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|Posted on August 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (374)|
There was a recent media feeding frenzy over the "revelation" that fish oil could cause prostate cancer. However the problem was that even the people who conducted the study conceded that there was no empirical link! This was because the study was an epidemiological one which attempts to show CORRELATION and not CAUSATION. There is a huge difference (this is discussed entertainingly in the link at the bottom of this article by nutrition expert Dr John Berardi).
Why do these studies make it into the media? Because they are alarmist and attention grabbing - thousands of people consume fish oil so it is fair to say that anyone who values their health would be drawn to this article and (rightly) concerned.
On a more balanced level it is true that fish oil decreases inflamation - so far, so good - however, decreasing inflamation too much is a bad thing. We need a degree of inflamation to catabolise free radicals etc. So in theory TOO MUCH fish oil could ramp down inflamation too much and leave you open to potential problems. However this would have to be Omega 3's, and, as our diet is so badly deficient in this type of fish oil this would be unlikely. Secondly, to rebalance the ratio we just need to consume more Omega 6 and 9, and as these are more than abundant in our diet (too much so, many would argue), once again this would not be a problem.
The truth is, that the huge benefits of fish oil on cardiovascular health, eye health, joint health and brain health far outweigh any negatives, with the caveat being that you must look to purchasing one that is PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE. These are the only type that have been sufficiently purified of PCB's, mercury and other toxins. If you want to see real research on fish oil visit the medical directories website www.pubmed.com for a broad range of excellently researched publications.
For an entertaining article on the difference between types of studies check out this excellent article by Dr John Berardi, a strong advocate of the many benefits of fish oil.
|Posted on April 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM||comments (357)|
If you are rubbish at getting your vegetables in, my first recommendation is to purchase SUPERGREENS. These are a marvellous shortcut and actually nutritionally superior to a scraggly bag of wilted lettuce.
So what are they? Supergreens have been around for years, they are produced by various companies and usually consist of chlorella, wheat grass, barley grass, and spirulina. They come in powdered form and are easily mixed with water. The taste may take a bit of getting used to and the resemblance to something Yoda would drink is inescapable, but in terms of a nutrient dense package this takes some beating, and can make up the backbone to some truly Super Smoothie's...
Not only are SuperGreens a very effective, portable and cost efficient method of ramping up your veg intake but they also contain:
Wheatgrass: this cleanses the lymph and it is believed that as little as one ounce is the equivalent of 2 pounds of vegetables
Chlorella:This is reputed to be a great heavy metal detoxifier that binds with pesticides and carcinogens and carries them out of the body safely. It is actually quite rich in essential fatty acids AND 20% of them are the highly important omega 3's
Spirulina: Anti-oxidant and anti carcinogenic and a great source of complex sugars, protein and amino acids this is a highly digestible form of microalgae
Barley Grass: "his improves stamina, sexual energy clarity of thought and reduces addictions to things that are bad for you" according to Dr Howard Lutz , director of the Institute of Preventative Medicine in Washington D.C
Another great blood purifier, helps activate enzymes, is anti-inflamatory and nutrient dense. Helping to alkalize the blood and cleanse the blood of yeasts and fungi, what more could you ask for in a nutrient.
If you are interested in getting this excellent and highly digestible vegetable source then you can purchase it from my online store at the fantastic price of £18!
|Posted on March 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM||comments (426)|
The most common question I get asked, bar none, is what are the best supplements for fat loss.
Well, the answer is simple and complicated at the same time - You must always allow for biochemical individuality, in other words everyone responds to foods, liquids and supplements in unique ways. For one person 5 coffees a day works just fine and doesn't disrupt sleep, for another any caffeine post -12pm will cause sleep issues, guaranteed.
However, there are some elements that have a relatively uniform effect on the body (otherwise pharmaceutical drugs would never be allowed if everyones response to them was dramatically varied). These are the supplements I have chosen for a comprehensive approach to supplemental fat loss:
1. Betaine HCL:
The cornerstone and foundation of any supplemental protocol. If you do not have enough stomach acid then you cannot effectively digest food, and your mineral and vitamin status is compromised. Zinc, magnesium and B vitamins are all contingent on adequate levels of HCL in the stomach. Lack of acidity in the stomach also raises your risk of contracting the stomach parasite and ulcer causing bacteria, h.pylori and indeed contributes to "acid indigestion" and reflux.
2. Fish Oil:
This is the Big One. Fish oil switches on the genes that burn fat and downregulates the ones that store it. It is superb for cognitive and joint function and if you check on the medical publications pubmed.com you will see that there is research for everything from autism to eczema, digestive ailments to estrogen dominance. It makes you feel fuller for longer, oils your joints, reduces inflamation and increases muscle mass. What more could you ask for?
When we are stressed out, we pee minerals out - good examples are the salt cravings that people under stress often experience (sodium deficiency). Magnesium is THE mineral of blood sugar management. It ushers glycogen into muscle rather than letting it set up store as fat, increases the amount of insulin receptor sites you have, improves sleep, improves your bodies response to stress and, whilst a "relaxing" nutrient, is vital in the KREBS cycle of energy production. If your sleep is poor you overproduce cortisol, this leads to fat storage around the midriff and breaks down muscle tissue - therefore adding magnesium to your regime will definitely improve body composition. If you sweat, you need to start taking magnesium, and if you DON'T sweat - you ain't exercising enough!
When people start to lose fat they often feel rubbish. Fat has a tendency to be pro-inflamatory and a good storage site for toxins, hence you get a release of toxicity into the blood stream. This has a tendency to inundate the liver with more work than it can deal with. A good multi can provide the essential buidling blocks for good detoxification (ie the precursors to methylation, glycination etc). It also plugs the gaps in your diet as even the best of diets can still leave you with nutrient deficient (owing in part to poor soil quality that doesn't provide good doses of magnesium and zinc).
5. Vitamin D3:
If you don't know why this is on the list than you are either a) new to my website or b) have been paying no attention to anything on it. Vitamin D is VITAL - forget body composition for the moment and lets just say it is also vital for - bone health, a protective from breast cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, MS etc etc. Just check out Dr Robert Heaney's lecture in my VIDEO'S section for a detailed look at this ultra-vital nutrient. It is excellent for increasing lean muscle mass and improving insulin sensitivity.
And that's it, nothing exotic, no Himalayan Goat Droppings freeze dried and coated in apple cider vinegar - just simple, effective and economical ways of improving your bodies composition, and more importantly, the way it functions.
If you require any more information on this or other supplement enquiries, please don't hesitate to contact me. I carry the Poliquin supplement line, arguably some of the finest, purest and most powerful supplementation in the world.
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|Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM||comments (421)|
One of the principal questions I ask new clients is: "Does your urine smell of asparagus when you eat it". If the answer is "yes", we have a problem..
Contrary to popular belief, "asparagus wee" is not a normal, nor desirable by-product of eating this vegetable. It is symptomatic of the MTHFR gene (methylene tetra hydra folate reductase gene) and is THE key risk factor for cardiovascular health (just ask Dr Mark Houston from the Nashville Hypertension Institute). Yes, it is a greater risk indicator than even that of cholesterol (which has been overblown out of all proportion as a risk factor for heart disease by the way...)
Why is the MTHFR gene so dangerous? Well it was passed down to us by the Roman's during their conquest of Britain, and is an inbuilt genetic defect that prevents effective methylation (one of the many ways in which the body detoxifies itself on a daily basis).
This is because the body has a defect that prevents adequate absorption and usage of folates. The upshot is that you get an increase in a highly dangerous amino acid called homocysteine. When your homocysteine is elevated your risk of cardiovascular disease goes up.
So what can you do, well the good news is that just taking a specific supplement called METHYLATOR PLUS (£20 for 3 months supply) can reduce your risk to that of a person without the gene in just a matter of weeks.
I don't doubt that there will be those who feel this is alarmist, or at the very least that they have never heard of this before. In respect to this I have put a number of pdf's with this article so, for those effected ,you can do your own research and draw your own conclusions.
What I would urge is that if you do have the gene, 23p a day is a small amount to pay for big piece of mind !
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|Posted on January 15, 2013 at 5:32 AM||comments (201)|
Research conducted by Dr John Berardi and the Precision Nutrition team showed that people who consumed large dosages of fish oil (ie 10g plus per day) exhibited a 450-500 kcal increase in their basal metabolism. In other words consuming more fat actually increased your metabolism, decreased your body fat and improved lean muscle mass.
Fat makes you slim, its official.
|Posted on September 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM||comments (479)|
I often get asked why magnesium is so critically important- why don't I focus more on calcium or some other minerals. And why can't I get enough magnesium from my diet?
Well the simple answer is, unfortunately due to the poor quality of soil nowadays, zinc and magnesium are woefully inadequate in our diet. Yes you can get a lot from eating nuts and seeds, but not what I would call a therapeutic dosage (enough to offset health issues such as poor sleep for example). And even if you could get it through your diet, the net result of eating all those nuts and seeds would be a very fat person who was sleeping well !
I have detailed below some of the attributes of magnesium:
So, if you are interested in getting the best quality magnesium available, visit my online shop where you will get FREE postage and packing for a limited time, and a discounted price!
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|Posted on August 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM||comments (379)|
I love Summertime, but unfortunately it always brought with it the sheer misery of hayfever.And I got it bad - a ridiculously itchy nose which was constantly running, dry and gritty eyes, the roof of my mouth so itchy that I wanted to take sandpaper to it and even occasionally wheezing and coughing. On a glorious bbq day, as the evening drew in and the pollen count rose my enjoyment of the burger in my hand went down as the flu-like symptoms kicked in.
I tried every homeopathic and natural cure I could find, but even Beconase and Salbutanol did nothing to alleviate it. Then last year I chanced upon a new formula, gave it a whirl, and the results were nothing short of miraculous! It is a specific Vitamin C mixed with Quercetin which have a powerful antihistamine effect, and when you add bromelain (an enzyme taken from pineapple) you have a powerful anti-inflamatory. Along with this I added Beta Sitosterol (which is an essential fatty acid complex with the same sort of pine bark extract you get in Benecol cholesterol reduction yogurt). The effect - I haven't sneezed ONCE this Summer and recently attended a Wedding in the heart of the New Forest without any problems at all ! If you want more detailed information I have attached a pdf about the products on this post - and if you want to order it, just go into my online store. For a limited amount of time postage and packaging are FREE !
|Posted on July 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM||comments (574)|
With our proximity to the New Forest we are all aware of the dangers of tick bites and the potential for contracting Lymes Disease as a result.
The bulls-eye rash, fever and muscle pain are all potential problems that may accompany this particularly nasty infection, but what many people do not realise is that if left untreated there are potentially devastating neurological complications that can be highly disabling.
Indeed years of antiobiotic treatment can prove to be fruitless or create additional complications including gut dysbiosis and do not guarantee resolution of the infection.
However, there appears to be hope on the horizon thanks to pioneering research by emminent chemist, Dr Peter Josling, Director of the Garlic Centre in Sussex. His pioneering research in placebo based, double-blind studies (the Gold Standard of clinical research) have shown that a specific garlic extract (patented as allicilin) can have dramatic effects on TB, MRSA and in a recent study from Texas, Lymes Disease.
In the test study there was a 90% success rate in not only alleviating symptoms, but ending them altogether! Indeed, follow up tests on Igg and Igm levels showed that there was no Lymes bacteria evident in the blood after an 8 week course of this specific garlic strain. There was a complete resolution of symptomology, without the need for any additional medication.
This marks an amazing discovery and advancement in the fight against a disease which appears to be on the increase and which is now not only transmitted by ticks but also mosquitoes, biting insects and flies.
If you are interested in this, or require further information on how to obtain this garlic extract please do not hesitate to contact me, but please do not aim to self medicate nor purchase conventional garlic supplementation expecting a miracle cure - the patented formula that Dr Josling has created is the only one in which each batch is tested against the MRSA bacteria to check for potency.
If you are suffering from:
then why not give this 100% natural, safe, and effective supplement a go - you have nothing to lose, and in the case of severe illnesses like Lymes, TB or MRSA, it could make a significant improvement to your life.
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|Posted on January 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM||comments (289)|
Well guys, you heard it here first - vitamin D is not only arguably one of the most important supplements (if not THE most important) we can take but also the Government conceded this week that the majority of the population is deficient in it.
According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey:
According to a fascinating lecture that I attended with Dr Robert Heaney, vitamin d unlocks your DNA libraries innate immunity against a multitude of illnesses and diseases (from cancer to blood pressure, multiple sclerosis to poor pregnancy outcomes).
Dr Heaney's recommendations are 75 international units per kilo of bodyweight, so you don't need to be a mathematical whizz to figure that the current recommendations of 400iu are pathetically low.
At £20 for a four month supply of Vitamin D at an outstanding 5000iu PER CAPSULE this is one supplement I cannot recommend highly enough.
If you require stock please don't hesitate to contact me or download the informative guide below for further information.
|Posted on December 29, 2011 at 3:14 PM||comments (141)|
Well I promised some more information on the importance of Vitamin D, and here it is, some links to great articles by the Worlds most succesful Olympic Coach, Charles Poliquin:
Enjoy reading about what is poised to be the most important supplement you can possibly take.
Due to the popularity of my last article I am down to my last few tubs of 5000iu vitamin d, so let me know if you require some before all stocks go.
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