Cholesterol is a type of fat that is made by your liver. It's important for building things like hormones and for the production of vitamin D. But having too much cholesterol in your blood is associated with having too much inflammation in the body. For example, if inflammation is present in your blood vessel walls, cholesterol acts like a sticky plaster and builds up over time - and that's why it can cause a structural concern.
Sporty people need more iron. That's because intense exercise increases your body's need for iron as your body excretes it as part of the inflammatory and healing/repair processes - and it also decreases your ability to absorb it. This means that athletes are at a greater risk for anemia due to iron deficiency.
There are many signs of adrenal fatigue, but the key ones include difficulty sleeping and trouble getting out of bed, a dip in energy around 4pm, mood disturbances, trouble concentrating, craving for salty foods, low immune system function and slow recovery from exercise and injury. It's also a common contributing factor for reproductive issues and digestive problems such as IBS. Testing is simple, straightforward and relatively inexpensive and I highly recommend it.
A recent eview of the latest research on the impact of caffeine on hydration status in Australia concluded that caffeine has only a minor diuretic effect and this is negated when you exercise.
Did you know that people in Nordic countries are doing even better than the Mediterraneans in keeping their weight and their health in check? The answer involves decades of research but the message is beautifully simple: if you want to look and feel your best and achieve the fastest and most lasting results, it’s time to get back to the basics.