Protein shake down! What you need to know

In the quest for bigger muscles, increased sporting performance and greater nutrient density many people turn to the world of supplements to seek the answer, particularly protein shakes. With the widespread knowledge that protein is necessary for muscular development it has been one of the mainstays of sports nutrition for many years. Often the increasing…

Sunshine and vitamin D – get it right!

There is something great about seeing the sun when you live in a country as wet and windy as the United Kingdom. Despite global warming we still don’t experience large amounts of sunshine in this island nation. We have seen news of flooding hitting the headlines for several years in a row. However, when the sun does manage to peek…

Exercise…Weight loss glory seeking!

I can imagine that 2 decades of working in the health and fitness industry would probably convince most of the absolute benefits of exercise for the human body. It would be fair to say that after observing others for many years, supporting personal training clients and engaging in regular exercise myself for nearly 3 decades,…

Coconut for health and weight loss

In a rapidly expanding industry where weight management is the most common driving and motivating factor for exercise, it is easy to become buried amongst the vastly conflicting evidence in trying to assist our clients to be successful. In relation to dietary advice an area that is heavily supported by scientific research, but not so…

What the supplement companies don’t tell you…

The supplement industry was estimated to be worth £13.5 billion worldwide. The Foods Standards Agency revealed that 1 in 3 people in the UK take vitamin and mineral supplements of some description. A large US study that reviewed dietary and health habits in 160,000 women over an 8 year period noted that 40% took a regular…

Winter food to fuel good health

During the winter months it is reasonable to expect that the needs of the body will change in line with these environmental differences. Perhaps the most obvious is that the body will change its drive for thermoregulation. During hotter months the body works hard to keep the body cool by vasodilating or widening the blood vessels…

Sugar, the Sweet and the Sour

In recent conversations I have had it seems like an area that continues to catch people out in their efforts to switch over to a better diet is the area of sugars and other foods that help to add sweetness. The most common query tends to be, ‘What ‘healthy’ options can I use to sweeten…