Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Happy New Year!

Here at BioImmersion we are welcoming the new year with five new products that we will introduce over the next few months—products that we have been working on for the past year. The first product is presented in this week’s and next’s Forward Thinking: Energy Sustain Complex. We are still playing around with names. Any ideas for a good name? Let us know!

The reason we named it Energy Sustain Comlex is because the formula has the ability to give an immediate energy boost and also sustain the energy level as a balanced meal would do—a great energy performance. But it does much more, and in the next two weeks I will discuss the science and attributes of Energy Sustain.

To begin with: The product has been formulated to meet the energy needs of a serious athlete in training, an active adult, or an individual interested in making some healthy lifestyle changes to support glucose levels, to increase heart health, and gain control of weight management.

The Energy Sustain Complex: Science and Attributes

Do you recognize this molecule?

It is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)—the body’s energy currency. It is the fuel our body uses to run all its metabolic processes.

ATP can be produced from the three macronutrients in our diet—carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The body, however, prefers carbohydrate as its source for energy, but the form of carbohydrate we take into our body is critically important. There is a huge difference as to outcomes—whether it results in healthful and effective transformation into energy currency or an overload of glucose, with disease initiating consequences.

To understand and to gain control over these two possible outcomes, we need to grasp the concepts of glycemic control and insulin/glucagon balancing.

The term glycemic control is used to refer to the dietary regulation of blood sugar levels. Ultimately, in regards to energy, our body must breakdown carbohydrate to its simplest form—a glucose molecule, which in turn, as it is processed through glycolysis, the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain, can result in the production of 38 ATP molecules.

This is good and healthful. However, disease can form in the body when too many glucose molecules enter our blood stream from too fast (or of course, too much) of a particular carbohydrate food. If it is a highly processed carbohydrate food that already has been broke down to its simplest form (a simple sugar) it will rapidly be absorbed into our systemic circulation with too high of a glycemic index. If it is a complex carbohydrate in a more complex molecular structure, then it must be broken down by the digestive enzymes and the infusion of simple sugars coming into the blood stream is much more modulated. The slower a food releases its simple sugars, the lower is its glycemic index.

When the diet consists of a high proportion of refined carbohydrates, which have high glycemic indices, the body’s insulin response will be enhanced. High glycemic index foods tend to slam the bloodstream with sugar, producing a greater demand for insulin. This results in more insulin being rapidly secreted into the bloodstream. A rush followed by a crash, as blood sugar is.

Insulin is a powerful hormone. As insulin levels rise, insulin exerts powerful braking effects on the breakdown and burning of body fat. Certainly the most determinant factor influencing body fat levels is the number of calories consumed. However, maintaining a quieter insulin environment by eating low to mid-range glycemic index foods can give you a tremendous edge in your efforts to build a lean, high-performance physique.

The other powerful factor to consider in the diet towards the management of healthy insulin levels, is the consumption of healthy proportions of protein. Protein is required in order to stimulate the release of glucagon. Glucagon is a counter-regulatory hormone to insulin. A coordinated interaction between the two hormones brings about matched increases in production and utilization of glucose. Imbalances in insulin and glucagon secretion would favor the activity of one hormone over the other. A food or meal that contains a 2 to 1 ratio by weight of carbohydrate to protein is ideal.

Two main dietary factors appear to strongly influence blood sugar levels; those being carbohydrate to protein ratio of each meal and the glycemic index of each meal. Typically, post-pranial blood glucose elevations tend to stimulate insulin secretion, whereas the absorption of protein tends to stimulate glucagon release. Both hormones are made and stored in the pancreas; insulin in beta cells and glucagon in alpha cells.

The problem with the rapid infusion of sugar into the blood stream is that it causes the pancreas to release too much insulin. This over expression of insulin will result in pushing to much of the sugar out of circulation, causing hypoglycemia. So balancing blood sugar levels is critically important, and a big part of the genius of the Energy Sustain Complex is that it allows you to control the Glycemic Index, depending on your body’s need for energy. Let’s look at the nutritional content of Energy Sustain.

The following table presents a prime example of the difference between Energy Sustain and a highly process carbohydrate such as maltodextrin. When maltodextrin is produced, starch is isolated from corn, rice or potatoes and is then “hydrolyzed (chemically broken down into smaller molecules). Hydrolysis strips away most of the nutritional value in order to increase crude carbohydrate content. This explains at least in part why maltodextrin has a glycemic index of 100—equivalent to pure glucose! Although technically maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate, it behaves exactly like a high glycemic sugar; so much so, that it can produce rebound hypoglycemia.

Look at the difference in the ratios of carbohydrate to protein between the maltodextrin and the Energy Sustain. The glycemic index of maltodextrin is 100, the glycemic index of Energy Sustain is adjustable, but never over 65 which is well within an acceptable range. In the mornings (or after you exercise), you need a quick infusion of glucose to jump-start the day, or restock your glycogen stores, Energy Sustain can provide the boost without the sugar crash. If you want a lower glycemic index for a longer lasting energy experience, Energy Sustain can impart that too—you can dial it up or dial it down. In next week’s Forward Thinking I’ll get into the details of what Energy Sustain’s actual ingredient are. Till then.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The Energy Sustain Complex is composed of 6 ingredients, all whole foods with a bit of 21st Century science and technology. The formula is comprised of foods that have been with us for thousands of years, and are an important part of our evolutionary history. We are excited to share this whole food with you.

The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing creature is a Humming Bird. Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside flowers. Like bees, they are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat; they reject flower types that produce nectar that is less than 10% sugar and prefer those whose sugar content is stronger. Nectar is a poor source of nutrients, so hummingbirds meet their needs for protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. by preying on insects and spiders, especially when feeding their young.

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