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MIND 9th November 2016

The next frontier in self-quantification

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When it comes to fitness tracking, the wearables market is soaring. Set to be worth an estimated $34 billion by the year 2020, we are obsessed with quantifying results. But what about readiness? How do you know when your body is primed for peak performance? You can now tell by measuring what’s known as heart rate variability: the key to maximizing your potential without burning out.
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FOOD, MIND, NUTRITION, WORKOUT 26th October 2016

Nrf2: the ultimate anti-aging weapon

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  • Nrf2 is a protein promising to be the next big thing in anti-aging science
  • It lies within each of our cells and regulates the antioxidants that fight illness
  • Certain foods activate the release of Nrf2 and its biological pathways

Getting old just happens right? But have you ever stopped to consider how aging actually works? For an industry set to rocket to $216 billion by the year 2021, men and women in white lab coats are working endlessly to figure out how to prevent wrinkles. Beyond vanity though, aging has a more serious implication; it causes illness. The older we get the more prone we are to ill health. Most recently, scientists have focused their efforts on what could be our most powerful agent in the fight against aging and age related disease; the best part – you don’t need to buy it. Introducing Nrf2: the body’s own secret agent.

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MIND, NUTRITION 3rd October 2016

Nootropics: what are they and do they actually make you smarter?

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‘Nootropics’ (noo-tro-pics), would make a cool name for the aliens in Men in Black 4, right? Derived from the Greek words noos (mind) and tropein (to bend), nootropics is an umbrella term used for supplements, nutraceuticals and herbal drugs which enhance brain power and cognitive functioning. Also known as smart drugs (the terms are often used interchangeably), nootropics are fast becoming the go-to choice for executives and entrepreneurs looking to max out their brain’s potential. Yet despite this increased uptake, little is known about them in the mainstream. Let’s delve into the world of nootropics.READ MORE


MIND, WORKOUT 26th September 2016

My first Spartan Race

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Yesterday I ran my first ever Spartan race. For those unfamiliar, Spartan races are obstacle courses ran over varying distances: 3+ miles (Sprint), 8+ miles (Super) and 12+ miles (Beast). As a newcomer to the sport I played it safe and entered the Sprint: twenty obstacles spread out over 3 miles. Despite being my first Spartan, the race happened five months later than planned. I originally applied to run the Sprint in April but was held back due to wrist tendonitis. Five months on, several treatments later and with Kinesio Tape planted on my arm, I was ready and determined to strike Spartan off my 2016 goals. Here is what happened…..READ MORE


FOOD, MIND, NUTRITION 19th September 2016

Anti-aging: The Japanese way

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This time last year I was fortunate enough to be stood in front of Mount Fuji in Japan. Fortunate because 4oo years earlier the country isolated itself from much of the world during a period known as Sakoku (1639 to 1853). Japanese people were forbidden to leave the country and foreign entry was granted only under severe restrictions. As I stood amongst locals and tourists alike, it was not lost on me how far the land of the rising sun had come. But aside from its notable political advancements, Japan is known for something else equally impressive:

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MIND, WORKOUT 12th September 2016

TELOMERES: The keys to anti-aging you’ve probably never heard of

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See the photo above? That’s Ernestine Shepherd (photo credit: lorna-harvey.com), 80 years old and declared the oldest female bodybuilder on the planet by the Guinness Book of World Records. Nothing about Ernestine looks 80, those biceps for starters. Unfortunately, in a day where hectic lifestyles are the norm, our bodies take quite a beating. If you feel stressed, tired and worn out, chances are, your body will age prematurely. But don’t despair, your body is a remarkable organism and through a little-known compound we all possess you can still drink from the fountain of youth. It’s time we learned about telomeres.
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MIND, WORKOUT 29th August 2016

Yosemite captured on my iPhone

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Hello folks,

This week I’m taking a little break from the norm and sharing with you moments from my vacation last week, where I took to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California and spent three days in the wilderness of Yosemite National Park (meditation was a must…..).READ MORE


FOOD, MIND, NUTRITION, Uncategorized, WORKOUT 22nd August 2016

Say NO to weight loss

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Sounds like an odd thing to say right? After all, hundreds of millions of people across the world struggle with their weight, obesity levels are rising and the call to lose weight is louder than it has ever been. The most frequently used model to assess an individual’s weight is the Body Mass Index (BMI)*. BMI calculates your weight in proportion to your height and labels you underweight, normal, overweight or obese. That’s all well and good except for one thing: BMI neglects the most important variable in its equation: Fat. READ MORE


FOOD, MIND, NUTRITION 11th July 2016

Five reasons why you’re always hungry

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Do you think about food a lot? As in, you just finished lunch but you’re already thinking about the fro-yo machine for a 3 o clock fix? How about when you go to bed but just can’t turn the lights out unless you’ve made a dent in the peanut butter jar? Good, I’m not the only one. If you’re eating three to five times a day and a good amount, why are you always so hungry? Allow me…READ MORE


MIND, WORKOUT 27th June 2016

Peak Performance

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I’ve always thought that climbing a peak is somehow more palatable when I can see the summit from the trailhead and throughout the hike. The visual inspiration to hold my attention as I slog my way uphill is a perfect life metaphor for perseverance. So when asked if I wanted to hike Mission Peak in Silicon Valley, why would I refuse?
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