Ginseng, what is it and do runners need it?

By |2020-03-30T14:54:31+01:00March 30th, 2020|Nutrition|

Ginseng is a dietary and medicinal herb traditionally taken to help with low energy. Ginseng is not included among the lists of banned stimulants for athletes and is used by many to enhance endurance performance. During marathons Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder who we is moments away from attempting the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, reportedly has a triple action isotonic gel and a Ginseng and Guarana energy gel!   If Ginseng is good enough for the fastest long distance runner in the world it’s no wonder that Ginseng has [...]

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Probiotics And Prebiotics Explained

By |2020-03-30T14:48:45+01:00March 30th, 2020|Nutrition|

The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the host to a complex and dynamic population of tens of trillions of microorganisms, the gut microbiota. Our diet is one of the main drivers in shaping the gut microbiota, which can weigh up to 2 kg, bacterial numbers can increase by 1000-fold for a few hours after the consumption of certain foods!   The bacteria present in play a crucial role in maintaining the immune system, our metabolism and protection against pathogens. Altered [...]

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Gut Health 101

By |2020-03-30T14:30:25+01:00March 30th, 2020|Nutrition|

As gastrointestinal health can be the root cause of a variety of health issues working towards addressing your digestive function is crucial in order to maintain overall body overall health. Beneficial bacteria in your digestive system had the capability of affective the body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, immune response, the ability to eliminate toxins, as well as your overall mental health.   The gut-brain connection  Digestion, mood, health and even the way we think is linked to our [...]

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2020 Food Trend Predictions

By |2020-03-30T14:01:24+01:00December 20th, 2019|Nutrition|

As we wrap up the decade and look forward to the new year, predictions for the top food trends to watch out for in 2020 are at the forefront of foodies minds. Read on for a round-up of top trends that are set to dominate next year;   Meat Substitutes After the explosion of the Beyond Meat burger launch in the UK during the summer it’s time to look forward to other plant-based meat alternatives.  As the number of those [...]

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Top tips to boost your Immune system

By |2020-03-30T14:01:58+01:00December 10th, 2019|Nutrition|

The immune system is a dynamic mesh of molecules, cells, and tissues spanning the entire organism. On the whole your immune system does an incredible job at defending you against harmful invading pathogens and infections that cause colds and other illnesses. However, sometimes the bugs get the better of us and the immune system fails. Read on to find you can ensure you have a robust immune system.   Ginseng Ginseng can exert direct antiviral effects due to the enhancement [...]

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Diet Myths: Carbohydrates Make Us Fat

By |2020-03-30T14:09:25+01:00May 30th, 2019|Nutrition|

Are carbohydrates really making us fat? When it comes to carbohydrates there is a lot of contradictory advice out there. Low-carb, Keto, Lectin-free…these diets all cull the carbs. But is this good for us and is it really necessary? Before you opt for bunless burgers, courgetti and cauliflower rice (just a few carb-free alternatives which carb dodgers are embracing) read on…   Carbs have been demonised as the macronutrient group responsible for making us fat under the premise that a [...]

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5 causes of inflammation and how to avoid them

By |2019-05-11T20:48:32+01:00May 11th, 2019|Nutrition|

Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself from infection, illness and injury. Acute inflammation is a short-term response which happens in response to something harming your body, kick-starting a protective defense system which aids recovery. Chronic inflammation happens when the inflammation process goes on for too long, or there’s too much of it. This increases the risk of developing chronic diseases and is not good news. Read on for 5 causes of inflammation, knowing what they are and minimising [...]

Diet hacks to improve recovery time

By |2019-05-11T20:41:55+01:00May 1st, 2019|Nutrition, Wellbeing|

Have you amped up the intensity of your exercise routine since the beginning of the year? If so you may have experienced the feeling of ‘hitting the wall’ when participating in strenuous exercise. This is the point when glycogen stores are no longer available which leads to sudden fatigue and energy loss. Or perhaps your new favorite vigorous workout is giving you that endorphin high, but also contributing to the dread of DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness) the next day?   [...]

The Benefits Of Montmorency Cherry

By |2020-03-30T14:44:52+01:00March 30th, 2019|Nutrition|

What is it? There are hundreds of species of cherries which can be divided into two distinct sweet and sour categories.   The Montmorency cherry is a variety of sour cherry. Sour cherries tend to contain higher levels of total phenolics (compounds considered to have protective effects against cancer and cardiovascular diseases due to their antioxidant activities) and anthocyanins (antioxidants which play a key role in protecting our bodies) than sweet cherries.   What does it do? Consumption of cherries/ [...]

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My top 5 need to know Nutrition facts

By |2020-03-30T14:39:06+01:00March 30th, 2019|Nutrition|

  Ditch the diet drinks  Lots of people turn to diet drinks, lured by the idea of consuming a non-calorific drink. Zero calories may seem like a suitable choice if you are trying to lose weight, but trust me, these drinks are something you really should avoid.   Diet drinks may be sugar-free, but they are packed full of sweeteners. There are serious concerns about the health effects of the sweetener chemicals. Aspartame, a key ingredient used in sweetener, can affect [...]

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