Okay . . . so I thought today we'd talk about protecting our health in these scary times. With this virus lurking everywhere . . . we need to be informed and "really" understand what is going on here. So, let's take the next few days and explore the possibilities.
We need to understand the "mechanics" of the human body to better protect ourselves.
So, here we go . . .
There's a specific amino acid in the body that's called "arginine".
Now, "arginine" helps the body build protein. And the body normally makes all the "arginine" that it needs for optimal health. (Please remember this part)
So what else does "arginine" do for the body other than build protein for cell energy???
Well . . . it helps minimize adipose tissue, also known as "belly fat"!
Simply said . . . "arginine" helps burn our belly fat.
Well . . . that's a good thing!
"Arginine" also stimulates the release of growth hormones and the hormone "insulin".
You see . . . this amino acid improves the burning of glucose by as much as 40%.
Plus . . . it stimulates production of glucagon-like peptides an intestinal hormone that regulates "appetite".
"Arginine" promotes cellular and muscles growth because its presence is needed for the synthesis of most proteins. So by reducing the fat stored underneath the skin and promoting muscle growth . . . "arginine" can increase fitness and improve strength.
Now "arginine" is also found in most protein-rich foods like fish, red meat, poultry, soy, whole grains, beans, some nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, almonds, cashews, and Brazil nut. and in seeds like sesame and sunflower. It's also found in dairy products oats, corn, cereals, brown rice, and "chocolate".
Okay . . . now, "arginine" is converted in the body into a chemical called "nitric oxide".
And "nitric oxide" causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. And with this . . . it can lower blood pressure. And guess what??? "Nitric oxide" promotes the production of "collagen" which helps to keep our skin looking young.
"Nitric oxide" is also used by bodybuilders and taken in supplement form because it increases oxygen and nutrients to the muscles enabling that person to train for longer and reduces the lactic acid production during exercise for less pain and faster recovery.
Okay . . . now that sounds all nice and dandy . . . but all these good functions of "arginine" and its conversion to "nitric oxide" are for what the body makes "naturally".
Too much "nitric oxide" released from the cerebral vasculature, brain tissue and nerve endings, can cause migraines headaches. And it may damage brain cells leading to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
So listen up people . . . although the antimicrobial activity of "nitric oxide" is good for protecting us from bacteria infections and parasites. "Nitric oxide" has just the "opposite" effect on "virus" infections such as influenza virus, pneumonia and certain other neurotropic virus infections.
Do you see where I'm going with this yet???
Foods high in "arginine" that convert into "nitric oxide" actually promote the growth of viruses such as "shingles", "herpes" and even possibly the "corona" virus.
So ask yourself this question . . . is this the reason that this virus has rocked the world and affecting so many people???
Since the body produces all the "arginine" it needs for optimal health . . . are we getting "too much" from the food we consume????????
Tomorrow we'll continue our search for answers.
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