Acid in the brain – the need for sleep

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One of the most important pieces of health information has just been discovered, but it seems to still be hidden under the blankets. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York have found out WHY we actually need to sleep! we probably already have an idea of the health implications of too little (or […]

The Glycemic Load. The other half of the story.

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I have this conversation with clients at least once a week, so I thought I’d share it here for you as well. Now, while I’m an Exercise Physiologist (and not a dietician), the majority of our clients ask about dietary advice, as it’s part of the lifestyle behaviours that we often coach our clients through. […]

Sleep Deprivation: a road to diabetes

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Did you get less than five and a half hours sleep last night? There have been many times where I have, through meeting work deadlines, having a good night out with friends or through the “joys” of parenthood, and I have not given it a second thought. That is until I discovered what it is […]

Exercise is inflammatory

This statement quite often leaves people somewhat confused especially after they’ve been told the impact chronic low-grade inflammation has on insulin resistance, which is a precursor to developing diabetes. However, while an exercise bout does increase levels of pro- inflammatory messengers called cytokines it only tells part of the story. The above statement also challenges […]

Exercise benefits on Stress – fighting the beast!

Before we can make sense of how exercise can help us deal with stress better, it will be useful to understand the physiology of stress and how it affects us. Needless to say, a great starting point is to highlight that the best way to deal with stress is to reduce your stress drivers and […]