Glutamine and Recovery

Exercise is one of the most beautiful things we can do for our bodies. It helps us relax through ideal hormone release, it aids in bettering our body composition, as well as it leads us into positive and healthy lifestyle patterns that enable us to live a more fulfilled lifestyle! What most people fail to take into account is the sometimes negative effect that exercise can have on our bodies when done in abundance without proper nutritional support. As I always say, there are two things that need to happen every time we eat: replacement and recovery. It’s no secret that there are tons of things we can do for our bodies to aid in the recovery of exercise, but one sometimes overlooked aspect is the supplementation of the amino acid Glutamine.

Glutamine is one of the abundant amino acids found in our blood, and also in our intracellular amino acid pool, thus making it the most commonly found amino acid in your muscle tissues. After training or exercising the concentration of glutamine in the tissue falls down dramatically (approximately 50%) and this can remain at low level as the exercise recovery process goes on. This drop in the level of glutamine has shown negative effects on recovery, and can also contribute to reduced strength and stamina while your body recovers from your workouts.

Glutamine works by lessening the inflammation in muscle tissues, and thus protecting the cells from the damage caused while training, while supporting your immune system by sustaining a healthy and fit gastrointestinal tract. Lack of glutamine in the muscles and blood may lead the body to experience a low level of nitrogen transfer. Nitrogen in the muscular system of the body contributes to anabolic growth in muscles; therefore it is vital to make sure that glutamine levels in the body remain in proper proportion to carry nitrogen all over the body.

Supplementation of glutamine is important in the maintenance of all these key factors in regards to the ideal function of the body during exercise. The maintenance of the body’s musculature can be stripped off by extreme workouts as the body requires using glutamine for various other functions like supporting your immune system and also in aiding cellular recovery. Introducing glutamine supplements in the body after physical training or workouts enables to refill the stores of this essential amino acid, making sure that next training session is not at all compromised by any recovery process, and your body is able to transfer the nitrogen efficiently.

Glutamine is not recognized as an essential amino acid, which means it is naturally produced in the body instead of having to be completely supplied through dietary intake. However, it should be noted that additional supplementary intake of glutamine is necessary in many cases during ill health as well as post-surgery and post-workout, as it known to aid during the recovery time for any patient or athlete. Glutamine supplements are thus widely researched, as well as have many supporting documents that show evidence to its positive effect on helping your body to recover.

These glutamine supplements comes in both capsule as well as powder form, and in both cases it is the perfect way to supply the body with a required amount of amino acid in the body during times of recovery. Glutamine is also highly recommended during weight loss and cutting cycles in the lead up to fitness competitions due to the high need for fast and effective recovery. Glutamine is preferably taken two to three times a day (the morning, post-workout, and night time) with the finest dose of around 5 grams mostly in powdered form.