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@Dutchie, try me on Facebook for PM. It’s easier for me to respond to FB messages than emails on the go.
@brainacid, I don’t feel confident in my ability to tell you how to get into competition shape. I do lift (mainly legs and abs), but never tried to do a competition. Fruit typically contains varying amounts of fructose, glucose and sucrose, not just fructose (http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1968/2 – expand the carbohydrate section). Starch contains chains of glucose. Andrew Kim wrote an article (http://www.andrewkimblog.com/2012/12/are-starches-safe-part-2.html) how this could cause yeast overgrowth in the gut, and as I wrote, starches seem to give me more gas than sugar.
The way I eat supports “healthy” body fat levels. My two lower abs have disappeared, and I’m fine with that. Some people aren’t.
Orange juice concentrate may be an even more “eat for heat” food than juice not from concentrate especially if you don’t add lots of water. I just follow Roddy’s recommendation on getting it not from concentrate. Read the labels. I personally avoid HFCS, Splenda, Aspartame, but haven’t researched it thoroughly.
@Fon2d2, a few anecdotal examples of individuals I’d guess that have higher CO2 levels: singers, swimmers and those that train in high altitudes. Maybe I’m seeing what I want to see, but singers (in spite of maybe crappy lifestyles) and swimmers typically seem quite attractive – great skin and hair. And we know about the performance of those that train in high altitudes.
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@Fon2d2, I’m not sure if RQ is important, and don’t understand why/how a bear preparing for hibernation would increase it. I know Ray Peat says due to long periods between breaths during sleep, the body concentrates CO2 which is protective of the organism.
Here is why I find it interesting. Ray Peat is huge on CO2 levels.
As I understand it, when the body burns glucose with adequate oxygen, it produces CO2 at a 1:1 ratio. I’m not sure if Citric Acid or Malic acid can be metabolized for energy which would skip a few steps of the Citric Acid cycle required for glucose metabolism. If they are, they are oxygen dense so can release even more CO2 to the body. Higher serum CO2 levels (if my basic understanding is correct) would dilate blood vessels for better circulation, and help facilitate a higher body temperature which would equate to a higher metabolic rate.
I’m not sure if it can, but maybe CO2 can be broken down to form O2 in the body when respiration/dietary sources don’t supply adequate exogenous O2. This compares to Lactic Acid which is formed when respiration / dietary sources of oxygen (like fatty acids or alcohol in my chart) aren’t high enough. Roddy says lactic acid is toxic to the body.
@StephanieMichelle, Per Roddy and Peat, Vitamin A (not from beta-carotene) combines with LDL cholesterol and Thyroid hormone T3 (from liver’s conversion of T4) to form pregnenolone which forms (progesterone-> cortisol-> aldosterone) and (DHEA->testosterone->estrogen.)
If you aren’t getting adequate Vitamin A, you likely are deficient in pregnenolone and therefore, progesterone and DHEA, two youth associated hormones. As other writers talk about, cortisol and estrogen interfere with metabolism meaning you have to try keeping it in the “sweet spot.”
Progesterone, according to Roddy, is what makes women’s hair luxurious in pregnancy.
I don’t recommend supplementing with individual hormones due to potential imbalances. Beef liver is a good source of pre-formed Vitamin A. There is something called Nutrisorb-A that works well if you don’t eat enough dairy, red meat, liver, etc.
Vitamin A DOES increase photosensitivity (maybe good for Vitamin D formation?) and can cause blindness in extreme amounts. Be careful.
@Dutchie, I remember reading stuff people would say to do and think “that’s great that works for you” especially in my low carb and herbal days. You’re right, I have no idea what it’s like to be a female, but I suspect the typically higher body fat content causes more aromatase expression (forms more estrogen). Eat raw carrots frequently, keep your vitamin E and magnesium intake adequate to oppose this. But these are just details again that you could say work or don’t work. Just trying to help.
As for me, I’m 30. One half of my family has diabetes and thyroid issue history, the other half obesity and heart disease. If my theories on epigenetics are correct, northern Europeans (I’m Norwegian and German) have the strongest HPA stress axis and therefore, probably the best ability to use protein and fat for energy to enable survival. This would mean I probably have some of the worst genes for a sexy, lean physique.
@brainacid if you have a high metabolism and eat regularly, your body may wake you up like Matt Stone’s hummingbird to eat. Some people stress about peeing in the night or waking up. It doesn’t bother me because I sleep soundly the four hours (on both sides) straddling that wake-up. Babies take naps all the time and wake up regularly for body functions – they have super metabolisms. One could make a case that a person’s blood sugar is permanently too high due to muscle catabolism / fat burning if they can sleep completely through the night.
I keep my thermostat very high to limit energy loss due to just trying to stay warm at night. I’d rather my energy be used for healing or so I can sleep longer without needing exogenous glucose. People wonder how I sleep at high temps, but the body adapts. Most Europeans live without AC.
Anyways, if “its” working depends on your goals. I aim to maintain muscle mass, body temp, suppress acne / hair loss and keep optimal hormone levels. Muscle mass / body fat are easy to examine. Body hair and ear hair are easy ways to monitor hormone imbalances. Temperature I try to always stay above 98 and a pulse rate around 70 – 80.
@risrosen I consume no extra water. If I decide to have coffee or tea, I heavily sweeten them to the point where they are essentially syrup. I ensure I consume at least a teaspoon of salt a day. I like the acids, minerals and vitamin C in fruit juice. It’s not perfect for supporting body temp, but it can work.