Lead an Active Lifestyle! Here's Why.

If you lead an active lifestyle you feel better.   What!!! you knew that already!

Here are more reasons to pick the stairs over the elevator or walk to the corner store instead of driving. All of these small lifestyle choices make a big difference with your overall health.

Reason 1) Nitric oxide... bottom line you need this element to regulate alot of functions concerning your blood and heart. By eating leafy greens, moderate exercise and eating antioxidants you stay healthier.

read below for the full article from : humann.com/science/body-makes-nitric-oxide/

Reason 2) Glucose Transporter #4, (aka Glut-4)

We have 12 Glut transporters known, but only one can be triggered with exercise to start using the glucose in your blood. 

What I'm saying is if you're active you will use the sugar in your blood instead of storing it as fat, and the cells don't need insulin to use the glucose. More active, more able to use glucose more efficiently. More efficient energy usage, less fat storage. Its a win, win!

Here's a video explaining the Glute-4

Nitric oxide (NO) is one of the most important molecules produced in the human body.  It regulates many important cell functions including regulation of healthy blood flow and healthy blood pressure levels, communication between cells in the brain as well as how our body defends itself against pathogens.  Since its discovery and being awarded a Nobel Prize, we now know that there are two primary pathways for the production of nitric oxide.  Each contributes about 50% of the total body nitric oxide production.  When one fails the other can compensate.  When both fail, bad things may happen and people begin to get sick from dysfunctional cells and organ systems.  Below we describe the two pathways for nitric oxide production, what can go wrong with each pathway, and most importantly how to help fix it.

Pathway 1: Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) pathway

Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is an enzyme found in our endothelial cells, the cells that line all blood vessels throughout the body.  This enzyme converts L-arginine into nitric oxide through a very complex and complicated reaction.  This enzyme loses its function as we age so that by the time we are about 40 years old this enzyme is only about 50% functional. If you happen to smoke, don’t exercise on a regular basis or eat a poor diet, the activity of this enzyme becomes even less.  Loss of this enzyme function is recognized as the earliest event in the progression of age related ailments.  Research has shown that taking L-arginine will not be effective if this enzyme is broken. One way to help fix the NOS pathway is to focus on getting moderate physical exercise on a regular basis and eat foods with a high antioxidant capacity.

Pathway 2: Nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway

This food-enabled pathway is supported by a diet high in nitrate enriched green leafy vegetables such as beets, kale or spinach. Inorganic nitrate, when consumed through vegetables is converted into nitrite and nitric oxide by oral bacteria.  This pathway does not decline with age but is dependent upon our diet and the presence or absence of very specific oral nitrate reducing bacteria.  If you do not eat enough nitrate enriched foods, this pathway is not functional.  Furthermore, if you do eat plenty of nitrate rich foods but lack the right oral bacteria due to poor oral hygiene or use of antiseptic mouthwash, this pathway is not functional and you can become deficient in nitric oxide. One way to help fuel the nitrate to nitrite to nitric oxide pathway is to eat high nitrate foods such as green leafy vegetables like beets, kale or spinach as long as you have the right oral bacteria.  However, there is a wide variation in the nitrate content of vegetables depending on where they are grown and the farming practices so you may not be getting enough nitrate from the foods you eat to effectively stimulate this pathway.