscle & Performance July 2016
Exercise involves biological stress which can lead to controlled short term inflammation in the body. A study with mice is looking into how the immune system may fight cancer by increasing adrenaline. At the university of Copenhagen, scientists injected melanoma cells into two groups of mice. One group were given exercise wheels and the other group were forced to remain sedentary. After 4 weeks the active group showed better signs of fighting off the disease. This group possessed high levels of Adrenaline which alerted Interleukin-6, a substance released by working muscles, which in turn activated the natural killer cells. Lesions were both smaller and less in the active group.
Peas are one of the earliest crops known to man. They can be traced as far back as 9000 B.C. in Southeast Asia. Peas belong to the same family as lentils which means they are also rich in iron. They are fiber rich slowing digestion which can keep the feeling of fullness longer. This can be a great aid for those wishing to lose excess weight. Pea protein powder is a great source of protein for vegans and also for vegetarians who may not be able to consume whey protein because of lactose intolerance. Pea protein does absorb quickly in the body but there is mixed opinion as to whether or not peas contain all the essential amino acids for rebuilding muscle and tissue. To be sure you are getting a full supply of amino acids it is wise to combine them with seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp etc.) to fill in the gaps of any amino acids that may be missing.