The Many Health Benefits of Cocoa

Greg Potter

If I told you that cocoa products such as cocoa powder and dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure, improve your gut health, and speed your recovery from exercise, I’m guessing you might look at me as if I have two heads. However, this seems to be the case. Continuing from the previous blog in which we unpacked the effects of cocoa intake on brain health, today we’ll consider how cocoa affects other aspects of how we feel and function each day.   Key takeaways Consuming cocoa flavanols improves the function of blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, especially in people...

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Eat Chocolate, Be Smarter? What You Should Know About Cocoa and Brain Health

Greg Potter

Let’s face it, I’m a chocoholic. So, when it came to exploring the science of cocoa products, I was bound to be a bit biased. But as I fought my urge to cherry pick research supporting the health benefits of cocoa, I came to see that it really is highly nutritious. However, there’s also a dark side to cocoa (pun intended) that has implications for which cocoa products you should pick. In the next couple of blogs, I’m going to highlight the science of cocoa, beginning with how cocoa affects brain health and the best ways to consume cocoa for maximum...

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The Science of L-Theanine, A Dietary Supplement that Relieves Stress, Improves Focus, and Enhances Sleep

Greg Potter

Do you sometimes feel stressed out or anxious? Perhaps you occasionally struggle to focus at work? Or are there times when, despite your best efforts, a good night’s sleep eludes you? If your answer to any of these is yes, you might find today’s blog helpful. In it, we’re diving into the science of L-theanine, a well-studied substance in tea that has an impressively large array of beneficial effects, hence why we include it in Energise and Energise & Rebuild versions of Long Range Fuel. This blog gets nerdy in places, so I’ve summarised the important stuff below, including how...

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Nutrition for Rapid Fat Loss: Simple Yet Effective Tips

Greg Potter

Even if international travel is off the cards this year for some of us, beach season is still upon us! Unfortunately, many people resort to fad diets in a last-ditch attempt to arrive at the seaside with a flat tummy, and as lots of us have let ourselves go a bit during the COVID pandemic, my guess is that as many people are currently boarding the fad diet wagon as ever. So, I hope you’re not one of them. In this blog I’ll share some simple tips you can try if you want to achieve relatively rapid fat loss in...

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High Altitude Nutrition: A Primer

Greg Potter

On the morning of 31st May 2021, Resilient Nutrition athletes Adri Brownlee and Dan Dowding stood on top of the world. After years anticipating the moment, they’d finally realised their dreams and climbed Everest. Determination, careful planning, and expert guidance from Nims Dai and the Elite Exped team of experienced mountaineers and guides led them to the summit, but their preparation was instrumental too, a key component of which was their nutrition. Since the Resilient Nutrition team supported Adri and Dan before and during their Everest expedition, in this blog we’ll cover some of the nutrition strategies the two of...

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Sleep Deprivation Coping Strategies for Athletes

Greg Potter

Losing sleep sucks, and it’s true that regularly not getting enough sleep probably ultimately affects all aspects of health and performance. But there are times when sleep deprivation is unavoidable, and less time sleeping means more time for what you really want to do, which in some instances (e.g., ultra running) leads to better performance. So, wouldn’t it be helpful to have some strategies that help you succeed when you’re short on shuteye?   In the last few years, we’ve worked with a range of competitors who simply have to perform despite debilitating sleep disruption, and in this blog, we’ll cover some of the more effective sleep deprivation coping methods for athletes. We won’t focus on any one sport, for the strategies below should be helpful whether you’re an ocean rower, an ultra cyclist, or...

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