Aging, Muscle Loss, and HMB: Maintaining Muscle Tone Through the Years

Aging gracefully can sometimes feel like a full-time job. Our bodies, of course, change as we age. We know this, and it’s why as we get older, we become more vigilant with our diets and workout routines. But it can be frustrating when it feels like our hard work isn’t paying off. Just how many sun salutations do you need to do to finally get the results you got a decade ago?

Nirvana HMB - Yoga artist with bottleOur muscles are in a constant process of regeneration—always working, always supporting us. We rely on them for balance, mobility, strength and even energy. But as we age, they begin to break down faster than they rebuild. In our 30s it seems we can offset that breakdown. But as time goes on, the body goes through hormonal shifts, loses bone density, and has a harder time using protein for maintaining muscle mass, making regeneration much more challenging.

Age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, can begin as early as our 30s, but it most commonly affects people who are in their 50s and older. One in three adults over the age of 50 experience age-related muscle loss. It’s believed that most people lose three to five percent of their muscle mass each decade, and this process accelerates as time goes on, especially between the ages of 65 to 75. Most people will lose up to thirty percent of their muscle mass over their lifetime.

So how do we withstand the test of time? Diet and exercise are essential, and for those who focus on preventative wellness, this comes as no surprise. Protein-rich foods, which our bodies break down into amino acids, are the building blocks for muscles. Fish, chicken, beef, milk, Greek yogurt, and eggs are all high sources of protein. Some may prefer a plant-based diet, and so legumes, oatmeal, soy products, nuts, chia and hemp seeds, spirulina, and quinoa do the trick.

Regular exercise helps maintain muscle mass, and practices like yoga help lower body fat and preserve muscle health, while also improving balance and mobility. And although being on our mats can feel like transformative work, there may be another modern-day fountain of youth at our fingertips.

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Nirvana HMB spring water is muscle magic in a bottle. HMB, or its scientific term, β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate, is a substance that is naturally produced in the body during the breakdown of leucine, an amino acid that enhances muscle protein and aids in muscle repair. Produced only in small amounts in the body, HMB depletes after exercise, and of course, as we age. This precious compound helps promote muscle growth, maintain muscle mass, enhance exercise performance, and aid in muscle recovery.

And because it’s found in such scarce amounts, many people take HMB in the form of supplements or by introducing it into their diet in hopes of preventing age-related muscle loss. Now, we can drink it in water. For the first time ever, Nirvana Water Sciences brings us HMB-infused spring water.

A rare phenomenon gives us Nirvana spring water. Deep underground in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. on 1,700 acres of protected wilderness, two ice age aquifers rush with pure water. It flows underground until it hits limestone bedrock, launching it toward the earth and forming natural springs. A natural force of nature 1.5 billion years in the making. This is Nirvana.

Nirvana Water Sciences has a natural resource unlike any other, and it takes that responsibility seriously. Its water is all bottled on-site, and is not tanked or shipped to a bottling facility. Additionally, the company designed an efficient bottle made from recycled PET (Post-Consumer Resin) and manufactures each bottle on-site on an as needed basis each day. It’s a state-of-the-art single source eco-friendly process that means less plastic, less waste, and more peace of mind for you to focus on rebuilding your muscles.

This infusion of transformative science into natural spring water for life-enhancing benefits is at the forefront of Nirvana Water Sciences. Drinking Nirvana HMB spring water decreases muscle breakdown and increases muscle protein synthesis, empowering people to feel stronger at any age.

Living longer by living stronger is not just a tagline at Nirvana Water Sciences, it is a way of life.

cameron machellCameron Joy Machell is a travel writer and journalist. Her work has been featured in Wanderlust, Far & Wide, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, and the New Hampshire Business Review. She caught the travel bug long ago, and her adventures have led her to chase the Northern Lights across Iceland, camp under the stars in the Sahara Desert, and sip kava with chiefs in Fiji. When she’s not traveling, you can find her at home in New England, practicing yoga and hiking with her Bernese Mountain Dog.
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