Blood Analysis: Unlock the Body’s Secrets to Reach Peak Performance
The human body contains many different types of cells which are responsible for various functions. These cells have their own unique characteristics such as age, gender, size, blood type etc. Some of these cell types are called “antigens” or “allergenic”.
Antigenic factors play a role in determining whether one will develop certain diseases later in life (such as cancer). For example, if someone has a high level of IgE antibodies against milk proteins, they are likely to get allergic reactions when exposed to dairy products. The immune system recognizes these antigens as foreign invaders and produces chemicals known as immunoglobulins (Ig) which neutralize them. However, there is another type of antigen which is not recognized by the immune system but still exists in our bodies – it is called a “non-self” antigen. A non-self antigen is present in all living things and acts like a molecular “noise” which causes inflammation in the body. When this happens, the immune system attacks itself causing damage to vital organs such as the heart, lungs and brain. There are several ways to eliminate these non-self antigens from our bodies. In order to achieve peak athletic performance one must eliminate these antigens form the body.
One of the best ways to achieve this is by doing a blood test. A blood test measures the number of foreign antigens in your blood. It measures the overall antigen load in your body.
This test should be carried out at least twice a year, before and after every major sports event and tournament to ensure peak athletic performance. There are other factors that determine the antigen load in the human body. These factors include:
1) Exercising after eating a large meal: Exercising after having a large meal can increase the number of antigens in your body.
When you eat a large meal, the food intake increases the level of blood glucose. This increase in blood-sugar causes an increase in various antigens in the body. This is because when there is an increase blood-sugar, the body starts to produce toxic antibodies which react with the blood-sugar.
These new antibodies are essentially non-self antigens that lead to inflammation and can cause damage to various vital organs such as the heart, lungs and brain. This can cause serious health problems. To avoid this, one should wait for at least two hours after a meal before they engage in any physical activity.
2) Polluted Air: Polluted air contains many toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides which can increase the number of non-self antigens in the body.
These antigens trigger an inflammatory response in the body, leading to increased probability of diseases such as cancer. Since athletes spend a lot of time outdoors, they are at increased risk of developing these diseases. It is important to ensure that the air you breath is clean.
Athletes may also use air-filtering masks while training in highly polluted areas.
3) Lack of Sleep: A lack of sleep can lead to an increase in the number of non-self antigens in the body.
Studies have shown a strong correlation between lack of sleep and various diseases such as cancer, heart attack and stroke. Athletes should always get a good night’s sleep before a major event or competition. In the days leading up to the event, they should practice sleeping in later than usual so their body gets used to this.
4) Changes in Altitude: Changes in altitude cause fluid to build up in your body’s tissues.
This causes a release of hormones which lead to the release of non-self antigens in the body, causing an increase in the number of immunoglobulins. This increase in immunoglobulin leads to various health problems such as high blood pressure. It is important for athletes to live at a constant altitude their whole life, or at least spend a few weeks at the required altitude before the event.
If this is not possible, taking altitude sickness pills can prevent some of the negative effects of altitude on athletic performance.
5) Eating Too Much: Eating too much food causes the body to release toxins which are eliminated through the intestines.
This causes release of immunoglobulins and can cause an inflammatory response in the body, leading to various health problems. It is important to eat only as much as necessary to maintain proper energy levels. Athletes have a tendency to overeat after a particularly grueling training session; it is important to avoid this temptation, the excessive exercise will provide additional stimulation for the immune system to release antigens and eliminate waste.
6) Fatigue: Complete exhaustion can lead to a serious drop in athletic performance.
This is because the immune system recognizes expended muscle fibers as non-self, and releases antigens which cause an inflammatory response that can seriously debilitate an athlete. It is important that athletes get proper rest so their bodies are not completely spent by the time of the event.
You have reached your destination, the stadium where you will compete in the All-City Games. You feel prepared.
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