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The efficacy and safety of creatine has been backed by science for years, so why are some people still cautious of it?

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26/07/2017 11:38 am By Alexander Perkins Sports & Fitness,

There’s so much science that goes into human nutrition and performance that it’s almost impossible to find a starting point.  I guess the best place would be that which has the biggest impact for the smallest investment.  Or more simply, that which underpins the whole thing: energy production.

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20/07/2017 3:33 pm By Alexander Perkins Sports & Fitness,

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18/07/2017 11:19 am By Alexander Perkins Health and Wellness,

Do ketogenic diets actually work?

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14/07/2017 5:33 pm By Alexander Perkins Health and Wellness,

Key supplements for brain development, immunity, energy, and bone health.

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14/07/2017 11:30 am By Alexander Perkins Health and Wellness,

Changing conclusions or recommendations in the light of new evidence is the beauty of science.  It says that there is no pride lost in saying “we were wrong”, and “we’ll go wherever the data takes us”. 

One of the latest swings in recommendations over the past few years has been the link between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol, with eggs being the highly scrutinised food at the forefront of this debate.

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13/07/2017 9:31 am By Alexander Perkins cholesterol, saturated fat, cvd, Health and Wellness,

Common myths propagate fear around carbohyrates.  We're here to set the record straight.

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7/07/2017 5:52 pm By Alexander Perkins Health and Wellness,

Most people have some idea as to what carbohydrates are.  The word usually triggers thoughts of bread, pizza, and pasta, however, carbohydrates are found in the majority foods.  What differs however, is the type of carbohydrate found in those foods.

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Kyolic garlic is a form of Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) produced by the Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Company, using organic garlic that has been naturally aged for 20 months, rather than heat treating the garlic. Doing this allows the enzymes found in garlic, like alliinase, to react and fully oxidise compounds like alliin and allicin into other related sulphur-containing compounds.

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Whey, casein, hemp, pea? With so many protein options available it can be hard determining what is the right one for you.  Here’s the low down on 10 different types.

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Not all supplements are created equal, and likewise, not all supplements are absorbed equally.  Factors such as the form of supplement, coingested nutrients, and gut health can all impact the digestion of a supplement.

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Gut and bowel health is intrinsically linked to overall health.  Whilst good nutrition is the foundation of digestive health, can supplements such as probiotics help?

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It’s been some time since a pre-workout has garnered as much hype as the new Total War by Redcon1.   But does the label live up to the hype?

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Question:  “I always have a massive come down after my pre-workout wears off.  It makes me avoid them altogether.  Any suggestions on what I can do to better fuel my 5am Tabata sessions?”

Taylor

Come downs or “crashes” following caffeine consumption aren’t fun.  Let’s start by first establishing what causes the crash.  Then we’ll look at how to better fuel your session and avoid it (within reason).

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By Alexander Perkins

The ever increasing financial benefit of enhancing performance in elite level sports, has correlated in a similarly increasing investment in sports science research.  A lot of this research has looked at the potential of certain ingredients to directly increase performance following ingestion, which soon end up in one of the highest selling supplement categories on the market: pre-workouts.  But how do you sort between what works and what doesn’t?  To give a clear platform on where to start, we’ve outlined three of the top pre-workout ingredients that have a high level of evidence supporting their benefits to performance. 

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by Alexander Perkins

I wouldn’t hesitate to guess that the vast majority of you reading this have struggled to shift body fat at some point in your life.  There’s good reason for this.  Your body simply doesn’t want to burn fat.  It is programmed to survive.  For example, we know that when body fat starts to drop, circulating levels of hormones involved in homeostatic regulation of body weight start to change [1, 2].  This may be one of the primary reasons behind the high chance of weight regain following diet-induced weight-loss.  It’s also party responsible for the ridiculous cravings that come with any calorie restricted diet. 

The barriers don’t end there.  There are several factors that can hinder fat loss, or alter your mind state and reduce your ability to stick to your diet.  Here are six of them:  

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A superfoods powder can bring about many benefits, other than providing a convenient source of vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, and amino acids that can improve the nutritional density of a diet. Using common ingredients like wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella amongst a litany of other potential ingredients including algae’s, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. These may come in individual powders or blended formulas. When talking to a customer about greens powders and superfoods alike, a very common question that I hear is:

“But… how does it taste? I can’t drink anything that tastes like grass!”

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5/05/2017 2:45 pm By Alexander Perkins superfoods, capsules, super foods, powders, barley grass, Health and Wellness,

 

Post-workout nutrition need not be as complex as one might think. There are three key ingredients that every individual should be looking for in their post-workout supplement or shake; protein, carbohydrate and creatine. Whilst the quantity of each may differ depending on one’s goal, their use is independent of whether you’re trying to build muscle, burn fat, or aid recovery and performance.

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It was once thought that vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 had the same physiological function (primarily blood clotting) and that vitamin K2 intake wasn’t too important due to the fact that the body could convert K1 into K2. However, new research is revealing that both of these assumptions were false and both types of vitamin K have very different functions in the body. Further to this, it has also been found that vitamin K2 intake is considerably low in the modern diet. Here are some very important things you need to know about vitamin K2.Read More
16/04/2017 6:19 pm By Vitamin King vitamin, k2, bone, heart health, Health and Wellness,
As I was writing another article specifically on Magnesium, I came across a great article regarding magnesium absorption. So really I need to give some credit to Jackie Burgess from afibbers.org. I’d like to draw on some points that she makes, take them and outline how the supplements that you are taking may be affected by these factors. This may raise some awareness and ideas that will in fact improve your supplement regime and get more out of what you’re putting in.Read More
6/04/2017 2:51 pm By Vitamin King Health and Wellness,
Kyolic garlic is a form of Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) produced by the Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Company, using organic garlic that has been naturally aged for 20 months, rather than heat treating the garlic. Doing this allows the enzymes found in garlic, like alliinase, to react and fully oxidise compounds like alliin and allicin into other related sulphur-containing compounds.Read More
6/04/2017 2:38 pm By Vitamin King Health and Wellness,
A superfoods powder can bring about many benefits, other than providing a convenient source of vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, and amino acids that can improve the nutritional density of a diet. Using common ingredients like wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella amongst a litany of other potential ingredients including algae’s, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. These may come in individual powders or blended formulas. When talking to a customer about greens powders and superfoods alike, a very common question that I hear is,Read More
6/04/2017 2:36 pm By Vitamin King superfoods, Health and Wellness,
The modern work environment isn’t exactly the most compatible with what humans have been wired to do for the last couple thousands of years. Generally speaking we sit in our cars on the way to work, sit at our desks for work, sit for eating, drive home, watch television and do it all again the following day.Read More
6/04/2017 2:34 pm By Vitamin King Health and Wellness,
Activities that you can incorporate into your day to include more movement while in the office.Read More
6/04/2017 2:05 pm By Vitamin King move at work, health, Health and Wellness,
Gyms can be some of the most likely places of which you are going to contract an illness. In this article, I would like to explain a natural alternative to common antibacterial products used in gyms and why this would be of benefit to the average user.Read More
6/04/2017 2:03 pm By Vitamin King Sports & Fitness,

Ingredients:

200ml of chilled water

1 Serve of About Time Chocolate (vanilla tastes great with this too)

2 teaspoons maple syrup (or coconut nectar for a lower GI sweetener)

10 – 15 pecan halves

½ medium banana

Ice

Method:

In a blender, combine all ingredients with optional ice

6/04/2017 2:02 pm By Vitamin King Recipes,

 

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6/04/2017 2:00 pm By Vitamin King vital greens, smoothie, Recipes,
Probiotics over the last few years have really broken into the mainstream. In this article I would like to explain what a probiotic is, their common uses and how you can further improve your gut health beyond a probiotic.Read More
6/04/2017 1:55 pm By Vitamin King probiotics, foods, , Health and Wellness,
Seeds are something quite overlooked when it comes to nutritional value. I’ve got a list of seven seeds that you should be consuming on a regular basis to get an easy hit of a broad range of nutrients that will keep you healthy and feeling full all morning.Read More
6/04/2017 1:35 pm By Vitamin King seven seeds, winter, Health and Wellness,

Three Fats Your Body Will Thank You For

 

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28/07/2016 2:37 pm By Chloe Jackson Health and Wellness,

3 Substances to Immediately Boost Performance

When it comes to preparing your body to perform at its peak, there’s no substitute to putting in hard work on the training track.  However, whether you’re hitting football field or the weights room, there are a few key ingredients that science has shown to immediately boost strength and performance.  These include…

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21/06/2016 4:34 pm By Chloe Jackson Sports & Fitness,

Q&A - Nutrition, Training & Supplementation - Jun '16

 

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10/06/2016 2:16 pm By Chloe Jackson Sports & Fitness,

Q and A - "How Do You Know if Your Protein Powder is High Quality?"

Q. “Do you think there is a difference in the quality of the protein you receive between the cheaper Australian companies like Venom protein and the more expensive companies like EHP labs? Which are both post workout Whey Protein Isolates?

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30/05/2016 1:47 pm By Chloe Jackson Sports & Fitness,

Gift Ideas for Mum

Stuck on something to get mum?  Check out these thoughtful gift ideas...

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20/04/2016 4:26 pm By Chloe Jackson

Chocolate Lovers Quest Nutrition Recipes

Want all the glory of chocolate without the guilt?  Try these three delicious Quest Nutrition recipes!

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30/03/2016 1:47 pm By Alexander Perkins Health and Wellness,

Vitality, Vigour and Virility – What can the new V-Drive do for you?

Are you looking for natural testosterone and libido support that's backed by science?  We may have found the answer...

 

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11/03/2016 1:02 pm By Alexander Perkins v-drive, blooms, testofen, fenugreek, testosterone, Health and Wellness,

Going Vegan for Health, Muscle and Performance – Is it a Viable Option?

By Alexander Perkins

With meat production soaring at a dangerous rate and metabolic disorders on the rise, veganism has been proposed as a saviour to both the ecosystem and human health.  However, is it really optimal for health?  And will going vegan have an impact on body composition and performance?

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Q and A - Your Questions Answered! - "What's the best approach to training in regards to physical, mental and emotional strength and motivation?"

Q.  "In what ways can an individual keep the best approach to training, in regards to physical, mental and emotional strength and motivation?"

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22/02/2016 1:31 pm By Alexander Perkins Sports & Fitness,

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Q and A - Your Questions Answered! - "Is it best to do cardio before or after weight training to lose fat?"

Q. Is it best to do cardio before or after weight training to lose fat/weight?

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4/02/2016 3:34 pm By Alexander Perkins Sports & Fitness,

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Q and A - Your Questions Answered! - "What are the benefits of (and reading behind) cycling pre-workout?"

Q. "What are the benefits of (and reading behind) cycling pre-workout? I tend to use it year round and it still works for me."

Steve

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4/02/2016 1:28 pm By Alexander Perkins Sports & Fitness,

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Q and A - Your Questions Answered! - "What are the Benefits of Consuming Carbs Pre-, Intra- and Post-Workout?"

Q. "What are the benefits of intra-workout carb powders vs consuming carbs pre- and post-workout?"

William

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3/02/2016 12:48 pm By Alexander Perkins Sports & Fitness,

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Q and A - Your Questions Answered! - "Clean Bulking" vs "Bulking Hard" and the Best Supplements to Suit

Q.  What are the most essential supplements in ranking order and is it better to do a clean bulk or bulk hard?

Tyron

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28/01/2016 11:54 am By Alexander Perkins Sports & Fitness,

Q and A - Your Questions Answered! - Decoding Vitamins and Minerals

Q. “I find the dosage units on vitamins confusing, also when comparing to how much we actually need - is there a way to remember this?  For example Vitamin D, things like ‘1000 IU’- what does it mean, how much should I take, should I take other things with them to absorb them better?”

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28/01/2016 11:00 am By Alexander Perkins Health and Wellness,

Q and A - Your Questions Answered! - Do I need to Supplement a Well-Balanced Diet?

Q. “Considering that a person is consuming a well-balanced, wide variety of nutritional foods, should a person still take a form of supplement (for example, a multivitamin); or will this affect the body's natural ways of finding a balance?”

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27/01/2016 1:27 pm By Alexander Perkins vitamins, minerals, multi-vitamins, diet, vitamin d3, snps, Health and Wellness,

Why You Shouldn’t Take Creatine.  Can it Really Kill You?

By Alexander Perkins

 

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14/01/2016 3:32 pm By Alexander Perkins Sports & Fitness,

The Important Part of Dietary Plans that Fitness Coaches Rarely Address

By Alexander Perkins

How often have you purchased a new food plan, started a new challenge, or embarked on your own self-prescribed diet only to “fail” days or weeks in?  An old fitness myth states that 95% of people who start diets fail.  This is unfounded, however in the absence of relevant research I would safely estimate that more than 50% of individual’s give-up on diet’s they embark on. 

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6/01/2016 1:16 pm By Alexander Perkins Health and Wellness,


The number one thing to remember when eating and drinking this Christmas

By Alexander Perkins

It’s obviously easier said than done but it’s the most important piece of advice going into the silly season.

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23/12/2015 11:51 am By Alexander Perkins Health and Wellness,

"Protein Powder Makes You Bulky" - And Other Protein Myths Debunked

by Alexander Perkins

You've only got to spend 5 minutes browsing the web or the fitness hashtag on Instagram to be privvy to the plethora of nutritional fallacies that saturate our industry.  One major issue is the tendency for "experts" to have polar opinions on particular issues where in actual fact the scientific evidence is still in it's infancy; quite like nutritional science itself.  In saying that, there are a few myths around protein powders that are so far from the truth they can be answered with undebatable fact.  We've answered them here...

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14/12/2015 5:28 pm By Alexander Perkins protein, women, fitness, health, Sports & Fitness,

Old C4 vs New C4 – What’s Changed?

By Alexander Perkins

So the new C4 has hit Australian shores and the following reaction from punters has become pretty consistent, “same product, new label”.  The reaction isn’t without merit.  Upon first look the ingredients list looks unchanged, and even when you delve deeper things haven’t exactly been flipped upside down and inside out.  Perhaps there’s reason for this though?

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9/12/2015 11:43 am By Alexander Perkins c4, 4th edition, next gen, old c4 vs new c4, pre-workout, Sports & Fitness,

Carnitine vs Acetyl L-Carnitine - Benefits

by Michael Laidler

Carnitine is a very popular and highly valuable supplement that can be used for many health benefits. It comes in many forms though, and establishing the differences between the structure, role and benefits of each can become a bit confusing. In this article I would like to cover the differences, the uses and the benefits of the two most well-known forms, L- Carnitine and Acetyl L- Carnitine, in an attempt to clear some of this confusion up.

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2/11/2015 3:33 pm By Michael Laidler Health and Wellness,