Testosterone – What is it? How does it work? Why have it?

Testosterone – What is it? How does it work? Why have it?

What is it? Testosterone is the hormone needed for male development and maintenance of secondary sexual characteristics and is essential for maintaining sperm production with its actions being broadly classified as androgenic and anabolic. ANDROGENIC = influence sexual characteristics (extra muscle, deepening voice, body hair) ANABOLIC = cellular action of building (tissue) How does it work? Testosterone biosynthesis occurs in the Leydig cells (in the testes) from cholesterol. Oestrogen contributes to…

Thyroid – Info & Problems

Thyroid – Info & Problems

A couple of people have asked me about increasing their metabolism & my mum has had hers removed and is taking a thyroid hormone supplement so i decided to I explore this important gland, it’s role in our bodies and some of the problems that can occur with the thyroid. Your thyroid is located in the neck and is commonly associated with the regulation of metabolism & body weight but practically…

Hormones – What are they? How do they work? Why have them?

Hormones – What are they? How do they work? Why have them?

What are they? Hormones are the chemical messengers secreted by cells that travel through blood and regulate the function of other cells. Similar to messages sent down neural pathways with the major difference being that hormones take longer to take effect but last longer too. Hormone = to excite Most hormones can be classed as AMINO ACID BASED – from simple amino acids, to peptides, to proteins STEROID BASED – synthesised…

Cooked Food vs. Raw Food

Cooked Food vs. Raw Food

I’ve been eating paleo for over 3 years now and have tried many new foods which I never knew  existed. It’s all been for the best too! I have definitely seen the benefits in boosted energy levels (waking up at 6:30am – fresh – and being able to go till 11pm), quality sleep, i’m stronger, leaner, fitter than ever and i haven’t come down with the annual throat bug that usually…

Kefir : My new found friends!!!

Kefir : My new found friends!!!

I’ve recently begun culturing my own fermented milk using kefir (keh-fear or key-fur: whichever one works for you) grains and can say that I’m officially hooked. The process of straining every day and looking after the grains is kind of therapeutic and it is always rewarding when you get to eat what you’ve made. All you need are kefir grains in a glass jar with (organic) milk and patience. Probiotics can’t…

Mindless Eating – Ph.D. Brian Wansink

Mindless Eating – Ph.D. Brian Wansink

When you eat, do you eat because you’re hungry or because you’re – thirsty – watching something on TV – reading a book/newspaper/magazine – out on a date and you’re nervous – passing that vending machine on the way to your desk – with friends at a dinner party – stimulated by the candlelit atmosphere around you – reminded of a meal due to a particular smell??? All of these…

Grain Brain – David Perlmutter

Grain Brain – David Perlmutter

Interesting title isn’t it? What do grains have to do with your brains? A whole lot actually. This book goes into depth as to how grains (mainly wheat gluten) and a diet high in carbohydrates/sugars have a detrimental effect on health. I found the following points of great interest and I guarantee if you have a real concern for your mental health and general well-being you will find every page…

LIPIDS : (a.k.a.) Fats, why we NEED them!

LIPIDS : (a.k.a.) Fats, why we NEED them!

When talking about fat the mind instantly switches toward all the negative information regarding this critical macronutrient. Not only are fats needed in the diet but they are also NOT the source of which most people insidiously gain weight from. The general term “fat” is usually associated with meaty fat or oil that you see in dishes but “lipids” is a better term. Lipids are compounds that don’t dissolve in water and include…

Canned VS. Frozen – Nutrient Loss

Canned VS. Frozen – Nutrient Loss

We all have the conveniently packed food in our freezers or cupboards. All you have to do is open up a can and heat it up or grab that bag of snap frozen pre chopped veg and chuck it in the pan. Here’s a little list of the pros and cons of canned food versus frozen food. CANNED FROZEN – keeps nutrient value for longer – initially loses fewer nutrients…

PROTEIN : Understanding Amino Acids

PROTEIN : Understanding Amino Acids

Protein is a vital part of our chemistry and is derived from dietary sources. They contain one vital compound which our bodies cannot integrate in it’s pure form – nitrogen. Proteins form a major part of lean body tissue and cells consist of about 15% protein in total mass (water being the other major component). Proteins are needed for regulation and repair of the body, visual processes, synthesis of enzymes…