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 →
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. Continue reading →
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 →
Some women sail through menopause while others find that is dominated by disruptive symptoms such weight gain, joint pain, night sweats, irritable bowel, mood swings and depression, and hot flashes. It doesn’t have to be like this if the imbalances are identified. Continue reading →
During recent years, an increasing amount of research with compelling clinical evidence
has accumulated and been submitted for publication in scientific journals about diet and its links with chronic disease.
Again low carb diets are in the spotlight and have been identified as being particularly healthy in the management of a number of diseases including epilepsy, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammatory and for pain management.(1)(2)(3)(5)(6) Continue reading →
Coffee and caffeinated drinks are the number one ‘Go To’ for a pick me up when you are feeling worn down. Caffeine has become the cultural norm to get us going in the morning, even to the extent that some countries have put an age limit on selling caffeinated drinks to minors.