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What if you had the secret weapon that gave you the ability to reduce muscle fatigue, minimise lactic acid build-up from intense workouts and accelerate your recovery time? You’d definitely have the edge over your competition! Your athletic performance and ability to recover quickly comes down to the efficiency and health of your cells.  If you’re breaking down quicker than you’re building back up, then inflammation, injuries and even disease await you.

What can you do to make sure you’re giving your cells exactly what they require to support you in being the best athlete possible? There are three overarching elements that work together to help your cells function optimally and support you through vigorous training.

Firstly, cells require a surplus of oxygen. The most debilitating factor when it comes to high intensity or endurance sports is lack of oxygen.  When you’ve drained your tank of its fuel, you feel as though you simply can’t go on.  Whether your particular sport requires strength, speed or endurance, increased oxygen will enhance athletic performance, stamina and overall energy levels.

Oxygen combines with glucose to create ATP, the main energy source for your muscles.  The more ATP your body creates, the more powerful and explosive your muscles will be. When your muscles don’t receive enough oxygen to support their exertion, they begin to produce lactic acid which can cause muscle fatigue and failure. The more oxygen your muscles receive, the slower the production of lactic acid, which leads to reduction of muscle fatigue and results in greater endurance.

Secondly, cells need to be cleared of the damaging free radicals that are created through exercise. Did you know that every time you create energy, you also create free radicals that damage you?  This becomes very important when the energy you’re producing is at an intensity that is required when you push your body to the maximum.  When athletes push themselves too hard, they produce more free radicals and oxidative stress than their body can neutralise.  This leads to the mitochondria being damaged and therefore possible issues with the immune system, which can eventually lead to burnout.  When operating at high intensity, you need to make sure energy production is as efficient as possible and that it’s creating the least amount of damage, so recovery can be accelerated.

This is where molecular hydrogen comes to the fore, as it supports cells in both energy production and recovery. Due to its small size, hydrogen can cross through the cell wall and go directly into the mitochondria, where energy is produced.  The hydrogen not only helps the mitochondria produce more energy, more efficiently, it also mops up the damage from energy production, pulling athletes out of the vicious cycle of damage from training.  If you’re not mopping up the damage, it just accumulates with every time you workout, building on the damage from the last session and you never have a clean slate to start from.  This of course eventually leads to inflammation, injury and tissue damage.

A study on elite athletes drinking hydrogen rich water showed the athletes didn’t have a high build up of lactic acid in their bodies and their bicarbonate levels stayed higher, which means there was less of an acidic response to their workout.  Studies have also found that DNA damage reduces by 20% and there’s improvement in muscle strength when consuming molecular hydrogen.

Thirdly, and of utmost importance to athletes, is the need to support cells with essential minerals and trace elements.  Your body needs a steady stream of minerals, many in trace amounts, to function properly. Throughout your workout, you’re sweating out vitamins and minerals from your blood, which are essential for your body to function properly. Exercise in hot weather further depletes your body of nutrients.

Drinking water doesn’t replace these lost nutrients and neither do sports drinks for that matter!  The longer you go without replacing them, the more difficult it becomes for your body to replenish them.

The biggest cause of a professional athlete’s career ending early stems from joint and bones issues.  That’s because they sweat out all the basic minerals required to attend to those parts of their body and don’t supplement with a good complex minerals product.  They are therefore depriving their body of the calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron, sulphur and other minerals that are required for the health of cartilage, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue and bones. More alarmingly, constant rigorous exertion over time, without replacing lost minerals, can lead to premature death.

The SuperCells Protocol for Athletes

You now know that managing oxygen, free radicals and mineral levels are fundamental for athletes and anyone performing at high intensity.  It’s one thing to become aware of these, however what can you do to manage them?      The good news is, we have created a protocol that takes out the guess work and is focused on creating a baseline for superior cell function.

  1. OXYGEN. When you start charging your cells with optimum bio-available oxygen, you’ll notice increased energy and stamina for your athletic pursuits. Supplementing with liquid oxygen before training allows you to stay in the aerobic performance zone longer. It’s for this reason we recommend you ‘oxygen-load’ with SuperCells Liquid Oxygen prior to your workout.  This will give you more fuel in your tank and therefore greater endurance.
  2. FREE RADICALS.  We recommend taking SuperCells Molecular Hydrogen both before and after a strenuous workout.  This is because hydrogen has the unique benefits of being able to improve mitochondrial function and enhance energy, as well as relieve oxidative stress in the body and mop up free radical damage caused by high intensity training.  That said, hydrogen will be in full effect in your body for two hours, so if you train within a two-hour window, you will most likely still have the protection from a single serve.  Use your inner guidance to determine whether you’ve pushed yourself extra hard and need to aid recovery with an additional serve.  You can also have a serve in the evening on an empty stomach, which will assist greatly with sleep hygiene and maximise recovery overnight due to the high magnesium content.
  3. MINERAL REPLACEMENT. SuperCells Complex Minerals should be taken in the morning for general health, or during/after a sweat session in a sauna, as well as after a hard workout.  Just remember, what you sweat out always needs replacing, so use the minerals accordingly.

The SuperCells protocol is one of the best decisions you can make regarding the support of your cells, which ultimately carries you to optimum health and exemplary performance.  It is the most effective and efficient way to deliver everything your cells require for you to perform at your absolute best day after day.