Bodybuilding is a great sport and so is the goal and mission of achieving a great body. Both hobbies and interests have positive benefits, most of all being health and strength. Physical fitness is a paramount resource on the journey of one’s life of success and quality. In my first original book, “Natural Fitness for the 21st Century” (2003), it talks about how the fitness industry has fallen victim to gimmicks, fads, false advertising, and deception. Where everyone wants the “quick fix”, false promises and detrimental supplements and products reign supreme. While all of these are misleading, none of them are as notorious as steroids.
Fitness encapsulates a wide range of compartments, or sections, from health clubs corporations, small mom and pop gyms to bodybuilding stages, supplements, and fitness modeling. This is what makes it very exciting and the limitless possibilities there to enjoy the accomplishments and reaching of one’s goals. However, a shadow is still present in the midst of such excitement, and that shadow comes in the form of steroids.
We know why people cheat. In fact, many people actually empathize nowadays with cheaters. They pinpoint the motivation and cause for someone to resort to cheating, and they come to the conclusion, “I don’t blame them. I would do it too if I was competing at that level” or “everyone else is doing it so it is the only way to compete”. While this may be so, and they may have a point, it doesn’t make it right, and this analysis ignores the totality of the ramifications and harm cheating has on many peoples’ lives.
Let’s turn back the clock for a second and roll back time to the point where steroids and cheating hit the market, which ironically is also where the fitness industry began to boom and become popular and widespread. In this way, it is not much different than the steroid era of baseball: when ballplayers turned into gigantic monsters smashing titanic homeruns, baseball’s popularity spread, but so did the destruction of the integrity of the game. This all occurred during the mid-20th century, roughly between 1950 and 1980. Before this time, fitness and healthy living as a sport and lifestyle only catered to a small segment of the population, and most fitness magazine covers were graced by all-natural bodies and physiques, which surprisingly can still compete and arguably even win in a battle of the bodies today which are enhanced by anabolic drugs.
From here, the competitive bodybuilding industry as a sport picked up gradually and soon prizes and monetary awards were being rendered to fitness pageant contestants. Naturally, many aspiring champions and athletes saw an opportunity and gravitated to the idea of success and fame. With more and more competitors entering the contests and going on stage, the competition thickened, and as is the case with all sports, any way of winning or gaining the edge was sought. This is likely where the introduction of anabolic steroids originated. It is also where it originated in other sports as well.
What’s interesting is that despite the negative rap steroids have publicly gained through the years, it hasn’t prevented bodybuilders, fitness competitors, or fitness magazine models from using them. People are still captivated by an artificially enhanced physique, even though they know that it is artificially enhanced. Even more surprising is that many people will buy the products and supplements these people are advertising even though there must be some kind of inclination in their minds that the products will not make them look the way the model does, and in fact the model is really taking anabolic drugs to look the way they do. When the said people buy the supplement or fat ripping product, which may be harmful itself, though legal, they will soon find out that it will not make them appear like the model in the advertisement, hence the concept of false advertising.
Philosophically, here is where the ultimate problem resides: An industry is a business, and in case anyone doesn’t know, all businesses compete for business. Business, whether one likes it or not, is a competition, and if one does not know that, they will soon find out when entering the market. Therefore, people and companies will cheat, lie, and deceive to win; they will do anything they can to get an edge. While this is understandable from a basic standpoint, it has many negative consequences on the industry as a whole. When you go out to eat at a restaurant, you want to know which place has the “best” food, and you will go to that particular restaurant. Competition is as natural as breathing in the business world, even though to many people it falls subtle. Whether we know it or not, we are in search of the “best” when we are deciding where to spend our money.
With this being the case, this is where many fitness businesses and companies begin the deception game. They want you to believe that this model advertising their supplement is real when in fact they are artificially enhanced and on steroids, the bodybuilder on stage wants you to believe that they have the best natural body when in fact they have taken stacks of drugs to obtain the lean fatless physique and solid muscles compared to the truly natural competitor who although they may not be as perfect as the drug-enhanced one is still very impressive (they will lose, and thus the true winner will never be known), the equipment or product they are selling will cause one to gain this incredible body their model has when in fact the model is taking illegal fat rippers and anabolic steroids. Thus, they cast a cloud over the industry, and in doing so they are actually creating a false reality that unfortunately people are buying.
Do they care? Probably not. As long as they win, gain their fame, and put money in their pockets they don’t find anything ethically wrong with it. Once again, they can justify it in their own minds by claiming “Everyone is cheating and doing it”, even though they’re not. Also, not everyone believes in a code of ethics and has a moral compass with regards to such matters. Theoretically, what has happened as a result is that gradually the fitness industry and bodybuilding industries have created an isolated empire, where only those who use steroids and drugs can enter, and the rest of the world and people are just viewers, members of the audiences, not much different than fans in the stands at a baseball game, except baseball has at least somewhat attempted to clean up the mess steroids created.
One might ask why this matters. One might buy the argument that everyone is doing it and it doesn’t affect them so why should they care?
First, as a fan or aspiring competitor or fitness person, you will never know who the real winner is. You will never know who deserves your respect. You will never know who the real true champion is. What is the point of creating fun, sporty competitions if you never know who the real victor is? You can say all competitors deserve respect, but do they if they are all artificially enhanced and taking illegal anabolic drugs? If a body is artificially and illegally obtained, then is that really the body that deserves to be featured in selling and promoting supplements, which mind you are often times harmful in themselves?
Secondly, as a result of this, tragically the true heroes and winners are never known, quickly forgotten, and deemed failures in comparison to the “winners” of such competitions, when in fact, in actuality they are the ones who deserve the most praise for maintaining integrity, their code of ethics, and competing fairly, properly, and right. Good behavior here goes unrewarded, unpraised, and this further exacerbates the problem as sometimes these natural competitors, fitness people, and bodybuilders convince themselves they have no choice but to use steroids and harmful supplements and drugs if they are to compete.
Third, the false advertising of the products, from supplements to equipment to diets, with the use of artificially enhanced models and fitness people produces false advertising and an unrealistic portrayal of the benefits of said products. Would the customer have really have purchased that supplement, that product, that equipment if it wasn’t being promoted, advertised, and sold by a perfectly artificially enhanced bodybuilder or fitness model who is really taking steroids or drugs? The whole persuasion of such products is that if the consumer buys it and uses it, they will end up looking like the person who is advertising it. Everyone knows that this is not the case ninety-nine percent of the time. In addition, let’s face it- most of these pieces of equipment and machines go on to collect dust, and most of these supplements don’t work, and they definitely don’t work in the long run.
Fourth, the cheating success of a few individuals destroys the deserved success of the many non-cheating individuals, who in many ways go on to be deemed the failures in competitions since they did not take home the prize or monetary gain. Is this actually true in reality? It’s not. In fact, the cheaters are the real failures because they lack integrity and honesty and they have stolen the victory from a deserving honest candidate.
There was a time when society admired, respected, and valued virtues like honesty, hard work, integrity, and truth. Today, it appears as though winning at all costs is more valued than these admirable character traits. That’s a shame because it shows how degenerative society has become. It is only fooling itself. The more such behavior goes rewarded and unpunished and the more good behavior goes unrewarded and believe it or not, pitied, the more the prevalence of such behavior will permeate throughout society until it reaches home. While some people believe in the free market and don’t feel such things affect them, anyone with dignity doesn’t like being sold something that isn’t real and doesn’t work. They don’t like others to pull a fast one on them and convince them of something true that is not.
Perhaps such superficiality is here to stay, or perhaps society will wake up and decide to long for the years of that truth, honesty, and integrity when the winners were the true winners, not coming up short due to competing with frauds, imposters, phonies, and cheaters. The golden age of fitness and bodybuilding that existed in the 1920s-1950s is over, and we are still now living in the steroid era where anyone who has the audacity to lie and cheat can enter, win, and claim glory. Shame be it as it may. It discourages so many people from anteing up and pursuing a life of good health and supreme physical fitness. If there is no reward, and the cheaters control the industry, then what is the point? The good cause of the industry has been “hijacked” by the frauds, cheaters, and imposters and has been pawned off as just another superficial entertainment industry, when in fact, health and fitness was ultimately meant to be so much more, and so much more for everyone.
Kombucha Starter Kit
You Can Do It YourselfCommercially-produced kombucha is widely available today and can be found in most supermarkets and health food stores. However, it’s actually easy to make your own fizzy kombucha beverage right at home using only a few necessary ingredients.. All you need is: • A large clean glass jar • Green or black tea • Sugar • Water • Wooden spoon • A coffee filter or cheese cloth • A rubber band • 1 SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) The SCOBY is responsible for the fermentation and production of healthy probiotic bacteria. You can purchase a SCOBY online or ask a friend who already makes their own kombucha. After that, it’s as easy as following a few simple steps until you’ve got your own homemade kombucha tea beverage.
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Personal Experiences ....Frau T. S. from P., Germany, writes: "I have had it (the Kombucha tradition) for 6 months now, and my well being is bettering at all times, In short, I believe nice. I additionally handed it directly to buddies who're additionally more than happy with it and feature been cured of rheumatic pains and liver court cases, for instance.(...) I would not love to must surrender consuming the beverage." "Since consuming Kombucha Tea I've spotted a drastic aid within the signs of HAY FEVER AND SINUS that I have been experiencing. I've a big VARICOSE VEIN on my proper calf All over the time I've been consuming the Kombucha Tea, I've spotted that it's been shriveled and it does now not itch or pain because it used to. I actually have a SENSITIVE STOMACH which has been relieved, and I'm additionally in a position to deal with REGULAR BOWEL ACTIVITY."
Mr H. Wilkins... Springwood, Qld.
"For about 17 years I have been affected by serious MIGRAINE HEADACHES, no less than thrice per week at a minimal. I used to be completely resigned to the truth that I'd proceed to be afflicted by this criticism and ache for the remainder of my fife. When visiting some buddies one night time I used to be requested if I would really like to take a look at one of the most " MIRACLE" drink referred to as Kombucha Tea. I used to be hesitant, however I did take a look at it anyway. It tasted fairly refreshing, however unknown to my buddies I had a ache in my higher gastric area which have been there many of the day. To my astonishment, inside part an hour of consuming this Kombucha Tea my ache had completely disappeared. After starting up to drink this tea two times day-to-day for the closing two and a part months I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ONE MIGRAINE AT ALL. I'm so extremely joyful so to percentage this enjoy and inform other folks how this Kombucha Tea has benefited me and CHANGED MY LIFE."
Fay Haddrill ... French's Wooded area
Kombucha Tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it’s sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it is a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. Kombuca Tea has been taken for its natural probiotic healing properties for thousands of years and due to recent information provided by RainTree Nutrition and The National Health Sciences Institute, there has been tremendous excitement to take this ancient elixir. Kombuca Tea is a powerful herbal supplement that the Shaolin Monks and Eastern Mystics have used for centuries to strengthen the body’s natural defenses including memory problems, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), joint pain and rheumatism, appetite loss, high blood pressure, constipation, arthritis, hair growth, immunity issues and cancer. Kombucha Tea can be brewed in your home with a Kombucha SCOBY. It produces a sweet, slightly sour Elixir that you can drink at anytime. Kombucha (formal name: Medusomyces gisevii, also called tea mushroom and manchurian mushroom) is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). What makes Kombucha Tea so unique is its wide variety of bioactive phytonutrients, which work naturally at the cellular and systemic levels.
Boost Your Immune SystemThose who love to look for natural health remedies will love the fact that kombucha is actually a natural antibiotic. This is because of the process of fermentation and its by-products. One of which is acetic acid, which creates a kind of sterile environment which inhibits the growth of unhealthy bacteria. The probiotics also fight the bad bacteria so whereas pharmaceutical antibiotics kill off all the bacteria in our systems, kombucha leaves the good and kills the bad. No bad bacteria means no infections which equals a healthy, happy immune system!
Helps With DigestionSpeaking of those probiotics…kombucha is full of healthy bacteria that do plenty of good for our bodily functions. One of kombucha's primary benefits is that its probiotics, yeasts, and enzymes help with digestion by breaking down food for better nutrient absorption. They also promote the growth of healthy gut flora, which help us to digest our food better and maintain a healthy pH level. Your gut also gets a break because it doesn’t have to work as hard to break down fermented foods because the bacteria have already done some of the work.
It’s AlcoholicIf you’re familiar with the brewing processes of beer, wine, or spirits, you’ll know that fermentation involves alcohol. This is because as the yeast breaks down the sugar, they release two things: carbon dioxide and ethanol (aka: bubbles and booze.) The level of alcohol is fairly low because the fermentation time isn’t that long and while commercially made kombucha beverages have found ways to reduce their alcohol content in order to comply with sales regulations, if you brew a batch at home there will definitely be some alcohol present. Something to keep in mind for pregnant or nursing mother
Kombucha Cocktails Anyone?Here’s a fun fact: kombucha can be used to make cocktails! Not as the alcohol component, but rather as the mixer. Its sweet, sour, tangy flavor makes it a perfect compliment to your favorite spirit and can be used to make drinks such as a Kombucha-Rita (kombucha, ice, lime juice and taquila), Kombucha Sour (kombucha, whisky and lemon juice), or a kombucha version of a Shandy (half beer and half kombucha.) Furthermore, when you make your cocktails with kombucha rather than soda, you’re less likely to experience that dreaded hangover! This is because the antioxidants and detoxifying properties help combat the symptoms that lead to that terrible morning after feeling.
Loaded With B and C VitaminsIn addition to being full of many other beneficial nutrients, kombucha is loaded with Vitamins B and C, both of which are essential for optimum health. Vitamin B helps to ease stress levels, curb sugar cravings, lower your risk of heart disease, and help memory functions. It’s clear that B vitamins are pretty powerful, but those C vitamins present in kombucha have their own set of benefits. Among them are increasing the strength of the immune system, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and playing an important part in the improvement of eye health. That’s a lot of benefits in one bubbly beverage!
It Can Help With Stomach IssuesWe mentioned before in the digestion slide that kombucha is more easily digested. We mentioned before in the digestion slide that kombucha is very easily digested. This is because the fermentation helps to pre-digest some of the enzymes, which means your pancreas doesn’t need to work as hard or secrete as much digestive fluid. Kombucha also helps to achieve a healthy PH balance in the gut and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria. For these reasons, the beverage has been known to help those suffering with stomach issues such as Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and Candida overgrowth. It Strengthens Your Stomach Walls Another component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.
It Strengthens Your Stomach WallsAnother component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.
It Helps With Joint HealthYou may have heard of the amino sugar called Glucosamine, you may even give it to your elderly pets (or family members) to help with stiff or sore joints. In fact, glucosamine is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral supplements used by adults in the USA today. Another amazing fact about kombucha is that it contains naturally occurring glucosamine which means this drink can help keep your joints healthy and moving correctly and even prevent arthritis. This is an especially appealing aspect for athletes who need to keep their bodies in top shape for as long as possible. It’s no secret that antioxidants are good for you. They neutralize free radicals in our bodies, which can cause cell damage relating to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other ailments.
The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables but Kombucha is also full of these hard working little compounds which means that kombucha actually has detoxifying properties, which can help cleanse the liver and prevent cancer.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.
Kombucha originated in what is now Manchuria around 220 BCE, and is said to have been imported to Japan around 400 CE by the physician Kombu. It is commonly It is commonly drunk in the United States.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.