The flu bug has attacked my work team mates with a vengeance recently; I’ve had my poor folks out for over a week with fever, sinus/throat/respiratory ailments, etc. The fury of this bug has been amazing.
All this time, I have been able to avoid getting this bug. Alas, while under quite a bit of work related stress this past month, the bug got me really bad. I got all the horrible symptoms mentioned above. It lasted 3 straight days.
But that’s the important note: it only lasted 3 days…EVERYONE else has been out for over a week and returned looking pretty sallow, weak, and drained.
Like everyone else, I had NO appetite whatsoever during the bout. I’ve been sick like this before (not often), and my previous nutritional remedy was plenty of good food (that I had to choke down with the poor appetite) and plenty of protein drinks. In the end though, in those days my valiant attempt to feed my body was met with no-appetite beating me and relegating me to simple protein drinks. I would lose quite a bit of weight due to lack of nutrients with my body scavenging aminos from my muscle tissue to fuel/create what it needed to beat the bug.
Fast forward to my latest sick bout. NO FOOD…simply had ZERO appetite. But what I did take was PLAZMA and MAG-10…tons of it. 5 servings of Plazma spread throughout the day each followed by a serving of MAG-10. 3 of these “meals” had me adding 1 serving of (with one scoup (1/2 serving) of Superfood added)to the MAG-10.
- ZERO weight loss. Hell…I “think” my adipose is down and I’m actually “bigger”. After being sick like this? Really?
- Able to train hard again on day 5 (took day 4 off even though I felt much better…just to make sure there wouldn’t be the dreaded relapse), with heavier weights and somewhat reduced volume. MASSIVE pump (AMAZING).
- No loss of strength…and to think I was bedridden basically for 3 straight days just prior…AMAZING.
No I-3G during this time. I DID take TWO servings of micro-PA however each day followed by a Plazma and MAG-10 “meal”. Spaced out the intakes 6 hours apart (roughly). I DO believe (no proof though) that the micro-PA may have staved off some possible catabolism. If I had some HMB, I probably would have also taken some of that alongside it. Again…for the anti-catabolic effects. ElitePro (7 caps) was religiously used every night.
I am going to really credit the quick availabilty of aminos AND carbs (very important) to my body for constructing the needed anti-bodies and fueling the fight without leaching lean muscle tissue. My previous attempt to feed my body with food and normal protein drinks resulted in not enough nutrients getting into my system in time or in enough concentration to effect lean tissue loss.
Being sick like this is similar to a tough workout on muscle breakdown, so it makes alot of sense the Plazma and MAG-10 helped out so much here. It’s “peri-workout nutrition” for the flu!!
I hope no one gets sick like this. It’s bad. But if you do, based upon my experience here, you don’t have to lose much of your hard earned muscle if you employ a similar approach.