People will often talk about the concept of over-training, where they have pushed the boundaries of their training a too far, resulting in negative adaptations. Symptoms of over-training include physical and mental fatigue, prolonged muscle soreness, unquenchable thirst, altered mood, and more.
Hidden hunger is caused by a lack of nutritious food and results in insufficient essential vitamins and minerals being absorbed into the body. It can have long-term, irreversible health effects as well as socioeconomic consequences that can erode a person's well-being and development. By affecting people's productivity, it can also take a toll on countries' economies...
If you do choose to count calories, don't simply count calories. We want to get the right foods, in the right amounts, not simply hit our calorie requirement regardless of the foods. This is where a macronutrient framework is useful, as it ensures that not only do we eat within our specific calorie requirements, but that we also get both the essential micro and macronutrients that we need.
There is a time and place for low carb diets, but if you want to significantly increase your fitness or improve your physique, you will benefit from including carbohydrates in your diet. It is very common for people who exercise regularly and who have followed a low carb diet for a prolonged period of time to report low energy, poor sleep...
Sleep is the most effective way of renewing, refreshing and healing our bodies and minds. It is an essential part of functioning as a human being and we spend almost one third of our lives in a sleep state. Sleep is without doubt, the best way to improve your health, reduce your stress and make you more effective and alert during the day.
Autumn is officially upon us and we are more than ready for the falling leaves and unlimited cups of hot tea. As the temperatures shift, so do our internal seasons
Nutrition is both a maker and marker of development. Yet, undernutrition continues to hamper the ability of children to live happy, healthy lives and reach their full potential. Millions of children - 52 million to be exact - suffer from acute malnutrition.
According to recent polling, less than one in eight visits to physicians include any counseling or discussion about nutrition and more than 75 percent of physicians feel their medical school training didn't prepare them to speak with patients about diet and nutrition.
It's a huge pain in the arse. And actually quite scary sometimes too. I have a fair few food allergies: nuts, which can set me off into an anaphylactic reaction, fish, makes my lips swell, hideous stomach cramps and vomiting, kiwi, bananas, mustard, raw eggs, milk - the list goes on. Not to mention hayfever, eczema, mild asthma.. yep, I was one of those kids.
Food is an emotional topic, which is part of the reason that the 'diet-of-the-day' story is one that returns to the media as regular as clockwork. Each time we are told that certain foods will either bring eternal health or certain damnation.
Race day nutrition can unquestionably help you to perform better. If you want to go faster, you should make nutrition a focus... There are no universal rules. Though Usain Bolt is a special case and 100m is a very different discipline to triathlon, he found what suited him as a pre-race meal and stuck to it. Though I wouldn't recommend chicken nuggets to my clients!
As a therapist that specialises in weight loss, I've heard more excuses why people can't lose weight than a secondary school teacher asking for homework. Everything from I'm allergic to healthy food, to fruit and vegetables make me fat - and the finger seems to be always pointing at everyone else...
Five-a-day has been the mantra for years - though did you know that very few people manage it? However, recent research showed that people who manage to do even better than this and eat at least 7 and ideally 10 portions a day of fruit and veg had a 25-33% less chance of early death from cancer, heart disease and other causes.
Malnutrition happens in wealthy countries in part because access to nutritious food depends on income. There are proven policies governments can embrace to eliminate nutrition inequities, improve health and increase prosperity. Food fortification is one such policy.
With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, it seems like a good time to take a look at the link between veganism- often considered a very restrictive diet- and athletic success. Can you excel as a world class athlete without meat, eggs or milk?
If you are trying to support your body in reaching your optimum level of health, always start with a clean diet. There is no amount of supplement out there that can compensate for poor eating habits. Vitamins work best when they are taken with other nutrients in foods, to help release the maximum effect.