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6 Shoulder Exercises to Improve Mobility

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7 Diet & Fitness Tips for The Menopause

Typically a woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs in her early 50’s and her menstrual cycle stops; this is what we call menopause.  For many women, this is a word to dread, but the reality is that this period of life affects women in many different ways; some sail through without so much of a sleepless night, where others can really struggle.

We’re asking the million-pound question.  Can lifestyle really support the transition through the menopause?

Of course, it can, so let’s look at some of the top diet and fitness tips for managing the menopause.

What is the Paleo Diet?

Paleolithic nutrition is based on the principles of evolutionary biology with a focus on the low or moderate carbohydrate options available to hunter-gatherers. The largest argument against the Paleo Diet is that it’s hard to imagine one basic diet covering the entire period from 2.6 million to 10,000 years ago, with people living in a wide range of climates and geographic regions.  

The Paleo diet consists mainly of grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, vegetables, fruits, fungi, roots, and nuts. It excludes grains, legumes, and dairy products, along with limiting refined sugars, starches, processed foods, and oils. 

Joint support
The Lowdown on Joint Supplements

We know that physical activity is key to maintaining bone and joint health, but we find ourselves in a catch 22. This is because these same tissues are in the firing line when carrying out any physical activity and they may be susceptible to physical stress, strain, or trauma. In turn this can all contribute to joint degradation. 

What then happens, is a sort of perfect storm. We sometimes become less active because we feel our joints won’t cope and so, things often become worse.  But the damage is in the dose; we can often optimise our health by just the right amount and type of activity.  

All You Need to Know About Fasting

Generally, when we talk about fasting, we are talking about intermittent fasting, and the function is largely to lose weight.  What this mechanism does is reduce overall caloric intake, so by definition, if you reduce calories, there may be a resultant weight loss. We say maybe because weight loss isn’t always that simple, there are many other factors at play like genes, microbiome composition, and more.

There are also many who tout fasting for metabolic health and that it offers a range of benefits to optimise overall health. There are also many who tout fasting for metabolic health and that it offers a range of benefits to optimise overall health. 

The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D can be thought of like the MVP; you will find teeny receptors in the brain, skeletal muscle, our immune cells, and more! When it plays such wide-ranging roles throughout the body, it’s easy to see why most of us are recommended to supplement Vitamin D on a daily basis and why deficiency has been associated with depression to increased severity of respiratory infection!

The Truth About Sweeteners

Sweeteners are artificial products that mimic the sweet taste we love in sugar. It doesn’t, however, contain the same caloric content.  

To first understand how we have ended up in this situation, it pays to look at the evolution of taste.  

The Alkaline Diet – what’s it all about?

When we eat or carry out any function in our body, there is metabolic waste.  Think of it like a car engine.  You put fuel in, and then you need an exhaust to get rid of the waste fumes.  The alkaline diet is based on the idea that metabolic waste can be acidic, alkaline, or neutral.  If the metabolic waste is acidic, it can result in your blood becoming acidic and acidic blood is thought to result in disease. 

The alkaline diet proposes a range of foods to promote alkalinity in the blood, and therefore offset disease. But can this really be achieved?

Lowering Your Cholesterol
Lowering Your Cholesterol

For decades we’ve been told that cholesterol is the enemy, and if you are unlucky to be diagnosed with high levels, then we’re told we need to swap to all these fancy foods to help. 

Here at Instructor Live, we wanted to look at this idea in a little more detail. We want to know if cholesterol is as bad as we are led to believe and if we do need to keep those levels low, how do we do it?