Have you ever walked into a store that sells supplements and asked yourself, “What on earth is all this stuff?” Almost any store that sells these probably makes you ask this question. Among all of the hard-to-pronounce products, you will come across a big section supplements that all will have some variation of the acronym BCAAs. What the heck is a BCAA? And why are there so many different kinds of them?
BCAAs are popular and widely available. They are especially important in muscle growth. BCAAs cannot be synthesized by the body, which means they have to be supplemented via foods containing protein.
Branch chain amino acids (or BCAAs) are amino acids that are essential to the human body. They help with muscle hypertrophy, muscle maintenance, and can generate various tissues in the body. Here are 11 great benefits of BCAAs!
-Enhance muscle protein synthesis for greater muscle hypertrophy and maintenance of lean muscle mass.
-Leucine-enriched BCAAs enhance muscle building for older trainees.
-They can increase fat burning and glucose tolerance for a leaner body composition.
-BCAAs improve hormone balance for greater strength, power and endurance by increasing testosterone and decreasing cortisol.
-May improve strength development if enough leucine is consumed.
-BCAAs enhance strength endurance and decrease fatigue.
-BCAAs preserve the integrity of muscle fibers which will allow you to train more frequently because of reduced muscle soreness.
-BCAAs reduce muscle degradation by protecting lean muscle tissue.
-BCAAs improves insulin health and metabolic rate.
-BCAAs have anti-ageing properties.
-BCAAs improve cognition because of their enhancing effect on neurotransmitters.
Supplementation of BCAAs is recommended during periods of highly intensive exercise, which will promote growth of muscle tissue.
Needless to say, branch chain amino acids can greatly benefit whatever your workout goals are!
For further information regarding Amino Acids, check out http://aminoacidstudies.org/bcaa/
With the weather changing and summer starting up, it’s time try some new recipes! Here’s one that caught my attention from Chelsea’s Messy Apron and it’s absolutely delicious!
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Erica Buchanan has been a member of Heuser Health through Papa Johns since 2014. Though she had been training regularly and following a nutritious diet, there were still some changes that she wasn’t seeing. Erica decided to partake in Heuser Health’s new Optimized Health program in December, and had the following to say about her results:
“HRT – Looks like the abbreviation for HEART. It is Hormone Replacement Therapy. I have always heard of women and men having hormone issues and needing replacement therapy. It seemed like something that happens to other people. Dr. Louis Heuser did one of the Heuser Health checkups for me and stated that my hormones might be out of balance. I didn’t know then, how HRT was going to change the current state I was in to what it is now.
My husband was dying of pancreatic cancer just as I was going through menopause. I am assuming that the stress and distraction of that time did not alert me to what was going on in my body. Since going through menopause, I was not able to digest the foods I used to be able to without gas and irritable bowel syndrome. I was not getting sleep. No matter what I tried, even prescription medication, sleep was elusive. I would wake up constantly in the night. My bones started aching. And even though I was working out at Heuser and had lost a lot of weight, I was getting weaker and weaker. I was beginning to feel like perhaps I had some dreaded disease or cancer. I knew I had to do something to change what was happening to me. I was so tired all the time the house hold chores have been left undone.
I had heard that hormone replacement therapy was risky. From what I was going through, I decided just about anything was worth the risk. I told Doctor Louis Heuser I would like to try it.
The Heuser Health Clinic set me up for blood tests to see what levels my hormones were at. Oh, my. That was an eye opener. They found that although my blood did not show any health issues, it did show that all my hormones were very low and my vitamin D levels were also low. These low hormone levels, some almost non-existent, showed why I couldn’t sleep and why I was getting weaker. I did not have any progesterone to help me sleep and no testosterone to help me have muscles. It also explained why I was not able to feel amour toward my husband. Without the hormones I lost the physical drive to want physical relationship with my husband.
Peggy Heuser explained that in the past hormone replacement therapy was made with manmade hormones and not naturally occurring hormones. That is what put us at risk for cancer from the HRT. The medicinal industry had done research to find out what the hormone replacement issues were.
The changes I felt were almost immediate. I was finally able to go into a deep sleep and feel rested in the morning. I am slowly being able to build up more energy. I can see that I am not losing muscle mass like I did. Instead of ignoring the opposite sex, I can admire them. I am feeling normal now and able to do things I used to. Although, I need to work harder on what foods I eat, because I am gaining weight again, I am so much healthier than I was. I found my resistance to illness improving.
It has been worth my time, blood tests, and expense on the hormone replacement therapy to live a life with energy, rest, and health. I would recommend this therapy for anyone finding out that their sleep, energy, and emotional states have led to a loss of hormones from menopause (male or female). “
If you would like to learn more about Heuser’s Optimized Health program, feel free to call 502-893-7833 or email email@example.com!
As you know, the professionals at Heuser Health are committed to providing you with the most complete preventive medical care available. For over 15 years, we have served our membership by combining advanced diagnostic wellness exams with effective exercise programming and the most up to date nutritional information available.
In an effort to improve on this comprehensive menu of health solutions for our members, Dr Louis Heuser and Peggy Heuser APRN are now proud to offer “Heuser Optimized Aging” for our participants.
Aging is different for all of us and happens at various ages. Hormones play a big role in how we age and are a vital component in maintaining balance in our bodies. As we age, we begin to lose hormones (both males and females) that are vital to building muscle, losing weight, maintaining body composition, and avoiding and treating common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Our Optimized Aging program uses state of the art lab testing and physician-managed prescriptions to help you achieve and maintain proper hormonal balance while exercising regularly and eating nutritionally.
This program is based on proven scientific fact- not potions or gimmicks. However, unlike many hormone replacement companies that have flooded the Louisville area recently, Heuser Health plans to help you restore hormones to optimal levels without over treatment. Beginning now, Heuser Health members can have hormone panels expertly reviewed and begin to replace the essential balance that is needed to allow them to achieve optimized health all while preventing and treating disease, growing muscle, losing fat and restoring vitality.
To add the Optimized Aging program to your membership, you will need to schedule an appointment with either Dr. Heuser or Peggy and have your periodic Heuser Diagnostic Exam plus a detailed review of your medical history. We will obtain vital signs, body measurements and perform a current fitness test. Appropriate lab work will be prescribed and labs can be drawn at any local area LabCorp. The exam is typically covered by all major medical insurance (except Humana) with no co-pay or deductible. In many cases, the labs are covered as well.
A follow-up consultation will be scheduled approximately one week from your initial exam to review the lab values, your medical history and all your recent biometrics. A Plan of Care and some personal health goals will be established for you at this time. This appointment will be scheduled for one hour and you will be provided detailed info on your course of treatment.
If lab findings are normal, no hormone replacement maybe be required and we will focus our attention on establishing new ways to optimize your health including possible nutrition education, specialty fitness classes etc. We will plan to see you back in 6-12 months to re-evaluate your progress.
If your labs are not within an optimal range, hormone replacement therapy will be prescribed, other abnormalities will be discussed and treatment will be recommended. Initially, it will be necessary to see you each month to re-draw the abnormal labs and update measurements until we are within an optimal range. Once “Optimized Health” is achieved we will follow you quarterly to review your numbers and measure and evaluate your progress.
Compared to other hormone replacement companies, our program is significantly less expensive, more responsibly managed, requires no contract or pre-payment and GETS BETTER RESULTS because we include comprehensive fitness and nutritional programming.
The initial Diagnostic Exam and potential lab order are covered under most insurance free of charge. (Humana does not participate and patients will be charged for a $50 Vitality Check at check-in)
The follow up consultation and construction of your plan of care is only $130.
If a member enters the Optimized Aging program, the member’s monthly maintenance fee will increase by only $130 to cover the added services with no contract and no pre-payment.
Payment will continue to be drawn from your account on the first of each month. If you choose to cancel the therapy, the monthly rate will revert back to your fitness-only maintenance fee.
Beginning Monday! Shed those few extra pounds before summer break! There will be a box to submit weights next to the scales during each weigh in period. Male and female winners with the highest percentage of weight loss!
All other locations/sites closed as well!
Heuser Health member Steven Ton will be running the Derby Festival Marathon in honor of Don Vowels, a friend to many in the Heuser Health family as well as in the community.
Steven is asking that everyone try to donate any amount, no matter how small or large, for every mile he finishes in the marathon. He will donate the proceeds to Don Vowel’s Life Is Now fund in the Norton Healthcare Foundation, which will provide financial assistance to families and patients in the Norton Cancer Institute.
Please help us make a difference in those lives who are following a similar path- every bit counts!
A bit about Don:
Don Vowels resided in Louisville, Ky. He held a master of arts in theology and a master of science in social work, and was a licensed clinical social worker.
He thrived in an independent counseling practice for more than 25 years. He specialized in cancer and chronic illness, grief and loss, spiritual direction, mood disorders, addictions, relationship issues, and crisis counseling.
Don had battled cancer for the last five years and sadly passed away on March 25th. As a former Roman Catholic priest and a clinical social worker, he had counseled many others who have a cancer diagnosis. Don created and facilitated a bi-monthly breast cancer support group for 17 years, and had assisted family members and friends who were dealing with cancer.
Don was an avid runner and loved every moment of it. When he was battling cancer that was one of the things in life he missed the most.
Let’s all get together and keep Don’s memory alive in which Heuser Health was such a huge part of his life and at the same time we can help others in need!
Please turn in all donations to the front desk!
Her Heuser Story:
Pam is a 58 year old mother of two grown children, Meggan and Andrew, and is married to a wonderfully supportive man. She works full-time for Christian Care Communities, as the HR Benefits Manager and Health and Wellness Program Manager. Her daughter is a 7 year Army Veteran who was deployed twice to Iraq (deployed a total of 2 years), was a part of the 82nd Airborne and Med Evac Unit. She graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Aeronautics/Air Traffic Control. Her son is a full-time PJ with the Louisville Air National Guard (Pararescueman). PJ’s are part of the Military Special Forces. She is very proud of both of her children! Pam joined Heuser is August 2016, after contacting Missy to discuss utilizing Dr. Heuser as a speaker at the CCC yearly Leadership Wellness Summit. After visiting the facility and speaking with Missy she was given a card for a month of access to the facility. She tried out a couple of the classes and was hooked! Since then, she has lost between 1 and 3 lbs-her goal was not really to lose a lot of weight. However, Pam has noticed that her muscle strength is definitely better and more noticeable, especially leg strength which is an area she needed strengthening most! She has lost inches in her waist, her clothes fit much better, and her attitude about life is much more positive! She says “I have always been a positive/optimistic person to begin with but, lack of physical exercise makes me lethargic and negative. I can tell if I miss a week of the Heuser Program.” Pam enjoys the flexibility of the classes meaning that she is able to “jump in” at different times of the day that work for her schedule. “If I arrive at 5:15pm/2:15pm/Noon etc., I can jump in and join the class in progress and continue for an hour of a great workout. If I can only stay 30 minutes that doesn’t matter, I still get a good workout. Classes are usually small and I get personal attention from the Personal Trainers who lead the classes, making sure my form is always correct and that I am getting the most out of each exercise. I LOVE the interval training concept, especially on the stationary equipment; it makes the time go by quickly and eliminates boredom. The workouts are always very different so you never know what to expect!”
Fun Facts about Pam
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