5 Steps to Meet your Body’s Nutritional Needs & Aid your Fitness Goals

Okay, so January is nearly over, but you may still (just) be sticking to that New Year’s resolution of losing weight and getting fit! If you are trying to shed weight or gain muscle, you may have heard of macronutrients – or macros for short. However, calculating how much of your calorie intake should come… Read More

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SuperTato to the Rescue!

Okay, so SuperTato is a child’s storybook hero, but research suggests that ‘super spuds’ could be a viable alternative to carbohydrate gels regarding race fuel and fatigued muscles. Researchers at the University of Illinois suggest that trained cyclists who were given 60 grams of carbohydrates from blended potato every hour finished a two-hour race six… Read More

Avoid Diabetes, Eat Avocados!

Eating avocados may help to safeguard against type 2 diabetes. A study by the University of Guelph found that a compound called avocationB (AvoB) counteracts the insulin resistance and oxidation in skeletal muscles. In the study, mice were fed a high-fat diet to induce obesity and insulin resistance for eight weeks. For the next five… Read More

Run Further, Get Hungry!

Intermittent fasting (IF) may be the secret to revving up your exercise mojo, according to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology. The study, admittedly carried out on mice, found that access to food increased levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, and it is though that hunger may also be involved with exercise motivation.… Read More

Vegetarians & Meat Eaters: Heart Disease vs Stroke

Eating a vegetarian diet has been linked with a 22% lower risk of heart disease, but a 20% increased risk of stroke (Tong et al., 2019). Over a 10-year period, vegetarians had 10 fewer cases of heart disease per 1000 people than meat eaters, but three more cases of stroke. Reference Tong, T.Y.N., Appleby, P.N.,… Read More

Umm, Should I Drink Red Wine?

According to a new study of 3,000 people, red wine is linked to a diverse microbiome (Le Roy et al., 2019). That’s a more diverse gut microbiome than people who drink other kinds of alcohol. Having a wide array of gut bacteria is thought to be beneficial to health. The team behind the work think… Read More

Ketogenic Diets & Migraine Relief: Is There A Link?

Cutting carbohydrates has been shown to reduce migraines, perhaps by changing the type of fuel that enters the brain. The ketogenic diet is a very low carb diet that makes the body burn fat for energy instead of carbs. Aside from aiding weight loss, it also seems to ease conditions like epilepsy and schizophrenia in… Read More