BODIVANCE: A Training and Rehab Aid

By Prof. Hercules Callanta

Physical inactivity ranked fourth as the leading risk factor in global mortality. For this, its mitigation is the focus of both the World Health Organization’s and Department of Health’s fervent advocacy and campaign for increased physical activity.

This advocacy has borne fruits with more people now frequenting fitness gyms, sports complexes, and wellness centers to undergo proper exercise. Likewise, others undertake to improve their health and fitness by running around their subdivisions, adopting home exercise programs, and taking part in office exercise classes. All these are sure signs of the widespread appreciation and acceptance of the importance of increasing physical activities for wellness. This increasing interest is due to the known benefits of exercise and increased physical activity, namely improved health, increased functionality, better physique and body image, and more stable psychological and emotional state, among others.

However, along with the positive changes brought about by increased physical activity and exercise come some risks associated with it, such as musculoskeletal injuries (sprains, strains, fractures, etc.), illnesses (heat stress, sudden death syndromes, sports-induced anemia, etc.), psychological conditions (bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, yoyo syndrome, etc.), as well as exercise burnout.

In general, musculoskeletal injuries are brought about either by training errors or accidents. On the other hand, exercise-associated illnesses are due largely to conditions that have flared up or have been aggravated by the stress of exercise. Furthermore, burnout is caused by drastic changes in exercise and physical activity habits, as well as inappropriate dietary strategies.

These conditions bring about undue stress to both the psyche and the physique, which can lead to feelings of frustration and inability to achieve goals. In truth, the risks will always be present. And while risks cannot be prevented, they can be minimized, both in severity and the probability of occurrence.

Physical training that uses scientific principles can help minimize the occurrence and severity of injuries. Training frequency, intensity, mode, duration, and rest intervals should be controlled to provide optimal stimulus for the body to adapt. If properly done, we can expect to find several positive adaptations in our body’s anatomical and physiological make-up.

We may experience increased efficiency of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, which can lead to improved endurance. Coupled with improved muscular strength and power, we build more stamina. Likewise, we become more flexible, leading to freer and unhindered movements. And the most sought-after improvement is also sure to be evident: a better-looking physique and index of attractiveness.

Training gains may also be enhanced by several strategies, such as nutraceutical supplements, pharmaceutical aids, orthotics, and appliances, to name a few. One such product that holds a lot of promise is Bodivance – a thermogenic accelerator. It is applied on the skin and makes use of transdermal delivery for its ingredients to be available to the target areas beneath the skin.

The main action of Bodivance is to stimulate blood flow to the areas where it is applied by increasing thermogenesis (production of heat due to metabolic processes). This involves the process of vasodilation or widening of blood vessels, which involves the relaxation of the smooth muscles of the arterioles. As these muscles control the resistance in the vascular system, consequently, their relaxation increases blood flow to the points of material exchange in the vascular system, the capillaries.

Through vasodilation and its opposite, vasoconstriction (contraction of smooth muscles of the arterioles), the vascular system is able to control blood flow all over the body. The degree to which a given arteriole vasoconstricts or vasodilates depends on the balance of two mechanisms – local control and neural control. During muscular activity, for example, the muscle tissue produces metabolic by-products that cause the arterioles servicing the muscle to vasodilate. Lower pH levels (increased acidity), increased muscle heat levels (hyperthermia), and increased CO2 concentration, among others, cause vasodilation. In cases where the balance of a prevailing internal environment is far from ideal, or non-homeostatic, correction needs to be brought forth by increasing blood flow.

Bodivance effects vasodilation mainly through jojoba, a natural vasodilator. Jojoba contains potassium ions, which widen the lumen of blood vessels and magnesium, which modulates vascular tone and reactivity. This vasodilator trait ensures increased blood flow to the parts of the skin Bodivance is applied on.

During exercise, blood flow to the active muscle groups is increased to cope with increased metabolism and removal of metabolic waste products such as heat and metabolites. As body core temperature increases, blood flow to the skin also increases for thermoregulation. This is a feedback mechanism that occurs as a response to acute exercise.

The application of Bodivance modifies this phenomenon and essentially makes it a feed-forward mechanism – allowing for the “response” to be a “preparation” instead for the need for vasodilation. This can cut down the response time for the coping mechanisms to activate for increased metabolism and thermoregulation. Therefore, even before local tissue requirements lead to vasodilation, it is already in place, ready to admit increased bloodflow that is vital for increased metabolism and efficiency.

Consequently, this can shorten warm-up times both locally and systemically, and increase blood flow to working muscles of body parts where Bodivance is applied on. As a practical result, less energy will have to be spent for warm-ups, energy that can be better spent towards the main endeavor of performance. In addition, the musculoskeletal system is rendered ready for the rigors of training or performance, potentially lessening the chances for injuries and increasing its efficiency with shorter warm-up periods.

In the context of tissue healing, vasodilation is desired to encourage better repair and regeneration of tissues after the stage of acute and active swelling has concluded. The increased blood flow encourages the reestablishment and reactivation of capillary beds around the injured parts. This ensures the enhancement of delivery of nutrients for the consistent and continuous reconstitution and laying down of tissues for healing. Bodivance can therefore aid in rehabilitation as well.

It is important to recognize that Bodivance also contains several other substances that benefit normal physiology, as well as physiology during exercise. It has antimicrobials, like Aloe Vera, and antioxidants, such as Acai, Tocopherol Acetate, and Pomegranate, which can also alleviate arthritis. Their delivery via the cutaneous or topical drug delivery system ensures the therapeutic efficacy and safety of using Bodivance through site-specific placement within the body. Furthermore, it minimizes the possibility of liver metabolism (if taken orally) thereby increasing bioavailability that can effectively reduce both the size and number of doses of the substances.

In consideration of all of the above, Bodivance makes for an excellent training and performance aid that promotes better performance and improves the safety index of exercise and physical activity.

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