Healthy Muscles for Life
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Healthy muscles are easier to obtain than you may believe. Let us discuss the muscular system a bit to understand its importance and functionality. See, what makes body movement and balance possible is the muscular system. It’s also what generates heat in the body and allows the standing neutral spine position. Moreover, it is what makes up the tissue of our heart, making it a muscle strong enough to pump blood through our entire body on a continual basis. From this paragraph alone you can understand the importance of maintaining healthy muscles. In this issue, we will discuss how we can do this.
Muscles work directly with the nervous system. They’re moved or contracted by electrical nerve impulses generated by the nervous system. These impulses can be voluntary (conscious decided: picking up a pencil, brushing your teeth) or involuntary (automatically performed: heartbeat, breathing). They play a huge role in the overall functionality of the organ system.
Main Facets of the Muscular System
- The human body contains over 600 muscles
Skeletal Muscles – These are attached to bone by tissue fibers called tendons. These can be moved voluntarily and constitute our conscious movement.
Smooth Muscles – This muscle tissue lines the walls of many of our most important organs:
~ Urinary bladder
~ Small and large intestines
~ Blood and lymphatic vessels
These organs function automatically as a result of involuntary contractions as directed by the brain through the nervous system.
Risks & Conditions of the Muscular System
Skeletal muscles must be warmed up before strenuous use. They are subject to the following conditions and injuries:
Anyone that does any heavy lifting or stresses the muscular system in any way risks these injuries. Muscles that are overworked or strained can not, spasm or cramp. A muscle that has been sprained has torn tendons and/or ligaments and will bruise and swell in the area where it was hurt. If we already have healthy muscles, we must take precautionary measures to keep them that way. Warming up before any hard work or labor is a big factor in maintaining the well-being of your muscles. You can’t have a normal life unless you have healthy muscles.
- Skeletal muscles will cramp and slow down if they are dehydrated or diminished of electrolytes.
- Testosterone levels have a considerable amount to do with your muscle development as well.
- If your testosterone is low, it doesn’t matter what you eat or what exercise you do, you will not be able to grow muscle or maintain healthy muscles. Testosterone injections and growth hormone injections are the main hormones involved in the production of muscle fibers and muscle tissue.
Relative to smooth muscles, any problems with them are usually associated with a miscommunication between nerve impulses and muscle contractions. Issues related to smooth muscles can result in brain injury, up to and including stroke. Diet and lifestyle choices can influence these smooth muscle issues to surface.
Issues with your cardiac muscles and any negativity related to their overall functionality are also dangerous and can easily lead to death. Cardiac disorders are known as Cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy can be caused by a number of reasons, including:
- Blockage of blood supply
- Weakening of the muscle fibers themselves
Diet and lifestyle are major contributors to the health, or lack thereof, of your heart and its composing cardiac muscles.
Two main cardiac impacting components:
Your low testosterone levels are also directly correlated to the overall functionality of your heart. In fact, if your testosterone level is less than 100 ng/dl (348 ng/dl is the minimum before a patient is considered hypogonadal) the potentiality of you experiencing a cardiac issue increases by 47%. It’s imperative that your testosterone levels be regulated (not exaggerated – that also causes heart issues) and balanced. If you’ve never checked your testosterone levels, you can check them in the privacy of your own home with our at-home testosterone therapy and other hormone testing kits. Click here to get more information.
Some Usual Muscle Disorders
~ Skeletal Muscle Problems
Cramps, tumors, muscular dystrophy, tears, strain, sprains
~ Smooth Muscle Problem
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), tumors, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease
~ Cardiac Muscle Problems
Cardiomyopathy: can be extrinsic – cause by a symptom outside of the heart that caused the muscle to weaken or intrinsic – the weakening of the muscle itself.
Preventing Disorders of the Muscular System
As is fact with most health-related circumstances, lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, smoking, drinking and the use of illicit drugs greatly impact the potentiality of developing a disorder of the muscular system. Your lifestyle can prevent you from having healthy muscles if you are not conscious of your daily selections. Our muscular system covers the expense of our entire body so one’s care for one’s overall health can have a positive effect on the different tissues of the muscular system and further prevent any disorders from surfacing in the future.
Best Foods for Improving Your Muscle Development
Nutrition is just as important for maintaining healthy muscles and strengthening muscles as it is for preventing muscle disorders. It is important to fully hydrate and nourish your body before and after physical exercise. Fueling your muscles with proper nutrition can build your endurance and decrease your recovery time, allowing you to exercise longer and more frequently to increase your fitness level.
Let us look at some of the best foods to blend up in a delicious smoothie to help you achieve your goal of healthier, stronger, more rigid and lean muscles:
- Collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, spinach, kale
All contain calcium and vitamin K, which encourages skeletal muscle development and reduces fatigue.
- Swiss chard, lima beans, sweet potato, spinach, papaya
Contain potassium, an essential electrolyte known to regulate the body’s hydration levels and prevent muscle cramps and spasms.
- Spinach, blueberries, cherries, almonds
These foods all contain flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which work to reduce inflammation in the body. This is especially helpful with sprained muscles that swell and ache as they repair.
- Walnuts, avocado, olive oil, flax seed, Chia seeds, hemp seeds
All contain omega-3 fatty acids that lower levels of artery-clogging triglycerides in the blood. This is especially helpful in preventing cardiomyopathy. Omega 3’s have also been shown to improve overall brain health, which may reduce one’s risk of developing neuromuscular conditions.
If you have any questions at all about this article or wish to discuss your testosterone or other hormone levels, please fill out our Medical History Form and you will be contacted within 24 hours. Remember, your testosterone levels are incredibly important to the overall health of your muscles. If your testosterone is not right, your muscles will not be right.
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