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#WellnessWednesday: MCT Oil and Why it could turn you into a High Energy, Fat Burning Machine

MCT’s (AKA medium-chain triglycerides) are a form of fatty-acid chains that have recently gained popularity in the health & wellness community for the numerous health benefits that are observed upon their consumption. Found in Coconut oil and other oils, these fatty acid chains function uniquely in the body: Unlike longer & shorter fatty acids, MCT’s are easily absorbed and broken down by the liver, and because they are able to pass through the cell membrane, are essentially ‘cell fuel’ that do not require the energy-demanding enzymatic processing. Imagine if the oil we pumped out of the ground was able to directly fuel our cars without having to go through distillation & refining process to turn it into gasoline? This is exactly how the body treats MCT’s – no processing, no refining. MCT’s can be directly & easily converted into energy for the body to use.

Because the typical western diet often lacks the healthy fats (MCT’s) and instead offers energy in the form of Carbohydrates, the body becomes trained use carbs for energy, which requires more energy and processing. When the body cannot easily process carbohydrate fuel, it stores unprocessed fuel in the form of fat (love handles, stomach, under-arms – oh yeah, that’s where its going). MCT’s on the other hand are easy to process, and can transform the body from using carbs as fuel to using fat as fuel (called Ketosis). mct-oil-ohio-cryo

Okay, so MCT’s are great in all, but where can I find them? Coconut oil does contain MCT’s, but in relatively small percentages as they are accompanied by other, less beneficial saturated fats. The best source of MCT’s are in purified MCT oil, which go through a specific purifying process to separate the most beneficial forms of fat. Amazon offers a 32oz. MCT oil supplement for $21.97. The recommended dose of MCT oil is 1-3 tablespoons per day, but it is advised to start with a teaspoon per day to acclimate the digestive system and avoid sour stomach.

Several scientific studies exist that show the benefits of MCT oil for weight management, increasing metabolism, increasing energy and improved cognitive function. A more ketogenic, fat-burning diet can certainly add a pep in your step and with an active lifestyle can certainly help get rid of those love handles. MCT oil may be the perfect supplement to a healthier, fat metabolizing body.

Project Lift fundraiser Aims to send Athletes to American Open

This past Sunday, Hilliard’s Project Lift hosted their final fundraiser of the year to raise money to send their athletes to the USA Weightlifting’s American Open in Orlando, Florida. The ‘Recovery & Raffle’ proceeded multiple lifting and training sessions where coaches and athletes worked together on some of the last training sessions before departing for Orlando’s event.

Raffle items included prizes from Ohio Cryo, as well as several other supporting companies like Myogenix, Redbull, Hylete, Nike, doTerra, A7 Fitness and several others.

Ohio Cryo wishes all Project Lift athletes a healthy & heavy lift at this year’s American Open event!

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Freezing for Pain Relieving: WOSU features Ohio Cryo

Ohio Cryo recently sat down with Debbie Holmes from 87.9 NPR News to talk about the process of cryotherapy, the treatment’s background and more information regarding the modalities recent stateside explosion in popularity.

Listen to the interview below and head over to WOSU’s website to read into Debbie’s experience as well as comments on cryotherapy from OSU Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon Kelton Vasileff.

Pastor Turned MMA Fighter Wins in #FightForGunnar

On Saturday, April 2nd 2016 Dave Bever, pastor at Crosslink Community church arrived at Ohio Cryo to get his final Whole Body Cryotherapy session. ‘Pastor Dave’ was no stranger to the #BlackOctagon; the two had met 11 times previous in the past 3 weeks. And although Dave was quite familiar with the cryotherapy process at this point, the energy that filled Loft #21 at Ohio Cryo that Saturday afternoon was different. It was electric.

About 4 weeks previous, Pastor Dave had embarked on a mission titled the ‘Fight For Gunnar’. Armed with loads of determination, faith and perseverance, Dave began an intense physical and mental training regimen to prepare himself for an MMA fight that was to be held on Saturday, April 2nd that raised money to support one of Dave’s dearest friends Gunnar who at 9 years of age was battling Cancer.

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Training 6 or 7 days a week, Pastor Dave would come in with bruises, aches, soreness and the like, using cryotherapy to help him recover along his journey. Dave knew at the time that although he was banged up from an intense training regimen, the pain and soreness that he was experiencing from training was incomparable to what Gunnar had been going through during his battle.

With his friend in mind, Dave trained and trained and trained. And when fight-day Saturday rolled around, Dave understood what the fight meant to him, to Gunnar, to his faith and to his community. Dave knew that by telling Gunnar’s story, by helping to raise awareness for such an amazing cause, by giving all his faith to god and by gathering the community of supporters around himself & Gunnar that he had already won the Fight For Gunnar, no matter what the outcome of the fight would be later that evening.

The first time I spoke to Dave in person I was immediately captivated by his determination, his faith and how genuine of a guy Dave was; I also knew that Dave was an immediate reflection of Gunnar, representing Gunnar’s strength and will power to the best of his abilities.

Dave ended up winning his MMA fight that Saturday night, which was merely a dance that represented an entirely larger theme. A theme of helping others win in life’s battles using love, faith and community.

To Dave and Gunnar: Thank you for allowing your Ohio Cryo family to support you in your journey & fight. We will Never Stop Fighting along your sides.

#NeverQuitFighting #FightForGunnar #TeamGunnar

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