010316 "The Brain on Fructose"

It is widely known that the effect of too much alcohol in the body is fatty accumulation in the liver. This fat accumulation creates a host of metabolic problems as well as inflammation. These are no light circumstances when pushed too far.... And now the problem with over 30% of Americans is this same degradation of the liver is happening because of the High Fructose Corn Syrup...No alcohol involved. Fructose laden beverages and food that are consumed daily in our modern world are creating deposits and inflammation that are having an effect on our brains. The liver, you see, controls sugar metabolism, insulin activity and secondarily, plaques in the brain caused by inflammation. Plaques in the brain are a tell tale symptom in Alzheimers and Dementia!

High Fructose Corn Syrup (as a reminder) is a corn product that is extracted through chemistry to form a sweeter and cheaper version of glucose. Sugar used to be a standard production ingredient but Corn is much cheaper and therefore most food products are made with it. I encourage all of you to read the label on the back of anything you eat daily that is sweet. Chances are that you will see HFCS in one form or another.

As a athlete and health conscious person you should caution yourself against consuming this in any way. If nothing else, use this as a gauge for what foods to put in your cart. Remember that you always want rocket fuel in your body, not cheap gas. HFCS is cheap gas. Whole foods; protein, fats, and carbohydrates are rocket fuel. Choose rightly my friend.

Baseline:

Quad/Calf Smash W/ Barbell

A: :10-:20-:30-:40-:30-:20-:10 Double Unders

Rest :10 Between Rounds

B: Clean and Jerk Warm Up

WOD:

8 Min AMRAP

40 Double Unders

3 Squat