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. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Anti-inflammatory diets are worth serious attention and not just because they sound very sensible. Simply, they encourage a back to grass roots choice of foods based on almost all plant foods including plant proteins, natural fats, nuts and seeds, oily fish, wholegrains and pulses. In addition, animal foods are still in but they don’t dominate and they are definitely not processed. Continue reading →
Our half-century effort to cut back on the consumption of eggs, meat, and full-fat dairy foods has had a tragic effect on declining health. The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that saturated fats in red-meat, butter, and cheese should be avoided because they clogged our arteries. Diets shifted from meat to chicken, and canola oil over butter. Our chariness of fats can be traced back to the 50’s to an American, Dr Ancel Keys, who rather persuasively followed through with some flawed research to support his idea that saturated fats raise cholesterol and, as a result, cause heart attacks.
Restoring gastro-intestinal flora and function is not always cut and dried. There are some good places to start and probiotics are usually part of this, however sometimes the bacteria in the probiotic is not actually beneficial due to an over-abundance of it already present. This tends to be the Lactobacillus strain which is likely to indicate a high level of D- lactate appearing in a urine or stool sample. Sometimes bacteria in your gut also fail to process histamine and lead to a probiotic intolerance. Continue reading →
Testosterone is more than just a manly hormone essential for the continuum of the human race. It is crucial for energy pathways, robust heart health, mental clarity, insulin sensitivity, protein synthesis, and bone and muscle density. Like estrogen in women, it helps us keep our peak performance and delay the major factors associated with degenerative disease processes. Continue reading →