Colin Chambersbiology, CHD, cholesterol, general health, nutrition Leave a Comment

Cholesterol gets a lot of bad publicity but the truth is that it is an essential part of all cells and so it is no real surprise that it is abundant in the human body. The prevailing theory is that cholesterol is the cause of modern diseases but how strong is the evidence to support this theory? and what, if anything …

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Nutrition: A problem of supply and demand

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A core concept to understand in maximising health is that our bodies are constantly managing supply and demand. We have evolved to expect continual change and be ready for both the best and the worst which requires the ability to predict future demand. This is as true for energy as it is for other nutrients like vitamins and minerals. All nutrients are …

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How Much Glucose Does Your Brain Really Need?

Colin Chambersactivity, brain, general health, insulin resistance, migraine, mind, nutrition, recover Leave a Comment

I understand that our brains can only obtain energy from sugar. The can’t get it from protein and fat like the rest of our body. So when I found an article considering How much glucose does your brain actually need? I knew I needed to make a record for future reference. This is something I learnt through bio psychology and my PE …

Gluten free Yes or No?

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I don’t know enough about the gluten free debate which is the food trend de jour but I have experienced my fair share of fads. Not to say that Coeliac disease is a fad. Quite the opposite. That is a clear definable disease. I’m talking about people diagnosing themselves without due care. Making extreme and sudden changes to their diet …

Simple lunches: Avocado, cherry tomatoes and pasta

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My personal challenge. Find meals with vegetables as the main attraction that you want to eat time and again. This is my simple attempt. Inspired by Nigel Slater and others. A friend introduced me to Avocado and I’ve been using it ever since. I took the photo heading this post of my lunch. The beauty was just picking this out …

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Blood pressure and salt: A question of balance

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Here’s a fascinating insight. High Blood pressure could relate to your ability to balance the salt level in your body. That’s the advice from Marc Pelletier discussing research on blood pressure on episode 103 of Dr Kiki’s science hour podcast . Marc explains that his research indicates that high blood pressure could be a problem of salt balance and water …

The men who made us fat

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I’m watching the second episode of “The Men Who Made Us Fat” by the BBC. I’m impressed. I’m used to seeing these kinds of programmes. I’ve heard most of it before, but I like the way it’s put together. I think it’s really nailing the point that we’re eating much more than we used to and that portion sizes have …

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Hunger tips

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Part of making food fun is banishing hunger. When I’m celebrating, say at Christmas, I want to eat what I want. No restrictions. Then after in the new year and other times I still want to enjoy food but eat less of it and restore the balance to my weight. Sounds simple but, if you’ve actually tried it, you’ll know …

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Calorie and nutrient intake over time

Colin Chambersactivity, balance, cells, diabetes, general health, Health Marketing, key posts, lifestyle, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, Physical Education, pre-diabetes, steps, vascular diseases, weight loss, Well being Leave a Comment

I’ve noticed for many years that physical activity is a great way to maintain or lose weight because by being active you get to add to your life. It’s a positive thing. Many people instantly tell me they don’t like being active but I quickly and consistently find things they like doing that are active that they didn’t realise could …

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An idea for modelling nutrition

Colin ChambersDNA, ecosystems, Education, metabolism, nutrition, Strategy, Virtual body Leave a Comment

My background is in human performance. I studied biology, psychology, sociology and a lot of sports science and pe. So I’m fascinated with finding out what our bodies are capable of. It’s amazing how much is known and has been documented. What I see as lacking is a model that ties all this knowledge into virtual systems.  I feel software …

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Fat, nutrients and hibernation

Colin Chambersbiology, cells, nutrition, recover, sleep, steps Leave a Comment

I’ve covered this topic before but got a little inspiration so thought i’d write it down. Haven’t read the original post so not sure if I’m repeating myself. The essence of my thoughts is around the human need for fat’s, particularly saturated fats. The media and health professionals like to bemoan fat intake but I’m not entirely convinced it’s all …

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Saturated fat: Why all the fuss?

Colin Chambersbiology, cells, CHD, cholesterol, Food, general health, Health Marketing, high blood pressure, nutrition, obesity, science, vascular diseases, weight loss, Well being Leave a Comment

I’m just finishing a text book I forgot to finish a year or so back and got to the chapter on heart disease. It reminded me why I get a little frustrated with current nutritional and health advice and why I think the public gets so confused and follows so many fashions. In my view it’s because so much of …

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How alike are we all? One persons health advice is anothers warning

Colin Chambersbiology, cells, evolution, general health, genetics, lifestyle, nutrition, Psychology, relationships, Well being Leave a Comment

Sometimes I think we forget that the human gene pool is pretty diverse. Until relatively recently we have survived in many different extremes, desserts, ice belts, tropics, temperate climates. Places where food is scarce, places it’s everywhere. Thus our gene pool should contain abilities to survive on many different diets. In fact I think it’s more likely that many different …

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Feast and Famine: Is that what our bodies expect?

Colin Chambersbalance, cancer, cells, CHD, competing, evolution, general health, lifestyle, nutrition, obesity, pressure, recover, Well being Leave a Comment

I was in the Open University library a couple of weeks back. I had the urge to pop down the human biology section and see what caught my eye. I know I shouldn’t admit to that because it’s far too sad, but that’s how much this stuff fascinates me. Anyway I picked up a book named ‘Human Biology and Health: …

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What you put into your body or how you get rid of it: What’s the most important?

Colin Chambersbiology, cells, cholesterol, competing, ecosystems, evolution, Food, general health, Health Marketing, nutrition, recover, steps, weight loss, Well being Leave a Comment

Does any one know what we’re supposed to be eating any more? Seriously I really think it depends who you listen to. Everyone has a different answer. Think I’m crazy? well first it was low fat, then low saturated fat, then low carb, high protein. It goes on. Ok we’ve all heard that debate. Well what do the oldest people in …