Muscle Support

  1. Back pain linked to disability in seniors

    This common pain could lead directly to disability

    If you're locked in an on-again, off-again battle with back pain, you know that things can change on a moment's notice.

    One minute, you're having a GREAT day, able to get out and do the things you love.

    You can stay active... engaged... and healthy.

    The next, things go south. Maybe you feel a pop or a click. Maybe you "slept funny" and wake up sore. Or maybe it just seems to happen out of the blue.

    Whatever the cause, there's no going out now -- and even if you do get outside, that back pain will ensure that you can't enjoy yourself.

    Now, the latest research shows how you're hardly alone.

    Half of all seniors are battling back pain -- and it's not just a little soreness that you can tune out.

    In many cases, it leads to struggles with walking, making it so difficult that many folks end up not going out at all.

    That, in turn, leads to reduced mobility and poorer health, and -- over time -- it could steal some of your independence as you turn to others for help with daily tasks.

    People who walk less also have a higher risk of chronic disease, including heart disease, and death.

    The study shows the problem, but it doesn't point to a solution.

    That's the rub, isn't it? Most docs will tell you that there really ISN'T a solution, beyond gobbling painkillers whenever your back acts up.

    That's not an answer. That's a cop-out that leads to more pain and disability.

    There are real solutions for back pain, but too many docs have no clue where to even begin to look. Most just pass out the pain pills. When the drugs stop working -- and they will -- they'll send you off for surgery.

    Since the surgery doesn't actually address the cause of the pain, many people don't improve.

    Some get worse.

    Don't fall into that rut, because you can beat the pain without meds and without surgery.

    First, look to your habits. Poor posture and low levels of physical activity -- including walking -- can cause or worsen pain. That triggers a downward spiral: Your pain causes your posture to get even worse and makes you walk even less.

    It might seem tough to get moving when you've got pain, but keep at it. Walking and stretching can lead to dramatic improvements in pain levels.

    Second, there are a number of non-drug therapies -- including topical MSM, acupuncture, massage, and osteopathic spinal manipulation -- that can work wonders for the most common forms of back pain.

  2. Muscle loss in seniors prevented with protein

    Build muscle without lifting weights

    It's that time of year... and I DON'T mean Christmas.

    We're in the Season of the Gym Ads, when the fitness industry tries to capitalize on everyone's promises to "work off" their holiday meals.

    But you won't find the REAL key to keeping fit in sweating on any gym equipment.

    It's on your dinner plate!

    New research shows why so many folks rapidly lose muscle as they get older -- even the ones who get plenty of exercise.

    They're missing out on protein!

    But if you get what you need, you can keep your strength.

    Opening doors won't be a struggle... and even a jar of sauce will be no match for your youthful vigor.

    Miss out, and your muscle will practically melt away, turning you feeble and weak and dependent on others.

    So... how do you know if you're missing out?

    Easy: You probably are.

    If you're following government guidelines, you're falling far short of what you need, and you're almost guaranteed to lose muscle and strength, even if you have an otherwise healthy diet and get plenty of exercise.

    A study I shared with you over the summer found that the one-size-fits-all guidelines cranked out by the feds don't really "fit all"... and they're especially bad for seniors.

    Now, the new study put those guidelines to the test in a clinical trial in which senior men were given carefully made meals for 10 weeks.

    Some got the levels of protein backed by both the World Health Organization and the United States government, or 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. The rest got double those levels.

    In just 10 weeks, there were major differences between the two groups.

    The ones who got the picture-perfect levels of protein were losing muscle like it was going out of style -- and, as a result, had less muscle overall and less strength to go along with it.

    The guys who got the higher levels of protein didn't get any new muscle.

    But more importantly, they didn't LOSE any, either.

    They were able to keep their strength, which means a better shot at healthy aging and a lower risk of turning frail and weak.

    While the study focused on men, the research team behind it expects women would see similar results.

    Of course, while more protein is clearly important, be careful where you get it from. Ounce for ounce, a cheeseburger TECHNICALLY has more protein than grilled salmon... but we all know which one's better for you, right?

    Stick to the good stuff -- especially fish, poultry, and vegetable sources of protein -- and limit your red meat to smaller portions of leaner cuts.

  3. Protein at every meal helps save your muscles

    Get stronger muscles in 3 meals a day It's the ultimate secret to staying strong, even as you get up there in years. This powerful, natural approach can restore your youthful vigor and save you from crippling frailty. Ready for the best part? It's absolutely delicious! New research reveals that all you TRULY need to do to keep your strength...
  4. Muscles need more protein than you may think

    This mainstream advice can leave you weak It's one of the most important parts of your diet, especially as you get older -- and new research shows how it holds the key to your strength, vitality, and overall health. Yet it gets almost NO attention at all! Docs will give you all the usual lectures about sugar, salt, and fat...
  5. Fish oil can make you stronger

    Fish oil can help women to get stronger, improving muscle when combined with simple exercise.

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