Vitamin C for Immune Function

Greg Potter

There have been remarkably competent and influential advocates of the positive effects of consuming high doses of vitamin C. Of these, Linus Pauling stands out, not only because he won the Nobel Prize but also because he was so adamant that vitamin C can treat many health problems. In the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in vitamin C has surged again due to this micronutrient’s roles in immune system regulation, and nowadays vitamin C is one of the most used supplements in the world. In the next couple of blogs, we’ll consider whether it’s worth supplementing vitamin C. We’ll...

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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain While Still Enjoying Yourself

Greg Potter

I bloody love mince pies. And Christmas cake. And pfeffernüsse. And mulled wine. Come to think of it, I’m a huge fan of all Christmas foods and drinks, and I can’t imagine ever skimping on any of them. I used to mindlessly overindulge every Christmas to the point where I got fatter, felt gross, and was tempted by extreme ploys to rapidly get back on track (new year, new you, right?). This experience is common, for lots of us gain weight between late November and early January and then retain the unwanted extra mass. As the years go by, these...

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Ginger: Health Benefits, Side Effects, and How to Take It

Greg Potter

It’s thought that people in India and China have used ginger therapeutically for at least 5,000 years, and ginger was probably used to spice up foods long before this. Over the years, interest in ginger has waxed and waned, with notable surges when Queen Elizabeth I reportedly invented the gingerbread man and now again in the 21st century as people turn to ginger shots and other spicy concoctions in the hope of garnering a range of health benefits. But is ginger a legitimate health booster, or is this all just spicy hype? Today we’ll look at what's known about the science of...

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L-Tyrosine: Effects on Exercise and Health, and How to Take It

Greg Potter

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how L-tyrosine affects cognitive performance, mood, and emotion regulation. Today we’ll explore other effects of L-tyrosine, including whether it affects your exercise performance, your ability to regulate your body temperature, and your thyroid function. We’ll end by assessing the best ways to take L-tyrosine, and whether some people should think twice before they try it.     Key takeaways L-tyrosine might be helpful for exercise done in cold conditions that requires fine-motor skills and/or a lot of cognitive effort. If you’re middle aged or older, taking L-tyrosine before cold exposure can...

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L-Tyrosine: Effects on Memory, Mood, ADHD, and More

Greg Potter

Lots of people have recently become interested in whether supplementing with L-tyrosine can improve performance at work and lift mood, in part because of the opinions put forward by scientists and influencers on podcasts and social media. While tuning into commentary by these people, I’ve at times felt frustrated by their lack of depth and clarity, so in the next 2 blogs we’ll focus on what the science of L-tyrosine actually shows. The good news is that L-tyrosine can be handy in many contexts. Used intelligently, it can help you beat brain fog and more. In this blog, we’ll focus on the effects of...

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Building Lasting Habits Towards Meaningful Goals

Amy Vaughan

We are good at setting goals. Goals provide us with direction and even push us forward in the first instance. But your life, including your progress towards any given goal, is created by the habits you practice.  Habits are the decisions we make and small actions we take every single day. When you learn to transform your habits, you can transform your life.  But how? Identify your values to connect to your goals  Goals are what you want to achieve. Values reflect how you want to get there.  We’ve all heard of values, and you might already have clarified what...

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