What Do PerformanceEnhancing Drugs Do To Your Body
Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin. Would you take a performanceenhancing drug that could help you become an Olympic champion? What if that drug had some serious negative side effects? These drugs are banned in sports, but that doesn’t stop some athletes from taking them. So what do they do and how do they work? Let’s start off with the most famous of these drugs: anabolic steroids. When these are taken, the body breaks them down into smaller molecules that can enter cells and bind to a structure called an androgen receptor.
Normally, testosterone binds to this, but anabolic steroids can too. And from here, the real magic begins. See, once the androgen receptor is activated, your body starts to produce more proteins during the process of anabolism. The cells in your skeletal muscles start to replicate, and this means that your muscles will start to grow and you’ll become stronger. In fact, in men, exercise and steroids could lead to a 38% increase in strength, and potentially even more for women.
And not only that, but anabolic steroids can also help athletes train harder and recover faster by shortening catabolism the process in which proteins are broken down into amino acids. But, of course, not all the effects of anabolic steroids are positive. It can cause acne, high blood pressure, and malepattern baldness in both men and women. They can cause men’s testicles to shrink, decrease sperm count, and increase your risk for prostate cancer. And women using these steroids can develop facial hair, a deepened voice, and their periods.
May change or even completely stop. So, seriously, don’t use these. But what if an athlete isn’t really concerned with muscle strength, but rather wants to improve their endurance? This is where blood doping comes in handy, but again, this is a bad move. So bad, in fact, that Lance Armstrong was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France victories and was banned from the sport for life. The goal of blood doping is to increase the amount of the oxygencarrying red blood cells.
In the blood. And this is usually done with either blood transfusions, using your own blood, or by injecting yourself with erythropoietin, a molecule that stimulates the production of more red blood cells. And the basic idea is that the more oxygen that can get to your body’s muscles, the more endurance you will have. So does it work? Well, in one study, blood doping increased an athlete’s endurance by 34%, and in another,.
An athlete was able to run 8 kilometers on a treadmill 44 seconds faster than before. That might not sound like a lot, but when these athletes are competing with the best of the best, every second counts. Now, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Other performanceenhancing drugs include human growth hormone, which helps increase athletes’ sprinting capacity by up to 4% and increases muscle growth as well. But trust me when I say that, if you are an athlete, it’s probably better to just train the oldfashioned way with a lot of hard work and sweat.
Excluding any of the negative health effects, using these drugs means that you’re cheating, and in the professional world, that is definitely not taken lightly. Do you think the Olympics should allow doping? Will it push the human limit forward? Our good friend Vanessa from BrainCraft discusses it here. Make sure you come back every Monday for a brand new tutorial. As always, I’m Blocko and this has been Life Noggin. Don’t forget to keep on thinking!.
3 Testosterone Boosting Supplements That Work
Hey guys, Sean Nalewanyj here of BodyTransformationTruth and in this tutorial I’m going to outline 3 testosterone boosting supplements that actually work and I do think are worth looking into. So for those of you who follow my tutorials on a regular basis, the title on this one might seem a little surprising, because several months back I uploaded a tutorial explaining why natural testosterone boosting supplements are basically a giant scam, and I’ll link that tutorial in the description box below if you do want to check it out. And the reason for this is simple: although some of these compounds such as tribulus, or maca or fenugreek, daspartic acid etcetera, although some of them might deliver a very slight increase in your overall testosterone.
Levels, none of them will actually raise those levels high enough to have any measurable impact on your bottom line muscle gains or fat loss or training performance. Always remember this, the idea of boosting testoterone in and of itself means virtually nothing unless that increase is in a range capable of affecting your body composition, and in most cases this will require a boost of several hundred percent or more. However, there is one situation in which supplementation can positively influence testosterone levels to a degree that will directly improve your ability to build muscle and burn fat, and that one situation is when you have a specific vitamin or mineral deficiency that is causing your natural testosterone.
Levels to dip below the normal range. In this case, supplements can help to bring your testosterone levels back into proper balance and offset any negative effects that your lowered testosterone levels might have been causing. So although it isn’t possible for you to significantly increase your testosterone levels to an above normal range by using natural supplements, at least not currently, it is possible to optimize your testosterone levels if they are currently at a below normal range. So here are 3 deficiencies that are commonly seen in hard training lifters and in the general population overall. First on the list is magnesium. People who work out intensely tend to have lower levels of magnesium because this mineral.
Is depleted from the body through sweating. So supplementing with magnesium can help to restore balanced testosterone levels in those individuals where a deficiency has been brought on by consistent hard training. So the recommended dosage here is going to be 200 to 400 milligrams of magnesium taken with a meal in either the form of magnesium gluconate, magnesium citrate or magnesium diglycinate. And magnesium supplementation also has the added benefit of improving your sleep quality if you have lower than normal levels. Second on the list is zinc. Just like magnesium, zinc is also lost through your sweat, and people who train intensely multiple days per week are more likely to have a deficiency. So 20 to 30 milligrams of zinc taken with.
A meal once per day is a reliable dosage to bring your levels back into proper balance and offset any potential testosterone decreasing effects that it might be causing. And if you don’t sweat alot then I’d recommend going with a lower dosage of 10 to 15 milligrams just to be on the safe side. And third on the list is Vitamin D3. I covered in length in a previous tutorial, and again, I’ll link this is the description box below, why most people out there should be supplementing with Vitamin D3 and optimizing testosterone levels is just one of the many reasons. Unless you live in a very warm climate and you’re spending multiple hours a day outside in the sun, then there is a very good chance that your Vitamin.
D levels are below where they should be. Not only can this negatively impact your overall health, your mood and your energy levels, but it can also decrease your testosterone levels as well. So consuming between 2,000 to 5,000 IU’s per day of Vitamin D3 alongside a meal is a reliable dosage to get you back into the proper range. Technically speaking, you would have to get blood work done in order to determine exactly how much Vitamin D that you should be supplementing with daily, however, the risk of Vitamin D toxicity is very low with the available research showing around 10,000 IU’s to be the safe upper limit. So if you’re working out intensely multiple days per week and especially if you sweat alot.
And also if your work a strenuous job, then these 3 supplements are something that might be worth looking into. You can purchase all of them separately on their own, or you can simply go with a high potency multivitamin, my top recommendation being Life Force Multiple and I will also link that in the description box below if you want to check it out, however, do keep in mind that the multivitamin is only going to provide you with the bottom end of the recommended dosages for each of the compounds that I outlined. So although these supplements are not going to raise your testosterone levels to an above normal level, they will help to ensure that your testosterone levels and your resulting muscle gains and fat loss are operating.