Keeping our bodies in shape, active and mobile is a huge part of our quality of life. This may be more important for some than others. Some of us have physically demanding jobs; others participate in sports or other activities that require optimal physical performance. For some, being active is daily or up to 3-4 times a week. For others, the only time to get out and be active is on the weekend. No matter what situation you find yourself in, you want to be able to perform. Our bodies are indeed capable of doing great things, but in the process of maintaining our active lifestyle, there is always the risk of injury.
Recovering from Physical Injuries
The most common types of injuries involve connective tissue and muscle tissue which causes a strain or a sprain of a tendon or ligament. Connective tissue injuries have slower repair rates, and there are regeneration and repair phases all damaged tissue has to go through. What ultimately happens is initial pain and inflammation, next proliferation or regeneration of new cells, and lastly remodeling. Here the tissues end up in their previous organized and functional capacity.
The more logical approach would be to facilitate or promote the normality of tissue repair, and thereby enhance the sequence of events that take the tissues from their injured to their ‘normal’ state. There are a whole host of therapies to get us healed up and back on track, and many of them work just fine. But, what if there was a way to enhance the repair and regeneration process?
Peptides: A Jump on the Injury Repair and Regeneration Process
Peptides are made from amino acids that are linked together. They can be thought of as a small protein sequence. They have many functions in the body including signaling and messaging. Some may act like neurotransmitters, while others may act like hormones. They bind to receptors on the cell surface and tell other cells and molecules what to do. Peptides are very specific, which makes them safe, well tolerated and more importantly- allows them to control and influence how our bodies react to physical exercise and diet.
Peptides for Injury Repair
Active people can at some point find themselves in the grips of pain and frustration because of an injury. Life becomes a waiting game until they are back either on the playing field, at the gym, or on the dance floor.
For those of us no longer in our 20's, we must realize that the decline in growth hormone (GH), along with other hormones, has a lot to do with how well and how fast we recover from an injury. There are substances in the body that can increase the rate of injury repair - even connective tissue repair. This can be stimulated readily with growth hormone secretagogues and specific peptides. Secretagogues and peptides are substances that cause another substance to be secreted; in this case, growth hormone.
Growth hormone is very good at communicating with tissue cells in the formation of new cells, growth factors, muscle fibers and joint rejuvenation. Secretagogues and peptides can work to stimulate GH release from the pituitary for this repair and regeneration mechanism to kick in quicker.
Key Peptides That Can Assist You
Thymosin Beta 4, MGF, IGF-1, and CJC-1295/Ipamorelin are all peptides that can help you get a jump on the injury and regeneration process. (Tweet this!)
Thymosin Beta 4 promotes blood vessel, muscle cell, and skin cell regeneration and migration, resulting in more rapid and effective wound repair as well as faster recovery from injury. Thymosin beta is stimulated from the thymus gland.
Mechano Growth Factor (MGF) is a very potent inducer of muscle growth. It causes muscle cells in trauma to split, creating new muscle cells and resulting in muscle growth and repair. It is essential for recovery, repair, and growth of new cells.
IGF-1 is the next generation in performance enhancement for muscle building. It is the most important growth factor that our bodies produce, even more so than HGH.
CJC-1295/Ipamorelin combination has a strong effect on the release of Growth Hormone and IGF-1 and reduces body fat by forcing your body to burn its fat stores as a source of energy. This combo is also known to increase cellular repair, regeneration, and collagen production.
If you have additional questions about peptide therapy or if you would like to know more about these and other peptides, call us to set up a consultation. We can go over what is needed to get you started back on the road to recovery.