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Want More Energy In Your Day? The Mighty Egg

Want More Energy In Your Day? The Mighty Egg

I can be really dumb sometimes. I forget stuff that I’ve always known, then I suddenly rediscover them and go, “why did I abandon that in the first place?”

One of the things I pursue incessantly is to have more energy in my day. I’m not so much worried about lifespan as healthspan; that is the years that you do live are as healthy as you possibly can be.

To this end, you have two tools at your disposal – diet and exercise. When I was young, I trained like a maniac, and ate what I wanted. Youth and hard training covered up the weakness in this strategy. Nutrition is essential to feeling good.

And when it comes to nutrition, you have to watch who you listen to. For example, one John Harvey Kellogg, the creator of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes was an advocate of vegetarianism for one very specific reason. Not for health, not because he believed in animal rights, but because he was anti sex, anti passion and virulently anti masturbation.

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were invented to prevent masturbation. His belief was that bland foods like this would prevent arousal and excitement. How right he was to create Corn Flakes and replace a good traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs with a dried out, toasted corn kernel. Straight away you’re lacking in the vital nutrients that eggs give you.

Fast forward a hundred years and eggs are well and truly demonised. In the 70s, eggs? Any more than one a week and you’ll have a heart attack!

Why is that exactly? Because of cholesterol? Well I’m no doctor, but as I understand it, it’s the serum cholesterol in your blood that is the issue; i.e. cholesterol that is not used by your body. Cholesterol itself is essential in cell repair actually, so if you’re exercising, it’s essential.

There’s an old school bodybuilder and bodybuilding trainer, Vince Gironda who believed that raw eggs were as anabolic as steroids.

and then there’s this little gem of a passage from the book pumping iron, about Arnold Schwarzenegger –

“Arnold will crowd his girlfriend and a party of guys from the gym into his BMW and drive someplace like the Brownbagger – where, wearing emerald-green shorts and a T-shirt, looking as fancy and outrageous as a unicorn, he will cruise ahead of everyone else across a patio of small people eating spinach salads, and through the crowded main room to his table, where he will order a side of four scrambled eggs with his Stuffed Sirloin Spectacular, and tell a snowed and gaping hippie waitress that he doesn’t vont the bread because it’s not on his special sex diet.”

Finally there is the iconic Rocky scene –

rocky-eggs

The mighty Rocky Balboa chucking down raw eggs at 4 am before going out on his 10 mile run.

SO what is with eggs and energy? One word. Testosterone. Without testosterone life is tough (that’s my scientific opinion).

Why do eggs boost testosterone? Well there are a few things that help. Firstly, cholesterol is similar in chemical structure to testosterone, so apparently that makes it easy for the body to convert it into testosterone.

In addition to this eggs contain selenium and zinc, which both contribute to the production of testosterone, as well as vitamins A, D, E and K2.

They also contain choline, which lowers cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that block testosterone production.

So there you have it. You want boost to your general well being, energy levels and vitality?  Get some eggs into your diet. And the good news is, you don’t have to pour them down your throat raw like Rocky. Cooking actually makes the nutrients in eggs more available.

 

About The Author

Shaun

A guy obsessed with stripping down whatever field he studies to get the optimum return from effort expended. Sort of like Tim Ferriss, except with zero fame.

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