Going Deep with Muscles

            We talk a lot about enriching your body from the cellular level so you can get fit, be stronger, and build your muscles. But how much do you know about muscles? Sure, we all have a basic knowledge of how they work, but let’s learn a little more. The more you know, the better prepared you are to build your health on a solid foundation.

            Did you know there are 650 muscles in the human body? In addition to supporting movement, muscles “help to maintain posture and circulate blood and other substances throughout the body, among other functions.” All of these muscles are then divided into three categories: skeletal, smooth, and cardiac. Skeletal muscles are likely the ones you are most familiar with; they’re the ones that control conscious movement such as in your arms or legs. Smooth muscle “is found inside organs such as the stomach and intestines, as well as in blood vessels. It is called a smooth muscle because, unlike skeletal muscle, it does not have the banded appearance of skeletal or cardiac muscle. The weakest of all muscle tissues, visceral muscles contract to move substances through the organ, according to The Merck Manual.  Because visceral muscle is controlled by the unconscious part of the brain, it is known as involuntary muscle, as it cannot be controlled by the conscious mind.” Finally, the cardiac muscle is--you guessed it--found only in the heart. The heart is responsible for pumping blood through the body and the heart’s pacemaker is controlled by cardiac muscle. “Like visceral muscles, cardiac muscle tissue is controlled involuntarily. While hormones and signals from the brain adjust the rate of contraction, cardiac muscle stimulates itself to contract.”[1]

            Now that we know a little more about muscles, what can we do to support them and optimize our health? The first answer is obviously to exercise; your muscles are designed to move and they want to move! According to the Mayo Clinic the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity as well as strength training for all major muscle groups at least twice a week.[2] It’s also important to eat a healthy diet, but if you want to do a little extra, why not work to improve your body on a cellular level? Bod•ē TEN is an ultra-premium nutritional supplement that enhances cellular energy production, increases stamina, and reduces oxidative stress.* Working at the cellular level, this proprietary formula provides essential nutrients needed to support your body’s mitochondria-the power generators of your cells.* Plus, one of the key ingredients in Bod•ē TEN is magnesium, which “helps with energy...Low magnesium can create a buildup of lactic acid, known to cause post-workout discomfort and tightness. Also, much of the body’s energy comes from ATP, a molecule that captures chemical energy from food and uses it to fuel other processes in the body. ATP production depends on magnesium.”[3] So get those muscles moving and optimize your body from a cellular level with Bod•ē TEN!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

[1] Zimmermann, Kim Ann. “Muscular System: Facts, Functions & Diseases.” LiveScience, Purch, 11 Mar. 2016, www.livescience.com/26854-muscular-system-facts-functions-diseases.html.

[2] Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. “How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 14 Dec. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916.

[3] Seidenberg, Casey. “There's No Magic Bullet for Fitness, but Magnesium Comes Close.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 18 Nov. 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/magnesium-does-a-body-good/2016/11/17/f90cedfa-ab4b-11e6-a31b-4b6397e625d0_story.html?utm_term=.10dd3637659a.

Health, ScienceRichard Martin