The Science of Switch On

Resilient Nutrition

THE RATIONALE BEHIND SWITCH ON A huge number of us don’t look, feel or perform our best because we don’t routinely sleep well. There are many forms of sleep problems. Some sleep issues are common, such as recurrent sleep restriction (not getting as much sleep as needed) and “social jetlag” (shifting sleep times between workdays and work-free days). Other sleep problems are more debilitating, however, and these include 6 broad categories of sleep disorders (insomnia, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep-related movement disorders, parasomnias, disorders of hypersomnolence). Perhaps unsurprisingly, some sleep problems have been exacerbated by COVID-19 lockdowns....

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The human body is astonishingly resilient...

Resilient Nutrition

WHEN IT GETS WHAT IT NEEDS Life on Earth has evolved over several billion years. During this process evolution has produced a wonderful diversity of living beings, each of which has progressed through a huge number of iterations to tailor it to survive in its ecological niche. Some organisms fare better than others, and we humans have in many ways been uniquely successful - so successful in fact that we now live in the Anthropocene, a period in which our species is strongly affecting ecosystems and the climate across the globe. It is in no small part the resilience of...

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How to Use Gut Training to Improve Endurance Exercise Performance

Greg Potter
You can use gut training to improve endurance exercise performance and reduce the likelihood of digestive problems such as gas and nausea. This blog outlines how.
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What Happens to Your Body When You Go Without Food?

Greg Potter

Many of us are in privileged positions: Whereas it was presumably common for some of our ancestors to experience famine, nowadays food is so abundant that people deliberately fast for extended periods for health benefits. This practice is rooted in science, for intelligent use of fasting can be therapeutic. The punctuated stress of fasting can trigger myriad adaptations that bolster resilience, protecting against a range of future stressors, and people can successfully use fasts of 5 to 21 days multiple times within a single year. We should not take our good fortune for granted, however. The Ukraine War, climate change,...

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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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