Optimal Performance & Nutrition with Logan Gelbrich

By September 19, 2012Educational, guest blogger, Nutrition

The following is a guest post by Logan Gelbrich — Coach, Athlete, Small Business Owner of Original Nutritionals, and Specialist on Performance & Nutrition.

You can fight inflammation and pain with Omega 3 supplements

Much of my work today is just an accumulation of my life experiences. Like many American boys, I set out on a mission at the age of 7 or 8 to play professional baseball. With scope of how audacious my goal was, I actually took on the lifestyle and routines required to accomplish the feat. Along the way I was very lucky and got good enough to make that dream come true.

After graduating from local Saint Monica High School as an All-State player with top-of-the-class type marks in school, I took on the biggest challenge of my life at the University of San Diego. USD offered me the smallest of my various scholarship opportunities, and I had an All-American catcher to beat out to see time on the field. Immediately, I began to learn my attraction to adversity. I managed to beat the odds, and in 2008 I was drafted by the San Diego Padres, where I played two seasons.

Life now isn’t much different than before. The only difference is that I’ve shifted the aim of my work capacity to a broader spectrum – human performance. The purpose of my work was to answer the question, “What does optimal living look like?”

At the basis of this question are a few general foundations, in my opinion. There’s a physical component, or fitness, an intellectual component, and there’s a spiritual component. In my endeavors in defining fitness and finding ways to foster it, I fell in love with performance and nutrition.

I’ll never forget my first professional off-season. It was the first time I looked at nutrition as a tool to improve performance and it changed my life forever. I had a meal plan put together by an assistant college strength coach and Olympian in the sport of weightlifting, Natalie Burgener. From there I educated myself and tinkered with real food as my only fuel.

Eating with purpose was a paradigm shift that I am forever grateful for. Not only is nutrition the foundation for human performance, athletic or otherwise, it’s a dashboard of control for us in a world where health and wellness feels like it’s out of our control.

Pain and most modern conditions are rooted in inflammation. Now, I’m no witch doctor, but I know full well that we all can feel and perform much better by taking nutrition seriously. That being said, nearly all Americans suffer from some sort of chronic low-level inflammation, which we can attribute largely to the modern food supply.

I’ll quickly explain. Each of our cells contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, amongst other things. In general, we can attribute Omega 6 to the role of the inflammatory response, much like the one we experience when you twist your ankle. Omega 3, then, has become a buzzword as an anti-inflammatory tool.  As long as these fatty acids are performing correctly, we actually need both. Ideally, the levels of each would maintain a 1:1, or 2:1 relationship. A combination of Omega 6 rich foods (i.e. processed foods, dairy products, grains, etc.) and a lack of Omega 3 rich foods (i.e. wild caught fish, grass fed beef, etc.) have yielded pandemic issues of inflammation in our culture. Many Americans are walking around right now with Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratios of 10:1, 15:1, and even as high as 20:1, for example.

This is manifested in many ways, from chronic pain to more serious ailments like auto-immunity (arthritis, celiac, etc). Seems pretty dismal, right? Well, we can help our own cause, whether you’re struggling with chronic pain, autism, asthma, or just want to perform better as an athlete by curbing systemic inflammation.

There are simple two ways to get our ratio back in line:

  1. Decrease Omega 6 levels
  2. Increase Omega 3 levels

At-home Omega 3/6 testing results for assessing your Omega levels

Simple enough, right? Decreasing Omega 6 is best accomplished by taking on an anti-inflammatory nutritional strategy. Remove all grains (rice, flour, wheat, corn, etc.) and remove all dairy (milk, cheese, cream, etc.). It’s important to eat real foods, too. Avoid the aisles of the grocery store. Anything that comes in a box or bag has given up some nutritional integrity along the way. And, one can increase his/her Omega 3 consumption through pasture-raised meats and wild-caught fish.

I am a firm believer in the power of eating real food, even for elite athletes. The only supplement I can really support other than maybe some Vitamin D is Omega 3. Omega 3 comes in many forms but one of the most bioavailable places to find Omega 3 is in fish oil.

For that very reason I got into business in Omega 3 for athletes. My company, ORIGINAL Nutritionals, is the safe place for athletes to go to honor the very worldview I’ve just described. You don’t have to take our fish oil, however, but here are some things to look for in an Omega 3 product:

  1. Liquid form: Capsules are a great place to hide poor quality, rancid fish oil.
  2. High EPA/DHA: I’d recommend 3+ grams per day of EPA/DHA.
  3. Triglyceride (TG) format: It out performs its Ethyl Ester (EE) counterpart.

If you’re interested in seeing just how much work you need to do, ORIGINAL Nutritionals has an easy take home test kit to discover the details of your Omega 6 to Omega 3 levels. We’ve all got work to do in the area of nutrition, and it’s our own responsibility. From quality nutrition we can help ourselves, help our doctors, and help our teams.

Good luck!

You can contact Logan Gelbrich at [email protected] | 310-850-3040

www.FFOTB.com | www.originalnutritionals.com

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3 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Eating right is important but where is the evidence? Can you provide some well designed randomized clinical trials to support your ideas? Comparing diseases like autism to asthma and claiming they are nutritional ailments may mislead people. Be careful what you say in order to promote a product.

  • pmir says:

    Hi — we appreciate your response, and respect your opinion. In no way is our guest blogger comparing autism to asthma, or stating that any supplements can cure those ailments. He was simply pointing out that even though you may suffer from common autoimmune diseases, your nutrition still plays an important role in your overall health and can improve your quality of life.

    We would also like to mention that while our guest blogger does sell Omega-3 supplements, his post seeks to educate our readers on Omega-3 for your health, regardless of where you get the supplement from. Many studies have shown the importance of getting Omega-3 fatty-acids into your diet (for example, this fascinating study* suggests that Omega-3s may help improve a child’s reading skills), and at PMIR, we believe that considering your nutritional intake is an important aspect of maintaining your health and wellness, no matter what disease or medical conditions you have.

    *http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0043909

  • Anonymous-

    Thanks for your comments and questions. I’d like to point out that I didn’t seek to compare autism to asthma. I noted that these two conditions are connected through the gut… Autoimmunity being a blanket descriptor of such. Children with autism are often encouraged to take on a casein and gluten free nutrition plan, which is the beginning steps to a nutritional protocol to manage inflammation. Arthritis by definition is a condition of inflammation.

    Here are some clinical trials:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110917082721.htm

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120229105128.htm

    http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/content/158/5/1493.full

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080807175440.htm

    Keep in mind there’s not a surplus of funding for studies that say food can have an impact, but it’s a start. I’ve got plenty of anecdotal evidence, as well. But, as we both know… that stuff doesn’t count.

    As for the “product,” I don’t intend to sell anything with my guest blog. I figured it would be dishonest to write about all this stuff that I believe in and conveniently leave out the part about me having a related business. I appreciate your hesitation and concern, however. It’s that type of attention to detail that the world needs, in my opinion. I’d like to express both respect and ignorance to the day to day realities of both asthma and arthritis. I have worked with both cases and had positive experiences with nutrition, however. And, my message above is my thoughts and my thoughts alone.

    PowerPoint on Nutrition & Asthma

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