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.
If you’d searched for the Paleo Diet up until 2019, you would have found fourteen different explanations or definitions. We’re sure that some additional explanations would have appeared since then, but we don’t yet have that data.
It seems that even Dr. Search Engine isn’t entirely clear on what the paleo diet is. But here at Instructor Live, it’s a topic that comes up regularly, so we’ve put our best researchers on the job. We want to know what the paleo diet is and whether it may be something worth considering for optimal health.
Joint support – what do we actually mean by this? As we age, we may start to notice that our joints don’t work as well as they used to and there may be some stiffness or even pain. We’re told to treat our bodies like temples and in particular, look after our joints. So what can we do to gain the best joint support throughout life, whatever our age? Let’s take a look.
Generally, when we talk about fasting, we are talking about intermittent fasting, and the function is often 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 ‘may’ 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.
Like most things in life, it perhaps isn’t that simple, so let’s take a look at fasting, the science and what the data says.
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!
For decades we have been told that sugar is the enemy, and this isn’t entirely wrong. BUT in an attempt to remove sugar from daily consumption, many of us have wondered whether sweeteners are our new saviour.
Here at InstructorLive, we look at the data. So we thought we’d look at whether sweeteners are all they’re cracked up to be, and for those who demonise them, is that warranted either?
Let’s take a look at the truth behind sweeteners.
The report card for this diet touts it as being cancer-fighting and great for weight loss; the basic premise is that by eating certain foods and avoiding others, you can change the pH of your blood which can protect you from disease and ultimately optimise your health.
But when slight changes to our blood’s composition can actually be fatal, is this something that we want to achieve, or even can?
Let’s take a look at the alkaline diet and whether it’s all it’s cracked up to be.
We’ve all seen it. That advert, full of happy people going about their active lives, thanking their cholesterol-lowering spread for letting them live their best life. For decades we’ve been told that cholesterol is the enemy, we’ve been told that you should work harder day and night towards lowering your cholesterol, 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?
We all want to optimise our health as much as possible, and we can feel a little betrayed by our bodies when we get sick. Of course, sleep and appropriate exercise are also key in supporting our bodies. However, there are immune boosting foods that can be key in our health.
The short answer is yes.
First let’s take a look at what the immune system is, how it works and then our top foods to support it!