Mercola: Why KAATSU Is a Fitness Game Changer- Interview with Steven Munatones

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Mercola video: Blood flow restriction (BFR) training, which I perceive to be the greatest innovation in exercise training in the last century, was developed in Japan by Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in 1966. There, it’s known as KAATSU, which means “additional pressure.” KAATSU was brought to the U.S. just over a decade ago by Steven Munatones, after he completed a 13-year mentorship by Sato. KAATSU, also known as blood flow restriction (BFR) training, involves partially obstructing blood flow to your extremities while exercising. The intermittent hypoxia generates an increase in anti-inflammatory myokines, the muscle version of cytokines, which in turn provides a whole host of beneficial hormonal responses. Aside from dramatically improving muscle tone and preventing sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss), KAATSU is also a wonderful tool for post-surgical rehabilitation, allowing you to regain physical function in a fraction of the time that you would normally anticipate
It will also improve your metabolic flexibility, as it increases the number of glucose transporters that absorb blood sugar in your cell membranes. As a result, your insulin level won’t go up and you won’t develop insulin resistance which in turn lowers the risk for virtually every chronic degenerative disease. KAATSU is a specific type of BFR therapy, as it uses a device that automatically inflates and deflates the cuffs you place around your extremities. “Conventional” BFR uses static pressure from elastic or inflatable bands, and while that can provide benefits when used correctly, KAATSU’s cycling mode is far superior and provides biochemical benefits you cannot get from static pressure. Article link: Subscribe for the latest health news: Visit our website: Listen to our podcasts: Find us on Social Media

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