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Cold Plunge, Working Out Injured, Trainer Burnout, Depression & Diabetes, and More

Issue 185

Good afternoon Nikkola Newsletterers!

Nope, today isn’t Thursday. I decided to move the newsletter back a day on from now on. It just works better with our schedule.

Speaking of “movement,” did you know that NEAT plays a significant factor in weight management and your metabolic health?

NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis, encompasses the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating, or sports-like exercise, including activities like walking, typing, performing yard work, and even fidgeting.

Low levels of NEAT are associated with insulin resistance, obesity, and other lifestyle diseases. Low levels also create a downward cycle of feeling fatigued, which causes you to move less, which makes you more tired, which causes you to move even less.

I just ordered an Oura ring and haven’t been tracking my steps or movement, but I’ve noticed something significant over the past few months. I have a much harder time sitting still than I did prior to starting on the Happy Juice supplement stack.

I’ve also read countless testimonials from our members, who’ve explained how they’re moving more, getting more done, and they’re spending less time sitting around.

Our bodies are made to move, not to sit, so it makes sense that when your brain starts working better, it tells your body to get off its arse.

I would suspect this is part of the reason people’s body composition and health improve as they use the supplements. They unconsciously move more throughout the day. It’s been pretty cool to experience it.

Oh, one last thing. I know that a lot of my readers are already using Amare’s Happy Juice supplement stack and many of their other products, but if you’re not, Amare announced a 2-day, 20% off sale today and tomorrow (use promo code: AMARE0224)! Don’t miss out on it!

Enjoy this week's carefully curated newsletter!

🏋️‍♂️ From My Blog

Cold Plunge Time and Temp: The Ultimate Guide. If you’ve ever heard of a cold plunge, cold water immersion, or ice bath, then you’re in the right place. In this guide, we will explore the ideal cold plunge time and temp for cold plunging, as well as the benefits, preparation, and ideal cold water immersion routines. Whether you’re an athlete, fitness enthusiast, or simply someone looking to improve your overall health and well-being, this guide will provide you with all the information you need to make the most of your cold plunging experience. Keep reading…

Why You Should Workout While Injured. In almost all cases, if you exercise after getting injured, you’ll recover faster, avoid unnecessary weight gain, and maintain better well-being than if you use your injury as an excuse to become sedentary. I’ve met many people over the years who explained they got injured years ago, stopped exercising, and gained weight, and years later, finally got sick of how they looked and felt. That should never happen. Keep reading…

Why Do So Many Personal Trainers Burn Out? Many personal trainers I’ve known were amazing at transforming the lives of their clients. Some of them, though, lost their own health, happiness, and passion in the process of doing so. Why do so many personal trainers burn out, when they have a career that has such a positive impact on others? What causes a once-healthy and fit, fitness advocate to rely on multiple energy drinks, and sheer willpower just to make it through their day? Keep reading…

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  1. Essentials Pack: Huge selection of Amare’s top-selling products at a significant discount.

  2. Fitness Foundation Bundle: Happy Juice + VitaGBX + OmMega.

  3. Happy Juice Pack: Most popular pack for people to start with.

🧠 Mental Fitness

Depression and diabetes hit all-time high last year. According to a United Health Group report, 21% of adults live with diagnosed depression, and 11.5% of adults live with diagnosed diabetes, most of which is type II diabetes. We’re getting worse each year, even though there are natural solutions with sound science to support them.

Coffee drinkers will like this. There are tons of studies showcasing coffee’s health benefits. A new one found that consuming three to four cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of degenerative disease. Another new study

Working out depression. According to new research, walking or jogging, yoga, and strength training are extremely effective for treating depression. Of course, the challenge is to get people to exercise when they feel depressed, but if they can get past that hurdle, they’ll soon lessen their depression, making it easier to exercise.

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🏋️‍♂️ Physical Fitness

🚨 80% of Americans have been exposed to a chemical that causes fertility and growth issues. The Environmental Working Group found that 80% of Americans have been exposed to chlormequat, a chemical that leads to reproductive and growth issues. It’s found in oats, like those in Cheerio’s and Quaker Oats.

What’s that smell? A new study shows how various odors affect performance. Most interesting among the findings: Ammonia increases heart rate, alertness, and perception of performance. Peppermint improves physical performance. Lavender reduces attention span. The researchers also noted that whether you like the smell or not plays a significant role in the impact the odor has on your performance.

Women may need exercise more than men. Or, at least, they benefit from exercise more than men according to a new study. Why is that? It’s unknown, but my first thought is that women have less muscle mass to begin with, and muscle mass is a key factor in longevity. The less you have, the younger you die, on average. So, by exercising, it helps maintain muscle health and mass.

Remember when we were promised that the Covid shots were safe? And there were many of us who doubted that (see the article I wrote in December of 2020, before the first one was approved). Well, “the science” definitely isn’t doing the vaccine pushers any favors. A new study just came out showing that the vaccines increase the risk of heart and brain conditions. Many of the doctors who were silenced or canceled predicted this from the beginning. Sadly, their voices were drowned out by mainstream media and many people I personally know faced serious health problems after getting jabbed and boosted.

And remember how we’re also told red meat is bad for our hearts? I’ve never seen research that actually showed that it does. This new study shows that it doesn’t: “This MR study demonstrated no significant causal relationships between red/processed meat intake and the risk of the four CVD outcomes examined.”

From the Socials

🌎 Other Stories

Fixation on CO2 Ignores Real Driver of Temperature, Experts Say (The Epoch Times). UN claims that human-caused CO2 emissions are imperiling the planet are ‘totally garbage,’ says scientist. ‘CO2 doesn’t cause a change in temperature.’ Keep reading…

Will Eating Protein Wreck Your Arteries? (Chris Masterjohn). A new paper in Nature Metabolism makes this claim, but how does it hold up? A new paper in Nature Metabolism claims to have shown that the amino acid leucine causes atherosclerosis at the exact same threshold as needed to stimulate protein synthesis. The mechanisms are, in fact, the same. Leucine stimulates mTOR in muscle and that causes muscles to grow. According to this new paper, leucine stimulates mTOR in immune cells and that causes atherosclerotic plaque to grow. Keep reading…

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In faith, fitness, and fortitude,
Tom Nikkola, CSCS

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