Oxytocin: More Than A “Love Hormone”

Reading Time: 9 minutes Oxytocin is well known for its roles in childbirth and childrearing, and for “feeling the love” in various interpersonal relationships. However, its importance extends far beyond these popular benefits. As a hormone and neurotransmitter that is produced in many tissues and widely distributed, it impacts a diverse range of physiological systems. Research continues to emerge which shows that it is may influence mental health, cardiovascular health, weight, pain and cancer, among others. We explore just what we know about this compound, and how you can optimise your levels.

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Jiaogulan: A Potential Chinese Medicine Superstar?

Reading Time: 10 minutes Jiaogulan is a popular Chinese medicine that is traditionally used for various complaints, such as hepatitis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Looking at it through the lens of western science, we see it may have potential in these and more, but much more research is required to prove or disprove it.

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Cardiolipin: A New Target for Bio-hackers

Reading Time: 7 minutes Cardiolipin is a unique phospholipid that has particular importance to mitochondrial function, and therefore the production of energy for the entire body. Research increasingly reveals a diverse range of other roles, too, and suggests that losses are at least linked to ageing and disease. Here is a run down of what we know at this stage… and what to keep an eye out for in future, should cardiolipin prove to be a valuable target.

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Human Growth Hormone and The Magic Zone

Reading Time: 7 minutes Growth hormone is crucial to human growth and development, and reduces body fat, enhances protein synthesis and therefore increases muscle mass as well as strength and aerobic exercise capacity. These benefits can inspire some to seek to increase their levels. However, as we will see, increasing levels is only beneficial if you are actually deficient. Moreover, it can have some serious drawbacks for your health, and in some cases lowering levels can be preferable. Also, all methods of manipulating levels are not equal.

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EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) Training: Fast Fitness or Fad?

Reading Time: 11 minutes EMS training has been popularised in recent years becuase it helps to maximise muscular work in minimal time. Facilities providing it promise everything from increased strength, improved body composition and heart health, reduced back and joint pain, prevention of injuries, incontinence management, postnatal recovery, and cellulite reduction… Here we look for the proof.

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Nutritional Potential of Food Waste

Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s no surprise that food waste is a problem for environmental reasons- but would you believe that on average we each throw out enough food per year to meet all of our nutritional requirements for 42 days. This included the requirements of nutrients that people are often deficient in. Here we explore the nutritional implications further and what we all can do to tap into this resource.

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Alternate Nostril Breathing: Ancient Practice, Benefits for Life Today

Reading Time: 10 minutes Alternate nostril breathing is a traditional, centuries-old yogic practice used for physical and mental balance, relieving dissatisfaction and unrest. Western science is only beginning to elucidate it’s true potential via effects on the nervous system.

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