Calcium - MASSAs good as calcium may be, its benefits are overhyped in the case of some health conditions, osteoporosis being chief among them. For a long time, it was believed that calcium deficiency was responsible for the disease; but recent studies have shown that is hardly the case and an over-sufficiency of calcium can, in fact exacerbate the problem.

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Blood type dieting - MASSHealth science is not complete without its share of myths and one of them is the myth of the blood type diet. First advocated by Peter J. D’Adamo in his book Eat Right for Your Type, it claims that the most important factors in determining a healthy diet is your blood type. The claim, however, is unsupported by scientific evidence and countless studies have proved that there is not one iota of truth in it. However, the myth persists and many so called naturopaths still subscribe to it.

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fish massby Luke MASS McNally

You must have heard a lot of the never-ending krill oil vs fish oil debate in the media. Both krill and fish (to a large extent) are harvested from the sea and the oils obtained from both contain essential fatty acids (EFAs) and other ingredients that are good for our health. However, there is a slight difference between the two; hence the debate. Continue Reading –>

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Yoga - Massby Belinda Garten

We’ve all heard of Yin and Yang…harmony. The concept in ancient Chinese medicine which refers to balance between 2 opposing forces. Such is the relationship between yoga and bodybuilding. The syncing of 2 opposites in order to create a perfect balance. As the old saying goes “opposites attract”. Continue Reading –>

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fibre massYou are probably aware of the importance of fiber in your diet. It aids digestion, keeps the colon healthy, helps keep the cholesterol level low, helps keep the blood sugar level low, promotes fat loss, contributes to a healthy heart and has a number of other health benefits. Unfortunately, most people do not care enough to consume the amount that their body needs. The result is an irregular bowel movement, constipation and sluggishness. Long term effects can be diseases like diabetes and colon cancer.
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VIT AVitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds naturally found in many foods. It is vital for many body functions including vision, immune system and the reproductive system. It also helps our heart, kidneys, lungs and other internal organs function properly. It is estimated that a person aged 14 and up needs 700 to 900 micrograms RAE of vitamin A per day. While vitamin A is essential for our body and has innumerable benefits, having too much of it in your body can be toxic; but more about that later. Continue Reading –>

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meditation massAs the boss of Australia’s largest sports nutrition company, fulltime firefighter, father, coach to some of Aust best athletes as well as trying to have a social life you can say my head is always pretty full. Many many times Ive reached the point of mental breakdown (almost) but managed to gather myself and grind on. I needed something in my life to be able to start to manage my galloping brain more effectively. Enter mindfulness meditation, this little baby has saved mine (and probably others’) life many times. Not to mention the research is very clear on meditation lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety, improving work performance and dramatically lowering cortisol. We know chronic elevated cortisol can lead do adrenal dysfunction which will cause all sorts of problems, notably fat loss and muscle gain. YES THAT’S RIGHT, McNALLY MEDITATING LIKE A HIPPY WILL HELP YOU BURN FAT AND BUILD MUSCLE :) Continue Reading –>

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Coconut oil

Once denounced for its abundant fat content, coconut oil has once again found favour with health gurus because of its unique combination of fatty acids that have proved to be highly beneficial for your health. With almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated, it is one of the richest natural sources of saturated fat. New studies have shown that saturated fats are not harmful, debunking the old artery-clogging myths. The saturated fats found in coconut oil are called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently.

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magnesium
Anyone who has worked with me as a client knows that magnesium is one of my staple supplements. During Biosignature Analysis a good practitioner can always assess how well a person sleeps. Magnesium is always a ‘go-to’ in the first instance for sleep problems. It has a host of other benefits which I would like to get into in this article!

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foam roller - massI have a love hate relationship with my 30cm piece of foam. I am often heard to be screaming in pain like a banshee to have my partner run into the room with concern only to find me on my side rolling my damn ITB out. So many injuries come from short, tight muscles and adhesions and stretching will only take you so far to restore a muscles functional length.

Foam rolling involves applying pressure to specific points on your body by rolling your muscles against a firm foam roller. In the process, you use your own body weight and agility to mimic a gliding massage. The idea is to restore your muscles to their normal state, which means to make them healthy, elastic and ready to spring to action at a moment’s notice. Also known as self-myofascial release, it was once the domain of professional athletes but it has now become a normal part of everyday exercise.

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