Minerals and the Body

William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

I’d like to finish up our recent conversations relating to vitamins and minerals in the human body.  We recently discussed Vitamins and now to finish up this topic ending with minerals.

Minerals are nutrients that are found within the body as well as in food.  Even though only 4 to 5 percent of human body weight is made up of minerals, these inorganic elements are essential for overall mental and physical well-being.  All tissues and internal fluids of living things contain varying quantities of minerals.  Minerals are constituents of bones, teeth, soft tissue, nerve cells, muscle and blood and play a very important role in the synthesis and maintenance of several regulatory and structural systems within the body.  For instance minerals strengthen the skeletal system while preserving the vigor of the heart, brain, muscles and nerves.

Because their work is so closely interrelated, minerals co-exist with vitamins.  For example, certain B-complex vitamins are properly absorbed only when combined with the mineral phosphorus.  Like vitamins, minerals function as catalysts assisting in numerous biological reactions such as muscle contractions, the transmission of messages through the nervous system, and the digestion and metabolism of food.  Minerals also aid in the production of hormones and help to regulate the delicate fluid balance within the body, which is essential for proper cellular function.  Along with protein, minerals help to keep the blood and tissue fluids from becoming too acidic or too alkaline and assist chemical substances in and out of cells by altering the plasma membrane.  Physical and emotional stress may cause a strain on the body’s supply of minerals, therefore interfering with the body’s ability to repair damaged tissues and inhibiting the responsiveness of the immune system.

In summary, given what we have just learned about the role of vitamins and minerals in human nutrition, it would probably be a good idea to include a basic multi-vitamin/mineral supplement each day.  Even if for no other reason than to provide the body with a safeguard, and protect it against any possible deficiencies that may develop as a result of eating foods that are lacking these essential micronutrients.

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Protein Needs for Strength Trained Athletes

We received quite a few comments and questions regarding the amount of protein one needs if bodybuilding vs regular day to day protein needs.  I’d like to address this a little more…

This is a great question however what defines a “bodybuilder”?

 We need to define the criteria of all individuals, whether they are athletes or non athletes; weight trained or endurance, etc….  The reason why this is so important is that the total number of calories as well as the absolute ratio of complete protein, carbohydrates and dietary fats (on a prandial or per meal basis) for each individual is entirely dependent on the level of condition (keep in mind that a person’s condition usually parallels the frequency, intensity, time or duration and type of exercise he or she is accustomed to engaging on a regular basis) that the individual happens to be in at the time his/her diet is fabricated.  For example; if we found that a 200LB male at 20% body fat was to eat 600 calories at each meal throughout the day (with a meal being eaten every 2-3 hours from the time he wakes until the time he goes to bed in order to stabilize blood sugar) and with a recommended nutrient ratio of 25/55/20 (P/C/F) and he then began engaging in weight training activities each day for an hour or longer on a regular and consistent basis; would he then need to increase his protein intake over and above the 38 grams of protein he was already eating at each meal throughout the day before he began weight training on a regular basis?

 The answer believe it or not is “no” and in many cases the protein recommendations for an individual subject to these variables would actually decrease over time.  Of course the next question would then be “Why would this be the case?”  The best way to explain this would be analogous to asking the question “would a student earning his/her PhD need to study more or less than a student earning his/her high school diploma?”  The answer to both questions simply boils down to two constants; “need” and “efficiency”.   In simple terms, when the need for protein is high, net protein retention (the body’s ability to efficiently absorb and retain protein) usually is not and vice versa (when NPR is high, the need for protein will be proportionately lower).  Your question might now be; “what variables effect Net Protein Retention” and “what variables effect the Protein Need”?  In an effort to keep this Q&A short and succinct we have provided the following brief lists:

Variables that effect the body’s “NEED” for protein:

  •  Lean Body Mass
  •    FITT of Strength Training Activities
  •    NPR (Net Protein Retention)

 Variables that effect the body’s “NPR” (Net Protein Retention):

  • Protein Synthesis
  • Protein Breakdown
  •  Net Protein Balance

 If you’d like to review a research abstract that further reveals these findings you may do so at  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17111010

 If you have further questions or would like more information on this or any other Allied Health Care topic, please send your questions to info@intrafitt.com

 Kindest regards,

 William Smith/AKA THUNDER



“Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things, and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.”


Vitamins and Minerals-The Energy Releasing Nutrients

Dear Friends,

I’d like to take the time to devote the next two articles to focusing on vitamins and minerals.  I’m going to start by saying that vitamins are essential to the human body and must be supplied in minute amounts in order to sustain life.  Also, for the most part, vitamins cannot be manufactured by the human body and must therefore be obtained from the foods in our diet, or if necessary, through supplementation.  Despite the fact that many people believe vitamins themselves can provide energy to the body, they function as bio-regulatory substances and cannot be metabolized for energy.  As previously mentioned in previous articles, the energy value of food is measured in calories.  Since vitamins themselves do not contain calories, they cannot supply energy directly to the body.  Many vitamins, however, are necessary for the release of energy, which is derived from the energy nutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats).

Certain vitamins are eaten in their “pro-vitamin” or “precursor” form and are then converted to their active form.  For example, beta carotene, the natural form of Vitamin A must be converted to retinol before it can be used by the body.  Vitamins are organized into two groups: fat-soluble and water-soluble.  Vitamins A, D, E and K are classified as fat soluble vitamins whereas the B vitamins and vitamin C are classified as water-soluble vitamins.  Fat-soluble vitamins are stored primarily in the liver and adipose tissue and require protein carriers in the blood such as chylomicrons for their transport within the body.  Because of the ability of fat-soluble vitamins to be stored in the liver, they do have the potential to become toxic if taken in excess.  Water soluble vitamins, on the other hand, are more easily destroyed during food processing and cooking.  These vitamins travel unattached in the blood, are excreted in the urine, and do not have the same storage potential within the body as the fat soluble vitamins.  consequently, it is not likely that the water-soluble vitamins will become toxic unless taken in exceptionally high doses.

Vitamins also play a very important role with regulatory proteins called enzymes.  Enzymes are made of two parts, one part is a protein molecule and the other part is a coenzyme.  The coenzyme part is usually a vitamin or it may contain a vitamin, or it may be a molecule that has been manufactured from a vitamin.

Nevertheless, enzymes are responsible for many biochemical reactions within the body such as tissue growth, metabolism, cellular reproduction and the digestion of food.  Most enzymes remain within the cell and function as catalysts, in other words, they initiate chemical reactions, which allow other work within the cell to continue.  Since vitamins play an intrinsic role in cellular metabolism, a lack of one or more may cause a variety of metabolic aberrations.

For example, a cell that is poorly nourished may actually contain enzymes without the proper coenzyme (vitamin) part making them nonfunctional.  Although an adequate number of functional enzymes may exist for the cell to continue working for a long period of time, the cell will eventually  begin to function more slowly either until it receives proper nourishment or until it dies.  this procedure may explain why vitamin deficiencies do not take place overnight or over a couple of days; instead many weeks or even months are required for signs of a vitamin deficiency to appear.

Tomorrow we will discuss Minerals!

William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Visit us on the web at www.intrafitt.com

William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Dear Friends,

I have devoted my life in attempting to reconcile diabetes and other chronic disease.  I have this article posted on my website but I wanted to reiterate to all my friends and followers.  It is my heartful wish that this article reach as many people as possible.  Please pass it on.

If you or a loved one has been or is currently suffering from a chronic and degenerative disease such as Obesity, Diabetes I or II, CHD / Coronary Heart Disease or other of the myriad of chronic and degenerative diseases now reaching beyond epidemic proportions (within our culture and around the globe); COMPLETE RECONCILIATION OF ANY PREVENTABLE DISEASE IS NOW AVAILABLE!   That’s right!  You heard correctly!  And in fact; it is most important that you understand that every chronic and degenerative disease known to mankind is the result (and only the result) of a deep seeded belief system that directly controls and influences gene expression in your DNA and is most often  initialized as the result of chronic adverse thoughts, feelings and emotions (collectively referred to as your attitude)!  Think about it!  The last time that undesirable circumstances occurred in your life; how did it make you feel?  More importantly, how did you react to it?  Maybe you or a family member have lost your job recently or perhaps your husband or wife decided he/she wanted to move on in life without you or maybe someone at work isn’t treating you fairly; even though you are always kind and considerate to them.  As these circumstances are played over and over in your mind, you can feel the sadness, rage and disappointment begin to take control and consume your thoughts which then dictate your feelings, then your emotions and ultimately your attitude! 

What you need to realize is that the “Biology of your Beliefs” completely and totally dominates the activity (or expression) of your genes (located in your DNA) which in turn control the health and well being of your cells.  It is this type of activity (referred to as “Epigenetics“) at the cellular level that ultimately determines the outcome of your overall health and well being!  In other words, chronic and degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.. are not conditions that are passed down from one generation to another as we’ve been led to believe through the process of “genetic predisposition” (a term that we’ve all been programmed to recognize as a way to inherit anatomical, psychological and physiological problems from our parents).  The term suggests that because my dad died of a heart attack, my chances will automatically be much greater as a result!  Sadly enough, it is the domestication process of our parents that most often leads to our learned behavior, programmed mindset and subsequent lifestyle.  These attributes are in turn what shape and develop our beliefs and attitude (which inadvertently influence our individual biochemistry and subsequent cell behavior)!  In the end, it is this biological domino effect that ultimately determines whether health or disease will prevail in our bodies!  

The best news of all is that you don’t have to maintain a belief system that doesn’t serve you!  Why?  Because a “belief” is nothing more than a “practiced thought”!  And, at any given moment you can choose to start fresh and begin to select “only” the “thoughts”, “feelings” and “emotions” that make you smile and fill your heart full of love, joy and happiness!  Once you make a decision to choose this path and put forth conscious effort each day to maintain it, your body’s chemistry will immediately shift towards promoting and maintaining health, fitness and prosperity and you will begin to live your life with the level of strength, energy and vitality for which it was intended!

If you’d like to learn more on the topic of how your thoughts, feelings and emotions impact your genetic makeup, take a few minutes to read CHAPTER 1 from Bruce Lipton’s publication entitled The “Biology of Belief”, you’ll be very glad you did!  If however, you’re ready to begin the reconciliation process associated with your current condition, please register for the “NEW” INTRAFITT LifeChoice™ Program immediately as it provides all of the instruction, guidance and products and accessories you will need to easily achieve and maintain a life of health, fitness and vitality!

IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that your ability to make better conscious thoughts relies heavily on the stability of your blood sugar as you cannot expect your brain and nervous system to consistently perform better than it has in the past if it is constantly deprived of energy and cannot process the frequency modulated signals that form the basis of communication and thoughts from one minute to the next!

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Protein-The Body’s Most Important Element Next to Water

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I’m excited to talk with you about Protein today!  Next to water, protein is the most abundant element in the body and plays a vital role in the maintenance and development of all regulatory and structural components within.

Protein provides the primary building material for muscles, blood, skin, nails hair and internal organs such as the heart and brain.  Protein is also required for the development of various hormones which control and regulate a variety of bodily functions such as reproduction, muscular growth, and the rate of metabolism.  Protein also helps prevent the blood and tissues from becoming either too acidic or too alkaline by controlling pH levels.  The synthesis of regulatory and protective proteins such as enzymes and antibodies is also dependent on the amount of protein supplied by the diet.  Enzymes are formed within the cells and initiate thousands of catalytic reactions per second that are both anabolic and catabolic.  For example, the digestion of foods, the breakdown of fats and the synthesis of lean muscle tissue are all reliant on enzymatic reactions.

Antibodies are protective proteins each containing a specific amino acid sequence.  Antibodies are formed in response to the presence of foreign particles (antigens), which invade the body.  Each antibody, however, is capable of combating only one type of antigen; therefore, an antibody which has been produced to destroy one particular strain of influenza would be of no help in destroying another strain.

Finally, dietary protein may also be used as a source of energy within the body.  The extent to which this process takes place, however, is largely dependent on the availability of the protein sparing energy nutrients, carbohydrates and fats.

William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

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