1.ORAL ANABOLIC STEROIDS
WHY WE SHOULD CONSUME PLENTY OF WATER
It is essential to maintain bodily health by drinking plenty of water and is particularly important when training, on a steroid cycle or when taking oral anabolic steroids.
First of all, because the steroids are taken orally they have to be broken down and assimilated via the gastro-intestinal tract and digestive system. Predominantly processed by the workhorse organs, the liver and kidneys. Steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone, that can be toxic when taken in large doses, or for too long in duration. This can place particular stress on those internal organs, unlike injectable steroids, which contain esters, which cannot be readily processed until hepatic enzymes are cut off, to activate the steroid molecules. Oral anabolic steroids are broken down and metabolised much faster, which are preferred over injectables when the users want quick results.
Unlike injectable steroids and their esterified bonds, which have to undergo further enzymatic break down, when administered to become active, oral anabolic steroids are already in their active form. Once ingested orally taken steroids are metabolised rapidly, to enter the blood stream for first-pass metabolism, exerting profound anabolic effects on the users physiology.
Oral anabolic steroids have a shorter half-life than injectable steroids, which means their metabolites do not stay in the body, for a long period of time (this means there is less chance of testing positive for performance enhancing drugs). A feature, which makes oral anabolic steroids, more popular with body builders and athletes who have to undertake, and comply with drug testing and anti doping screening.
Some of the more famous and popular oral anabolics are Dianabol (Anabol), Winstrol, Oxymethadrol 50 (Anadrol 50), and Anavar.
Owing to the potential toxicity of taking oral anabolic steroids it is important to flush your system through, preventing toxic build up of these compounds
How this relates to training; when exercising, training or performing lots of cardio, we perspire a lot, which leads to lots of water being lost.
All Human beings are comprised of between 68 – 70% of water and even a slight case of dehydration can have negative effects on our training and metabolic functions, which can have an adverse effect on our strength, stamina and concentration. The body only needs to become dehydrated by 10%, and we can lose approximately 20% in strength. This is why it is important to drink before, during and after training.
When consuming large amounts of protein, such as bodybuilders and athletes do, there is a potential for the build up of uric acid in the system.
Uric acid is found in most red meats, and fish, a diet rich in these, can lead to metabolic disorders The other reason for drinking plenty of water is that when consuming large such as gout, a condition resulting in too much uric acid in the body.
This is why the extra water consumed, helps to flush and remove excess uric acid from the body. A diet high in protein means you excrete more calcium through your urine, this means your kidneys are working harder to flush these relatively large molecules out of the body. You are more likely to develop kidney stones, which is another reason for drinking the right amount of water.
When training hard, and during the process of breaking down and building up of all that muscle tissue, which causes excess waste products and metabolites to build up, which is why your fluid levels need to be plentiful for removal of those waste products.
When you know all of this information it is easy to see why a higher intake of water is needed, especially when on a steroid cycle or when training hard.
Finally it is important to get that good old H₂O from clean sources, try avoiding regular tap water, which although, ok and safe to drink, isn’t the best, as tap water is essentially treated sewage with a few chemicals added.
Try consuming bottled mineral water, which is purer, and will have more of a cleansing effect on your whole system, not to mention tastes much better too.
The recommendation for correct fluid intake of water from various sources is 8 – 12 cups per day. Here is a better way for gauging and consuming that you are drinking enough water, which is mainly based on your daily calorific intake, therefore much better suited to your lifestyle.
0.040 ounces of water x daily caloric intake ÷ 8 = daily fluid requirement in cups.
So if you were consuming 3500 calories a day it would appear like this,
0.040 x 3500 ÷ 8 = 17.5 cups of water per day.
Remember that as a hard training athlete, your nutritional needs are far greater than the average Joe … Stay Hydrated!!
Steroids, Nutrition and why we should consume plenty of water.
The importance of nutrition when on a cycle is key to both health and to offset some of the potential side effects, which can occur when on a steroid cycle.
It is a known fact if sufficient calories are not consumed when taking steroids such as Sustanon-250, Deca-Durabolin, Anadrol 50 and Testosterone Cypionate that you inhibit the muscle gains that can be made and prevent the anabolic steroid from working at its best.
This is because of the rapid changes to the users metabolic rate and physiological changes taking place. Anabolic steroids need an abundance of calories to fully exert their anabolic effects, except compounds such as Primobolan, a steroid that allows the user to build muscle when on a calorie restricted diet.
Steroids increase protein synthesis, the repair and remodeling of muscle tissue, reducing catabolism, the breaking down of muscle tissue, allowing harder and more frequent workouts to take place and decreasing the amount of recovery that is needed between training sessions.
The act of training hard and gaining lean muscle bulk, further increases calorie expenditure, speeding up the metabolism and the need for more calories. This is due to the fact that muscles are metabolically active which means they actually burn calories even at rest, to maintain their size, which makes it easier to stay leaner, one of the many benefits of training and building lean muscle tissue.
When on a cycle of anabolic steroids eating certain foods can help your cholesterol levels to be maintained within normal ranges, and to maintain a healthy lipid profile your diet should include some of the following foods, oily
fish such as mackerel or salmon, avocado, nuts & peanut butter (avoid saturated fat varieties, containing palm oil). This type of fat will cause atherosclerosis, a build up fatty deposits in the blood vessels (likened to old furred up boiler pipes), also omega 3 and 6 capsules, Q10 and niacin have also been shown to help, along with vitamin E and cod liver oil capsules. These foods will help maintain health cholesterol levels, but it is advisable to have regular blood work done and tests to monitor serum cholesterol levels more accurately.
Long-term use of steroids can have a negative impact to a users serum cholesterol levels reducing HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein), the good cholesterol in favor of raising LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) the bad cholesterol in the body. A bad diet, which contains fast food and lots of saturated fats, will increase LDL levels.
It isn’t all-bad, some junk food is ok to eat now and then, providing that the majority of what you eat is healthy. We will discuss these food groups in a moment. Because natural steroid hormones are synthesized from fat, and cholesterol, it is actually beneficial to eat some junk food, once or twice a week, in fact when on a cycle of anabolic steroids, this can be of some benefit. The steroid will actually feed off that pizza or ice-cream that you are eating increasing its anabolic effects and helps to stimulate growth, not to mention the increase to your metabolic rate, providing that you have eaten fairly strict all week.
The majority of calories eaten in your diet should come from the following food sources, and which constitutes a clean diet:
– Complex Carbohydrates
– Sweet & White Potatoes
– Whole Grain Pasta
– Whole Grain Bread
– Brown Rice
Try to avoid white flour products i.e. white bread, white rice as these carbohydrate sources contain very little nutritional value and no fiber.
These are the preferred foods that will fuel those hard workouts and training sessions, and should make up the bulk of your carbohydrate intake and energy source.
It is generally regarded from various sources and as a guide, that an athlete or bodybuilder should consume 1g of protein for each pound of body weight; therefore a 200lbs man (approx. 14.2 stone) should consume 200g of protein, which is about right for assuring that you can continue making progress and building muscle in the gym.
Protein Sources to be consumed from lean meats:
– Chicken & Turkey
– Tuna & Other Fish
– Cottage Cheese
– Lean Red Meat
– Whey protein
Often overlooked are the vegetables, this is where you will derive most of your vitamins and minerals from, and will provide the nourishment that your body needs, especially when exercising and training hard on a steroid cycle, and to off-set some of the possible negative side effects associated with the use of anabolic steroids.
– Beans and Pulses
The importance of Fats:
We have already discussed the importance of fats in helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, but they also have other important dietary functions, they are key to maintaining a healthy digestive and nervous system.
Unsaturated fats such as olive, grape and flax seed oil nuts (cashew & pecans, high in monounsaturated fats) and avocado, fats that should be eaten in sufficient quantities to promote a healthy digestive system, increasing vitamin absorption of A, K, D, and E, half an avocado a day is all you need to provide you with the recommended daily amount of linoleum acid.
Unsaturated fats helps to maintain the structure of cell walls of the body, and helps control the rate of cellular growth, which gives strength and support to muscle cell walls, and maintenance of the musculoskeletal system.