• A Word From Our Founder:  Follow-up to Ryan Goes Live With: Dee & Greta. 

  • News & Updates:  Newest Challenge: BA Hunger Games! 

  • The Goods:  THREE chances to join us for FREE workouts!
  • The BA Blender:  Warm Kale Superfood Salad 

~ A WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER: Huge thank you to Dee & Greta! And follow up to our conversation  ~
Last weeks second instalment of Ryan Goes Live did not disappoint!  I'm learning a lot about being live on socials, live content, and bringing great content to the virtual world.  Thank you to all those tuning in.  Our chat with Dee Bateman and Greta Seiben was short and sweet, but we touched on some great topics, namely some hugely beneficial nutraceuticals.  I want to take a moment to discuss the top three that D & G mentioned, and share the benefits, typical dosages, and where they can be found. 

1) Spirulina: A blue-green algae that has been long considered one of the original superfoods.  One of the most nutrient dense substances available with an incredibly robust nutrient profile.  Spirulina is a fantastic plant based source of protein (Consisting of 60% protein). 

Per 1 Tablespoon (Generally the prescribed daily intake)
  • 20 calories
  • 4.02 g of protein
  • 1.67 g of carbohydrate 
  • 0.54 g of fat
  • 8 milligrams (mg) of calcium
  • 2 mg of iron
  • 14 mg of magnesium
  • 8 mg of phosphorous
  • 95 mg of potassium
  • 73 mg of sodium
  • 0.7 mg of vitamin C
Our favourite source is from the Calgary based company SpiraVeg.

2) Berberine:  A compound found in many plants including Oregon grape, goldenseal, barberry, and tree turmeric.  Often used as an alternative to MetFormin (Metformin is a  drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, and widely used in the biohacking world to regulate blood insulin and IGF1 as well inhibit the mTOR pathway).  Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have utilized Berberine for centuries.  Studies suggest that berberine has a “harmonious distribution” into several targets in the body, which allows it to fight certain conditions while causing minimal side effects.  One of the main functions is activating an important enzyme called AMPK, which regulates metabolism.

The bottom line..  Many believe berberine to be a very useful tool in the quest to improve our health status as we age. Considered by many as a bio hack for longevity.

Important to mention that Berberine should not be taken by people with Type II Diabetes, and in this regard is not a substitute for Metformin.  As always - consult your physician. 

The jury is still out on exact dosage, including whether it should be "cycled",  but most commonly taken 500mg three times a day before meals.  

3) Tru Niagen:  An NAD boosting supplement.  We should probably start off with a quick explanation of what NAD is, and why increasing it is so important.. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is one of the most important and interesting molecules in the body.  It is required for over 500 enzymatic reactions and plays key roles in the regulation of almost all major biological processes ().  NAD levels steadily decline with age, resulting in altered metabolism and increased disease susceptibility.  So it stands to reason supplements that support or boost NAD (especially for those over 40) can give us a big advantage in increasing our health span, and supporting our longevity. 

For those of you who have heard of NAD in its forms NAD+ and NADH, and are curious the difference, this article explains it quite well if you'd like to nerd out ;)

So there you have it, three of the very interesting supplements that Dee and Greta mentioned on our Live Chat last week. Just a friendly reminder that the information in both our Live Chat and in this article are for just that... Information and educational purposes. As always consult your physician.

This week: 

Ryan Goes Live With: Former NHL star Matt Kassian!

Wednesday, April 8th.

If you don't already follow us on Instagram, click HERE to take you to our page.  

Big Love,

~ Ryan

Words From Our Clients

Just a quick note to say how much I'm enjoying the BA Online app. Together with my weekly sessions with Luc I am progressing quickly toward my fitness goals. The workouts are clearly described and with the videos, the proper moves are easy to understand. I like the variety in my workouts and the monthly updates are increasingly challenging.I prefer to do my workouts at home and Luc has worked with me to develop a program that I can do using weights and other equipment I have.

~Sandi Dixon

~ NEWS & EVENTS: Body Architects Hunger Games Challenge!!  ~
Hello all and welcome to the first annual Body Architects Hunger Games! 

We as game makers have created a challenging multi-week fitness challenge for all you tributes to compete in! 

You will be divided into districts upon sign up and will work together with your fellow tributes to win the games!

All TRIBUTES sign up HERE on our Contact Page. Drop us a line letting us know you're up for the challenge!

On the Sunday night of every week we will be releasing the upcoming weeks challenge. Work your hardest and complete each challenge to the best of your ability to earn points for your team. 

We as the game makers and the Capitol will be dropping handicaps and changes to the challenges as we see fit so beware and you’ve been warned! 

We will be using our very own Body Architects App to track your progress, if by the end of each week you have not posted your scores they will not count towards your district total. You are more than welcome to post multiple scores per week to help better your districts overall score.

Keep your eye out for more details to follow! 

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

~ THE GOODS, NEWS AND UPDATES: 3 chances to join us for free workouts!  ~
3 Opportunities to join our Body Architects Free Live Sweat Sessions on Instagram Live! 
Tuesdays @ 10am with Luc Mercier

Thursdays @ Noon with Cam Ellingson

Saturdays @ Noon with Cauy Bell 

Recipes for Performance & Longevity 
Warm Kale Superfood Salad    
What you'll need:  (2-4 servings)
  • 1 bunch kale, purple kale great option, chopped into bite size pieces or thin strips
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic depending on preference, minced 
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 1/2 cup+ nutritional yeast 
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 
  • Salt + pepper to taste 
  • (*All ingredients organic if possible)

In a wok (or deep frying pan) sautée onion and garlic on medium heat until softened (approx. 3-5 min).  Add kale, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.  Stir frequently and cook until kale has wilted and flavours combine (approx. 5-10 min). 
Sprinkle with extra nutritional yeast before serving.  Enjoy! 

Why we love this:
  • Kale is the king of vegetables for its antioxidant profile.  (It is claimed to be one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!)  Antioxidants combat oxidation/free radicals, which are especially high in times of stress.Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which is needed for an optimal immunity.   So many nutrient dense foods in one dish!  This is an antioxidant, vitamin rich salad that tastes so good you’ll forget how good it is for you and make you fall in love with kale.  
  • Nutritional yeast is high in B vitamins which are critical to keep our energy levels up and our bodies feeling good. 
  • Garlic and onions are both from the allium family of foods (allium is Latin for garlic). Allium foods have numerous health benefits, one being they are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is often the root cause of most illnesses so anything we can do to decrease inflammation in our diet is key. 
Also a fun fact is when I first wrote this recipe it was keeping in mind my patients eye health and optimizing their vision.  Lutein, a carotenoid, found in kale, along with its antioxidant profile, and the zinc in the pumpkin seeds are eye superfoods.  They are needed to keep the retina of the eye, in particular the macula which is the 4% central part of the retina that makes up 90% of our vision, healthy.  Macular degeneration rates are on a rise for many reasons.  Diet and lifestyle are two hugely modifiable risk factors we can control to help ensure we don’t develop macular degeneration and lose our precious sight as we age.  The key thing to note is the aging of the retina begins long before you start noticing a difference in your sight and so early prevention is key.  I don’t know about you but the one thing I don’t want to lose is my sense of sight.

Stay healthy,

~ Dr. Allison Ellis

We hope you've enjoyed this issue and we look forward to continuing the conversation in our next issue of The BA Buzz!
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