Ketone Bodies as an Ergogenic Aid

Ketone Bodies as an Ergogenic Aid

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You’ve probably already heard of BCAA’s, glutamine, creatine, B-alanine, carnitine and nitric oxide. The world of sports supplements is diverse, controversial and at times, confusing. Now, introducing the newest, latest and greatest supplement to hit the market- Ketones. The Ketogenic Diet If you’re interested in nutrition (you probably are since you’re reading this article), you’ve probably heard of the ketogenic diet. You may have even tried it yourself. The ketogenic diet and ketone bodies are intimately related (if you couldn’t already guess that from the name). The purpose of the ketogenic diet is to starve the body of carbohydrate, increasing its reliance on fat and ketone bodies as a primary fuel. There is some evidence to suggest that ketosis (the state of using ketones as a primary fuel) is beneficial…
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Salty Snags

Salty Snags

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Why so Salty? The humble snag copped a lot of flak recently, with health experts slamming the Aussie icon. A Bunning’s sausage on bread with tomato sauce is quintessentially Australian, and probably the closest thing to a national dish we have. It’s no wonder that people were outraged by experts calling to curb our intake. Few understand the evidence behind this recommendation, so let’s look a little deeper before turning our back on the backyard BBQ delicacy. Don’t? Chuck Another Snag on the Barbie? All this saltiness began with research conducted by the George Institute which investigates the sodium content of the humble sausage. It even goes as far as to name and shame some of the saltiest snags out there with Coles thin pork sausages ranking number 1. It…
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How to Travel on a Diet

How to Travel on a Diet

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Everyone loves travel. Not everyone loves the weight gain that can accompany. If you want to avoid coming home with an unplanned 5kg souvenir, read on! Local Foods For me, one of the most exciting parts of travel is eating out every day. I love to sample local foods and trying a variety of foods is part of immersing yourself in the culture. Often, local foods are unfamiliar to us (which is part of the fun). Less fun, is having no idea exactly what you are eating, or its approximate energy and nutritional content. The best way to combat the unknown, is to get educated! Do your research. Quickly googling ‘local foods of…’ can be invaluable in gaining an understanding for what you are up against. You can therefore pick…
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Stressed Out!

Stressed Out!

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I’ve got a confession to make. I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out lately. I’ve come off the back of a 3-month summer break (complete with relaxing beach holiday) and now I’m back into the daily grind of university, work and exercise. If you’re human, you’ve probably felt stress before. In fact, you might be feeling stressed right now. When am I going to get the groceries done? How am I ever going to meet that deadline? When will I get a chance to see Black Panther?! No matter how trivial the source of your stress is, it has serious effects on the body. In fact, stress related illnesses are becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. What are they? How do we deal with them? And who is most at risk?…
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Performance Enhancement in Team Sports, Without Extra Training

Performance Enhancement in Team Sports, Without Extra Training

Sports
For some, team sports were left behind before high school. For others, team sport is carried through to adulthood, serving as a platform for socialisation and fitness. For few, team sport is a career. Whether you’re a professional athlete, or wanting to be, it’s good to understand the effect performance enhancing (ergogenic) aids can have on your performance. Before getting too deep, it is important to define what sort of exercise constitutes team sport. For example, the physiological demands on a soccer player are different to those on a volleyball player. Not only do we see marked differences between sports, but also within sports. For example, a rugby forward and back needing different skills sets and types of fitness. The extremely diverse nature of team sport is what makes it…
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Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition

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Pregnancy is experienced in many different ways. Some women talk about the magic of it all with dreamy eyes and glowing skin, while others roll around uncomfortably making silent wishes that this baby would just get out already. No matter how you experience pregnancy, it really is a miracle. A little human is growing inside of you, which will one day emerge and go on to live its own life (maybe create its own offspring one day). How do we give our child the best start? What can we do to ensure that our child lives a long and happy life? More and more research is suggesting that the very earliest of life stages are of upmost importance for future wellbeing. In utero nutrition is often underestimated by doctors and…
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The B’s

The B’s

Health
Vitamin B comes in many forms, all of which are essential to the diet. I’m here to shed some light on this complex nutrient and highlight its important place in our daily diets. The B’s touch many aspects of health so in order to achieve wellbeing, adequate vitamin B is crucial. B1 B1, also known as thiamine. B1 is found naturally in beef, pork, oranges, nuts, oats and eggs. However, we mostly consume it in fortified cereals. Thiamine is so important to our diet that it is legally mandated that all cereals (for example, bread and pasta) have added thiamine. The major role of thiamine is within carbohydrate and branched chain amino acid metabolism. The RDI for vitamin B1 is 1.2mg/d for males and 1.1mg/d for females. 1 cup of…
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Bones Need Nutrients Too

Bones Need Nutrients Too

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Without bones, we would be piles of mush on the floor. Sounds dramatics, and the image it conjures is a little graphic, but it’s the truth. Bones offer support and rigidity to our bodies. Our ribs protect our lungs and heart, our spines keep us upright, our skull protects our brain and our arm and leg bones make us functional. You’re probably getting the idea by now- bones are extremely important. By the same logic, it is important to keep them healthy. If you’re interested in keeping all 206 of your bones in good shape, well into old age, read on. Making Your Youth Count It’s a fact that most bone mass is laid down in the first 25-30 years of your life. This mass is carried into old age…
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New Year, New Nutrition

New Year, New Nutrition

Health
Every year millions around the world take a New Year’s vow to eat healthier and exercise more. As the fireworks set off at midnight, and 2017 turned into 2018, did you make a similar resolution? Here’s some tips for meeting your New Year’s resolutions and having a happy and healthy 2018. 1. Setting Your Goals The resolution ‘eat healthier’ is far too vague. Often, it is not the difficultly of the resolution that causes its failure, but instead, its quality. If you want to get serious about your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve got to smarten up! SMART goals are specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and timely. Be Specific In order to make your goals specific, include detail. Convert ‘eat healthier’ to ‘eat less fast food, cook more at home and buy…
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A Merry Christmas and A Healthier New Year

A Merry Christmas and A Healthier New Year

Health
It’s that time of the year again. The stockings are hung, the tinsel is on the tree and Dad has spent 3 hours getting the Christmas lights to look just right. I’ll admit one of my absolute favourite things about the festive season is the food, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The trifle, the ham, the gingerbread, the cocktails, the rumballs. I put on a couple of kilos just thinking about it! Swap It Don’t Stop It No, I didn’t come up with the ‘swap it don’t stop it’ slogan all by myself. I’ve borrowed it from a Government campaign that encourages small healthy changes in daily life. The idea is that these small changes will add up to big health improvements. For example, swapping the morning…
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