Brain activity and neuro-muscular recruitment are reciprocal processes. If we want to achieve top performance, our brain has to be completely present and alert in order to guarantee the optimal communication of all messages to themuscles. When fatigue slowly gains the upper hand, the brain’s ability to control the frequency and the intensity of the countless signals to the periphery becomes weaker and weaker. A storm of signals starts bombarding the muscles, the required rhythm of stop and go gets lost.
That loss of control in signal transmission between the brain and the muscle groups and vice versa can lead to cramps, complete over-exertion and total exhaustion. That exhaustion is localised within the central nervous system, not the musculature. Consequently, we need our brain to be at the peak of its powers in order to achieve our best performance. Ultimately, the outcome of any performance during a race, for instance, is decided in the head.
The recovery time is a highly active phase of the physical build-up. If we see it from that perspective, it will probably be easier for us to accept the need to take a rest without feeling guilty. Biestmilch, with its potential to modulate inflammation, is of inestimable value in this outwardly inactive phase of training.
It is generally well known that strong physical exertion goes hand-in-hand with micro-injuries to the muscles, tendons, connective tissue and tiniest blood vessels. These mini-injuries are necessary to encourage the muscles to adjust to higher demands. Such injuries may affect only the muscle membranes, individual fibres or the entire bundle of fibres.
The tiniest amount of inflammation due to muscle fibre tears is necessary as a means of making the muscle cells adjust to higher levels of exertion. The cycle goes like this: trauma - inflammation – healing/adaptation, trauma – ...
The reasons for such microlesions s are not only the mechanical stress, but also temperature fluctuations within the tissue, impeded blood flow, a change in hydrogen concentration or a flood of free oxygen radicals and/or a lack of energy supply. The injuries may be so tiny that we don’t even notice them or so severe that they present as persistent muscle pain (DOMS, Delayed Onset Of Muscle Soreness).
Creatinekinase and higher myoglobin values than usual within the blood are typical in such cases. All these injuries stimulate the inflammation processes within the body. But such inflammatory processes should not be viewed as negative, for they also form the basis of all the healing and adjustment processes which ultimately produce the desired training effect.
Our immune system controls the inflammation processes and the subsequent healing processes. An intact immune system can heal micro-injuries within three to five days. When micro-injuries do not heal well due to a weakened immune system – which may occur, for instance, as a result of allowing insufficient recovery time – muscle tears and tendon injuries may eventuate.
Every form of inflammation requires energy, whether it be an injury or an infection, and thus leads to a drop in performance. Due to the fact that all muscle fibres are never activated at the same time – studies cite a maximum of 50% in the case of elite athletes – a muscle may be able to tolerate over-exertion for quite a long period of time. Different fibres are activated on a type of rotation system. The pattern of active fibres may even change during a single session of exertion, when parts of the muscles find the time to regenerate even though the whole muscle is not given an appropriate recovery period.
During physical exertion, the decomposition processes predominate. The metabolism is catabolic, cortisol and catecholamine levels in the blood rise and the inflammatory components of the immune system are activated. During regeneration – the time for building up the cells and tissues – the opposite applies. In that phase, energy is urgently required for protein synthesis. The adjustment of the muscles to a higher level of performance can begin. Muscle development occurs only during this recovery phase and is the whole purpose of exerting the muscles in the first place. We may have a guilty conscience as we appear to be doing nothing, but our body is not being lazy. It is working very hard during our rest periods.
Biestmilch, with its immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory potential, has a positive impact on recovery and performance. Biestmilch is a food that is simple to take, irrespective of body weight or age. Immunity is at the heart of all wellbeing. Biestmilch not only strengthens immunity on a long-term basis during training and competition but also in the stressful situations of everyday life.
If we feel healthy and well, the standard dose of 900 mg of Biestmilch per day is sufficient. You should take Biestmilch every day. Make Biestmilch part of your daily diet. It is not necessary to take breaks from consuming Biestmilch as there are no habituation effects.
When we intensify our training (scope and intensity), we can increase the amount of Biestmilch by 3 to 4 times the standard dose (900 mg). Ideally we should take 2/3 of our Biestmilch in the morning and 1/3 after our training. Should you ever feel you are coming down with some illness, take some more Biestmilch. It is recommended to take 4 to 8 g for this purpose.
The BIEST BOOSTER is an excellent choice in such cases.
If you suffer from lactose intolerance, start by taking a small amount of Biestmilch and increase the dose gradually.
Milk allergies should not deter you from taking Biestmilch.
But it always pays to be cautious and begin with a small dose (300 mg).