THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS OF LIFE: Taking advantage of these vital formative days.

The first 1000 days of a life from conception until roughly a child’s second birthday, is the brains window of opportunity to establish the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neuro-development across the lifespan. Yet too frequently in developed countries, nutrition is not prioritized as being the major attendant, causing what we term malnutrition during gestation and in early childhood. The future foundations for health and neuro-development potential are weakened and this is becoming a major concern in the modern era. Where once malnutrition was due to poverty, humans are faced with the negative effects of overnutrition in the form of obesity and poor nutrition due to inbalanced diets or diets based on artificial ingredients including formula feeds and processed convenience foods.

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Maximising Cardio-Vascular Health and Fitness

What VO2 max can tell us

Knowing your VO2 Max gives you an increased awareness of your overall fitness level and the efficiency of your body as it processes oxygen. It is a useful measurement for tracking your cardiovascular health as well as your progress when training for endurance sports as it shows the efficiency of your body’s use of oxygen. It is recommended that you test your VO2 Max about once a year if you are trying to maintain your current level of fitness. If you are training to improve your cardiovascular health, you should aim to test your VO2 max every 6-12 weeks so you can chart your progress.
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Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

NAFLD is recognized as a major health burden and has become one of the most common causes of liver disease worldwide. Excessive fat deposition in the liver is seen in about thirty percent of the adult general population and now seen in young children. The prevalence over the last two decades has grown proportionally with the rise in obesity, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy dietary patterns, and metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia and hypertension). (1,2) Continue reading

Good news: Eggs Removed from the Naughty List 

The US government’s top nutrition advisory panel in 2015, decided to drop its caution about eating foods containing dietary cholesterol, a move that did a U turn on 40 years of government warnings. Continue reading

Pyroluria: A hidden mental disorder

When health and convention medicine reduces your diagnosis down to one cause and is largely managed with palliative treatment, focused on alleviating symptoms, medication is the logical treatment despite long term adverse effects often. Addressing health with an holistic approach such as nutrition, and beyond meeting nutritional needs, for its beneficial role in many diseases, is better positioned to provide long-term rather than short-term benefits. Disease and health issues rarely happen suddenly, but are a long term slow burning fire that finally over burdens the body until it becomes insufficiently supported and cannot look after itself if current lifestyle and nutrition continues. Continue reading

Fat Loss – an art or a science!

The terms “feel the burn”, “melting fat”, and “getting shredded” are all creative terms to describe using stored and dietary fat as energy but in fact, fat must be oxidized at a cellular level in the mitochondria by beta-oxidation. The majority of this cellular activity happens in the muscle which supports increasing exercise as a way to significantly use more fat, and the more muscle density means more cells to process fats at one time to energy. Simply, muscle is where fat is utilized but not disposed of.
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Amino Acid Therapy

The two most common underlying causes of eating disorders, fatigue and depression include neurotransmitter dysfunction and HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) dysfunction. Neurotransmitter dysfunction leads to obsessive compulsive actions, forcing people into a downward spiral of food restriction and depression.” Continue reading