My trainer gave me glutamine after my workout today when I asked her if there was anything I could do to help out with the muscle pain after a hard workout. Is this something that I should be considering taking more often? Or is there perhaps a more natural supplement or something I can take? I have just started a couple of classes that are pretty rough, as I am quite out of shape. I am down 20 lbs since starting paleo a few months back, but I feel it is time to get stronger and hopefully combat my back pain that lingers after a microdiscectomy about three years ago. I still have about 70lbs to go. My diet has been mostly LC with a couple of unfortunate cheats here and there! Any advise or critique is welcome as I have a lot to learn. Thanks!
L-Glutamine can be used as an energy source by the brain (i.e. helpful when low-carbing or IF'ing), it can reduce leakage from the GI tract (i.e. helpful in healing a damaged digestive system), and seems to reduce your risk of infection when training (i.e. helpful in situations where you may have been overtraining.)
L-glutamine's role as an ergogenic aid has not, however, been proven, but it numerous other beneficial effects seem to support its use within the context of an overall healthy, complete diet and exercise program.
I use l-glutamine in my family, and with clients as well, for blood sugar support. I don't have training in sports nutrition though...it's wonderful for support while people transition off of being fueled mainly via glucose to being fueled mainly via fats. A little right under the tongue can lessen or even halt a sugar craving, and is essential(imho) to helping alcoholics quit drinking.
This is a question I'm interested in as well since I'm always so sore after a heavy cardio-workout, whether I get lots of protein or not. I asked at my Sprouts natural food store and the gal suggested this. So I'm definitely going to be watching the answers here..
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