Julie Casper, L. Ac., is credentialed in; Oriental medicine (meridian balancing); hTMA nutritional balancing; and musculoskeletal balancing. She works with people across the U.S., and can be contacted at her clinic in Wisconsin.
Author: Julie Casper, L. Ac., hTMA Nutritional Balancing, C.H.E.K. Certified
A well nourished child, first of all, measures up to … standards of his age in height and weight. He has good color, bright eyes, no blue or dark circles underneath them and smooth glossy hair. His carriage is good, his step elastic, his flesh firm and his muscles well developed. In disposition he is usually happy and good natured; he is brim full of life and animal spirits and is constantly active, both physically and mentally. His sleep is sound, his appetite and digestion good, his bowels regular. He is, in short, what nature meant him to be before anything else: a happy, healthy young animal. L. J. Roberts
Clinically, we see many athletes, even young children, whose bodies are exhausted. Athletes and people who exercise excessively are prone to injury and repetitive stress effects on their bodies. Many athletes use nutritional programs to enhance fitness and weight training programs. It is essential to first build health, and second, strength. To do this, it is important to use nutrition correctly to help prevent fatigue, burnout and injury, and to maintain health throughout life. A nutrient-dense diet moderated for your individualized biochemistry needs for minerals and vitamins will prevent problems such as sympathetic dominance and adrenal exhaustion.
To improve athletic fitness and overall health requires the coordinated refinement of several inter-dependent factors, including nutrition, metabolic type (oxidation rate), toxic metal and chemical body-burden, carbohydrate intolerance, and musculo-skeletal balance, among others. Fitness is most positively influenced by proper nutrition, adequate rest and an appropriate level of physical activity. An individualized nutritional balancing program will provide many benefits to athletes of all kinds, including;
Chronic fatigue and burnout physiology are common conditions among athletes. Particularly later in the season. Colds, flu, pneumonia and other illnesses plague many athletes, especially those who travel and train hard.
A strong immune system and resistance to infection depends on a healthy, balanced body chemistry and the availability of a variety of vital nutrients. Nutritional imbalances cause weak joints, tendons and ligaments, excessive inflammation and muscle tears. Properly balancing body chemistry can help avoid injuries by maintaining stronger and more flexible ligaments, tendons and muscles. Balanced mineral ratios speed recovery from fractures, sprains, strains and other injuries.
A low sodium/potassium ratio and/or an abnormal phosphorus level is associated with excessive protein breakdown or catabolism. A chronic catabolic state can impair or even prevent the normal healing of sports injuries.
The body requires many nutrients for healing injuries, including zinc, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium and a variety of vitamins. When provided in the correct amounts and combinations, healing results are appreciably improved.
One reason professional athletes have shorter life spans, is they learn to eat a lot of calories while training, but then when they stop training hard they keep eating the same way, which is very unhealthy.
Stubborn problems with food cravings and weight control plague some athletes. Nutritional balancing offers a scientific and individualized method of approaching this issue in a safe and effective manner. hTMA and Nutritional balancing programs can assist with both weight gain and weight loss.
Natural physical play and athletics are vital for children to help them develop coordination, vision, hearing, musculoskeletal strength and function, and overall healthy bodies. Modern and professional-level athletic fitness is usually coerced, not naturally developed. Many athletes today are unhealthy. This is caused by stress from overtraining, improper nutrition, pharmaceutical drugs and stimulant herbs used to enhance performance (illegal or legal).
Working with an experienced nutritional balancing consultant will not only help to enhance your performance, but will give you the tools to protect your health for your lifetime.
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