Amino Acid Content

stack of booksGreetings! For all of the students searching for the Amino Acid content that used to be here, please follow this link for the Kindle edition and this link for the paperback edition. Thanks!

More frightening information on soy…..

More disturbing information on the results of consuming soy have surfaced from Dr. Mercola. Please read his most recent article on the effects of soy.

Amino Acids Therapy “Study” ≈ Week 5

Written by: Rebecca Baird, July 28, 2010

This week brought with it some enormous struggles, mostly emotional and relational. The benefit ride, “Kelly’s Ride”, was held on Saturday, July 24th, and was perhaps one of the most difficult days, emotionally, which I have had since Kelly was killed. The ride was a wonderful success and will help Kelly’s daughter Sabrina, with many of her needs including braces and college. I had not been able to go to the ride because I live 3,000 miles away from Maine, where the ride was taking place. Everything was fine until someone posted a picture of Kelly’s grave site. That was it for me. I felt that overwhelming feeling of great loss all over again. I am very thankful that God showed me how amino acids affect my emotions and how to combat even the most emotional times. I doubled up on the calming aminos and the aminos which help regain rational thinking; Acetyl-L-carnitine (mental clarity), DLPA (used to handle stress), L-Glutamine (sustain mental ability), L-Lysine (improves stress tolerance), Theanine (promotes relaxation without causing drowsiness, improves learning), and Taurine (calming neurotransmitter which stabilizes the heartbeat and electrical activity of the nerves, improves mental performance).

The result was most interesting. I began to feel better and think more rationally about things and was able to put things back into perspective. The clarity and reaffirmation that God is in control and everything happens for a reason came rushing back to me like a long lost friend. I still feel a great sense of loss, but it is not debilitating.

On a different note, one of the great things that happened this week happened while researching all of the amino acids and their effect they have on our bodies. Several of the amino acids actually metabolize fats! Do I hear an Amen?! Taurine is a fat metabolizer, L-tyrosine reduces body fat, L-ornithine decreases body fat, L-lysine improves fat metabolism, L-carnitine metabolizes fat, L-arginine decreases body fat, and DLPA regulates metabolism.

Another finding was that some of the amino acids actually promote the formation of collagen, which promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails. L-Arginine increases collagen, L-Cysteine aids in the formation of collagen, L-Lysine forms collagen, and L-Proline is essential for the synthesis of collagen. Since I, and most women, want beautiful, young looking skin, this is a really great, natural, way to increase collagen production.

What’s missing in your diet?

Written by: Rebecca Baird, May 25, 2010

Fad diets limit or eliminate the necessary intake of vitamins, minerals, and fats. This is true because fad diets claim that the way to lose weight is by limiting or eliminating one or more of the major food groups; grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans, and fats. Grains supply the body with necessary fiber, iron, and B vitamins; thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid. Vegetables and fruits provide potassium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, folate, and antioxidants which can help prevent diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Milk helps the body build strong teeth and bones and provides calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. Meat and beans provide protein to help build muscle, vitamin E, iron, zinc, magnesium, and the B vitamins; niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and B6 (USDA, 2009). Fats are necessary for energy, to help our body absorb fat soluble vitamins A, S, E, and K, to help our body produce endorphins (substances in the brain that produce a feeling of wellbeing) and to protect cell walls. A diet low in fat will produce symptoms such as dry skin, low resistance to infection and bruising, hair loss, and poor growth among many other symptoms (Eating Disorders Online, 2010).

Specifically limiting or eliminating carbohydrates (from the grain, fruit, and vegetable food group) such as vegetables, fruit, and whole grain, from the diet can cause serious health issues including strain on kidneys and dehydration (Stein, et al, 1999). According to Web MD, strain on the kidneys, kidney stones, or possible kidney failure is caused by “Consuming too much protein which puts a strain on the kidneys, and can make a person susceptible to kidney disease” (Web MD, 2005-2010).

One study done by Australian researchers, over a period of one year, found that the low carbohydrate diet contributed to the participants experiencing feelings of anger, depression, and confusion. This is due to a lack of carbohydrate consumption, which is responsible for the production of serotonin in the brain (Prevention, 2010). Serotonin is a chemical which is produced by the brain and acts as a messenger to our brain cells. These messages to the brain cells control “mood, sexual desire and function, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and some social behavior” (Bouchez, ND).

Maintaining a healthy, balanced eating plan and adding exercise, helps the body lose weight naturally by providing the body with proper nutrition and building muscle tone. Author Elizabeth Marglin states that “Rather than counting every calorie or scratching entire food groups from your diet make healthful eating — along with fitness and stress reduction — a part of your daily lifestyle (Marglin, para. 4, 2007). According to recent studies, “Researchers found that among healthy adults, the lowest risk of becoming overweight or obese may be obtained by consuming 47 percent to 64 percent energy from carbohydrates” (Oregon Wheat, para. 3, 2010). This information coincides with information gathered from the American Dietetic Association and the USDA food pyramid which states that carbohydrates should make up 50 to 60 percent of the daily caloric intake for someone who is on a 2,000 calorie per day eating plan (Duyff, 2006). On a 2,000 calorie a day eating plan, at least half of the caloric intake should be from complex carbohydrates; fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.

References:
American Dietetic Association (2005-2010). Back to Basics for Healthy Weight Loss; Balance Food and Physical Activity, para. 9. Retrieved on May 25, 2010 from http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6847
Bouchez, C. (ND). Serotonin: 9 Questions and Answers. Questions 1, 2, and 3. Retrieved on May 25, 2010 from http://www.webmd.com/depression/recognizing-depression-symptoms/serotonin
Duyff, R. (2006). American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide.  Third Edition. Ch.21, pg. 571. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Retrieved on May 4, 2010 from http://books.google.com/books?id=1PTsJgQI7w0C&pg=PA571&lpg=PA571&dq=american+dietetic+association+carbohydrate&source=bl&ots=Bvx6l7gwj9&sig=EoI2l7HBa7xygQZb0ah6UKKaeMw&hl=en&ei=8k_gS-TZLoOAsgP8luSyBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CDcQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=american%20dietetic%20association%20carbohydrate&f=false.
Eating Disorders Online (2010) Why Our Bodies Need Fat. Retrieved on May 25, 2010 from http://www.eatingdisordersonline.com/nutritional/fats.php
Marglin, E. (March 26, 2007). Losing weight naturally: No diet necessary, para. 4. Revolution Health Group. Retrieved on May 25, 2010 from http://www.revolutionhealth.com/healthy-living/natural-health/alternative-clinic/simple-solutions/natural-weight-loss/no-diet-necessary
Oregon Wheat (February, 2010). Low-Carb Intake Linked with Overweight, Obesity. Oregon Wheat, para. 3, 62(1), 29. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.
Prevention (2010). Carb Your Enthusiasm!. Prevention, 62(4), 45. Retrieved from Health Source – Consumer Edition database.  Accessed May 4, 2010.
Stein, J., Cray, D., Grace, J., Nordan, D., Park, A., & Sachs, A. (1999, November 1). The Low-Carb Diet Craze. Time Magazine, (4). Retrieved on April 20, 2010 from http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,992401,00.html.
United Stated Department of Agriculture (2009). My Pyramid Plan. Retrieved on May 4, 2010 from http://www.mypyramid.gov/mypyramid/index.aspx.
Web MD (2005-2010). Weight Loss: High Protein, Low Carbohydrate Diets. Retrieved on May 25, 2010 from http://women.webmd.com/guide/high-protein-low-carbohydrate-diets