Green Tea: Does it deserve the hype?

Green Tea: Does it deserve the hype? A little background Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, with the awareness of the extensive benefits of tea existing for centuries by Asian communities. Green tea fermentation is inhibited through rapid steaming of the leaves, with the final product containing naturally occurring flavonoids and caffeine. Through the manufacturing process of no fermentation, green tea preserves high quantities of a sub-group of flavonoids: the catechin polyphenols. Epigallocatechin gallate [...]

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Calorie Cycling 101

Calorie Cycling is a great way to become stronger and lose body fat whilst also enjoying the foods you love and having the energy to push yourself in the gym. How does Calorie Cycling work? In order to reduce body fat, we need to average a reduction in calories. This can come in the form of moving more ‘burning calories’ or reducing your calorie intake. In order to train effectively and intensely enough to initiate muscle growth, we need to have enough [...]

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Acetylcholine & Your Health

Of the major neurotransmitters, acetylcholine just might be the most important from a muscle building standpoint. As a major neurotransmitter of the autonomic nervous system, acetylcholine helps to stimulate muscle growth by controlling the contraction of skeletal muscle.[5] If looking to build big, strong, metabolically-active muscles, acetylcholine production is a necessity. The first neurotransmitter to be discovered acetylcholine has major roles in the peripheral nervous system (PNS), among which include muscle contraction and heart rate modulation. Acetylcholine also plays a major [...]

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Leptin Resistance – The Vicious Cycle

  When starting a diet, have you ever wondered why hunger and cravings suddenly skyrocket? Obviously, a reduced food intake leads to these sensations, but the actual root cause can be attributed to two key hunger hormones… People often cite insulin as the major hormone behind body composition, and while this has some truth, insulin is only one of many key hormones playing a role in: regulation, weight loss, obesity, and weight management Instead, the culprits are in fact, ‘leptin’, and its partner in crime, ‘ghrelin’. Leptin will be the topic of today’s article – ghrelin [...]

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The Hunger Hormone – Ghrelin

In a previous article, we discussed the key hormone leptin as it relates to hunger, weight gain and dietary adherence. Leptin is classed as the ‘good’ hunger hormone that, when functioning normally, helps to control energy intake, hunger and overeating.  In contrast, ‘ghrelin’ is often classed as the ‘bad’ hunger hormone, linked with increased hunger and poor dietary adherence. Ghrelin is produced in the stomach and the levels produced are dependent on many factors including fed state (e.g. when you ate [...]

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Finally Beat Sugar Cravings!

Sugar is an extraordinarily destructive substance that tends to be overconsumed by most people. Sugar is a highly addictive substance that plays a pivotal role in the development of many of the devastating illnesses we fear most, namely heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few. Granted the body does need trace amounts of sugar to function, but the average Canadian is eating sugar by the pound, not the molecule. Some estimates put the average adult [...]

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Calorie-restricted Diets Don’t Work

Calorie-restricted diets don’t work if you want to lose weight permanently. Most people have tried some kind of fad diet, by cutting calories. With over 5,000 diet books to choose from, each claiming the fastest way to success, why isn’t everybody on the same program? You don’t have to starve yourself, spend hours on the elliptical or punish yourself for hours at the gym. If you eat the right food and supplement the right amount of nutrients for your body, excess [...]

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Is Magnesium Deficiency Negatively Affecting Your Health?

The best source of magnesium comes from leafy green vegetables. However, people who strive to eat a healthy diet can sometimes fail to consume optimal levels of magnesium due to a deficiency in soils and long transport and shelf life in our grocery foods. Magnesium deficiency Over 80% of Canadians are magnesium deficient. Manifestations of hypomagnesemia might include tremor, agitation, muscle fasciculation, depression, cardiac arrhythmia and hypokalaemia. Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and weakness. As magnesium [...]

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Grass Fed VS Grain Fed Meats – Is It Worth It?

You are what you eat, and what you eat, ate Meat provides an excellent profile of essential amino acids but the source of meat is also very important. Grass-fed, grass-finished meat is far superior in nutrition (and taste, in our opinion) than their conventionally raised counterpart. The conventionally raised cows are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made with a base of soy or corn and are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to [...]

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Ever Get Bloated After Eating? Find Out Why & How to Fix It!

Clients often complain about bloating and gas after meals. Sometimes it could be eating foods that you are intolerant to, such as gluten, dairy, soy, eggs or nightshades. If you’ve been free of those allergens, sometimes it could just be low digestive capacity; not enough enzymes to break down the foods. Common factors that contribute to bloating Stress: there are two branches of the nervous system, “fight or flight” and “rest and digest”. Chronic stress leads an imbalance in the nervous system, [...]

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