Epsom Salt Baths

While it might surprise you, exercise is a stress on the body. This doesn’t make it bad and while the word stress is normally thought about as a negative, this isn’t inherently the case. Stress from a physiological perspective is something that asks the body to make changes or adaptions. If the body has the resources to make these changes, then the stress is helpful; if the body doesn’t have the resources, then it will have a negative impact. With this in mind I want to suggest a simple tool that can help in times of stress. This can be really useful post exercise but will be useful … [Read more...]

Energy and Thinking

Below is a quote from one of my favourite scientists, Robert Sapolsky. “You have two humans, and they are taking part in some human ritual. They are sitting there silently at a table. They make no eye contact; they’re still, except every now and then one of them does nothing more taxing than lifting an arm and pushing a little piece of wood. And if it’s the right wood and the right chess grand masters in the middle of a tournament, they are going through 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day thinking, turning on a massive physiological stress response simply with thought and doing the same thing … [Read more...]

Water…What Is The Right Amount?

A couple of weekends ago I did 22 mini consults at both of the Frame stores. While everyone is different I often find that there are common themes that keep coming up. Unfortunately this commonality is often because people are following the same flawed health advice. While there is a shopping list of commandments that people are following to the detriment of their own health, what I want to look at today is the advice we have all been told about water consumption. Water is essential to life. Most people can remember from science that our bodies are 70-80% water. We are regularly told about … [Read more...]

The Right Exercise For You

For a lot of people the motto of no pain, no gain is synonymous with exercise. If they aren’t covered in sweat and feeling like they are about to collapse they feel they haven’t worked out hard enough. This is also common with people who are just starting to train. They go from no exercise in years to training three, four or five times a week, when they can barely walk up a flight of stairs they think have got the training intensity just right. People exercise for a variety of reasons, but if we are looking at it from a physiological perspective, exercise is about adaptation. Through … [Read more...]

Improved Sleep and Food Intake

Before seeing a client I get them to keep a food diary for five days so I have a detailed understanding of what they are eating. Rather than just looking at the foods consumed, I check the pattern of eating. To do this I look at the following: How long has it been between waking and eating? Or between dinner and going to bed? How long has it been between meals? When are they doing most of their eating? A lot of clients have issues around sleep. This could be difficulty falling to sleep, waking in the night and not being able to get back to sleep, restless or light sleep, nightmares, night … [Read more...]

Intermittent Fasting and the Fast Diet

The question that I am being asked more than any other at the moment is ‘what do you think about the fast diet?’ For anyone not in the know, the fast diet (also know as the 5:2 diet) is where you fast for two days out of every week. On your fast days women are allowed 500 calories and men are allowed 600 calories. For the rest of the week you can eat and drink as you please. The diet rose to popularity based on this BBC panorama episode called Eat, Fast and Live Longer. The presenter has then taken this further by creating a diet book, a cookbook and website. Its popularity is now huge and … [Read more...]

Your Brain’s Reward System

A couple of weeks ago I made a decision with my girlfriend to give up alcohol for a month. We both woke up one Sunday and felt pretty ordinary. We hadn’t had a particularly big Saturday night although we had been out for a friend’s birthday drinks. We just felt that we wanted to be better with looking after ourselves and having a drinks ban seemed like the obvious first step after a summer of festivals and constant weddings. Unfortunately it hasn’t been so easy. Something happens when you decide to ban a particular food or drink. Psychologically you want it more. Knowing that it is off … [Read more...]