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March 28, 2017

Ask any athlete about their dietary requirements for safe & productive training and they are unlikely to think of Magnesium.  Protein, iron, carbs…. But probably not one of the most essential of minerals, Magnesium.

Magnesium is vital for many 100’s of reactions in the body, including production of energy & normal heart function. When our levels are less than optimumthis can lead to reduced athletic performance, tiredness, less energy to train and also poor post exercise recovery.   Magnesium deficiencies have also been associated with migraines, PMT, heart palpitations and constipation.

Magnesium is used up faster through sweating, and it can often be the mineral responsible for cramps and heat stroke, so it is easy to see why athletes in particular need to make sure they are getting enough.

Magnesium was once so readily found in our diet, but declining soil quality has lowered the natural levels in many of our foods. Add to this our excessive sugar intake, increased...

February 21, 2017

The nights may be getting slightly lighter but all these gloomy rainy days can still mean a a reduction in serotonin, the hormone which is responsible to making us feel happier.  Without sufficient daylight some people find themselves suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder) and consequently facing a whole host of problems, including depression, fatigue, weight gain, sleep disturbances and lethargy. However, there are some strategies which you can put in place which may really help how you are feeling. 

Maximise your Essential Fats:  Omega 3 appears to help maintain levels of vital hormones, serotonin and dopamine.  Studies have long linked the deficiency of omega 3 to depression, whilst research suggests that SAD is less common in people who consume plenty of oily fish. Regular consumption (2-3 times per week) may really help to keep your essential fats at an optimum level.  Examples of oily fish are haddock, mackerel, salmon, pilchards & sardines.  Vegetarian sources of es...

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