My brother Steve has been a body builder for over 30 years. He has always been extremely disciplined when it came to diet and nutrition. As a person whose main focus when working out was to “bulk up,” Steve naturally sought out the benefits of whey protein and has been consuming this regularly since he began his body building regimen.
But, sometimes too much of a good thing can end up being a not so good idea. While Steve attained his goals in body building, won titles and even opened up his own gym, his kidneys and liver were being overworked by the amount of this protein he had ingested over several years. This eventually led to some health concerns, specifically in how his kidneys and liver were functioning. And, despite being an avid workout enthusiast, Steve also began suffering from high blood pressure. His doctor recommended immediate attention to these health issues. Obviously, the first step was to eliminate the whey protein for a while, detox his liver and kidneys and to make diet (i.e. reducing red meat intake) and lifestyle changes that would help him reduce his blood pressure.
When Steve observed how quickly I bounced back using the NutriBullet after cancer treatment, he was anxious to use it to help him address these health concerns. He began using the NutriBullet 9 months ago. His NutriBlasts consist of mostly vegetables and one small piece of fruit. His favorite drinks are usually made up of broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, sprouts, celery and cucumber with flaxseeds and raw nuts. He is also a big fan of gogi berries (aren’t we all!)
The first and immediate noticeable benefit was the increased energy. Since Steve works 12 hour days, he was thrilled that he was able to maintain his energy levels. As the months passed, he began feeling better. We're both very excited because his doctor just informed him that his kidney function has returned to normal and his blood pressure has stabilized in a safe zone and he has been taken off of his medication. His lifestyle changes have definitely paid off.
The intention here is not to scare people away from using protein powder additives to your NutriBlasts; I use them on occasion after my workout routine, too. Everyone is different. We just need to be mindful that even with the best of health and fitness intentions, too much of something that we may think is good for us could have adverse effects when not used as directed or when used for too long. It’s always best to research and discuss the benefits of certain processed ingredients or supplements with our doctors before we add them into our regular diet.
I am proud of my brother for his efforts and in recognizing that the NutriBullet could be a valuable tool in improving his overall health.