“Know that you have complete control over what you put in your mouth. No one ever ate anything by accident.”
Charles Poliquin March 5, 1961 – September 26, 2018
“When you go to the grocery store, you find that the cheapest calories are the ones that are going to make you the fattest”
Michael Pollan – In Defense of Food
“The doctors of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
Thomas Edison February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931
Sunlight is the best-known source of vitamin D, and hence vitamin D has earned the nickname as the ‘sunshine vitamin’. It has importance across various aspects of our health, but in particular, it helps boost the immune system, supports neurological health, builds strong bone and teeth health, fights cancers and nourishes the heart. It is thoroughly good stuff that is vital to health.
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do racing thoughts in your head keep you up at night? Are your muscle injuries not healing fast enough? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be deficient in GABA and serotonin – the brain chemicals that help you sleep better and recover faster.
Do you experience bloating, cramps, or gas? What about brain fog, allergies, skin rashes, or trouble losing weight? If so, you may have “leaky gut”, and it’s more common than you may think.
Detox diets, cleanses, and therapies are all the trend today. But the message isn’t new.
People have used different detoxification practices to purge the body of foreign invaders for centuries. However, the prevalence of the current detox trend reflects, in part, the ever-increasing amounts of toxins in our modern world. And we know for sure that a cumulative toxic burden, if not addressed, can lead to serious health issues.
Do you start each new year vowing to lose weight or improve your training performance? If so, are you among the 80 per cent of the population whose New Year’s resolutions failed by February?
Myths are abundant in the fitness industry, word of mouth in gyms and on social media leads to a lot of nonsense being spread around. This, unfortunately, leads to many people believing things which are not true, and often the misinformation leads to no improvement in someone’s health and fitness or even worse can lead to injury.
Training is what the body needs to adapt and develop. Consider that without sunlight plants struggle to grow, similarly, without training our bodies will not develop and grow much.
Your body needs training as a stimulus to take it outside of its normal comfort zone, which ultimately means the body has to make changes to develop. You may only be able to do a bodyweight squat at the start of your training, but after the body is exposed to training consistently and repeatedly it will get stronger and you might be squatting with a barbell on your back after several weeks.
Supplementation is the use of specific vitamins, minerals and ingredients to achieve a targeted outcome in your health and fitness. Our current environment and lifestyles mean it is hard to get everything we need from food alone, which would be ideal, and thus the targeted use of supplements can be of benefit to your health. There are some supplements that are useful for everyone to take, and this article will elaborate upon supplement basics.
Recovery is essential all the things that you do outside of training, it includes sleep and stress management which are vital to good health, but recovery also extends to enjoying your hobbies and making time for yourself. So getting 8 hours of sleep with good quality deep sleep is integral to recovery, as is going on a long walk which you enjoy, reading a book or spending time seeing your friends and family.
Nutrition is the catalyst to great health, strength and body composition. Nutrition is not only important for physical goals (i.e fat loss) but also for more health and lifestyle-oriented goals (for example better focus, energy, detoxification, and blood sugar control).
What we do in training needs to be matched by how we eat and recover, and the saying “we are what we eat” still holds true.
As we start this decade, many of us will be setting goals and looking to improve our health and our bodies. So as we are in the year 2020, here are 20 tips to help you improve your health and body that are straightforward and easy to integrate into your life.
Here at Human Performance Hub, we are a big believer in pre-workout nutrition (nutrition around workouts) as workouts offer a great opportunity to get nutrients into the body through enhanced insulin sensitivity (Muscles open themselves up for refuelling). Possibly the most beneficial supplement you can take around training is a quality amino acid complex.
Here at Human Performance Hub, we are big believers in the benefits of magnesium supplementation. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for optimal health and performance, here are some of the reasons why:
Before we delve into the foundation supplements that we recommend here at Human Performance Hub, it is important we address quality. Today’s market is flooded with supplements promising the world but in reality delivering very little.
Firstly it must be stated that supplements are by definition a supplement to a healthy diet and lifestyle, not a replacement for it. People get fat and tired because they don’t exercise, don’t sleep, expose themselves to toxins, have too much stress and eat poorly.